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Program Director for Professional MS in Athletic Training at WVU

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  • Program Director for Professional MS in Athletic Training at WVU

    West Virginia University (WVU) is seeking an Assistant/Associate Professor to serve as the Program Director for the professional Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program. The academic program in Athletic Training has been relocated from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Science to the WVU School of Medicine Professional Programs Unit. The MSAT program recently received University approval and has applied to the CAATE for a change in level of degree. The MSAT degree program is currently accepting applications for the inaugural MSAT cohort which will begin in June 2020.

    The Professional Programs unit is home to over 1,000 students enrolled in degree programs including exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical laboratory science, immunology, pathologistís assistant, physician assistant, and health information management. The School of Medicine is part of a thriving academic medical center, which includes Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. Together, the five schools provide robust opportunities and programs for interprofessional education, collaborative practice and research.

    The Program Director will lead the professional athletic training degree program within the Division of Athletic Training, a professional program with the Department of Human Performance. The Program Director will be responsible for teaching in the Masters Program, administration of the athletic training education program at all levels, including CAATE requirements for compliance and re-accreditation; quality of student experience, program assessment, maintenance of curriculum development and updates, new program initiatives, and assisting in the recruitment and retention of MSAT students. Successful candidates will also be expected to contribute to a collaborative research agenda with faculty in the Division of Athletic Training along with researchers and clinicians in the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, WVU Sports Medicine, and the School of Medicine Professional and Undergraduate Programs.

    The current Athletic Training program began in 1975 as a NATA-approved program and has maintained accreditation since that time and has a close relationship with the Intercollegiate Athletics department. The program currently offers an entry-level Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training as well as an advanced MS degree boasting a large alumni base in the profession. Our students have a 97% BOC overall pass rate. The undergraduate professional program recently been granted 10 years of continued accreditation.

    Applicants must meet the following criteria for consideration:
    • An earned doctoral degree (PhD preferred) in sports medicine or related field.
    • Contemporary expertise in the field of athletic training.
    • Previous clinical practice as an athletic trainer.
    • Previous teaching responsibilities within an athletic training education program.
    • Experience in mentoring student research.
    • Demonstrated potential in establishing a successful applied research and scholarship agenda.
    • Certification and good standing with the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer.
    • Eligible for obtaining licensure, or currently licensed in the state of West Virginia as an athletic trainer.
    • All qualifications must be met by the time of the appointment

    In addition to the required qualifications listed above, candidates with the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:
    • Record of interprofessional collaboration in teaching/learning
    • History of extramural funding or potential for funding.
    • Demonstrated professional service at state, regional, national, and/or international levels.

    West Virginia University is a land grant Carnegie-designated Doctoral Research/Extensive institution, with approximately 32,500 students, including 27,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate/professional students. The WVU Health Sciences Center includes the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health and Nursing. Patient care facilities include a 575-bed teaching hospital, a Level I trauma center, and a 70-bed psychiatric hospital. Morgantown is within easy traveling distance of Washington, DC, to the east, Pittsburgh, PA, to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, OH, to the northwest. Morgantown has 55,000 residents and is rated as one of the best small towns in the U.S., with affordable housing, excellent schools, a picturesque countryside and many outdoor activities.

    First consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2020.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The appointment date is negotiable, but the goal is to have the position filled no later than May 1, 2020. This position may be tenure track or non-tenure track, depending on the qualifications and research expectations of the candidate. Faculty members in the Division of Athletic Training are afforded a differential workload allowing for customization of expectations based on research expertise, clinical/teaching expertise, and service obligations. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the candidate.

    Applicants should apply at:
    Athletic Training Program Director Ad 2020.pdf
    with a cover letter of interest, current CV, and contact information, including e-mail addresses, for three professional references.
    WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.