Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Job Title:

Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications:

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by February 15, 2022.

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Rhode Island invites applications for a tenure-track Professor in physical therapy, with an expertise in research and teaching that complements the mission of the Department, College, and University. The position will be an academic year appointment with a start date of August 2022. The Department is located within the College of Health Sciences and is part of the University’s Academic Health Collaborative which also includes the Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing, and the Institute for Integrated Health and Innovation. The well-established Department is recognized for excellence in teaching, research, service, professional leadership, international opportunities for students, strong clinical education partners, and an on-site clinic. Annually, a cohort of 32 students are accepted and taught by a dedicated and experienced faculty. The Program received full (10 year) CAPTE re-accreditation in 2016.

The Department, College, and University recognize that the field of physical therapy needs to be strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and seeks to serve as a representative inspiration for the next generations. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented, marginalized, and/or excluded in the field of physical therapy who will support the mission of both URI and the Department of Physical Therapy to expose students to different perspectives. Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity to enhance a sense of belonging and academic success among students from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

The Physical Therapy Department is located on the Kingston campus in a rural setting just 15 minutes from beautiful ocean and bay beaches. A wide range of outdoor activities are available locally, and the Green and White Mountains are a 3-hour drive away. The University of Rhode Island offers a rich array of cultural and intellectual stimulating events including theatre offerings, music concerts, sports, and the Honors Colloquium. For more options, Providence is 40 minutes north, Boston and Cape Cod are 90 minutes away, and New York City is a 3-hour drive.


The successful candidate will have the ability to develop, lead, and collaborate on lines of research leading to peer-reviewed publications and grant submissions in physical therapy and related areas. This position will have a strong focus on research and securing grant funding to support research and graduate students. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching graduate-level courses in the DPT and PhD in Health Sciences programs and providing service to the Department, College, University, and/or the profession. The successful candidate will also demonstrate experience or potential to engage diverse students in all aspects of teaching, research, and service.



1) A Ph.D. (or equivalent), completed by September 2022.

2) Eligible for physical therapist licensure in Rhode Island.

3) Demonstrated ability to establish an independent line of research and to publish research in relevant, peer-reviewed journals.

4) Demonstrated ability to pursue external funding.

5) Demonstrated teaching ability that complements existing DPT curriculum.

6) Demonstrated proficiency in oral communication skills.

7) Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

8) Current membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

9) Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.


1) Demonstrated ability to secure external research funding.

2) Demonstrated ability to recruit and support graduate students.

3) Demonstrated ability to participate in collaborative research.

4) Demonstrated interest and/or experience in graduate teaching of contemporary physical therapy professional issues.

5) Demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary teaching.

6) Demonstrated experience in graduate student mentoring.

7) Demonstrated success and/or evidence of promise in obtaining external funding that will support productive research.




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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent


Physical Therapy


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 5 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application:

(1) A cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position.

(2) A complete curriculum vitae including the full contact information for at least three professional references (as one complete document).

(3) A research plan, limited to two pages, describing your current and future research and how it relates to the required qualifications (as one complete document).

(4) Other Document – A narrative, limited to one page, describing your teaching background and philosophy.

(5) Other Document – A diversity statement, limited to one page, describing your past or future contributions to diversity excellence in the areas of research, teaching and/or outreach.

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