Professor of Professional Practice and Founding Director, Respiratory Therapy Program

Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey

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Job no: 495666
Work type: Temporary Full-Time
Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
Categories: Faculty - School of Nursing & Health Professions

Professor of Professional Practice and Founding Director, Respiratory Therapy Program

Rowan University is accepting applications for the position of Professor of Professional Practice and Founding Director of the Respiratory Therapy Program. Offering entry-level and degree-advancement programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy, the program will be offered on the campus of Rowan College of Jersey in Sewell, NJ. The Professor of Professional Practice/Program Director will report to the Dean of the Rowan University School of Nursing & Health Professions and will also work closely with the Dean of the Rowan College of South Jersey Division of Nursing & Health Professions and other program personnel to administer the program and ensure compliance with the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The Professor of Professional Practice/Program Director will also work collaboratively with the leadership and faculty of programs in the allied and affiliated health professions and Rowan University’s two medical schools to provide students with educational experiences reflecting interprofessional practice and care.

Once the program is established, the Professor of Professional Practice/Program Director will be expected to teach in and administer the program, including schedule courses, recruit and support instructors for the BSRT courses each term, and provide orientation and resources for teaching as needed. The Professor of Professional Practice/Program Director will oversee recruitment activities, admissions events and orientations, student support, and field education. Responsibilities will include program planning and development; ongoing review and assessment of program activities; fiscal planning; curricular oversight; coordination of clinical education with didactic and laboratory activities; student recruitment; teaching in the program; and service. The position is a full-time 12-month (non-tenure-track) appointment with an anticipated eventual distribution of workload of 50% teaching and 50% administration and an initial greater proportion devoted to administration as necessary to achieve provisional accreditation and program launch.

The responsibilities of the founding director will be to:

  • Provide oversight and leadership for the Respiratory Therapy program
  • Recruit a diverse faculty and student body and cultivate an inclusive environment
  • Oversee all aspects of program development and align them with professional standards for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • Demonstrate current working knowledge of respiratory care and best practices
  • Oversee initial and follow up accreditation reporting
  • Develop entry into practice and degree advancement curricula
  • Teach in the program
  • Oversee effective and meaningful assessment of program outcomes and student learning outcomes
  • Engage in professional collaboration with area clinical affiliates to ensure contemporary practices, advisory committee development, grant, and graduate employment opportunities
  • Anticipate needs for new curricular development in emerging areas of practice
  • Develop and implement strategies for student retention and success
  • Work collaboratively with supporting departments such as admissions and advisement
  • Develop agreements with educational partners to cultivate applicant pools for the entry into practice and degree advancement programs
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.
  • The successful candidate possesses the following qualifications:

  • Master's degree in respiratory therapy or closely related healthcare field from an accredited institution
  • Valid Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credential and current NJ state license
  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with at least two (2) years in clinical respiratory care
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience teaching either as an appointed faculty member in a CoARC-accredited respiratory care program or as a clinical instructor/ preceptor for students of such programs
  • Ability to complete the CoARC Key Personnel Training Program
  • Strong communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling skills
  • Current knowledge and skill in the use of information and computer technology or proven ability to learn these skills
  • Utilization of innovative teaching methods incorporating technology, including on-line resources
  • Ability to work well and communicate effectively with prospective and current students, staff, faculty, administration, and colleagues and community partners in large and small settings
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty, and staff and a commitment to a student-centered environment.
  • Supplemental Information:

    The physical demands described below are representative of those necessary to fulfill the essential functions of the job. Instruction in use of equipment and activities associated with patient care replicates the clinical setting and requires physical capacity comparable to that of a practicing respiratory therapist based on the O*NET summary of work activities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Physical Demands:

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles)

  • The position is available November 1, 2021. Interviews will begin the week of October 18, 2021. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications must contain a letter of interest that includes a clear description of experience and qualifications, current curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references. All applications must be submitted through our online applicant tracking system.

    Rowan University is a R2 Carnegie-classified Doctoral University (High Research Activity) with approximately 20,000 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The University comprises twelve academic colleges and schools, including the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the Colleges of Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science & Mathematics; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; the School of Nursing & Health Professions; and the School of Earth & Environment, along with an Honors College, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Professional Studies, and a School of Translational Biomedical Engineering & Sciences. Rowan’s Division of Global Learning & Partnerships offers flexible undergraduate and graduate programs on campus and off site – including at two area community colleges – and online. Rowan is one of two public universities in the country to offer M.D. and D.O. medical degree programs. The institution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes, the Ric & Jean Edelman Planetarium, Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum, and the Virtual Reality Center. U.S. News & World Report, in its “Best Colleges 2020” special edition, ranked Rowan University #79 among public universities and #166 among all National Universities.

    Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. For the complete Rowan University non-discrimination and affirmative action policy see:

    Rowan University is committed to assisting all members of the Rowan community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the Department of Public Safety website at:

    If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Department of Public Safety Office, located at Bole Hall Annex, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (856) 256-4562 or 4506. The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, public safety authority, crime reporting policies, fire safety, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about fire statistics in Rowan University Residential Facilities and crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This information is required by federal law, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or "Clery Act" and is provided by the Rowan University Department of Public Safety.

    All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.

    Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and the university will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.

    Advertised: Oct 1 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close:


    Working at Rowan University 

    Rowan University, located a half-hour outside of Philadelphia with its main campus in suburban Glassboro, N.J., is an institution on the move.

    This summer, the University opened Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) in partnership with Cooper University Health Care, in Camden. The first new four-year, M.D.-granting medical school in New Jersey in more than 35 years, CMSRU welcomed its first class in August 2012.

    Rowan continues to work with the Borough of Glassboro and private developers on Rowan Boulevard, a $300 million redevelopment project that links the University’s main campus to the historic downtown. This fall alone, the partners broke ground for a new academic building/parking garage and a Marriott Courtyard Hotel. Rowan Boulevard already includes a Barnes & Noble Collegiate Superstore, housing for approximately 1,300 students and retail space.

    The University also recently created a School of Biomedical Sciences, which joins nine colleges. In addition to CMSRU they are: the Rohrer College of Business, Communication & Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Graduate & Continuing Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science & Mathematics.

    Earlier in 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie awarded Rowan state research institution status (not Carnegie classification) as part of the New Jersey Medical and Health Science Education Restructuring Act, making Rowan only the second comprehensive public research institution in the State. That Act also opened the door to Rowan partnering with Rutgers-Camden to create a College of Health Sciences in Camden near CMSRU. The vision for that College calls for schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, food science and 16 allied health programs. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in nearby Stratford, N.J., is to become part of Rowan in the near future. When that occurs, Rowan will be only the second school in the nation with M.D. and D.O. medical programs.

    A selective, medium‑sized public university, Rowan is recognized for its nationally ranked academic and athletic programs, talented professors and high‑tech facilities. The University, which has a branch campus in Camden, N.J., and the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University in Mantua, N.J., prides itself on being able to provide its more than 12,000 students with an outstanding education at an exceptional value.

     The University offers 57 undergraduate majors, including four undergraduate degree-completion programs; three dual bachelor’s/master’s degrees; more than 40 master’s level programs (including specializations); approximately 25 graduate-level certificate programs; 12 post-baccalaureate programs or endorsements; and two doctoral/specialist programs, including the M.D. degree from its medical school. Students can pursue their degrees at the main campus, the Camden campus, online or at several community colleges, as well as at CMSRU.

    Rowan has been recognized by national organizations that evaluate colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report ranked Rowan 19th among Best Regional Universities—North, third among the public institutions in the category. The Princeton Review named Rowan among 222 institutions in its Best in the Northeast section of its website feature 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region and included the Rohrer College of Business in its edition of the Best 296 Business Schools. The Princeton Review also listed Rowan, which in the past has been recognized by the U.S. EPA as a Top Green Power Purchaser in its athletic conference, in its Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.


    Currently, Rowan University employs 1,090 faculty members: full-time tenure-track professors, full-time temporary professors, part-time professors and adjuncts. The University also employs 940 staff members.

    Recognizing that employees, students and the community are valuable resources, Rowan’s Human Resources Department supports the University’s vision and mission; encourages the personal and professional enrichment of employees; provides services appropriate to employees’ needs; and promotes awareness, learning and collaboration.

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