The Department of Physical Therapy is one of several quality professional programs within the College of Health and Human Sciences. Western Carolina University (WCU), one of the 16 state supported institutions in the University of North Carolina system, is located in picturesque Cullowhee, North Carolina, 52 miles west of Asheville. The University also has an instructional site in Asheville, North Carolina. The main campus is located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary). The department is housed in a new, technologically advanced 160,000 sq. ft. Health and Human Sciences building located on WCU's millennial campus, where university faculty and students partner with private and government industries to support research, clinical and other hands-on educational opportunities for students.
The Department of Physical Therapy (PT) invites applications for the position of Department Head to lead the Physical Therapy Program.
This is a full-time, 12-month appointment, eligible for tenure at the associate or full professor level.
Rank is commensurate with experience. The Department expects the successful candidate to possess outstanding communication skills and evidence of teaching, service and scholarly activity. The Department Head is responsible for leading and managing the departmental activities related to provision of entry-level physical therapy education; assuring compliance with the broad scope of standards/requirements for various regulatory agencies, including the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE); representing the Department with diverse constituencies; and directing the Department's activities related to fulfilling the vision, mission and strategic plan of the Department, College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) and university.
Candidates interested in an academic career with a focus on leadership, teaching, service, and scholarly pursuit are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills including the ability to listen well and communicate priorities, as well as the ability to be flexible and exercise collaborative decision making.
*Earned academic doctoral degree
*Licensed (or eligible for licensure) to practice physical therapy in North Carolina.
*Eligible for the rank of associate professor or professor
*Active involvement in the physical therapy profession and understanding of key issues in physical therapy education
*Minimum of six years of full time higher education experience with a minimum of three years of full time experience in a physical therapist education program.
*Strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills including the ability to listen well, to consult, and to make decisions.
*Ability to work well at all levels in a complex and diverse environment, fostering a spirit of collaboration with faculty, colleagues, and administrators
*Outstanding judgment and the capacity to set and communicate priorities
- Experience with CAPTE accreditation
- Record of successful, dynamic leadership
- Experience with management of human and fiscal resources
- Understanding of and experience with curriculum content, design, and evaluation
- Experience in strategic planning
- Outstanding judgment and the capacity to set and communicate priorities.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered, you must apply online.
Attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts for terminal degree and a list of references (include complete contact information with phone numbers).
Review of applications will begin on October 15th. The position will remain open until filled.
For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Morse, Search Committee Chair at 828-227-3897 or email Dr. Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship