Open Rank - Clinical Assistant /Associate/Professor-Director of
Clinical Education for the Dept of Physical Therapy FY2024 3yr
Job Class Code:
Rio Grande Valley
Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Non Tenure Track
Scope of Job:
The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Rio
Grande Valley is inviting applications for the Director of Clinical
Education in the developing Doctoral Physical Therapy Program. This
is an open rank clinical faculty position (non-tenure line) to
begin in the Fall 2023 Semester.
The successful candidate will:
Serve as the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) for the DPT
program; teach courses in their area of specialization; advise and
mentor physical therapy students; participate in university,
professional and community service; and engage in scholarship. The
DCE is responsible for all administrative aspects of the clinical
education component of the DPT program.
Major Responsibilities include:
Planning, administering and evaluating clinical education
activities on behalf of the DPT program and in coordination with
academic and clinical faculty.
Assigning students to clinical internship sites with consideration
to student learning styles and site-specific opportunities.
Monitoring student progress and assessing performance during
clinical education experiences.
Serving as a liaison between UTRGV and affiliated clinical
Evaluating and providing feedback to clinical education sites
concerning effectiveness of clinical learning experiences based on
student feedback and direct observations.
Instituting policies and procedures for clinical site selection,
utilization, and assessment.
Ensure provision of an adequate number of clinical education sites
relative to quality, quantity and diversity of learning experiences
to meet the educational needs of students and in accordance with
the program's philosophy, and CAPTE evaluative criteria.
Collaborate with clinical faculty to promote, coordinate, plan, and
provide clinical faculty development opportunities.
Collaborate with academic and clinical faculty to provide didactic
and clinical educational experiences related to contemporary health
Be available to travel regularly.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
About Department/College Background:
The College of Health
Professions (CoHP) at UTRGV includes seven health professions
departments with 11 undergraduate, twelve graduate and three
doctoral degree programs. The CoHP and programmatic faculty work
closely with the UTRGV Medical School and the UT Health System to
provide robust interprofessional education opportunities and
training experiences for health professions students.
The developing DPT program is a three-year, full time program and
will accept its first cohort in the summer of 2025. The program
will serve a unique role in the PT profession in general and the
Rio Grande Valley specifically to improve diversity in the field
and inequities in health care services provided by and to persons
on minority populations. Current data from the Commission on
Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the
American Physical Therapy Association indicate that fewer than 25%
of DPT graduates and 16% of clinicians overall identify as an
ethnic or racial minority and fewer than 7% of graduates and 4% of
clinicians are Hispanic or Latino. Projections for the developing
DPT program at UTRGV estimate that 75% of our cohorts will come
from racial or ethnic minority populations, with over 50% being
Hispanic or Latino.
It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one
of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier
Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual
university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative
opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio
Grande Valley and beyond
.” As such, UTRGV is committed to
building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an
enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable
outcomes for student success. UTRGV is a distributed campus, one
university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our
purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and
beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as
Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the
highest percentage of Hispanic students.
Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV
yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success
in the fall 2021 semester. For additional information, please visit
The successful candidate at the Clinical Assistant Professor level
must meet the following requirements:
1. Hold a degree in physical therapy (BS, MS, or DPT) from an
accredited institution; if that degree is not a DPT, the candidate
must have an earned or be in the candidacy phase of a terminal
academic doctoral degree (e.g. DSc, EdD, PhD) by the start date of
2. Have a minimum of 3 years of full-time, post-licensure clinical
practice and either 2 years of experience as a clinical instructor
/ clinical education coordinator or 2 years of experience in
teaching, curriculum development and administration in a physical
therapy education program.
3. Hold or be eligible for an active, unrestricted Physical Therapy
license in the state of Texas.
4. Demonstrate evidence of professional or community service
activities / engagement
In addition to the previous requirements, the successful candidate
at the Clinical Associate Professor level must also have:
1. At least 3 years of full-time teaching experience at the
Assistant Professor rank.
2. A minimum of 3 peer-reviewed publications or
3. A minimum of 2 service activities at the department, college, or
4. Evidence of satisfactory student evaluations.
In addition to the previous requirements, the successful candidate
at the Clinical Professor level must also have:
1. At least 4 years of full-time teaching experience at the
Associate Professor rank.
2. Evidence of sustained scholarship (e.g. a minimum of 3
additional peer-reviewed works, established grantsmanship,
mentorship of faculty/student scholarly activity)
3. Evidence of professional, department, college, or university
4. Evidence of exemplary student and peer teaching
Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be licensed or eligible for licensure as a
physical therapist in Texas; hold a certification in a clinical
specialty; have strong communication, organizational,
interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling/mentoring skills;
have the ability to prioritize, plan and organize work
independently; have the ability to think strategically; and be
knowledgeable of educational, management, and adult learning theory
Commensurate with Qualifications and
License or Certification Required?:
Number of Vacancies:
Desired Start Date:
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to
promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all
individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex,
age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In
accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is
committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures
non-discrimination in its education programs and activities,
including employment. We encourage women, minorities and
differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student
success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a
multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to
increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote
a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly
encourage applications from women and minorities.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any
confidential information from the documents you attach with your
application. The confidential information includes the
Date of Birth
Social Security Number
Please make sure that you omit this information prior to
submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding
your application to the department as per your submission.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to
discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date
of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three
(3) calendar days.Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are
required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be
conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the
position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the
Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office
environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby
subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The
retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of
Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per
week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option
to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS,
subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135
days in length.
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not
English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a
satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173
or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the
International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are
subject to budget approval.
To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/37973