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Assistant/Associate Professor - Neurologic Physical Therapist

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


Position Title:  Tenure-Track Faculty - Neurologic Physical Therapist

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. The start date for this position is Fall 2024. 

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.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of clinical practice as a licensed physical therapist.
  • 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, or Pediatric PT preferred)
  • History of successful teaching in a DPT program in neurologic rehabilitation
  • A developed scholarly agenda and demonstrated 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. Todd Sander at

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applicants will begin immediately, and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. The position will remain open until filled. The successful candidate will begin the position August 6, 2024. 


Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000

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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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