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Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
University of Mary

Date Posted Nov. 19, 2020
Title Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
University University of Mary
Bismarck, ND, United States
Department Physical Therapy Program
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation

Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The University of Mary invites applications for the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program beginning summer 2021.  The program is seeking a skilled and knowledgeable faculty member to join our experienced team of individuals who have diverse clinical and educational backgrounds. The program director plans, implements, and directs the academic and clinical education components of the physical therapy program and ensures compliance with all accreditation elements. Responsibilities include: Developing a vision for the professional education program; curriculum development, review, and revision and program and curricular assessment; faculty professional development; human resource management of faculty and staff; communication and collaboration with the institution (marketing, admissions, public affairs, academic affairs); policy development, review, and revision; resource management; negotiation for resources and strategic planning.

All faculty are expected to demonstrate a willingness to support and advance the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine mission and identity of the University of Mary (see ).

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS * Terminal academic doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, DHSc, DSc) * Minimum of 6 years full-time experience in higher education with a minimum of 3 years of full-time experience in a physical therapist education program * Eligible for rank of associate or full professor * Clinical expertise related to teaching area * Licensed or eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in North Dakota

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS * Personnel Management * Budgeting * Program Planning * Preparing and maintaining CAPTE accreditation * Student recruitment and retention * Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to identify and solve problems, and flexibility * Upholds and supports the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary * Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities * Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the School Health Sciences and throughout the university, in accord with Saint Benedict’s admonition that all be received as Christ

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information regarding the University of Mary, this position and benefits please visit our website at

Applicants should apply online at and upload a curriculum vitae, cover letter, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and contact information for three references.

Questions about the position can be directed to:
Dr. Mary Dockter, PT, PhD
Dean, School of Health Sciences

Dr. Donald Allen, PT, PhD
Search Committee Chair
University of Mary
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504

The 8-semester program admits 48 students each fall and devotes time and attention to the professional development of its students. Unique aspects of the program include a student-driven, long-standing on-campus pro bono clinic and an international service-learning opportunity in Guatemala. In addition to a hybrid curriculum that produces outstanding clinicians, the program emphasizes leadership development and ethical decision making. There are strong collaborative relationships with the other health sciences programs allowing for rich interprofessional teaching and learning as well as a supportive medical community and alumni base.

The University of Mary overlooks the beautiful Missouri river and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota, a community of approximately 80,000 people, with wonderful family life, friendly neighborhoods, enjoyable recreational and cultural facilities, a low crime rate, clean air, and excellent schools. The University of Mary, with an enrollment of over 3000 students, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The Physical Therapy Program is housed in the School of Health Sciences and received full 10-year accreditation in 2012 by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. The School provides a stimulating academic environment with excellent collaborative relationships with the other programs such as occupational therapy, speech language pathology, respiratory therapy, nursing, athletic training, and exercise science. Faculty in the program have a diverse set of knowledge, skills, and clinical expertise and exhibit a strong sense of commitment and loyalty to the program with many having 20+ years of experience. The program is strongly supported by the University administration with a commitment to move into newly renovated space in the near future. For more information on the University of Mary, please watch a short video by clicking on this link:

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