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Physical Therapy Department Chair and Program Director
University of Kentucky


Date Posted Oct. 1, 2021
Title Physical Therapy Department Chair and Program Director
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 7N640:Physical Therapy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
    Director/Manager
  • Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation
 
 

The College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky is currently seeking a Department of Physical Therapy Chair and Program Director. The successful candidate will provide inclusive leadership to propel the Department to a new level of excellence in education and scholarship that advances the mission of the University, College of Health Sciences and Physical Therapy Department. This 12-month, tenure track position reports directly to the Dean and is an integral part of the College’s administration. The chair is responsible for the overall direction and administrative leadership for educational, research, accreditation, diversity and inclusivity efforts, and engagement activities, as well as for the management of human resources and budgetary and fiscal resources in the Department.

The mission of the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Kentucky is to meet the physical therapy needs of Kentucky and contribute to global needs through education, research, and service. The University of Kentucky Department of Physical Therapy is well-balanced between these scholarly activities. Our nationally respected educational program offers an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and enrolls 66 students annually on two campuses in Hazard, KY and Lexington, KY. The program is currently accredited by CAPTE and is the longest running program in Kentucky with its initial accreditation in the late 1960s. Our educational focus is on providing a 3-year curriculum to prepare highly skilled Physical Therapy graduates to achieve the mission of improving the health and well-being the people in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond, regardless of background. The research activities within the Department of Physical Therapy are supported by a multidisciplinary faculty of 24 with more than 21 million dollars in external grant funding, which includes the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense. Research efforts are enhanced by the presence of multiple facilities affiliated with the Department of Physical Therapy, such as the Biomotion Laboratory, the Sports Medicine Research Institute, and the Center for Muscle Biology. In addition, the University of Kentucky houses the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, the Markey Cancer Center (National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Center) post-ICU recovery clinic, Sanders Brown Center on Aging, and the NIH funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science, among others, which are all available for Physical Therapy faculty. Furthermore, the Department of Physical Therapy is actively providing service-related activities to the Lexington and global community in programs such as Good Samaritan’s pro bono clinic, integrating our faculty and students, and Shoulder to Shoulder Global.

Required Education and Experience

  • An earned doctoral degree

  • Must hold a current PT license (and be eligible for licensure or be licensed in Kentucky)
  • Must have a minimum of 6 years of full-time higher education experience with at least 3 years as a core faculty member of an accredited PT program
  • A record of accomplishments in education, research, and/or extramural funding, at a level commensurate with earning tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor
  • A national and/or international reputation at a level commensurate with earning tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

Preferred qualities and experience for qualified applicants:

  • Proven ability to provide effective leadership including strong communication skills, proactive problem-solving, personnel management, and the building of collaborative relationships with community and university/healthcare partners.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and oversee program planning, development, and assessment activities and ensure the design, implementation, coordination, assessment, and modification of the curriculum in accordance with accreditation standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and oversee the Department’s mission related to research and to facilitate the advancement of faculty to be successful scholars in their area of expertise.
  • Ability to foster a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to attract, recruit, and retain accomplished faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring and supporting the professional development of faculty in the areas of instruction, scholarship/research, and service.
  • Experience with admissions (holistic preferred) and assessment of student progression/remediation processes.
  • Experience with extramural research funding and mentoring of junior faculty in research.
  • Record of inspiring innovative thinking about new ways to deliver education, use technology, prepare students to provide patient care, as well as allocate faculty resources to ensure success.
  • Preparedness to provide instruction, advising and support to a diverse student population (experience as a course instructor preferred).
  • Commitment to support postgraduate education program for the Department of Physical Therapy.

Additional information about the departments and degree programs are available at: https://www.uky.edu/chs/academic-programs.

Established in 1966, the College of Health Sciences is located in the Charles T Wethington Building and includes five academic departments (Physician Assistant Studies, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training & Clinical Nutrition & Health & Clinical Sciences), offering programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The College also has a Rehabilitation and Health Sciences PhD, a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional Ph.D. program serving as the academic home of future innovative leaders in research and educational efforts.

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community in which people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. The University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences seeks qualified applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society.

To learn more about this exceptional leadership position, contact search committee co-chairs Phillip Gribble (phillip.gribble@uky.edu) or Terry Malone (trmalo1@email.uky.edu ). Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit an application, and include a current Curriculum Vitae and letter summarizing relevant experiences in leadership, administration, education, mentorship, and research (upload as Specific Request #1). Upon offer of employment, successful applicants must undergo a national background check and pre-employment drug screen as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience

  • Proven ability to provide effective leadership including strong communication skills, proactive problem-solving, personnel management, and the building of collaborative relationships with community and university/healthcare partners.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and oversee program planning, development, and assessment activities and ensure the design, implementation, coordination, assessment, and modification of the curriculum in accordance with accreditation standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and oversee the Department’s mission related to research and to facilitate the advancement of faculty to be successful scholars in their area of expertise.
  • Ability to foster a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to attract, recruit, and retain accomplished faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring and supporting the professional development of faculty in the areas of instruction, scholarship/research, and service.
  • Experience with admissions (holistic preferred) and assessment of student progression/remediation processes.
  • Experience with extramural research funding and mentoring of junior faculty in research.
  • Record of inspiring innovative thinking about new ways to deliver education, use technology, prepare students to provide patient care, as well as allocate faculty resources to ensure success.
  • Preparedness to provide instruction, advising and support to a diverse student population (experience as a course instructor preferred).
  • Commitment to support postgraduate education program for the Department of Physical Therapy.

 
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