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  • Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy (Associate or Full Professor rank), Chapman University, Irvine, CA

    Job Title: Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy (Associate or Full Professor rank)

    Department: Physical Therapy
    Location: Rinker Campus, Irvine
    Category: Faculty
    Status: Full-time

    General Information

    Chapman University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. The University seeks an experienced and innovative leader with the vision to advance the Department’s educational and scholarly agenda while sustaining a culture of rigorous, personalized DPT training.

    Continually accredited since 1928, the Department of Physical Therapy has a rich tradition as one of the oldest physical therapy programs in the United States. The program graduates two cohorts of forty students each year. Facilities within the Department of Physical Therapy feature advanced motion analysis and Motek/GRAIL laboratories and include a comprehensive range of biomechanical, neurophysiological, and cardiovascular research tools.

    The Department of Physical Therapy is located on the Rinker Health Science campus in Irvine, CA. This campus is designed to foster an inter-professional educational environment and to use cutting edge technology in teaching and practice. The campus features state of the art facilities, including a human cadaver anatomy laboratory, advanced learning center with innovative technology, Grand Rounds auditorium with 3D projection capabilities, multi-sized classrooms, a medical library, and collaborative work centers. The campus is home to several accredited graduate health science professional programs, including Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies, and Doctor of Pharmacy. The campus is also the home of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences (Brain Institute), offering additional outstanding facilities for neurophysiological and neuromodulation research. The Rinker campus is strategically located near numerous healthcare institutions, medical device, and biopharmaceutical companies. As the University enters a new period of strategic planning, the expansion of the Rinker campus may provide opportunities for developing new facilities and new partnerships to foster community health and wellness across the lifespan.

    Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing, and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More information about the university and Crean College is available at

    The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at


    Minimum requirements:
    • Terminal academic doctorate (Ph.D. EdD, D.Sc., or equivalent) in a relevant movement or health science, such as rehabilitation science, biomechanics, neuroscience, or other translational health research field.
    • Current licensure as a PT, or eligibility for licensure in California.
    • At least 6 years of full-time experience in a higher education setting, including at least 3 years as a full-time faculty member in an accredited DPT program.
    • Prior administrative experience in a DPT program including knowledge of CAPTE accreditation and curricular development processes.

    Preferred characteristics:
    Preference will be given to candidates with established research agendas and a history of extramural grant funding. Strong candidates will demonstrate excellence in personnel management, and a commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion within the physical therapy student body and the profession more broadly.

    • Interface with institutional, professional, regulatory, and community partners.
    • Provide strategic leadership to Departmental faculty and staff for management of curriculum, clinical education, scholarship, service, admissions, and assessment.
    • Prepare and oversee the Departmental budget and advocate for Departmental needs.
    • Maintain compliance with accreditation standards.
    • Strengthen the scholarly productivity of the Department by mentoring and supporting faculty in obtaining extramural funding and by facilitating inter-professional collaboration within and beyond the University.
    • Teach in area(s) of expertise in the DPT program.

    Contact Information

    Candidates should electronically submit the following materials in Interfolio at the following link: Items should be addressed to Dr. Jo Armour Smith, DPT Search Committee Chair.
    1. Letter of application outlining your interest, experience, and accomplishments relevant to this position
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Reprints of publications or other examples of scholarly work
    4. Contact details for three professional references

    Application reviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate. This position is subject to final budget approval. The salary range for this Associate or Full Professor position is $200,000 - $215,000.
    Further inquiries can be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jo Armour Smith, cc to Faculty Search Coordinators San White and Eddie De La Torre and use “PT Chair Position” as the email subject line.

    Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. A competitive start-up package will be provided based on the rank and funding status of the applicant.

    Chapman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to providing career opportunities to all people, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Chapman University requires a background check for all new employees.
    Last edited by Jo Armour Smith; December 2, 2022, 04:11 PM.