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Director of the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy Program

companyMessiah University
locationWashington, DC 20037, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/7/2023

The School of Graduate & Professional Studies invites applications for the director of the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy Program.  This position is responsible for developing and implementing the graduate level program.


Education Required: Terminal academic degree
Education Preferred: Terminal academic degree in a health-related profession. Degree in Physical Therapy

Experience Required: Demonstrated administrative excellence, preferably in an academic setting. Proven record in academic research
Experience Preferred: Experience in higher education teaching and administration. Clinical experience in a PT or other health care setting

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching, student recruitment and retention, curriculum development and assessment, and faculty and staff hiring and supervision. The director will pursue academic excellence within the program by providing program leadership, promoting the program and enhancing its visibility, assisting with the achievement of recruitment and retention goals, and managing the day-to-day logistics of the program.

The Program: Messiah University’s Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (D.Sc. in PT) is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to be exemplary educators, scholars, and leaders in the field of Physical Therapy. Our program is an online 57-58 credit program

The University: Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of nearly 2,500 undergraduate students including 18.5% under-represented and 2.6% international students from 22 countries and over 700 graduate students including 18.8% of students from under-represented populations.

The University is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah University is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.

Diversity: Messiah University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The university has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity. Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee, they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their teaching-learning, research, institutional service, and public engagement.

Starting Date for Position: Summer or Fall 2023

Compensation: Messiah University offers a strong benefits package in addition to salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please provide the following:

Cover letter that outlines your interest in the position, College/University Transcript(s), Curriculum Vitae, Personal Statement of Faith that details how your Christian faith is a strong fit with the mission and identity of Messiah University and how it impacts your teaching experience, your philosophy of teaching, and a statement that demonstrates your commitment to diversity and inclusion that is consistent with Messiah University’s goals.

Vitae Instructions to Applicants: Curriculum Vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publications), (4) membership in scholarly, professional, or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.

Additional documents required for application to this position are listed in the online job posting. Paper applications will not be accepted. To submit an application and supporting materials see:

Messiah University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color,  sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the University does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University. This includes, but is not limited to, vendors, contractors, and guests on the basis of, but not limited to, any of the above categories.

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