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Founding Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

College of Health Professions
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
UAMS Northwest Campus, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty Position

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 criteria.

Minimum qualifications 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 Executive Committee.

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 filled.

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Direct applications, nominations, or inquiries to:

Douglas L. Murphy, Ph.D., Dean
Chair, Search Committee for Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy
College of Health Professions
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 West Markham, #619
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 retirees.  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 Oklahoma.  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 snowfall.  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.

UAMS is an inclusive Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence.


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