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The Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Northern Arizona University (NAU) on the Flagstaff Campus is currently accepting applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is a 9-month appointment that is anticipated to begin in the fall semester of 2022.
A tenure track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor is being sought for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program on the Flagstaff Campus. Responsibilities for this position will include developing and teaching courses related to entry-level physical therapy education, with opportunities in various areas of emphasis. Opportunities also exist to participate in the PhD in Interdisciplinary Health program. The candidate will also be expected to develop and sustain an independent research line related to their area of expertise; collaborations across campus are possible and encouraged. Successful applicants will demonstrate evidence of the skills and commitment necessary to develop a successful, extramurally funded, research and/or scholarship program. Other expectations include participation in curriculum development, student advisement, and service to the department, college, university, and/or profession.
- Licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Arizona or eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in AZ (licensure must be obtained within 12 months after the start date).
- Academic doctorate degree (PhD, EdD, DSc, etc.) in Rehabilitation Science, Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, or a related field from an accredited institution. Candidates nearing completion of a doctorate (ABD) may be considered, but the doctorate must be received by the start date.
- Prior experience in the development, implementation, and dissemination of research projects.
- Post-doctoral experience.
- Evidence of independent or collaborative research productivity.
- Experience with grant writing and history of applying for extramural funding.
- The ability to collaborate with disciplines outside of physical therapy, especially those on NAU’s Flagstaff Mountain Campus.
- Evidence of successful teaching in a DPT program.
- 3 years or more of clinical physical therapy experience.
- Demonstrated commitment to work with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
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 Physical Therapy educational program is housed within the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training and enjoys a long, rich history of excellence in both scholarly activity and the clinical education of physical therapists. The program’s research activities include human locomotion, balance and posture, and health and wellness. In addition, we have active collaborations with Athletic Training, Mechanical Engineering, the Center of Health Equity Research, Center for Bioengineering Innovation, and Biology. As a part of their service, PT faculty can assist at a Dept. run pro bono clinic.
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.
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Commensurate with academic credentials and 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.
This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 22, 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 nau.jobs, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605714, 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 have specific questions about the position, please contact the chair of the search committee at [email protected]
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.
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.
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