CHAIR - DEPARTMENT OF
University of Texas Medical Branch, in
partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy &
Associates, is pleased to announce the search for a
Chair of the Department of Physical
Therapy. This position reports to the
Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions
and is a full-time, tenured, faculty position (rank commensurate
with experience). Working closely with the Associate Chair of PT
Education and Program Directors, the Chair will provide leadership
and direction to the department for all existing programs, look to
expand and develop new programs, and lead faculty on matters of
curriculum, instruction, research, diversity, scholarship, service,
and clinical enterprise.
Related to Curriculum and Instruction:
- Provide leadership and direction to departmental faculty on
matters of curriculum and instruction.
- Ensure that accreditation standards are met and that best
educational practices in the field are known and applied by
- Develop and apply effective mechanisms for course and
curriculum improvement, including periodic surveys of
- Provide future planning and development of new programs.
Related to Scholarly Activity:
- Provide leadership and direction to departmental faculty on
matters of scholarly activity.
- Ensure that research safety and ethical standards are met and
that best scholarly activity practices in the field are conducted
- Develop and expand the research capacity of the department
including growing the amount of extramural grant funding and
Related to Faculty Recruitment, Retention and
- Responsible for faculty recruitment, retention and development,
conducting searches for qualified faculty, and identifying and
addressing development needs by utilizing appropriate school and
- Provide for and document regular and useful faculty evaluation
and feedback activities.
- Apply best practices to assure diversity, equity, and
Related to Departmental Management and
- Develop, maintain and implement recruitment strategies that are
sufficient to maintain enrollment at or above program
- Attend to issues influencing faculty, staff and student
- Ensure compliance with institutional and system personnel
- Provide for regular staff evaluation and development.
- Identify and pursue opportunities to enhance public relations
through institutional, local, regional and national media reports,
public appearances, and social interaction.
- Develop and strengthen alumni relationships.
Related to Fiscal Management:
- Manage expenditures and revenues to create a balanced
- Foster and obtain training and research grants sufficient to
offset operating deficits.
- Develop clinical opportunities with UTMB Health Care
- Identify and cultivate development opportunities (e.g.,
donations, communication with alumni, grants and bequests for
scholarships and endowments, revenue generating activities) in
collaboration with the Office of Development and the Dean's
- Be familiar with system, institution and schoolwide policies
regarding fiscal and resource management and demonstrate and expect
compliance with them.
Related to Schoolwide Participation and
- Foster interdisciplinary participation in education, research,
clinical, and service opportunities.
- Foster and encourage respect for all health care disciplines
among faculty, staff and students.
- Actively participate in schoolwide direction-setting and
- Demonstrate leadership by example in service to school,
university and community.
Related to Student Recruitment, Selection and
- Develop and implement strategies to ensure a continuous stream
of highly qualified applicants into the program sufficient to meet
or exceed capacity.
- Encourage diversity, equity, and objectivity in student
recruitment and selection.
- Foster curricular and instructional approaches that recognize
differences in individual learning, that encourage problem solving,
and that facilitate the acquisition of competencies and skills in
the most efficient and effective manner possible.
- PhD degree or equivalent (from an accredited institution in a
- Eligible for an appointment at the Associate Professor
- Established record of scholarly accomplishments.
- Evidence of extramural funding.
- A physical therapist (DPT and/or PT) who is licensed or
regulated in any U.S. jurisdiction as a PT and is eligible for
licensure in the state of Texas.
- Record of administrative responsibilities.
- Eligible for an appointment at the Professor level.
- Evidence of supervisory abilities.
- Evidence of leadership roles.
- Evidence of excellence in communication and interpersonal
- Solid record of clinical mastery.
- Organizational, and strategic planning skills.
About the Physical Therapy Department:
The UTMB Department of
Physical Therapy houses the longest running PT program in Texas
and offers the following program tracks for the Doctor of Physical
Therapy degree: Residential DPT, PTA to DPT Bridge, and Hybrid DPT.
The UTMB Physical Therapy programs provide students with a quality
graduate education in an environment fostering innovation,
collaboration, and respect. The curriculum focuses on evidenced
based physical therapy practice providing learning experiences that
facilitate the development of competencies and behaviors necessary
to become providers of choice for restoration of optimal physical
function. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a
Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, and are eligible to sit for
the national licensure examination.
About the School of Health Professions:
The School of Health
Professions has dedicated its efforts toward improving the
health of society - in Texas and beyond. In addition to designing
and implementing innovative ways to deliver instruction to students
at distant locations, the school continuously explores
opportunities to expand its program offerings and interprofessional
learning. UTMB offers certifications, bachelor's, master's, and
doctoral programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health
Professions, Nutrition & Metabolism, Occupational Therapy,
Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Care. In addition to classroom
lectures, the programs offer clinical training opportunities in a
variety of settings to ensure students have exposure to a multitude
of professional opportunities. With the recent hire of an
Associate Dean for Research, the School of Health Professions
is looking to expand and support its research and scholarly
activities. Currently, the research intensives feature CeRPAN (the Center for
Recovery, Physical Activity, and Nutrition) which currently
provides infrastructure support for several national clinical
trials including MoTrPAC (Molecular Transducers of Physical
Activity Consortium), SPARX3 (Study in Parkinson’s Disease of
Exercise Phase 3), and STEP-HI (Starting a Testosterone and
Exercise Program after Hip Injury) and several other externally
funded grants to principal investigators within the School of
About University of Texas Medical Branch:
UTMB opened in 1891 as the nation’s first public medical school
and hospital under unified leadership—already a pioneer. What began
as one hospital and medical school building in Galveston is now a
major academic health sciences center of global influence, with
medical, nursing, health professions and graduate biomedical
schools; a world-renowned research enterprise; and a growing,
comprehensive health system with hospitals
on four campuses and a network of
clinics. Today, UTMB has a $3.3 billion annual statewide
economic impact, in terms of business volume, personal income and
durable goods purchases. More than 46,000 jobs in Texas are
directly or indirectly attributed to UTMB.
UTMB includes schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health
Professions and Graduate
Biomedical Sciences; four institutes for advanced study; a
major medical library;
a network of hospitals and clinics that provide a full range of
primary and specialized medical care; and
facilities. The Institute for Translational Sciences, Clinical
Research Center and Biostatistics Core, amongst other research
centers and services at UTMB, provides the breadth and depth of
scientific resources to foster successful programs of research.
UTMB is a part of The
University of Texas System and a member of
the Texas Medical
About the Galveston/Houston Gulf Coast
Located just 50 miles south of Houston, Galveston features 32
miles of beaches, a relaxed atmosphere, abundant leisure
activities, excellent medical facilities, first-rate restaurants,
educational opportunities, numerous attractions, and a vibrant
historic downtown that offers cruising, shopping, arts, and
entertainment. Head north to Houston, the largest city in Texas
with approximately 6 million residents in the metro area, to find
world class cultural offerings, restaurants, and major league
sports. Between Galveston and Houston is a variety of suburban
communities with terrific school districts and easy access to both
Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to
the University’s search consultant:
Scott Healy &
Complete applications should include the following:
- Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the
- Updated CV;
- Three professional references with contact information.
Applications received by November 8,
2021, will receive priority consideration. Review
of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled.
UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment
without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex,
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic
information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis
protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local
laws unless such distinction is required by law. As a VEVRAA
Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire
and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals