Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Program Director, Doctor of Physical TherapyJob no: 502894
Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Physical Therapy & Kinesiology
Applications Open: Sep 18 2019
General Summary of Position:
The CAPTE accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program in the Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking an experienced, visionary and innovative leader to serve as the next Program Director (PD). The candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, in either the tenure-track or clinical track, depending upon qualifications and scholarly record. Applications and nominations are encouraged.
The Director provides visionary leadership for fostering excellence and identifying and pursuing strategic opportunities for program growth and development. The Program Director will support the program’s mission and maintain academic excellence by providing program leadership, maintaining accreditation, promoting the program and enhancing its visibility, assisting with recruiting and retaining students, and managing the day-to-day logistics of the program. The DPT Program Director, in cooperation with the Department Chair, is responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management of the DPT program. The DPT Director is a member of the departmental leadership committee.
The specific duties of the Director include, but are not limited to:
• Oversight and fulfillment of compliance with annual and continuing accreditation policies, procedures, and review
• Enforcement of program policies and procedures in conjunction with the Chair
• Regularly reviews academic standing of program students in conjunction with DPT leadership.
• Serves as the DPT student academic advisor
Founded in 1976, the physical therapy degree program at UMass Lowell represented the first and only public offering in higher education in Massachusetts, which still holds true today. The program has been accredited for nearly 30 years and will undergo reaccreditation in the Spring of 2020. The Department will also be moving into new offices and new teaching laboratories in the Summer of 2020.
The Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology is located within the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, a dynamic, growing college that prepares professionals and scientists in a wide range of health science fields including applied, clinical and translational areas. A large research program and vibrant community partnerships and engagement opportunities enrich and support our educational programs. The candidate will work with internal collaborators in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, with faculty in other colleges at UMass Lowell, with community partners, and with external academic or industry collaborators to strengthen current academic, clinical, and research efforts, and build new interdisciplinary areas consistent with departmental priorities.
UMass Lowell is situated in the heart of New England on the banks of the Merrimack River, a beautiful and culturally diverse area and birthplace of America’s industrial revolution. Cotton mills in Lowell, the only city to be awarded national park status by the U.S. National Park Service, opened in 1814 and the city has been a hub of invention and innovation ever since. UML continues that legacy of innovation throughout the campus. Its location 25 miles north of Boston offers unsurpassed enrichment including fine arts, dining, historical sites, and of course sports! Just north of Lowell the grandeur of New Hampshire’s White mountains unfolds not far from the storied ski lodges of Vermont. The coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, and Cape Cod offers hundreds of miles of beaches within an hour’s drive. All told, Lowell is a jewel of a city in one of the most attractive regions in the country to live.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
• An academic doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, DHSc, ScD), from an accredited university with a research program related to physical therapy or kinesiology
• Eligible for physical therapy licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
• At least 3 years prior experience in a CAPTE Accredited DPT Program as Program Director or other similar leadership role
• At least 6 years full time higher education experience
• Tenure-track candidates must have a vibrant research program with evidence of funding and scholarly dissemination.
• Strong communication and collaborative abilities
• Contemporary clinical experience in physical therapy
• Postdoctoral experience for tenure track applicants
• Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree
• Associate professor tenure track candidates must have a nationally recognized research program with a record of extramural research support and current funding
• Full professor tenure track candidates must have a national/international reputation with extensive publications and consistent funding to support a research team of students and scientists
• Applicants with established interdisciplinary research collaborations are encouraged to apply
• The College has a strong commitment to diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
We invite you to visit our college and department website to learn more about our faculty, staff, students, and facilities https://www.uml.edu/Health-Sciences/PT/ . Inquiries about the position may be directed to the Department Chair, Erik Swartz at [email protected], 978- 934-4292.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.
Please submit the following documents with your application:
• Cover letter describing experience in academia and CAPTE program leadership
• Teaching philosophy (include a description of previous teaching experience and teaching philosophy and style)
• Three samples of published work:
o Clinical Track: Publications in peer-reviewed journals (clinical practice, education or research journals)
o Tenure-Track: Publications in peer-reviewed journals (journals in the area of funding/funding potential, preferably as first or senior author)
• Research statement (include research goals, objectives, and three-year research plan)
- Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.