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Founding Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Founding Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy


Seton Hill University, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Director of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences, the Founding Program Director is responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management of the DPT program.  The Director is expected to develop a DPT program that is consistent with the University mission and meets all of the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The Director will be responsible for curriculum development, facility planning, the writing and submission of all program authorization documentation to CAPTE and will ensure that the program meets all of the CAPTE accreditation standards and deadlines.  The Director provides visionary leadership for establishing and maintaining the DPT program, fostering excellence and identifying strategic opportunities for program growth and development.


The Founding Program Director will serve as the strategic academic and operational leader of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program by providing leadership for the faculty in terms of program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, administration, teaching, research, and service. The specific duties of the Director include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide direct oversight for all academic and administrative matters concerning the development of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
  • Lead the faculty and development team in strategic planning and monitor the process to further the program's mission in teaching, research, service, and patient care.
  • Supervise the process of seeking, achieving, and maintaining all necessary CAPTE program accreditation.
  • Ensure that the Physical Therapy faculty is involved with research and scholarly activity.
  • Ensure that the Physical Therapy facility continues to meet the educational and functional needs of the faculty, students, and staff.

The Program Director will work collaboratively with an inter-professional team in the development of Seton Hill’s health science programs. The Program Director is also responsible for attaining and maintaining CAPTE accreditation and will pursue academic excellence within the program by providing program leadership, promoting the program and enhancing its visibility, assisting with recruiting and retaining students, and managing the day-to-day logistics of the program. The Program Director is responsible for the continuous evaluation of faculty and completing a written evaluation of each faculty member on a regular basis.


Seton Hill University

Chartered in 1918, Seton Hill University is a leading Catholic coeducational liberal arts university founded by the Sisters of Charity and embracing students of all faiths. Located in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands (yet only 35 miles from Pittsburgh), Seton Hill educates its more than 2000 students to “think and act critically, creatively and ethically as productive members of society committed to transforming the world.”  Seton Hill offers 40 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate programs and serves traditional age and adult student populations. Seton Hill is committed to having a faculty and student body that reflects the racial diversity of the global population.


Seton Hill is accredited nationally by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 


School of Natural and Health Sciences

Seton Hill has a longstanding dedication to the sciences. Today, the natural and health sciences continue to represent some of the university’s strongest (and most popular) academic programs with graduates moving on to careers in medicine, research, science, healthcare and education. You'll find a multitude of exciting programs in the Seton Hill University School of Natural & Health Sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry Nutrition & Dietetics, Physician Assistant and Nursing to Math and Computer Science to Forensic Science and Cybersecurity and much more!


New Joanne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center - Seton Hill’s new Boyle Health Sciences Center provides up-to-the-moment technology and resources throughout its clinical and research classrooms and labs.


Greensburg, PA Community

Seton Hill University is located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, a city of more than 14,500 residents located 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Greensburg, the county seat of Westmoreland County, is home to a vibrant, cultural climate featuring theaters, unique eateries, shops, museums, and a picturesque downtown district.


Greensburg is home to many key amenities including the Five Star Trail, The Palace Theatre, the Robertshaw Amphitheater, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the downtown shopping district and numerous churches of various denominations. Two Seton Hill University facilities constructed in downtown Greensburg - the Performing Arts Center and the Seton Hill Arts Center - offer a wide range of theatrical and musical performances, art exhibits and lectures.


The position is a full-time, 12-month position with an excellent benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • An academic terminal degree in Physical Therapy or related field (i.e., PhD, EdD, or equivalent) 
  • A license to practice physical therapy in Pennsylvania (or ability to obtain)
  • Experience preparing for, obtaining and maintaining CAPTE accreditation
  • Administrative experience (including program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting)
  • A record of scholarship and history of teaching and service
  • 6 years of full-time higher education experience and a minimum of 3 years full-time experience in a physical therapist education program
  • Demonstrated effective and successful experiences of establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives



Applications and Nominations

All correspondence relating to the position of Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at Seton Hill University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant:

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates

[email protected]


The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as a physical therapist and/or in related fields in higher education.  Special attention will be paid to those applicants who have started, developed, and/or expanded a Master's or Doctoral program for physical therapy.

2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas. 

3) The names of five professional references, including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.


Applications submitted by March 29, 2019, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.


Seton Hill is committed to having a faculty and staff reflect the diversity of our global population. AA/EOE




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Posted: 2/19/2019
Application Due: 4/20/2019
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