The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Ft. Worth is seeking a visionary leader for the position of Physical Therapy Department Chair The department is housed within the School of Health Professions (SHP), which is one of six schools/colleges in the institution which include Osteopathic Medicine, Allopathic Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. The SHP also includes a Physician Assistant Studies Program and an online Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Health. The Department of Physical Therapy offers a clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) and a dual degree DPT/PhD in Structural Anatomy and Rehabilitation Sciences in collaboration with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
The Department Chair serves as strategic academic and operational leader of the DPT program by providing effective leadership in the areas of accreditation; curriculum; faculty development; student recruitment; quality improvement; strategic planning; and budget management. There are presently 14 faculty in the department who engage in teaching, research, clinical practice and service. In collaboration with the faculty, the Department Chair assures delivery of the DPT curriculum in a manner that meets program goals, learning outcomes, and fulfills the vision, mission and strategic plan of the department, SHP and University.
The Chair works collaboratively with the Dean, the SHP Executive Team, the PT faculty and staff, and others in the institution to advance education and scholarship in a culture of collegiality, inter-professionalism and excellence. A goal of the SHP is for graduates to be prepared to practice in a team-based patient centered dynamic health care environment of the future. The Chair serves as an important conduit connecting the PT program with other University departments, communicating information and contributing to the growth and improvement of the institution. As an advocate for the Department, the chairperson collaborates with the administration in implementing the University's mission to create solutions for a healthier community.
The candidate we are seeking is a senior faculty member who possesses strong leadership skills, teaching excellence, an established research record, and a vision consistent with emerging health care delivery who will build on the department's accomplishments and contributions in education and scholarship. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment, tenure-track/tenured at the Associate/ Full professor level. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The selected individual is a faculty member and will also have the opportunity to teach and conduct scholarly activities.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Promotes University's values; sustains organizational health, working collaboratively in a positive and trusting fashion
Develops, communicates, and upholds Department, School and University bylaws, policies and procedures; Maintains the highest standard of transparency and ethics;
Maintains superior customer service to internal and external customers;
Responsible for developing and coaching core faculty, adjunct faculty and staff employees in the PT department.
Represents the department on the School Executive Leadership team; provides reports and additional requests in a timely manner.
PT program curriculum and operations
Provides leadership, direction, and administration of all aspects of the Department activities in collaboration with the faculty and staff.
Serves as the academic leader of the PT Department while appropriately reflecting the future of the profession.
Responsible for development, implementation, evaluation and improvement of all teaching programs of the department, although specific activities usually are delegated to a curriculum committee and individual faculty.
Supports faculty research and other forms of scholarly activity, particularly as these contribute to the further development of physical therapy and institutional research initiatives.
Leads participation in the accreditation process; assures full compliance with federal, state and accrediting body standards and regulations;
Responsible for the development and maintenance of effective department operations including efficient workflow, achieving student learning outcomes; ensuring appropriate faculty numbers; assuring quality curriculum;
Ensures Department participation in the recruitment, selection, retention and academic success of students.
Ensures the participation of herself/himself as well as departmental faculty on institutional committees and in service activities of the department and the institution.
Serves as the fiscal agent for the Department; directing the preparation of the annual budget, completing analysis of fiscal status and implementing appropriate actions related to resource utilization, approving expenditures, reviewing reports.
Delegates authority and responsibility consistent with faculty and staff strengths and interests, within the context of the Department needs and available resources.
Works with departmental faculty to develop the departmental mission, vision, tactical initiatives and metrics that are consistent with the School and University's strategic and quality improvement plan. Leads the efforts of faculty and staff so that progress is made toward achieving individual, departmental, school and institutional goals. Anticipates the resources that will be needed in the department, represents these needs in the budget process, and monitors their judicious use.
Assesses and reports on program metrics, such as faculty workload and scholarly productivity, student satisfaction, graduation rates, enrollments, etc. to assure program goals are being met; Uses data to help teams initiate, manage, and sustain the process.
Offers original solutions to solve problems or develop opportunities. Shows a drive for and works with a focus on continuous improvement.
Faculty Leadership and Development
Leads the recruitment and retention of high caliber faculty and staff in the department.
Coaches, develops, and evaluates faculty (core and adjunct) effectiveness; assigns work with a focus on an agile workforce that responds effectively to changing programmatic situations and demands.
Mentors and develops employees to maximize individual performance, build future organizational leadership, enhance teamwork and strengthen support of the organization's core values;
Recommends to the Dean faculty members for appointment, promotion and tenure, and special assignments of workload consistent with the department, college, and university policies.
Scholarly and Professional Development
Stays abreast of educational best practices, changes and developments that may impact the program through attendance, and developing professional relationships at professional conferences, seminars and local, state and national organizations;
Meets scholarly goals and professional growth and development by active involvement in research/scholarly activities and keeping abreast of the latest trends in the profession, higher education and the health care environment.
Promotes department’s overall visibility and reputation locally, nationally and internationally by active participation and service in professional organizations.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Earned academic doctoral degree (eg; PhD, EdD, DHS), as well as a license or eligibility to practice as a physical therapist in the state of Texas.
Minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience, with a minimum of three years of full-time experience in a PT education program.
Excellence in teaching with a defined area of professional content expertise.
Established record of research/scholarly activity.
Active involvement in the physical therapy profession and understanding of key issues in physical therapy education.
Understanding of and experience with curriculum content, design, implementation, and evaluation.
Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to listen and communicate, as well as the ability to be flexible and exercise collaborative decision making.
Strong interest and proficiency in faculty development and mentoring.
Strong vision and effective leadership skills.
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators, faculty members and students, as well as external constituencies.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Previous higher education administrative experience as a leader/chair of an academic department, and/or academic program.
Experience with management of personnel-related activities, such as recruitment, new hire recommendations, and performance evaluations; and overseeing departmental financial processes.
Experience in strategic planning.
Outstanding judgment and the capacity to set and communicate priorities.
Administrative experience with professional accreditation standards and procedures.
Appreciation of new teaching methods and educational technology.
Applicants must complete the online application located at https://www.unthscjobs.com/applicants
The full and complete application should contain the following:
1) A cover letter
2) A complete CV
3) The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will not be contacted without permission.
Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Nicoleta Bugnariu, chair of the search committee at Nicoleta.Bugnariu@unthsc.edu
A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
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