Chair and Professor

Fort Worth, TX
Mar 26, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Requisition Number

Job Title
Chair and Professor

Physical Therapy - 300820

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Department Overview
The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth is seeking a visionary leader for the position of Physical Therapy (PT) Department Chair. The department is housed within the School of Health Professions (SHP), which also includes a Physician Assistant Studies Program and an online Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Health. The PT department offers a clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) and a dual-degree DPT/Ph.D. in Structural Anatomy and Rehabilitation Sciences in collaboration with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The Chair serves as the academic and operational leader of the PT department by providing effective leadership in the areas of accreditation, faculty development, student recruitment, quality improvement, and budget management. In this role, s/he will enagage collaboratively with the faculty through curriculum development, research, service, and strategic planning. As a faculty member, the Chair will have the opportunity to teach and maintain her/his own research program. S/he will also engage in interprofessional activities across the institution's other schools/colleges (Osteopathic Medicine, Allopathic Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, and Biomedical Sciences) and with external organizations. As an advocate for the Department, the chairperson collaborates with the administration in implementing the University's mission to create solutions for a healthier community.

UNTHSC relies on a culture of values?integrity, collaboration, respect, serve others first, be visionary?to create solutions for a healthier community. We develop and deliver these solutions in an interprofessional, team-based environment that promotes patient-centered care. We are seeking a senior faculty member who recognizes the importance of values-based leadership and whose vision is consistent with emerging health care delivery.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Position Details
The candidate we are seeking is a senior faculty member who possesses strong leadership skills, teaching excellence, an established research record, and a vision consistent with emerging health care delivery. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment, tenure-track/tenured at the Associate/ Full professor level.

Core Responsibilities
* Promote collaboration within and outside of the department;
* Engage in respectful communication;
* Maintain the highest standard of ethics and compliance with federal, state regulations;
* Provide superior customer service to all customers;
* Use a values-based approach when coaching departmental faculty and staff;
* Guide curriculum development to maintain currency and relevance to the future of the field;
* Develop effective strategies for recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty, staff, and students;
* Manage fiscal and administrative matters with transparency and integrity;
* Align departmental goals with institutional goals

PT program curriculum and operations
* Provide leadership of all aspects of the Department activities in collaboration with the faculty and staff.
* Responsible for development, implementation, evaluation and improvement of all programs.
* Support faculty research and other forms of scholarly activity.
* Lead participation the accreditation process; assure full compliance with accrediting body standards and regulations.
* Responsible for the development and maintenance of effective department operations.
* Ensure Department participation in the recruitment, selection, retention and academic success of students.
* Ensure the participation of herself/himself and faculty on departmental/school/institutional committees and activities.
* Serve as the fiscal agent for the Department; directing the preparation of the annual budget, completing analysis of fiscal status and implementing appropriate actions related to resource utilization
* Delegate authority and responsibility consistent with faculty and staff strengths and interests, within the context of the Department needs and resources.

Strategic Planning
* Work with faculty to develop the departmental mission, vision, tactical initiatives and metrics that are consistent with the School and University's strategic and quality improvement plan.
* Lead the efforts of faculty and staff so that progress is made toward achieving individual, departmental, school and institutional goals.
* Anticipate the needs of the department, represent these needs in the budget process, and monitor their use.
* Assess and report on program metrics to assure program goals are being met;
* Use data to help teams initiate, manage, and sustain the process.
* Offer solutions to solve problems or develop opportunities. Shows a drive for and works with a focus on continuous improvement.

Faculty Leadership and Development
* Coach, develop, and evaluate faculty effectiveness; assign work with a focus on an agile workforce that responds effectively to changing programmatic situations and demands.
* Mentor employees to maximize individual performance, build future organizational leadership, enhance teamwork and strengthen support of the organization's core values;
* Recommend to the Dean faculty members for appointment, promotion and tenure, and special assignments of workload consistent with the department, school, and university policies.

Scholarly/Professional Development
* Stay abreast of educational best practices, changes and developments that may impact the program
* Meet scholarly goals and professional development by involvement in scholarly activities
* Promote department's overall visibility and reputation locally, nationally and internationally by participation and service in professional organizations.

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:

* Earned academic doctoral degree (eg; PhD, EdD, DHS), as well as a license or eligibility to practice as a physical therapist in the state of Texas.
* Minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience, with a minimum of three years of full-time experience in a PT education program.
* Established record of excellence in teaching, with a defined area of professional content expertise.
* Established record of research/scholarly activity.
* Active involvement in the PT profession and understanding of key educational issues.
* Understanding of and experience with curriculum content, design, implementation, and evaluation.
* Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage in flexible, collaborative decision-making.
* Strong interest in faculty development and mentoring.
* Innovative vision and effective leadership skills to inspire teams to reach goals.

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
* Previous higher education administrative experience as a leader/chair of an academic department, and/or academic program.
* Experience with management of personnel-related activities, such as recruitment, new hire recommendations, and performance evaluations; and overseeing departmental financial processes.
* Experience in strategic planning.
* Demonstrated record of success in recruiting and developing high-caliber faculty.
* Outstanding judgment and the capacity to set and communicate priorities.
* Administrative experience with professional accreditation standards and procedures.
* Appreciation of new teaching methods and educational technology.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must complete the online application located at

The full and complete application should contain the following:
* A cover letter
* A complete CV
* The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.

Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Brandy Schwarz, chair of the search committee at [email protected]

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Pay Rate
Salary commensurate with experience

Pay Basis

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Work Schedule
Mon - Fri

Application Types Accepted
Faculty/Executive Form

Occupational Exposure to HIV/HBV?

Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals?

Occupational Exposure to Tuberculosis?

Security Sensitive?

Require a valid Texas Driver's License?

Require a certification?

If required, please list all certifications required for this position.
A Physical Therapist license or eligibility to practice as a physical therapist in the state of Texas.


Official Job Title
Chairman And Associate Professor

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Job Close Date
Open Until Filled

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