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Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Thomas Jefferson University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Physical Therapy
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Full Time
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Thomas Jefferson University is seeking a Chairperson to lead the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. The Department seeks a visionary leader with the ability to advance education, service, and scholarship within the framework of the Department’s strategic plan.

Successful candidates should possess prior academic and leadership experience, excellent communication skills, and a proven ability to collaborate with staff, faculty, and the college/university leadership team. We desire an innovative colleague who will be an active facilitator of faculty success, is team-oriented, and shows a genuine appreciation of educational best practices. 

Expectations for the Position:

  • Provide leadership and direction to the Department faculty on curriculum, instruction, service, and scholarship.
  • Evolve the scholarly capacity of the Department by supporting faculty to obtain funding and increase scholarly output.
  • Foster interprofessional engagement in education, research, clinical, and service opportunities.
  • Develop and implement strategies to ensure a continuous stream of highly qualified applicants into the program.
  • Manage expenditures and revenues to create a balanced operational budget.
  • Advocate on behalf of faculty, students, and staff to meet the collective needs of the program.
  • Cultivate a culture of assessment to advance Department’s strategic initiatives.


  • Candidate must possess or be eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in Pennsylvania, be eligible for appointment at senior faculty rank, possess an academic doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field, and have depth and breadth of experiences as a faculty member in a CAPTE accredited entry-level doctor of physical therapy program.
  • The ideal candidate should have administrative experience in higher education, the acumen to work collaboratively in a dynamic and evolving academic medical center, the ability to implement data-driven changes, and knowledge of accreditation processes.

Applicants are requested to submit an on-line application/CV: Job ID # 9251907

Please also send via email CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references to

For additional information, please contact Catherine V. Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, Search Committee Chair at

Jefferson Health delivers state of the art healthcare services to patients throughout the Delaware Valley and southern New Jersey. Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) provides more than 8,400 students from nearly 40 states and 40 countries with 21st century professional education. Combined, we have over 30,000 employees.

Jefferson Health, with 14 hospitals (seven are Magnet designated by the ANCC for nursing excellence) and 40+ outpatient and urgent care locations, offers a broad range of primary and complex, highly specialized care that touches the lives of more than four million patients annually. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Thomas Jefferson University Hospital among the nation’s best in eight specialties. Jefferson Health also includes the NCI designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center; it is one of only 70 such centers in the nation.

Thomas Jefferson University has ten colleges and three schools that offer more than 160 undergraduate and graduate programs. Our University is dedicated to inter-professional and transdisciplinary approaches to learning that offer a vibrant and expandable platform for professional education. Through this unique model, we are preparing our students for current and yet to be imagined careers.

As an employer, Jefferson maintains a commitment to provide equal access to employment. Jefferson values diversity and encourages applications from women, members of minority groups, LGBTQ individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans.

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