Assistant or Associate Professor in Physical Therapy

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Job Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor in Physical Therapy

Requisition Number:


Working Title:

Director of Clinical Education

Department Name:

7N640:Physical Therapy

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Type of Position:


Position Time Status :


Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Required Education:

Degree in physical therapy with a post-professional doctoral degree or a Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Required Related Experience:

Minimum of 5 years of clinical teaching and/or clinical coordination experience as a physical therapist

Required License/Registration/Certification:

Current physical therapy license in Kentucky or eligibility

Job Summary:

The University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, is seeking a tenure-track faculty member at a rank commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications, with primary responsibilities as the Director of Clinical Education (DCE).

Our well-established and nationally respected program offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree on two campuses. Our Lexington, KY campus enrolls 48-50 students per year and 16-18 students are enrolled on the Hazard, KY campus. The program maintains 350-400 clinical sites and is accredited by the CAPTE.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in providing and/or supervising clinical education to physical therapist students. Participation in scholarly activities is expected and supported, along with university service activities. The University of Kentucky and Department of Physical Therapy have a strong commitment to cultural and ethnic diversity within the faculty and student body. Applicants who have experience or interest in this area are asked to highlight this in their application.
The DCE will hold a faculty appointment and will have administrative, academic, service, and scholarship responsibilities consistent with the mission and philosophy of our academic program. The DCE will demonstrate competence in clinical education, teaching, and curriculum development. In addition, their primary responsibilities will be to plan, coordinate, facilitate, administer, and monitor activities on behalf of the academic program and in coordination with academic and clinical faculty. These activities will include but will not be limited to the following:

•Developing, monitoring, evaluating and refining the clinical education component of the curriculum,
•Providing documented records and assessment of the clinical education component (includes clinical education sites, clinical educators, etc.)

The DCE serves as a liaison between the physical therapy program and the clinical education sites. The DCE, in cooperation with other academic faculty, establishes clinical education site and facility standards, selects and evaluates clinical education sites, and facilitates ongoing development of and communication with clinical education sites and clinical faculty. Faculty may also assume an active role in the CHS Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program, a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional Ph.D. program with faculty and students from the disciplines of Athletic Training & Clinical Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology.

Applicants must value the University of Kentucky’s mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all students, faculty, and staff operate in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community in which individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome.

The University of Kentucky is proud to offer an employee-centered benefits package Along with your pay, your benefits package is a major component of your total compensation at UK. These benefits include our match on eligible retirement contributions; competitive health, dental, and vision coverage; tuition benefits for classes at UK, and much more. For more details please access the following link:

Candidates should apply online at with a curriculum vita, letter of interest, and contact information for three references when prompted in the application. Please note that references will not be contacted without consent from the applicant. Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Nathan Johnson, PT, PhD, DPT by email [email protected]

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is January 1, 2021 but an alternate start day of July 1, 2021 will be considered.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? :


Preferred Education/Experience:

1.Prior teaching experience in a physical therapist academic program
2.Academic leadership experience
3.Active in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels
4.Earned status as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Open Until Filled:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Job No:
Posted: 10/27/2020
Application Due: 11/29/2020
Work Type: Full Time