Spalding University is seeking accreditation for a new physical therapist education program (DPT) from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Although the current Program Director has begun the pre-accreditation process, he plans to step down in spring of 2020, thereby initiating this search. The successful candidate will spend the majority of work effort, initially, focused on development of DPT curriculum and preparing the program for CAPTE approval. The DPT program enhances Spalding University’s (SU) mission and its historical focus on graduate professional practice opportunities that will be offered to a diverse community of learners. The program will meet the needs of the times through an inter-professional education model collaborating with SU’s health science professional programs: Occupational Therapy (OTD), Nursing (BSN, MSN, DNP), Athletic Training (MSAT), Psychology (PsyD), Social Work (MSW), as well as Business (MSBC) and Leadership (EdD). SU has a range of on-campus community-focused clinics including the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) and Enabling Technologies (enTECH) which allow for a range of assistive technology services for patients that utilize both professional practice and student-based clinical practicums, internships, and fieldwork in occupational and physical therapy areas.
Spalding is well-recognized, private teaching university located one-mile from the Louisville Medical Center (LMC). The LMC is a leading biomedical research and medical education collaboration among the University of Louisville (UL) School of Medicine, Norton Healthcare, Louisville Veterans’ Administration and Frazier Rehabilitation and Neuroscience Center. This unique partnership offers a distinctive opportunity for educational and research collaboration. We anticipate faculty within SU’s DPT program will work in partnership with the UL Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and UL Department of Neurosciences through nationally funded research initiatives.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop an approved curriculum for the DPT that complies with CAPTE standards
Lead a search committee for faculty hires
Recruit talented and passionate graduate students
Seek CAPTE accreditation and ensure compliance with the University’s regional accrediting body for new programs (SACSCOC)
Develop policies and procedures for the DPT program
Establish clinical and training partnerships in Louisville and beyond
Sit on university committees and Graduate Education taskforces
Build a program that reflects the diversity of graduate students at an urban university
SKILLS AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Program Director must have an earned doctorate in line with CAPTE standards
A strong background in developing new programs is preferred
Six years of higher education experience and prior experience teaching in a physical therapy program as a faculty member and/or physical therapy program administrator is required
Must have the academic merit and experience to be hired at the associate or full professor level; will consider advanced assistant professor level
Ability to lead, manage, and analyze in teams; hire faculty and staff; evaluate and develop faculty and staff; and strategically plan
An interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary “inter-professional” healthcare education (in order to find common ground with other Spalding graduate programs such as occupational therapy, nursing, social work, clinical psychology, and athletic training.
Experience in CAPTE accreditation procedures is required
Technologically savvy (e.g., solid use of digital tools, campus LMS, computer budgeting tools, PowerPoint, Excel, analytics-driven decision-making, etc.)
A license to practice physical therapy or credentials to be license-eligible in Kentucky are required
An understanding and disseminated record of scholarship and research within a teaching-oriented doctoral university is required
Commitment to inclusiveness and collegiality in personal and professional work and mentoring students and faculty on the importance of multicultural and multidisciplinary applications
Commitment and alignment with Spalding University’s Mission is essential
Ability to teach an online or hybrid course is expected (or willingness to develop one)
LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION
A leader/self-starter with regular or daily contact with administration, faculty, staff, and students.
Regular contact with the general public.
Must be able to work with, listen to, appreciate, and collaborate and lead with diverse populations.
Start date of January 1-July 1, 2020 with an earlier starting time preferred by March 1, 2020
Please upload a letter of interest detailing your professional/academic background and how it fits the position and prepares for leading Spalding’s DPT program (1-3 pages), a combined statement of teaching and leadership philosophy (1-2 pages), and CV.
Candidate materials will be reviewed until finalists are identified and brought to campus for interviews and the position is filled.
About Spalding University
Nestled in the midst of Kentucky’s largest city, historic Spalding University combines a rich history and a commitment to community service as we attract students who desire a high quality education in a very personalized setting. An engaged faculty serves nearly 2500 students at the bachelors’, masters and doctoral levels, providing quality, real-world learning in liberal and professional studies. Faculty, staff and students are united by the institutional mission: Spalding University is a diverse community of learners dedicated to meeting the needs of the times in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth through quality undergraduate and graduate liberal and professional studies, grounded in spiritual values, with emphasis on service and the promotion of peace and justice. With a focus on community service and leadership, Spalding offers all students a mission-driven connection to community and comprehensive learning resources while striking a distinctive balance serving the educational needs of both the traditional student and the working adult. In addition, our unique 6-week session delivery format affords students needed scheduling flexibility amidst other life resp...onsibilities. Spalding University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University complies with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity laws. It is the University’s policy not to discriminate against any individual or group of individuals and to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, veteran status or other protected status. All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening as well as a criminal background check.