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Visiting Instructor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education

Georgia Southern University

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Visiting Instructor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education — Search #12100
Waters College of Health Professions and Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Waters College of Health Professions invites applications and nominations for the position of Visiting Instructor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education (DCE) for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Consistent with the mission of the University and the goals of the Waters College of Health Professions, the mission of the doctoral program in Physical Therapy (DPT) is to educate individuals whose physical therapy skills and knowledge meet the challenges of the rapidly changing healthcare system and the expanding needs for physical therapy services. The program works collaboratively with the physical therapy community to improve the quality of physical therapy care and enhance the scientific basis of professional practice.

Position Description. Reporting to the Department Chair, and the DPT Program Director, the Visiting Instructor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education requires teaching, administrative, service, and scholarship responsibilities consistent with the mission and philosophy of the DPT program. The primary responsibilities of the Director of Clinical Education are to plan, coordinate, facilitate, administer, and monitor activities on behalf of the DPT program and in coordination with academic and clinical faculty. Teaching, scholarship, and service are required of all faculty. These activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Developing, scheduling, monitoring, and refining the clinical education component of the curriculum;
  • Facilitating quality learning experiences for students during clinical education;
  • Evaluating student performance, in cooperation with other faculty, to determine their ability to integrate didactic clinical learning experiences and to progress within the curriculum;
  • Educating students, clinical faculty, and academic faculty about clinical education;
  • Selecting clinical learning environments that demonstrate characteristics of sound patient/client management, ethical and professional behavior, and currency with physical therapy practice;
  • Maximizing available resources for the clinical education program;
  • Providing documented records and assessment of the clinical education component of the DPT Program (including clinical education sites and clinical educators);
  • Engaging core faculty in clinical education planning, implementation, and assessment;
  • Teaching in the DPT program;
  • Assisting with procedures involved with program reaccreditation.

    The Visiting Instructor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education, in cooperation with program faculty, establishes clinical education sites and facility standards, selects and evaluates clinical education sites, and facilitates ongoing development of and communication with clinical education sites and clinical faculty. The position is a 10-month position. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. All visiting instructor positions are non-tenure track appointments. There is the possibility for reappointment to a second year based on funding availability and satisfactory performance.

    Required Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) or a closely related field by August 1, 2021;
  • Licensed physical therapist or eligible for licensure in the state of Georgia;
  • Minimum of three years of experience as a licensed physical therapist;
  • Minimum of two years of clinical supervision of students and/or clinical coordination experience (CCCE or CI); or minimum of two years of experience in teaching, curriculum development and administration in a physical therapy education progra
  • Strong communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling skills;
  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy;
  • Education PT Standards and Required Evidence;
  • Ability to initiate, administer, assess, and document clinical education programs
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate work with colleagues and peers;
  • Ability to travel, as needed;
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior teaching experience in a PT academic program and/or administrative experience in clinical practice;
  • Knowledge of educational, management, and adult learning theory and principles;
  • Active in clinical practice, especially as applicable to clinical education;
  • Active in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels;
  • Earned status as an American Physical Therapy Association Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

    Screening of applications begins July 9, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2021. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least [number] professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    Walter L. Jenkins, PT, Search Chair, Search #12100
    Georgia Southern University
    Electronic mail: [email protected]
    Telephone: (912) 344-3170

    More information about the institution is available through or Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Vice Provost.

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