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Assistant/Associate Professor - Physical Therapy

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Position type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Health Professions

Summary: The Doctor of Physical Therapy program within Grand Valley State University’s College of Health Professions invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position with emphasis on teaching in the neurologic curriculum. An earned post-professional doctoral degree is preferred and a successful applicant must be licensed as a physical therapist (or eligible) in the State of Michigan. Options for service-related activities include 10% of the candidate’s activity in support of the University co-sponsored ABPTRFE accredited Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The start date for this position is Fall 2023. 

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Possess a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from a CAPTE accredited institution or other doctoral degree.
  • Licensed (or eligible) in the State of Michigan as a physical therapist.
  • Strong collaborative and collegial interpersonal relationships with peers and students.
  • Excellent time management and leadership skills.
  • Supportive of goals to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the profession.
  • Committed to supporting the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the university, college, program, and the profession.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Possess, or willingness to pursue, a post-professional terminal degree (PhD, EdD, DSc)
  • ABPTS Board Certification (Neurologic, Geriatric, orPediatric PT preferred)
  • History of successful teaching in a DPT program in neurologic rehabilitation
  • A developed scholarly agenda, and demonstrate potential for extramural grant funding.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: 1) Teaching: Instruction in the area of neurologic physical therapy and advising students, 2) Scholarship: participate in scholarly activity and direct faculty-led graduate student research; 3) Service: participate in department, 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 & Athletic Training/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 excellent 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: Health Campus

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 address of three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, please call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. For additional information, contact Dr. Michael Shoemaker, Search Committee Co-Chair at

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applicants 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 prior to February 1, 2023 will receive priority consideration. The successful candidate will begin the position on August 6, 2023. 

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. 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, 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, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

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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