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Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

North Central College
Naperville, IL
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Position Title:

Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy


Academic Affairs

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Faculty Status:

Full-time Faculty

Supervisor Title:

Chair, Department of Physical Therapy


Full-time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Tenure Track:


Position Summary:

The Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Education and Health Sciences at North Central College is excited to announce a search for an individual eager to assist in the development and implementation of an innovative Doctor of Physical Therapy Program built on a liberal arts foundation. The program will prepare physical therapists who will be able to navigate the complexities of future health care systems with strong skills in movement science, relationship and patient/client centered care, professionalism, communication, and technology focused on the pursuit of excellence.

Program highlights include:

• A program mission that focuses on supporting learners on their journey to becoming excellent clinicians, educators, scholars, and leaders dedicated to serving society as movement system experts.

• A program dedication to living the values of integrity, excellence, and balance through education, clinical practice, community engagement, leadership, and scholarship.

• Opportunities for interdisciplinary pedagogy and research with growing and expanding programs within the School and across the College.

• Located in a new, contemporary, interdisciplinary building that includes state-of-the-art classrooms, research, and simulation spaces.

• Utilization of innovative pedagogical ideas integrated with technology to deliver a curriculum built on a liberal arts and movement science foundation.

• The position is a 12-month position with eligibility for competitive salaries, benefits, sabbatical, pro-term semester, and professional development and scholarship support. Faculty rank is commensurate with experience and credentials.

We are currently seeking a dynamic and innovative individual with expertise in, musculoskeletal physical therapy to join our dynamic team. Individuals with expertise in other areas of physical therapy care also are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals who enjoy working collaboratively with others, enjoy working closely with students, and have an interest in being innovative in physical therapy education are encouraged to apply. Start date is negotiable between January 2023 and July 2024.

The successful applicant is required to have an earned an academic doctorate (PhD, EdD, DHSc, etc.) from an accredited institution; be a licensed physical therapist in the state of Illinois or be eligible for and have intent to obtain physical therapist licensure in Illinois; have the ability to function well within a collegial and collaborative environment; have the ability to live by and role model the mission, vision, values, and commitment of the North Central College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; and have evidence of contemporary expertise in one or more content areas taught within physical therapy curriculum. It is preferred the successful candidate demonstrate evidence of an ongoing or developing record of a scholarly agenda or the potential to develop a scholarly agenda consistent with the mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of students, and ongoing scholarship.

North Central College values diversity, equity and inclusion and strongly encourages candidates who would enrich the diversity of the campus community to apply. Experience working with diverse student populations and communities is highly desirable.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is a nationally recognized institution of about 3000 students, located in Naperville, IL, a thriving suburb just west of Chicago. North Central College is within walking distance of the Naperville Metra station and is next to downtown Naperville. The College has expanded its clinical professional programs, including occupational therapy, athletic training, and physician assistant studies. Completed in 2021, the Myron D. Wentz Center Health Sciences and Engineering houses state of the art simulation, classroom, interprofessional education, and research spaces designed for the health sciences. The Naperville area is home to many excellent school districts and Naperville, IL has been ranked as one of the best places to live by Money magazine. For more information, please visit: North Central College is an EEO Employer.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three professional references in an electronic format to For further information, contact Sara Scholtes, PT, DPT, PhD, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, at

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.


· Earned academic doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) from an accredited institution

· Illinois physical therapist licensure or eligibility and intention to obtain physical therapist licensure in the state of Illinois

Employment Conditions:

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the College’s background screening process.

Number of Vacancies:


EEO Statement:

North Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. North Central College provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation, please notify the Office of Human Resource. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicant:

Applicants who would enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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