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Associate or Professor/Chair - Physical Therapy (College of Health Professions)

Apply now Job no: 493264
Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Health Professions

Summary: Full-Time, 12-Month, Tenure-Track Position. The Department of Physical Therapy within Grand Valley State University’s College of Health Professions invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level (or higher) to serve as the Department Chair. Applicants must possess an earned post-professional doctoral degree and be licensed as a physical therapist (or eligible for licensure) in the state of Michigan. Previous experience as a program director and with the CAPTE accreditation process is preferred. This position will support the ongoing success of the GVSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. The start date for this position is Summer 2020.

Required Qualifications and Education: Candidates for this position must have at least 6 years of full-time higher education experience in a physical therapy program, possess an earned post-professional doctoral degree, and hold the rank of at least Associate Professor. The candidate must possess an understanding of higher education and contemporary physical therapy practice, as well as have a record of effective administrative and teaching experience and evidence of scholarship and service activity. Current physical therapy licensure in Michigan (or the ability to obtain licensure) is required. Strong communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills are essential.

Preferred Qualifications and Education: Candidates who are tenured and value diversity of people, ideas, and experiences are desirable. Previous experience as a program director and with the CAPTE accreditation process, as well as at least six years at the rank of Associate Professor or higher are preferred.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: 1) Administration: oversight of program accreditation, admissions, assessment, budget and curriculum activities; support of faculty development in the areas of teaching, scholarship, service; and management of staff; (2) Teaching: instruction in the areas(s) of expertise and advising students; (3) Scholarship: participate in independent scholarly activity and direct graduate student research; (4) Service: participate in college, university, and community service; represent the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) physical therapy program in state, regional, and national physical therapy education communities.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Department/Division: Department of Physical Therapy/College of Health Professions. The physical therapy program offers a 3-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.  This well-established, highly respected program is housed in a state-of-the-art facility with access to adequate space for instructional (both lecture and laboratory), research, and simulation purposes. The GVSU DPT program is situated in a growing health campus within the rapidly expanding healthcare corridor of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Opportunities exist for clinical and scholarly interprofessional collaboration with faculty from other programs within the College of Health Professions and the University as well as with healthcare professionals from community institutions.  For additional information visit our website at

Campus: Grand Rapids, Health Campus

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applications will begin immediately, and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. Although the position will remain open until filled, applications submitted by January 1, 2020 will receive priority consideration. The successful candidate will begin the position August 6, 2020.

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and brief statements outlining your scholarship/research experiences and teaching philosophy. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. For additional information, contact Barb Hoogenboom, Search Chair at

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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