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Chair & Associate Professor

University of North Texas
Fort Worth

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

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Chair & Associate Professor


HSC-Physical Therapy-300820


School of Health Professions

Job Location:

Fort Worth

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Department Summary:

The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth is seeking a visionary leader for the position of Physical Therapy (PT) Department Chair. The Department of Physical Therapy offers the clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The department is housed within the School of Health Professions (SHP), which includes a Master of Physician Assistant Studies program and an online Master of Science program in Lifestyle Health Sciences and Coaching.

The Chair serves as the academic and operational leader of the PT department by providing effective leadership in the areas of accreditation, faculty development, student recruitment, quality improvement, and budget management. In this role, s/he will engage collaboratively with the faculty through curriculum development, research, service, and strategic planning. As a faculty member, the Chair will have the opportunity to teach and maintain her/his own research program. S/he will also engage in interprofessional activities across the institution’s other schools/colleges (Osteopathic and Allopathic Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, and Biomedical Sciences) and with external organizations. As an advocate for the Department, the chairperson collaborates with the administration in implementing the University’s mission to create solutions for a healthier community.

UNTHSC relies on a culture of values (integrity, collaboration, respect, serve others first, be visionary) to create solutions for a healthier community. We develop and deliver these solutions in an interprofessional, team-based environment that promotes patient-centered care. We are seeking a senior faculty member who recognizes the importance of values-based leadership and whose vision is consistent with emerging health care delivery.

Position Summary:

The candidate we are seeking is a senior faculty member who possesses strong leadership skills, teaching excellence, an established research record, and a vision consistent with emerging health care delivery who will build on the department’s accomplishments and contributions in education and scholarship. This is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure/tenure-track/tenured appointment at the Associate/Full professor level. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Core Responsibilities
•Promote collaboration within and outside of the department/institution;
•Engage in respectful and candid communication;
•Maintain the highest standard of ethics and compliance with federal, state, and accrediting body standards and regulations;
•Provide superior customer service to internal and external customers;
•Use a values-based approach to coaching/development of departmental faculty and staff;
•Guide curriculum development to maintain currency and relevance to the future of the field;
•Develop effective strategies for recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty, staff, and students;
•Manage fiscal and administrative matters with transparency and integrity;
•Align departmental goals with institutional goals to effectively advocate for resources.

PT program curriculum and operations
•Provides leadership, direction, and administration of all aspects of the Department’s activities in collaboration with the faculty and staff.
•Serves as the academic leader of the PT Department while appropriately reflecting the future of the profession.
•Responsible for development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of all teaching programs of the department, although specific activities usually are delegated to a curriculum committee and individual faculty.
•Supports faculty research and other forms of scholarly activity, particularly as these contribute to the further development of physical therapy and institutional research initiatives.
•Leads participation in the accreditation process; assures full compliance with federal, state, and accrediting body standards and regulations;
•Responsible for the development and maintenance of effective department operations, including efficient workflow, achieving student learning outcomes; ensuring appropriate faculty numbers; assuring quality curriculum;
•Ensures Department participation in the recruitment, selection, retention, and academic success of students.
•Ensures the participation of herself/himself and departmental faculty on institutional committees and in-service activities of the department and the institution.
•Serves as the fiscal agent for the Department, directing the preparation of the annual budget, completing analysis of the fiscal status and implementing appropriate actions related to resource utilization, approving expenditures, reviewing reports.
•Delegates authority and responsibility consistent with faculty and staff strengths and interests within the context of the Department’s needs and available resources.

Strategic Planning
•Works with departmental faculty to develop the departmental mission, vision, tactical initiatives, and metrics that are consistent with the School and University’s strategic and quality improvement plan. Leads the efforts of faculty and staff so that progress is made toward achieving individual, departmental, school, and institutional goals. Anticipates the resources that will be needed in the department, represents these needs in the budget process, and monitors their judicious use.
•Assesses and reports on program metrics, such as faculty workload and scholarly productivity, student satisfaction, graduation rates, enrollments, etc., to assure program goals are being met; Uses data to help teams initiate, manage, and sustain the process.
•Offers original solutions to solve problems or develop opportunities. Shows a drive for and works with a focus on continuous improvement.

Faculty Leadership and Development
•Leads the recruitment and retention of high-caliber faculty and staff in the department.
•Coaches, develops, and evaluates faculty (core and adjunct) effectiveness; assigns work with a focus on an agile workforce that responds effectively to changing programmatic situations and demands.
•Mentors and develops employees to maximize individual performance, build future organizational leadership, enhance teamwork and strengthen support of the organization’s core values;
•Recommends to the Dean faculty members for appointment, promotion and tenure, and special assignments of workload consistent with the department, college, and university policies.

Scholarly and Professional Development
•Stays abreast of educational best practices, changes, and developments that may impact the program through attendance and developing professional relationships at professional conferences, seminars, and local, state, and national organizations;
•Meets scholarly goals and professional growth and development by active involvement in research/scholarly activities and keeping abreast of the latest trends in the profession, higher education, and the health care environment.
•Promotes department’s overall visibility and reputation locally, nationally, and internationally by active participation and service in professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

•Earned academic doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, DHS).
•Minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience, with a minimum of three years of full-time experience as a core faculty member in a CAPTE accredited entry-level physical therapist education program.
•Established record of excellence in teaching, with a defined area of professional content expertise.
•Established record of research/scholarly activity.
•Active involvement in the PT profession and understanding of critical educational issues.
•Understanding of and experience with curriculum content, design, implementation, and evaluation.
•Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage in flexible, collaborative decision-making.
•Strong interest in faculty development and mentoring.
•Innovative vision and effective leadership skills to inspire teams to reach goals.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Previous higher education administrative experience as a leader/chair of an academic department and/or academic program.
•Experience with management of personnel-related activities, such as recruitment, new hire recommendations, and performance evaluations; and overseeing departmental financial processes.
•Experience in strategic planning.
•Demonstrated record of success in recruiting and developing high-caliber faculty.
•Outstanding judgment and the capacity to set and communicate priorities.
•Administrative experience with professional accreditation standards and procedures.
•Appreciation of new teaching methods and educational technology.

Required License / Registration / Certification:

•An active US physical therapy license or eligibility for licensure in the state of Texas.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to communicate, Lifting up to 10 pounds, Writing, Talk or Hear

Area of Specialty:

Administration; Physical Therapy

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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