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Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy - College of Health and Human Sciences (6223)

Northern Illinois University (NIU)
DeKalb, IL

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Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy - College of Health and Human Sciences (6223)

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Assistant Professor

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Allied Health & Comm Disorders


College-Hlth & Human Sci Dean


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WZ 340

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Overview :

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Higher Research Activity located in DeKalb, IL. DeKalb is a diverse and growing community providing residents with a small-town feel and the benefits of a large university. The Physical Therapy program is part of the interdisciplinary School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders and offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Faculty in Audiology, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology collaborate in clinical and research endeavors. The prospective candidate will work with a diverse student and clinic population and enjoy a comfortable work/life balance. Excellent off-campus sites are available for practicum, research, and grant development. The school includes a 27,000 sq. ft. multidisciplinary clinic space which houses the Speech-Language-Hearing and Physical Therapy Clinics. For more information about the program, visit

This is a full-time, nine-month, promotable, tenure track Assistant Professor Physical Therapy Faculty position. The faculty member is responsible for educating students in direct patient care and providing classroom instruction to entry-level doctor of physical therapy students.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Professor in physical therapy will serve as core faculty as defined by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)in Northern Illinois University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Teach academic coursework to DPT students
  • Engage in scholarly activity (e.g., research publications, presentations, grants)
  • Contribute positively to committee service within the university (i.e., program, department, college university levels) and profession
  • Provide student advisement and direct student research.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Academic research doctorate;
    • Applicants who are dissertation candidates (ABD) will be considered. Contract is contingent on completion of doctorate degree.
  • Active unrestricted license of physical therapy in the state of Illinois;
    • Applicants who are active unrestricted-licensed physical therapists in any United States jurisdiction will be considered. Contract is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining an active unrestricted physical therapy license in the state of Illinois.
  • Expertise in areas that complement the expertise of existing faculty to ensure depth and breadth across the scope of practice as required by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Additional Requirements:

  • If not already obtained, must obtain an active, unrestricted physical therapist license in the state of Illinois within six months of appointment;
  • Ability to educate graduate students in clinical, laboratory, and classroom settings.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in evidence-based practice;
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to meeting the program’s instructional needs;
  • Understanding of and experience with curriculum content, design, and evaluation;
  • Employing strategies to promote and support professional development;
  • Strong oral, written, visual, and electronic communication skills;
  • Effective interpersonal and conflict management skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact in a positive manner with diverse faculty, staff, patients, students, and clinicians as well as with people of varying economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Contribute to promoting a collegial environment in which faculty support each other and their students

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior teaching experience, especially teaching graduate students and experience supervising clinical education, and a productive high-quality research agenda;
  • Experience providing care to diverse populations. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of professional service, research, and experience developing grants for programming is desirable;
  • Specialized training or ABPTS;
  • Expertise in one of the following areas pediatrics, vestibular, and neurology specializations;
  • Active unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in the state of Illinois;
  • Desire to make NIU their long-term home.

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  • The candidate must follow NIU’s immunization policies.

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Commensurate with experience and qualifications; position includes a robust benefits package.

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Commensurate with experience and qualifications; position includes a robust benefits package.

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Application Procedure:

For fullest consideration, please visit to create an application profile and submit the following materials by January 15, 2023:

Application Materials:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Licensure information
  • List of three professional references
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire)

Interviews may occur before January 15, 2023, but a decision will not be made until after all applications received by that date have been considered. Applications received after this date are welcomed, but will be considered as needed.

For additional questions, please contact Lara Lyles at

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EEO Statement Summary:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) at

Safety Information:

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Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

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Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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