Director and Chair of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science

Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, Connecticut
Feb 21, 2017
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Sacred Heart University (SHU) seeks a Director and Chair of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science to provide academic and administrative leadership to advance the department’s mission in education, service and research. Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s five colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; the Jack Welch College of Business; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides Best 381 Colleges2017 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 294 Business Schools– 2017 Edition. U.S.News & World Report ranks SHU among the best master’s universities in the North in its “Best Colleges 2017” publication. The Chronicle of Higher Education also names SHU as one of the fastest-growing Roman Catholic universities in its 2016 almanac. SHU fields 32 division I athletic teams and has an award-winning program of community service. This is an exceptional opportunity for a new Director and Chair of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science with vision and innovation to guide program growth and research and chart a course for health care education. The Physical Therapy Program is ranked #64 nationally in U.S. News & World Report.

The Chair/Director will work closely with the Dean of the College of Health Professions and other directors of health programs within the College. The physical therapy and human movement science programs complement multiple undergraduate and graduate programs in health care. In addition to academic excellence, the College has a rich tradition of volunteerism, service learning, study-abroad opportunities and interprofessional activities. All academic program offices, laboratories and classrooms will be moving to the new, state-of –the-art Center for Health Care Education slated to open in the summer of 2017.

Candidates must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Connecticut and demonstrate academic leadership experience in physical therapy education. An earned academic doctorate in a relevant field is required. The candidate should be comfortable in a highly interactive teaching/learning environment that includes collaborative teaching, significant faculty/student interaction and strong clinical integration. The ideal candidate will have a distinguished record of innovative and effective leadership as the chair or program director at an organization of similar size and complexity.

Sacred Heart University has retained the services of the search firm Witt/Kieffer to assist in this critical effort. Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 20, 2017. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. To view the full leadership profile, please visit References will not be contacted without prior approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Sacred Heart University’s consultants, Sheila Murphy and Joyce DeLeo at The consultants can be reached by telephone through Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.

Sacred Heart University is a comprehensive Catholic university and an AA/EOE employer. Qualified members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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