Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy (Dept of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training) Phoenix, AZ

Northern Arizona University
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Job Title: Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy (Dept of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training) Phoenix, AZ
Location: Physical Thrpy & Athletic Trng
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605432
Workplace Culture

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Special Information

This is a 9-month tenure track position at the Assistant Professor rank in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The selected candidate is anticipated to start the fall 2021 semester.

Job Description

A tenure track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor is being sought for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Responsibilities for this position will include developing and teaching courses related to musculoskeletal physical therapy education, biomechanics, motor control or motor learning. The candidate will be expected to develop and sustain an independent research line related to the area of expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct and disseminate original research, contribute to student-related activities, and serve on University-wide and professional committees.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Arizona.
  • Academic doctorate degree (PhD, EdD, DSc, DrPH) in rehabilitation science, public health, health service research, exercise physiology, biomechanics, or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Prior experience in the development, implementation, and dissemination of research projects.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Post-doctoral experience.
  • An established research agenda with a record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience with grant writing and history of securing extramural funding.
  • Evidence of successful teaching in musculoskeletal physical therapy education, biomechanics, motor control or motor learning.
  • Prior teaching experience at the University level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

General Information

Northern Arizona University is a 29,569-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU’s emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Northern Arizona University has two Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, one on the main campus in Flagstaff and the other on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC). The PBC is a 30-acre urban medical and bioscience campus located in thriving and revitalized downtown Phoenix. This unique campus has representation from all 3 state universities including University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in Phoenix and Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions. Additionally, renowned researchers from Barrow Neurological Institute, TGen, and NIDDK have laboratories on the campus, offering unique opportunities for innovation and collaboration among biomedical professionals in state-of-the-art academic, research, and clinical facilities

NAU is now seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking individual to join the physical therapy faculty at the PBC. The NAU Physical Therapy education program has a rich history of excellence in both the clinical education of physical therapists and scholarship. Research activity among NAU PT faculty includes foot kinematics, lower extremity and chronic ankle instability, injury prevention for athletes, therapeutic intervention outcomes for children and adults with neurologic dysfunction, epidemiology of chronic disease disability, health service research in rehabilitation and disparities associated with rehabilitation outcomes.

Please refer to NAU's Human Resources Department ( for further information, job requirements, and application instructions. Specific questions may be directed to Amit Kumar, MS, MPH, PhD at [email protected].

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

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.


Commensurate with experience.


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 June 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 605432, 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.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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