Associate or Full Professor/ Department of Physical Therapy Chair and Program Director

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The Physical Therapy Department at Clarkson University invites applicants to apply for a full time core faculty position as Chair and Program Director beginning on or around January 1, 2023. This position is a tenure or clinical track position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with rank and salary commensurate with credentials and experience. This position reports to the Dean of the Lewis School of Health Sciences.

We are seeking a Chair candidate who will lead the department and the profession through innovation and collaboration. Candidates should be comfortable working in a highly interactive and collaborative teaching/learning environment.

The Clarkson University Physical Therapy program received initial CAPTE accreditation in 2001, with continuing accreditation through 2027. A problem-based learning curriculum and small class sizes allow for individualized student-centered experiences. The program is supported by strong clinical partners with diverse clinical backgrounds, actively engaged and supportive of our educational mission and research agendas. As part of Clarkson University’s Lewis School of Health Sciences, the physical therapy program is committed to a shared vision for inter-professional education and collaboration.

Potsdam, NY is the cultural and educational hub of Northern New York, with four universities in the area. In the Adirondacks of New York State, Potsdam is picturesque with much to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Potsdam offers a small town experience with reasonable cost of living, good school districts, and a safe environment to raise a family, yet relatively close to the urban opportunities afforded by Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.

Clarkson University is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. With more than 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students, its main campus is located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities are located in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company.

Clarkson University DPT Program:

We seek to guide the next generation of movement experts by promoting the well-being of our local community and those all around the globe. Through a Problem-Based Learning curriculum and hands-on clinical experience, we develop leaders in physical therapy that make sound clinical decisions and implement feasible solutions. Our unique learning environment provides students tight-knit connections with their peers, faculty, and the community at large and the ability to take their expertise anywhere. The Department has 9 full-time faculty with maximum cohorts sizes 30 students resulting in a student ratio of 10-1.

Position Description:

The Department Chair/Program Director demonstrates the academic and professional qualifications and relevant experience in higher education requisite for providing effective leadership for the program, the program faculty, and the students. These qualifications include all of the following:


  • physical therapist who holds (or eligible) an active, unrestricted PT license in New York;
  • earned academic doctoral degree;
  • holds or would be eligible for the rank of associate professor, professor, clinical associate professor, or clinical professor;
  • 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;
  • demonstrate leadership experience including, but not limited to, responsibility for communication, program assessment and planning, fiscal management, and faculty evaluation


  • History of scholarship including presentations and peer-reviewed publications;
  • Experience as a DPT Department Chair/Program Director;
  • Recent and relevant clinical and teaching experience;
  • Leadership at a state or national level.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent leadership skills with an willingness to collaborate within an inter-professional environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively to all groups through both oral and written channels
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Displays tact, a positive attitude, courtesy and discretion in dealing with trustees, faculty, staff, students, high level university officials and the public
  • Ability to empower effective team performance
  • Fosters diversity, equity, inclusion and a sense of belonging in all actions and behaviors
  • Exercises excellent judgment and maintain composure in complex, new and/or challenging situations
  • Manage multiple concurrent projects and meet strict deadlines
  • Adaptability, flexibility and a willingness to work in a changing environment
  • This position demands vision, collaboration, honesty, integrity and the ability to work within the mission of Clarkson University

Physical Demands: Ability to complete essential classroom functions. Clarkson is committed to complying with the guidelines set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Special Instructions:

This position will remain open until a successful candidate is secured. Applications received by July 1, 2022 will receive priority consideration. To submit your application, go to and click “Career Opportunities”. Complete applications should include the following:

  • Cover Letter that outlines qualifications and credentials, teaching experience and accomplishments;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Leadership Philisophy;
  • Diversity statement;
  • Names and addresses (including email) of three professional references.

An equal opportunity /affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.


Working at Clarkson University

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95+ rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Clarkson alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. 

Clarkson welcomes scholars and students from all over the world.

Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community; and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion and application of knowledge.

Through our Office of Human Resources, we focus on the recruitment, onboarding, training and professional development of our employee community across multiple campuses and learning environments. The goal is a campus community where all are welcomed and valued members who contribute to the development of global citizenship by promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.


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Together we ignite the mindsets and skill sets that are in demand for tomorrow’s best careers . To think, act and lead globally, we span disciplines to find new solutions and deepen our respect for the diversity of our University community.

We develop innovative programs and research portfolios in partnership with business and industry to explore, create and achieve better futures. We invest in people, ideas and our campus’ living. We give our time, resources and goodwill to drive the future.

We are all Golden Knights who commit to living the Clarkson Values and sharing our success as a model of these ideals. Through the legacy of our personal accomplishments and generosity, we ensure the next generation has the same opportunities to create a better world for themselves and society.

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