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Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

University of Puget Sound
Physical Therapy

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Health & Medical, Allied Health
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Assistant Professor
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Four-Year Institution
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Job Title: Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Location: Physical Therapy
Full/Part Time:
Job ID: 6319
Faculty Posting Details

Appointment: Clinical-line Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy to begin Fall 2022.


The University of Puget Sound School of Physical Therapy seeks applications for an on-going Clinical (non-tenure track) Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy to begin Fall 2022. The successful candidate will have expertise in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. The standard teaching load is 6 units per academic year. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the Musculoskeletal areas of the curriculum, with additional teaching obligations for one or more of the following courses: Geriatrics, Physical Agents, Fundamental Skills of PT, as well as mentoring of student research projects and some combination of the following: mentoring/instructing students in our on-site physical therapy clinic, teaching an advanced clinical elective in an area of special interest, and other course work as negotiated. Clinical-line faculty are expected to engage in scholarship/professional development, departmental advising and admissions-related duties, as well as university service.



  • Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy
  • Clinical teaching experience of DPT students
  • Strong potential for scholarly productivity
  • Licensed Physical Therapist (WA state eligible)
  • Minimum of 5 years of clinical practice
Highly Desired:

  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist
  • Earned Post Professional Doctorate; Doctoral degree candidates will be considered
  • Academic teaching experience of DPT students

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin February 1, 2022 and continue until position is filled.

Required Documents:

    Curriculum vitaeLetter of InterestResearch statement A professional Writing sample (e.g., published article or academic/research paper) Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required prior of the successful candidate) Diversity Statement (see prompt below) Contact Information for 3 References. You will be prompted to enter the contact information for three (3) reference providers. The system will automatically email these reference providers to request a letter.

Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.

Applicant's Diversity Statement:

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant’s diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicant's can express their qualification:

  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university’s DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one’s effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Clinical Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

About the Program: The School of Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound established in 1975 and subsequently received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), with continuing accreditation confirmed most recently in 2019. The program has eight full-time faculty members, five adjunct faculty, and a robust network of clinical instructors that mentor students in the on-site clinic, Puget Sound’s pro bono physical therapy (PT) service to the community. This part-time clinical experience is integrated into students’ second and third years, and is in addition to the program’s two, full-time clinical experiences. The program seats a class of 36 students each fall and prides itself on graduates who are highly clinically competent. For this reason, PT faculty who teach clinical content areas are expected to remain clinically current and practice physical therapy in an ongoing manner. More information about the program is located on the website at

About Puget Sound:

The mission of the University of Puget Sound is to develop in its students the capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, residential, national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries. 65% of students live on the 97 acre campus and the remainder typically live within a mile in the surrounding neighborhood. A low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The university offers 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.

Puget Sound has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy. More information on faculty resources can be found here:

University Diversity Statement

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.


Working at University of Puget Sound

The University of Puget Sound is an independent residential undergraduate liberal arts college with selected graduate programs building effectively on a liberal arts foundation. The University, as a community of learning, maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interaction.

The mission of the University is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning, preparing the University's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

The University of Puget Sound campus offers a unique blend of ingredients for immersing yourself in learning: the unparalleled scenery of the Pacific Northwest, traditional Tudor-Gothic architecture, leafy enclaves for quiet study, and common areas infused with an indisputable energy. The campus is just minutes away from downtown Tacoma, with its revitalized waterfront, thriving arts and culture scene, and an eclectic mix of retail shops and restaurants.

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