Director of Clinical Education

University of Puget Sound

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Four-Year Institution

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University of Puget Sound

Director of Clinical Education
Job ID: 6382
Location: Physical Therapy
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Tempoary: Regular

Faculty Posting Details
Appointment: The University of Puget Sound, School of Physical Therapy is seeking candidates for a full-time Director of Clinical Education (DCE) at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor (non-tenure-track position) for its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.


The Director of Clinical Education's primary responsibility is to manage the clinical education program in support of the programs mission and goals. The DCE is assisted by an Onsite Clinic Coordinator and collaborates with the academic faculty to establish clinical education standards. The responsibilities of the DCE include, but are not limited to the following:
    Serve as the liaison between the academic program and the clinical education site. Select clinical learning environments that demonstrate sound patient management, ethical and professional behavior, and contemporary physical therapy practice. Manage and monitor educational affiliation agreements between the university and clinical sites. Develop, monitor and refine the clinical education component of the physical therapy curriculum, including Integrated Clinical Experiences in the Onsite Physical Therapy Clinic, clinical education seminars, and full-time clinical experiences. Assign students to clinical experiences that are appropriate for their learning needs. Ensure student readiness for clinical practice in cooperation with academic and clinical faculty in the Onsite Clinic, and determine the ability to integrate didactic content, and demonstrate safe and ethical practices. Facilitate quality learning experiences for students during all aspects of clinical education, including the Integrated Clinical Experiences in the Onsite Clinic. Assist the Site Coordinator of Clinical Education (SCCE), Clinical Instructor (CI) and students with problem-solving and addressing conflict during clinical experiences, should the need arise, then plan for remedial or accommodative clinical education experiences as needed. Determine grades for off-site clinical experiences using a variety of data including: Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI) ratings and summative comments, site visit notes, learning contracts, and completed assignments. Engage core faculty and the clinical education advisory committee in discussions about clinical education planning, implementation, and assessment. The DCE is available to students by cell phone, letter, or e-mail, whenever concerns arise prior to or during clinical experiences. In the event that stress or anxiety creates concern for either a student or CI, counseling services are identified, either through the University of Puget Sound or the rehabilitation facility. Furthermore, the DCE is available to assist in order to insure a successful clinical experience. Complete assessments and documentation for all aspects of the clinical education component, Perform academic responsibilities consistent with CAPTE and institutional policy

Successful candidates should possess excellent communication skills and commitment to collaboration with colleagues, both within and outside of the University. Specific teaching responsibilities will be determined in coordination with the program director, and include a commitment to evidence-based instruction and integration of appropriate technology. Successful candidates will understand contemporary issues in professional education, to include knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting didactic and clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy.


Candidates must have an earned doctorate degree, a minimum of 3 years in clinical practice, a minimum of 2 years in clinical education [e.g. DCE, SCCE, CI, and be eligible for PT licensure in Washington. Preference will be given to individuals with an academic doctorate, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certification, experience as a DCE or SCCE, completion of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Credentialed Instructor Program Level 1 (Level 2 preferred), and experience with competency-based education. Faculty responsibilities will include teaching in the core curriculum, scholarship, student advisement, and service to the University, profession, and community.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin March 25 and continue until the position is filled.

The School of Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound is a highly regarded program established in 1975 and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), with continuing accreditation confirmed 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 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.

Required Documents:

Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
    Curriculum vitae Letter of interest Diversity statement (see prompt below) Teaching statement Research statement Writing sample (e.g., published article or academic/research paper) Teaching evaluations Syllabi Letters of Reference (3)

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: Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

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

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 new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. 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. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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