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Associate Professor/Professor and Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 13, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Physical Therapy
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Associate Professor/Professor and Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a search for an Associate Professor/Professor and Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Professions in Memphis, Tennessee. This is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track position. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor depending on experience and qualifications.



  • A physical therapist (DPT/PT) who is licensed or regulated in any United States jurisdiction as a Physical Therapist and is eligible for licensure in the state of Tennessee;
  • An earned academic doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent in a closely related field);
  • Holds or is eligible to hold the rank of associate professor or professor;
  • A minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience, with a minimum of three years of full-time experience in a physical therapist education program;
  • Experience in CAPTE accreditation;
  • Experience in curricular development and assessment;
  • Experience in management of program resources (fiscal, faculty and staff);
  • Excellent leadership skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • A strong record of teaching and evidence of scholarship.



  • History of scholarship including presentations and peer-reviewed publications;
  • Previous experience as a DPT program director;
  • Recent and relevant clinical experience;
  • Evidence of leadership in a professional organization at a state or national level.


Preference will be given to candidates with experience and content expertise in one of the following the areas: neurologic physical therapy (adult or pediatrics), cardiopulmonary physical therapy, acute care/medically complex patients, biomechanics/kinesiology, electrotherapeutic or thermal modalities or other physical therapy-related fields.


Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.



  • Administration of DPT Program, which includes the following:
    • Coordinate the admissions process with the Admissions Committee.
    • Coordinate class scheduling.
    • Coordinate clinical education with Director of Clinical Education.
    • Develop and maintain communication system for student performance and professional behaviors.
    • Develop and maintain programmatic outcomes tracking the system, evaluate the program each semester, and provide recommendations to the Chair for improvement.
    • Maintain requirements for CAPTE accreditation.
  • Teaching;
  • Scholarship;
  • University and professional service.


About the Department of Physical Therapy

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to serve the public with a focus on the

citizens of Tennessee and the region by preparing qualified practitioners and engaging

in clinical care, service, and research. UTHSC DPT prepares outstanding clinicians, as seen in excellent employment and National Physical Therapy Examination passing rates. Faculty are experts in their field, and all contribute to the mission of the Department. The Department houses the Movement Science Laboratory and has affiliated faculty in the UTHSC Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Preventive Medicine.  Faculty-led research laboratories include the Muscle Biology and Sarcopenia Laboratory and Integrative Muscle Biology Laboratory. Clinical opportunities are also available in the Department’s clinical practice or through community organizations.


About the College of Health Professions:

The College of Health Professions trains outstanding health professionals to address the health care needs of the people of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. Our graduates will supply a workforce that provides leadership in healthcare, contribute to the knowledge bases of the respective health disciplines and promote lifelong learning through continuing education and the pursuit of knowledge through research to better address the health needs of our citizens. The school is composed of the departments of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Diagnostic and Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. A Rehabilitation Sciences Division is housed in the College that serves all faculty interested in this area of research.  The College will soon be embarking on an unprecedented growth phase by adding new academic programs. Our campuses are in Knoxville and Memphis.


About the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC):

UTHSC is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of UTHSC is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service. Employing more than 4,600 people on its faculty, staff, and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, and with more than 3,200 students across the state, UTHSC contributes $4 billion to the economy of Tennessee.


Part of the University of Tennessee System, the Health Science Center is headquartered in Memphis and includes all six of UT’s doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges -- Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. UTHSC spans the state with its four major, regional clinical health science locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, as well as more than 100 clinical education sites across Tennessee. UTHSC is the largest educator of health care professionals in the state and operates the state’s largest residency and fellowship advanced training programs.


About Memphis:

Located in West Tennessee on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is the second-largest city in the state and among the largest cities in the Southeast. The Greater Memphis metropolitan area has more than 1.3 million residents, and the city ranks among those with the lowest cost of living in the country. It is home to a vibrant restaurant scene, a revitalized Downtown, the Midtown Arts District, many scenic neighborhoods, an active medical district, and an expanding airport amid  a $214 million modernization. Local attractions include Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Memphis Grizzlies, historic Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, the second-largest urban county park in the United States, and the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.


Application Process:

Please submit all applications electronically via the University’s portal at:


Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter that outlines qualifications and credentials, teaching experience and accomplishments
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Names and addresses (including email) of three professional references.


The applications will be reviewed by the University’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan

Assistant Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates


Applications received by February 21, 2022, will receive priority consideration.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.


In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.


Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 910 Madison Avenue, Suite 826, Memphis, Tennessee 38163, telephone at 901-448-2133 or 901-448-7382 (V/TTY available). Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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