The Tufts University School of Medicine's Department of Public Health and Community Medicine invites applications for a full-time, 12-month non-tenured faculty appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor for the developing accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program to serve as the Director of Clinical Education (DCE). This accelerated DPT program is a blend of online and on-location activities, which allows the faculty member to live remotely to the Tufts School of Medicine Atlanta location. However, DPT faculty members must be able to travel and stay in Atlanta, GA, for designated periods each semester. The successful candidate is expected to enhance current teaching and mentoring activities within the DPT program, as well as develop a scholarly agenda and participate in community and professional service appropriate for a university faculty member. Combinations of areas of clinical expertise are welcome, and we encourage interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives.
The DCE is responsible for developing, monitoring, and refining the clinical education component of the curriculum at the Tufts DPT Atlanta location. The DCE facilitates quality learning experiences for students during clinical education, as well as educates students, clinical, and academic faculty about clinical education. This administrative role within the program has a critical responsibility to select clinical learning environments that demonstrate characteristics of sound patient/client management, ethical and professional behavior, and currency with physical therapist practice. The DCE will collaborate with the clinical education team at the Tufts DPT Boston, Tufts DPT Phoenix, and Tufts DPT Seattle locations to maximize available resources for the clinical education program. The DCE has primary oversight and provides documented records and assessment of the clinical education component at the DPT Atlanta location (including the clinical education sites, clinical educators, etc.).
We seek a collegial individual who has a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and is licensed in their state. This individual must have a minimum of three years of full-time post-licensure clinical practice. Two years of clinical practice must include experience as a CCCE or CI in physical therapy, or a minimum of two years of experience in teaching, curriculum development and administration in a physical therapy education program. We prefer candidates with ABPTS specialization in a discipline appropriate for teaching responsibilities or a terminal academic doctorate in a discipline appropriate for teaching responsibilities.
Successful candidates should possess excellent communication skills and strong technological skills to meet the needs of our online didactic instructional format. We desire a team-oriented colleague who is willing and able to collaborate and share instructional methods and student learning activities. We also are eager to identify candidates who show a genuine appreciation of evidence-based teaching, integration of technology within the classroom, and building a student-centered community within the online classroom.
This position is a non-tenure-track faculty position with salary and rank commensurate with qualifications. Candidates for the rank of Assistant Professor must demonstrate the potential to become independent investigators and teachers. If candidates seek the rank of Associate Professor, he/she must have a proven track record of scholarship, extramural research funding, and graduate student advising and teaching at the Doctoral level. Additionally, the successful candidate will understand higher education and contemporary clinical practice appropriate for leadership in physical therapy clinical education; knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting didactic and clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy. The candidate should have a minimum of 3 years of full-time clinical practice and 2 years as a CI or CCCE. The candidate should be licensed or eligible for physical therapist licensure in the state of Georgia or their state of residence.
Teaching and Education Responsibilities: Teach courses as agreed upon with the Program Chair, DPT Program.
Service Responsibilities: Refer to appropriate faculty rank within the School of Medicine Faculty Handbook (included but not limited to Tufts University, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, DPT Program, professional, and community service)
Scholarship Responsibilities: Refer to appropriate faculty rank within the School of Medicine Faculty Handbook
Practice Responsibilities: Refer to appropriate faculty rank within the School of Medicine Faculty Handbook
Essential Tasks and Functions of the DCE:
- Plan, coordinate, facilitate, administer, and monitor activities on behalf of the academic program and in coordination with academic and clinical faculty,
- Develop, monitor, and refine the clinical education component of the curriculum,
- Ensure clinical education contracts and student onboarding at sites occur in a timely manner,
- Assist with program accreditation components that pertain to clinical education,
- Facilitate quality learning experiences for students during clinical education,
- Evaluate students' performance, in cooperation with other faculty, to determine their ability to integrate didactic and clinical learning experiences and to progress within the curriculum,
- Educate students, clinical and academic faculty about clinical education,
- Select clinical learning environments that demonstrate characteristics of sound patient/client management, ethical and professional behavior, and currency with physical therapy practice
- Maximize available resources for the clinical education program,
- Provide documented records and assessment of the clinical education component (includes clinical education sites, clinical educators, etc.),
- Actively engage core faculty in clinical education planning, implementation, and assessment,
- Lead the Atlanta clinical education team (faculty and staff) to ensure program goals are met
- Collaborate with the other Tufts DPT Program clinical education teams (ex. Boston, Phoenix, Seattle locations).
The faculty member must demonstrate the following knowledge, skill, and ability or be able to explain and demonstrate that the faculty member can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge, skill, and ability
- Demonstrates the ability to adhere to the Core Values of the Physical Therapy Profession
- Demonstrates knowledge and skill expertise in the areas of assigned teaching over the two-year program
- Demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively and professionally both in written and orally, both online and in-person
- Demonstrates the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, including students, administration, faculty, and staff
- Demonstrates the ability to handle detail-oriented assignments and maintain confidentiality
- Demonstrates the ability to handle a wide range of responsibilities in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to include teaching, service, scholarship, advising/coaching
Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skills in positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
The Tufts University School of Medicine is located on the Health Sciences Campus in the heart of downtown Boston. Also located on the campus are the School of Dental Medicine, the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). The Department of Public Health and Community Medicine houses the Public Health Programs that confer the Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant), the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). All faculty in the Department are non-tenured track and seek to create an educational and workplace environment that fosters active learning, discussion, and debate, critical thinking, inclusion, and the capacity to work in a multidisciplinary practice environment.
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Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae (CV), a cover letter, a research statement, a teaching statement, a summary of teaching evaluations, and three professional letters of recommendation. To apply, go to http://apply.interfolio.com/117938. A review of applications will begin December 20, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
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