Associate Professor or Professor and Director of Physical Therapy Program

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK

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Associate Professor or Professor and Director of Physical Therapy Program

Oklahoma City, OK
Open Date:
Aug 21, 2023

Direct Supervisor: Department Chair
FTE: 100%
Appointment Type: Associate/Full Professor, Tenure-track
Associate Professor or Professor and Director of Physical Therapy Program
Primary Location:  OU Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, OK

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is responsible for visionary leadership, management, and administration of the program in collaboration with the Department Chair, Vice Chair, and other Program Directors.  The DPT Program Director will receive a multi-source evaluation annually by the Chair, program faculty, staff, and students in their program.


Visionary Leadership: Visionary leadership entails knowledge and appreciation of the program’s history and awareness and candid assessment of its current state with a long-view of future directions by thoughtful calibration with professional trends in practice, teaching, research, and academic models. This vision entails creation of new ideas for innovative goal development that foster program excellence that are in alignment with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (RS) strategic plan, its culture and values.  A visionary Program Director shares trends with program faculty, encourages open discussion, and initiates revision and changes supported and approved by consensus of the program faculty; can reflect on feedback regarding the program, department and self with a growth mindset and willingness to create efficient and effective processes as well as self-assess to improve personal leadership strategies.  

Accreditation:  Respond with honesty and integrity during all interactions with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in preparing timely reports as required for continued accreditations, and insure the timely payment of accreditation fees; ensure that the Chair and College Administration have adequate opportunity to review documents prior to submission.

State/National Visibility:  Serves as the leader and an ambassador of the program within the practice community and a source of information for students, graduates, and practitioners within the state. Interacts with and develops cordial working relationships with leaders in other professional PT and PTA programs within Oklahoma, the region, and across the country; attends national Program Director meetings (annually when possible) supported by Department.

Positive Work Environment: Create, contribute to, and instill in faculty the need for a positive work environment where trust, accountability and working for the faculty’s and Department’s highest good is the norm.  It is the expectation that the Program Director will serve as a role model for professionalism, openness, positivity, stability, resilience, and change management. Leadership decisions/actions should align with the culture and values of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences as set by the Chair in collaboration with the faculty. High standards for faculty will be paired with high support which may include assessment of a variety of contexts, including environment, family resources/needs, health and workload. 

Program Planning:  Participation in all committees and related groups instrumental to planning for the needs of the program, including Chair, Vice Chari and Program Director meetings, faculty meetings, Annual Mid-year retreats, Annual Summer retreats, DPT Program Community Advisory Board Meetings, Professional Program Curriculum Workgroups, Curriculum Review and Planning Meetings, and meetings with student leadership. Communicate with the DRS Chair regarding program, faculty and student planning needs.

Program Evaluation: Responsible for establishing and tracking annual program evaluation strategies consistent with the strategic plan and accreditation targets; collaborate with the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) for analysis of clinical education data; collaborate with strategic planning work groups as needed for professional PT program data or goals; recommend and/or implement changes in the strategic plan based on program evaluation, and complete annual evaluation report.

Budgeting: Responsible for collaboration with Department Chair and staff for budget planning annually. Notify the Chair when the program has additional budget needs outside of the current budget.

Faculty Development: Support faculty to reach annual teaching, research, and service goals necessary to support the mission and then assign duties accordingly; perform annual performance evaluation and review; discuss progress toward Professional Development Plans — Form F-3 to assess action steps for strategic planning and program evaluation, and facilitate promotion and tenure plans. Collaborates and communicates with the Director of Faculty Development to discuss faculty Professional Development Plans and discuss faculty development needs of the Program. Make recommendations to the Chair for annual college and university awards and for promotion/tenure and writes letters of support.

Admissions:  Serve on the Program Admissions Committee; work with the Director of Admissions and Chair to determine the final composition of the incoming DPT class.

Student Management: Supports recruitment in conjunction with the College of Allied Health Office of Student and Academic Services which may include recommendations to OASA, and participating in or delegating faculty for recruitment events; participates in the admissions process; coordinate new student orientation; accept and assign advisees to faculty;  leads the Academic Progress and Promotions Committee to determine student progress and retention; solicits and responds to student feedback; support student leadership and activities; participate in selection of students for awards and honors; leads or participates in evaluation of student management systems, and then create, recommend and implement new processes; serves as the point of contact for special student requests (e.g., campus changes, program withdrawal, leave of absence).

Selection and Supervision of Faculty: Participates in the search committee process for selection of new faculty by actively recruiting faculty through personal invitations or national connections; contribute to the letter of offer with job responsibilities; provides appropriate orientation of new full-time faculty in conjunction with University, College and Department policies & procedures; provides appropriate supervision and evaluation of program faculty as required by accreditation or department policy; assesses the strengths of faculty and makes recommendations for courses, projects and positions that align with faculty strengths and interests in alignment with the DRS workload plan;  proactively assesses the needs for adjunct clinical faculty following department and accreditation ratios using department policies & procedures; direct verbal or written disciplinary feedback is provided in consultation with the Chair who ultimately has sole responsibility for actions towards faculty. All disciplinary feedback with faculty will occur face-to-face, Zoom or through email. Text messages or instant messaging is not allowed to ensure appropriate record keeping. 

Special Events: participates in the planning of special events (e.g., selection of day/time, agenda items) such as student orientation, Unity Day, Advancement Ceremony, and special lectures per department policy and procedures; contributes to the success of college special events by organizing the program schedules as needed for maximal participation (e.g., Research Day, Allied Health Week).

Teaching, Research and Service.  As assigned, to meet the mission of the University, College, Department, and Program, but carefully monitored to not exceed the time necessary to complete the roles and responsibilities of the Program Director.




Required: Minimum of 6 years in higher education and minimum of three years full time in PT education program.


  • Earned academic doctorate
  • PT license in OK or eligible for OK licensureRequired: Minimum of 6 years in higher education and minimum of three years full time in PT education program.


Preferences (Not Required)

  • Experience with interprofessional education
  • Current scholarly and/or research agenda


Application Instructions:

Applicants are required to provide a CV and Cover Letter.

If there are any questions pertaining to this position, please call Deborah Martin at (405) 271-2288, ext. 43419 or email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement 

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving an equitable, diverse, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Mission of the University of Oklahoma

The Mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.

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