Create your legacy as the Founding Chair of Physical Therapy and Director of the DPT Program at Western Michigan University.
Western Michigan University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair, Physical Therapy department, which will offer a doctorate in physical therapy. This is a newly created program, and the incumbent will serve as founding chair. The chair is the department’s chief academic and executive officer and reports to and advises the dean of the College of Health and Human Services regarding the department. The incumbent will hold rank and tenure, and also serve as Director of the DPT program. The chair also serves on the College Administrative Council, which addresses college-wide policy and planning issues. The position is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Department of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program were established and approved in 2015, after the completion of a comprehensive feasibility study and planning document. The curriculum has received initial approval, and on-going budget funding has been identified. The Founding Chair will have significant impact on the facility development, composition of faculty and staff, initial accreditation, and further development of the curriculum and overall department and DPT program, which expects to accept its first cohort in Summer 2018.
The chair promotes shared governance and provides overall management and leadership for the department and all of its functions and activities, including but not limited to:
Planning, developing, delivering, and assessing innovative academic programs, including further development of the DPT curriculum, and academic policies and procedures consistent with established requirements of Western Michigan University, the College of Health and Human Services, and the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Initiating steps required for successful CAPTE accreditation of a DPT program at WMU; provide leadership to ensure on-going CAPTE accreditation.
Working with the dean of the CHHS and appropriate WMU administrative offices in planning and on-going management of physical facilities for a DPT program consistent with CAPTE requirements.
Recruiting, hiring, developing, supporting, and evaluating faculty and staff.
Fostering excellence in faculty teaching and supporting a learner-centered culture.
Promoting scholarship and externally funded research, with continued growth in these areas.
Financial and resource management.
Managing student enrollment and retention with emphasis on academic excellence and diversity.
Fostering growth of and strengthening community partnerships and relations, and related outreach activities consistent with duties of the chair.
Engaging the PT community to build relationships for DPT program support, including clinical education resources.
Fundraising and developing external constituencies.
Communicating effectively with all constituents.
Promoting university goals and policies as well as strong advocacy for Western Michigan University and its faculty, staff, and students.
Adhering to all university policies and practices as well as ensuring compliance with all state and federal regulations and laws as related to the department, relevant collective bargaining agreements, and the school’s policy statement.
Participating and contributing to the overall mission of the university, including but not limited to actions for and by the Physical Therapy department that will further the goals as described in the Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan (accessible at http://wmich.edu/diversity).
Contributing to an interdisciplinary environment of research, instruction, and community collaborations.
Contributing to professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels.
Engaging in service at the school, college, university, and community level.
Earned academic doctorate
Degree sufficient for physical therapy practice and licensure
Physical Therapy license in Michigan or eligibility for licensure in Michigan
Six years of experience in higher education, including teaching or administration, three years of which are full-time experience in a physical therapist education program.
A record of teaching, research, and service excellence sufficient to merit appointment with tenure and rank as associate or full professor
Evidence of administrative experience
Experience in collaboration with stakeholders
Experience or working knowledge of CAPTE accreditation process
Demonstrated understanding of contemporary clinical practice
Demonstrated commitment, ability, and experience in promoting cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion
Evidence of promoting and facilitating teaching excellence
Understanding of and successful advocacy for scholarship and externally funded research consonant with the university’s Carnegie classification
Dedication to the development of interdisciplinary programs and initiatives
Determination and vision to maintain a learner-centered academic environment while promoting research
Demonstrated ability to raise funds for program, faculty, and student development
Demonstrated record of ability to build and enhance partnerships with communities and alumni
Demonstration of progressively higher administrative responsibilities
Demonstration of visionary and innovative accomplishments in the administration and management of programs
Effective leadership, communication, collaboration, management, and delegation abilities
Record of securing external funding (i.e., awards, grants, gifts, and research funding)
The University: Western Michigan University, a learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged public research university, enrolls more than 23,000 students from 100 nations around the globe. WMU has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of just 147 public institutions in the nation with high or very high research activity. The U.S. News & World Report has designated WMU one of the country’s best national universities for 24 consecutive years and has placed it in the top tier of those universities annually since creating the tier five years ago. WMU is one of only 90 universities in the nation with both a medical school and a law school under its aegis. Please visit http://www.wmich.edu/ to learn more about Western Michigan University.
The College: The College of Health and Human Services is located in a new 195,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art teaching technologies and spacious research laboratories. The college enrolls over 3,200 students, with more than a third of those at the graduate level. The Doctor of Physical Therapy will join existing academic programs in interdisciplinary health services, blindness and low vision studies, nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant, social work, speech pathology and audiology, holistic health care, alcohol and drug abuse, public health, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary health sciences. The U.S. News & World Report ranks Western Michigan University's College of Health and Human Services' audiology, occupational therapy, rehabilitation counseling and speech pathology graduate programs among the top 50 programs of their kind in the nation. Social work and physician assistant programs are also ranked among the best graduate schools in the nation. The college has received a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Department of Education. The college also operates the Unified Clinics, a multidisciplinary service/training clinic. Learn more about our growing college at http://www.wmich.edu/hhs.
The College of Health and Human Services—Preparing professionals today. Transforming health and human services tomorrow.
The Community: Kalamazoo, Michigan, is located in southwestern Michigan, halfway between Chicago and Detroit. The Kalamazoo community is a great place to live and work. Learn about our community at: http://wmich.edu/hr/kalamazoo and http://www.discoverkalamazoo.com/.
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.
Expected Start Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; expected start date is as soon as possible.
Applicants should submit the following:
Cover letter describing qualifications and experience related to the above-described chair responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and desired qualifications if applicable.
List of references with names, titles, telephone numbers, and postal and email addresses of three (3) professional references.
To apply: Please visit http://www.wmich.edu/hr/jobs for instructions and the ‘search postings’ link to posting #0603335.
WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.