Mission or Goal of Unit:
The vision of VCU Department of Physical Therapy; “Optimizing
movement and health through leadership in education, scholarship
The mission of the College of Health Professions (CHP) is to create
influential leaders in health care who embrace equity and model
excellence through inclusive teaching and learning, thoughtful
advancement of cross-cultural knowledge, meaningful service to
others, innovative technologies, and scientific discoveries that
promote health and health equity and eliminate health
The mission of VCU Department of Physical Therapy is to serve the
Commonwealth of VA and the nation by:
Chief Purpose of this position:
- Advancing excellence in entry-level and post entry-level
- Generating innovative scientific discovery
- Impacting the health of the community through leadership
The College of Health Professions invites candidates to apply for a
position as a core faculty member in the Department of Physical
Therapy with an appointment in the Department of Neurology within
the School of Medicine. The primary responsibility of this role is
to research muscular dystrophy in collaboration with the Muscular
Dystrophy Translational Research Program (MDTRP), teach the
Pediatric physical therapy practice in the DPT Program and to
participate in service to the departments, college and
- Research –
- Engage in scholarly activity with the Muscular Dystrophy
Translational Research Program (MDTRP).
- Lead the development of protocols for the testing and
development of clinical outcome assessments for the muscular
dystrophies. These outcome measures may include standard functional
measures but also could expand to measures of activity, patient
reported outcomes, or biomarkers.
- Support the drafting and design of the grant and/or protocol to
conduct the study.
- Develop the evaluator manual and serve as the lead
- Perform the evaluations for certain studies, or work directly
with the evaluators at VCU.
- Support data analysis and manuscript preparation.
- Teaching –
- Teach pediatric physical therapy practice (Lifespan I) and a
pediatric elective module.
- Demonstrate advanced skill and judgement, and actively
contribute as a collective team member related to course design,
development and integration.
- Provide constructive and timely evaluation of students.
- Service –
- Faculty member will serve on Department, College and/or
- Serve as the PT liaison to VA-LEND.
- Collaborate with faculty of the pediatric residency
- Graduate from an accredited Physical Therapy program.
- Assistant Professor candidates will have an established
research agenda and a clear potential for external funding.
- Associate and Full Professor candidates will have a developed
scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of interdisciplinary
applications and external funding.
- Eligible for licensure to practice physical therapy in
- Academic doctorate (PhD, EdD, DrPH or DSc) in a relevant field.
ABD would be acceptable.
- Ability to write scientifically for grant and manuscript
- Ability to teach pediatric physical therapy courses.
- Knowledge of outcome assessment development.
- Ability to complement and expand the existing expertise in the
- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.
- Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication
- Familiarity with neuromuscular disorders such as muscular
- Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse
environment for faculty, staff and students and a commitment to do
so as a faculty member at VCU.
- 2-3 years of teaching experience in a Physical Therapy
- APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in pediatrics.
- Membership in the American Physical Therapy Association
- Experience in optimizing inclusive education and mentoring
students from under-represented minority and/or historically
- Strong leadership and analytical skills.
Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent:
Commensurate with experience