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University of Texas Medical Branch
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Physical Therapy
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 faculty.
  • Develop and apply effective mechanisms for course and curriculum improvement, including periodic surveys of graduates.
  • 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 by faculty.
  • Develop and expand the research capacity of the department including growing the amount of extramural grant funding and scholarly output.


Related to Faculty Recruitment, Retention and Development:

  • Responsible for faculty recruitment, retention and development, conducting searches for qualified faculty, and identifying and addressing development needs by utilizing appropriate school and institutional resources.
  • Provide for and document regular and useful faculty evaluation and feedback activities.
  • Apply best practices to assure diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Related to Departmental Management and Development:

  • Develop, maintain and implement recruitment strategies that are sufficient to maintain enrollment at or above program capacity.
  • Attend to issues influencing faculty, staff and student morale.
  • Ensure compliance with institutional and system personnel policies.
  • 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 operational budget.
  • Foster and obtain training and research grants sufficient to offset operating deficits.
  • Develop clinical opportunities with UTMB Health Care System.
  • 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 office.
  • 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 Collaboration:

  • 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 governance.
  • Demonstrate leadership by example in service to school, university and community.


Related to Student Recruitment, Selection and Advancement:

  • 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.


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree or equivalent (from an accredited institution in a relevant field).
  • Eligible for an appointment at the Associate Professor level.
  • Established record of scholarly accomplishments.
  • Evidence of extramural funding.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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 skills.
  • 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 Health Professions.


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 MedicineNursingHealth 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 numerous research 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 Center.


About the Galveston/Houston Gulf Coast area:

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 cities.


Application Process:

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan

Assistant Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates


Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. 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 with disabilities.

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