Department Chair - Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

Job description

Job Title: Department Chair - Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Location: Physical Thrpy & Athletic Trng
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605360
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Special Information

This is a 12-month, tenured position at the rank of associate or full professor. The successful candidate will operate primarily out of either the Flagstaff Mountain or Phoenix Biomedical Campus, although a majority of responsibilities are necessary in Flagstaff. The expected start date is July 1, 2022 or sooner dependent on the successful candidate’s availability.

Job Description
NAU is seeking a proven leader to serve as Chair of the highly regarded Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. This department offers two fully accredited and nationally ranked programs. This includes the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs located at both the Flagstaff Mountain and Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, the Department Chair is responsible for the vision, leadership, and administration of the DPT and MSAT programs. This entails ensuring a culture that supports a rich educational environment, the advancement of research, service to the university and community, and the enhancement of clinical practice programs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to faculty and staff development and evaluation, fiscal planning, and maintaining accreditation. The successful candidate must have a record sufficient for appointment as a tenured full or associate professor according to NAU’s department of PTAT standards for promotion and tenure. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications

For rank of ASSOCIATE Professor

  • Eligible for licensure as a PT or AT in the state of Arizona
  • Earned academic doctorate (e.g. PhD, EdD)
  • A minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience
  • Academic track record in education and or research commensurate for appointment as Associate or Full Professor at NAU
  • Minimum of 5 years' clinical experience

For rank of FULL Professor (in addition to those for associate)

  • Prior appointment as full professor in department/school and institution comparable to NAU
  • Academic track record in education and/or research commensurate for appointment with tenure as Professor at NAU

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Demonstrated visionary leadership in PT and/or AT program innovation, development, and delivery centered around excellence in clinical practice
    • Experience in program review, development, and accreditation
    • Academic administrative or program coordinator experience in PT and/or AT
    • Evidence of preparing and administering departmental budgets and resources
    • Nationally or internationally recognized leader in scholarship, research, and extramural funding
    • Successful record of facilitating and mentoring faculty in teaching, service, and scholarship
    • Commitment to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
    • Leadership in PT and/or AT related professional organizations
    • A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity in the workplace and the classroom

    General Information
    The Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training includes a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs in Flagstaff and Phoenix. The DPT program in Phoenix is housed along with the departments of Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies in the $187 million, 268,000 sq. ft. Health Sciences Education Building in the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus. This campus also houses the recently-expanded University of Arizona Medical School as well as the UA College of Pharmacy and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

    Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

    Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

    While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

    Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

    With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

    Background Information

    This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

    If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

    Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

    Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

    If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


    Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and qualifications.


    This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

    Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

    If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

    Submission Deadline

    This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on May 24, 2021.

    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605360, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

    Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

    If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

    If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

    FLSA Status

    This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

    EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

    NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.




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    Posted: 4/24/2021
    Application Due: 6/23/2021
    Work Type: Full Time