Founding Chair of
the Department of Physical Therapy and Director, Doctor
of Physical Therapy Program
College of Health
University of Arkansas for Medical
UAMS Northwest Campus, Fayetteville,
Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty
The College of Health Professions
at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
(UAMS) seeks applicants for the position of founding
program director and department chair for a new
Department of Physical Therapy.
The program and department will be located at the
UAMS Northwest Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The individual selected for the position will be
appointed at the associate professor or professor rank
on the tenure track.
Salary and academic rank are commensurate with
qualifications and college promotion and tenure
include a professional degree in physical therapy
as well as an advanced doctorate, e.g., Ph.D., or Ed.D.;
experience in clinical practice as a physical therapist;
at least three years of academic experience in a
university or four-year college; qualifications for
initial appointment at the rank of associate professor
on the tenure track; documented record of professional,
academic, and administrative/management achievement in
physical therapist education; and license to practice in
Arkansas or willingness to obtain licensure in Arkansas.
The department chair and program
director will create a new Doctor of Physical Therapy
program; recruit, hire, and develop faculty and staff;
create and implement a marketing and student recruitment
plan; and establish collaborative relationships with key
stakeholders at the university and in the region.
The chair will be responsible for overall
leadership, organization, and effectiveness of the
Department of Physical Therapy; obtaining necessary
program approvals from regulatory bodies and
accreditation from CAPTE.
The chair’s responsibilities also include
teaching, student recruitment and advising, faculty and
staff development, appropriate scholarly activity, and
service on the UAMS Northwest Campus’s inter-school
Applicants should submit a letter
of interest providing a summary of qualifications for
the position, current curriculum vitae, and be
prepared to provide contact information for three
references upon request. Review of applicants will begin
March 1, 2013, and the position will remain open until
For the full position description,
please access our Web site at:
Direct applications, nominations,
or inquiries to:
Douglas L. Murphy, Ph.D., Dean
Chair, Search Committee for Chair of the Department of
College of Health Professions
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR 72205-7199
The University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the academic health science
center for Arkansas, and the College of Health
Professions, along with the Colleges of Medicine,
Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and the Graduate
School, constitute its academic components. The College
of Health Professions includes the Departments of
Audiology & Speech Pathology, Dental Hygiene, Dietetics
& Nutrition, Emergency Medical Sciences, Genetic
Counseling, Health Information Management, Imaging and
Radiation Sciences, Laboratory Sciences, Ophthalmic
Technologies, Physician Assistant Studies, and
Respiratory and Surgical Technologies.
The UAMS Northwest regional campus
offers educational opportunities for students in the
UAMS Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Pharmacy,
and Nursing. Inter-professional
education is a hallmark of the relatively young campus.
UAMS Northwest is located in a
vibrant region of Arkansas, one mile from the flagship
campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
The University setting attracts a cosmopolitan
population of educators, artists, intellectuals and
Complementing the intellectual attraction of the
university town is the artistic draw of Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art, founded by Alice Walton in
Bentonville, 25 miles to the north.
The city of Fayetteville offers
something for everyone: nearby
hiking and a trail system that runs throughout the city,
live music and entertainment on Dickson Street, canoeing
and rafting on nearby rivers and water sports at Beaver
Lake, local theater offerings, and museums, and
national-class university sports teams.
Fayetteville has been recognized by Forbes
magazine as one of the top five smaller towns in the
country in which to live and work.
The town is situated in the Ozarks,
an uplifted plateau that evolved into a range of small
mountains extending into southern Missouri and eastern
The landscape is a mosaic of forested hills, bucolic
grasslands and lush valleys, dotted with cattle and
poultry farms and small towns.
Winters are generally mild with occasional
Thanks to its northwestern location and elevation
(1300-1500 ft.), Fayetteville’s warm summers are
noticeably less humid than in the lowlands of southern
and eastern Arkansas.
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