Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Physical Therapy
Plymouth State University (PSU) is seeking a faculty member to join the faculty of a developing Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Founded in 1871 Plymouth State University is a regional university that values teaching first and foremost. PSU faculty members are leaders in their fields and contribute to a rich and diverse set of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. PSU has approximately 6,700 students in graduate and undergraduate programs in the humanities, STEM, education, business, healthcare and other professional programs. PSU provides competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefit program.
Located in the heart of the lakes region and White Mountains of New Hampshire, Plymouth is a vibrant university town with a thriving Main Street, exceptional schools, and cultural events. The region offers hiking, backpacking, rock and ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing and kayaking in the lakes and rivers.
Qualified candidates are physical therapists with a doctoral degree eligible for licensure in New Hampshire (PhD, EdD, ScD, DPT), preferably with neurological, geriatric or pediatric expertise. Teaching responsibilities will depend on areas of clinical and academic expertise. All successful candidates will develop an active research and scholarship agenda and participate in Department, College and / or University service.
This is a 9.5-month tenure track position with rank at Assistant Professor level based upon academic credentials and experience with a planned start in August 2017.
- Doctoral degree in physical therapy or related field by the time of appointment
- Proven record of, or the ability to articulate and develop, an active research and scholarship agenda
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
- Desire to work as part of a team in the department and within the College of Education, Health and Human Services
Additional Desirable Qualifications:
- Active Physical Therapy License in New Hampshire or eligibility for licensure
- Earned academic doctorate (PhD, EdD, ScD)
- Clinical expertise in neurological, geriatric or pediatric physical therapy
- Expertise in functional anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience
- Record of collaborative commitment to higher education
- Demonstrated teaching experience at the university level or as a clinical instructor (DPT)
Application: To receive full consideration for this position, all applications must be submitted through the online applicant site at:
Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents when applying online:
- Letter of application outlining background, qualifications and vision for the position
- Curriculum vitae
- Teaching philosophy statement
- Research and scholarship agenda statement
- Three (3) current professional written letters of recommendation*
- Copies of graduate transcripts*
*Note: The three (3) requested written letters of recommendation and transcripts may be sent under separate cover directly to Plymouth State University, Human Resources – MSC #14, 17 High Street, Plymouth, NH 03264 or via e-mail to email@example.com.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or the search is otherwise closed at the University's discretion.
Benefits & Salary: Plymouth State University provides a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a comprehensive benefit program.
Background Check: The finalist for this position will be required to undergo a full background check. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon satisfactory results.
Plymouth State University is an EEO/AA Employer. We are committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity, equity and inclusiveness across our campus community and encourage applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in
If you have questions or for more information please contact:
Sean Collins, PT, ScD
Professor, Chair & Program Director
Department of Physical Therapy
Plymouth State University
17 High Street, MSC#68
Plymouth, NH 03264
603 535 2891
Physical Therapy at Plymouth State University
The Mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to provide a vibrant scholarly community for physical therapy in New Hampshire through teaching, research, service and practice contributing to the American Physical Therapy Association's vision of "transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience." The Department's focus is on the education of physical therapists to serve the community in the fields of movement and rehabilitation to provide competent care as autonomous providers, leaders, collaborative team members, and innovators while being respectful, culturally sensitive and socially responsible.
Program and Curriculum
The DPT curriculum at Plymouth State University is a full-time day program with a sequential three year, three term/year, 117 credit curriculum in which students use knowledge from prior coursework to build further knowledge and expertise as they progress through the program. The program features hands on clinical practice experiences early and often. Students are involved in practice experiences starting with their first semester and throughout the entire curriculum whether on campus through the Integrated Clinical or off campus through Clinical Education. This is aligned with the Mission and Vision of Plymouth State University, including our motto: Ut Prosim (That I may serve). Integrated clinical experiences will provide the mechanism for collaboration, inter-professional education and service-learning opportunities. In addition to this highly practice-oriented feature, the curriculum includes a theoretical depth and breadth commensurate with the broad vision set by the APTA for the profession.
The curriculum includes concept and problem based components throughout. Integrated Clinical is a problem-based course with real on campus clinical problems for the students to work through in small groups with a faculty tutor providing guidance, and the depth and breadth of the student’s ability to solve problems progresses during the program. The program concepts are threaded with the themes of theory and practice as tightly intertwined and necessary compliments of one another. Theory informs current practice and inspires innovation and transformation. Practice informs theory and tests the ability of theory as a model of reality and as a guide to future theoretical understanding and practice. The curriculum offers a well-balanced mix of foundational and clinical theory course work with clinical practice and experiences. Theory courses are divided into three primary areas: Knowledge Foundations, Systems Theory and Knowledge Development. Practice courses are divided into Practice Courses, Clinical Practice and Practice Reflection. Faculty and students work together to foster an environment, both in and out of the classroom, of learning and scholarship.
PSU is committed to diversity of scholarship that is informed by the Boyer Model. This model is ideal for the DPT program and faculty due to the highly integrative and practice-oriented scholarship in the profession. The department plans to foster a vision of collaborative scholarship aimed to both develop knowledge and translate knowledge for practice. One way to facilitate this will be the dual purpose of the Integrated Clinical Experience (ICE) course sequence. Each semester faculty will have a group of students rotating through their section of this course. The clinical experiences within this sequence will be based on the faculty's scholarly agenda, and influenced by the needs of campus and community collaborations and partners. The ICE sequence represents an interactive blend of faculty scholarship and teaching, allowing DPT students the opportunity to be part of the integral connection between practice knowledge development and practice, and allowing faculty to work towards a synergy of workload demands while meeting the needs of the students, program and profession.
If you have questions or for more information please contact:
Sean Collins, PT, ScD; Professor, Chair & Program Director
Smcollins1@plymouth.edu 603 535 2891
CAPTE Application for Candidacy date of June 1, 2016; for additional information about the department and developing program please see page 3 “Physical Therapy at Plymouth State University”