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Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Tenure-track, Fall 2024

Chapman University
Irvine, CA

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Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Tenure-track, Fall 2024

Irvine, CA
Open Date:
Sep 26, 2023

Chapman University invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor for the Department of Physical Therapy in Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. We seek a faculty member who has the potential to establish an innovative and impactful research agenda in an area relevant to physical therapy/rehabilitation science, and to contribute to excellence in physical therapy education.

Continually accredited since 1928, the Department of Physical Therapy has a rich tradition as one of the oldest physical therapy programs in the United States. The program graduates two cohorts of forty students each year. Facilities within the Department of Physical Therapy feature advanced motion analysis and Motek/GRAIL laboratories and include a comprehensive range of biomechanical, neurophysiological, and cardiovascular research tools.

The Department of Physical Therapy is located on the Rinker Health Science campus in Irvine, CA. This campus is designed to foster an inter-professional educational environment and to use cutting edge technology in teaching and practice. The campus features state of the art facilities, including a human cadaver anatomy laboratory, advanced learning center with innovative technology, Grand Rounds auditorium with 3D projection capabilities, multi-sized classrooms, a medical library, and collaborative work centers. The campus is home to several accredited graduate health science professional programs, including Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies, and Doctor of Pharmacy. The campus is also the home of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences (Brain Institute), offering additional outstanding facilities for neurophysiological and neuromodulation research. The Rinker campus is strategically located near healthcare institutions, medical device, and biopharmaceutical companies.

Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing, and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More information about the university and Crean College is available at

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at


  • Establish productive line of research and secure extramural funding.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with physical therapy faculty and Chapman collaborators in the fields of musculoskeletal pain disorders, applied neuroscience, geriatrics, pediatrics, health psychology, or other areas to foster collaborative research and enhance the student learning experience.
  • Teach in area(s) of expertise and curricular need in the DPT program. Teaching load is negotiable based on research excellence and extramural funding. Candidates are expected to provide academic, professional, and research mentorship to doctoral physical therapy students.
  • Candidates with combined PhD and PT credentials will be expected to maintain clinical licensure. 
  • Perform academic and professional service at a level commensurate with rank.


The successful candidate will hold a terminal academic doctorate (Ph.D. D.Sc., Ed. D or equivalent) in a clinically relevant field such as movement/rehabilitation science, exercise science, biomechanics, epidemiology, kinesiology, neuroscience, or other health sciences. Candidates should have the potential to establish a collaborative and extramurally funded research program. Current research conducted by physical therapy faculty at Chapman examines non-pharmacological rehabilitation strategies for chronic pain management, as well as biomechanical and neurological aspects of typical/atypical movement in multiple patient populations across the lifespan. These include individuals with musculoskeletal disorders and neurological dysfunction. Strong candidates will have a research agenda that complements or extends current Departmental research. Candidates who hold licensure as a physical therapist (or eligibility for licensure in California) are highly preferred for this position.  

Application Instructions:

Candidates should electronically submit the following materials:

  • Letter of application outlining your interest, experience, and accomplishments relevant to this position (including research, teaching, and service)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Reprints of publications or other examples of scholarly work
  • Statement of how the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion factor into your research, teaching and service (up to one page in length)
  • Contact details for three professional references.

Items should be addressed to Dr. Jo Armour Smith, DPT Search Committee Chair. 

Further inquiries can be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jo Armour Smith, cc to Faculty Search Coordinator Erika Orejola and use “PT Asst. Professor Position” as the email subject line.

Application reviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate. The salary range is $115,000-$125,000 and will be commensurate with experience. A competitive start-up package will be provided based on the rank and funding status of the applicant. This position is contingent on final budget approval. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional and graduate programs. Ranked in the top tier of Western universities, by U.S. News and World Report, Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and ground-breaking teaching. The University is classified by Carnegie as an R-2 research institution; Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and innovative teaching. More information is available at 

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at

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