Director of Clinical Education (DCE), Department of Physical Therapy

November 25, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
January 6, 2020
Indiana Wesleyan University

Position Description

Indiana Wesleyan University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is seeking applications and nominations for the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) in the newly created Department of Physical Therapy.  The DCE is a full-time, 12-month faculty appointment with administrative, academic, service and scholarship responsibilities consistent with the mission and philosophy of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) as well as accreditation standards as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  The qualified individual will demonstrate competence in clinical education, teaching, and curriculum development.  The DCE primary responsibilities are to plan, coordinate, facilitate, administer, and monitor clinical education activities on behalf of the DPT program and in coordination with academic and clinical faculty.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, monitor and refine the clinical education component of the curriculum;
  • Facilitate quality-learning experiences for students during clinical education and integrated clinical experiences that integrate with the didactic portion of the curriculum;
  • Evaluate students’ performance, in cooperation with other faculty, to determine their ability to integrate didactic and clinical learning experiences and to progress within the curriculum;
  • Manage administrative responsibilities consistent with CAPTE, federal/state regulations, institutional policy, and practice setting requirements; participate in the preparation of accreditation documentation and outcome performance assessment of students in the DPT program;
  • Develop and provide documented records and assessment of the clinical education component including clinical education sites, and clinical instructors;
  • Actively collaborate with core faculty in clinical education planning, implementation, and assessment.


The ideal candidate should have/be:

  • A Doctor of Physical Therapy degree or a lower level physical therapy degree with a terminal degree such as PhD, DHS, EdD, etc.;
  • Preferred educational requirements – DPT and terminal degree with ABPTS specialization. Earned status as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor preferred;
  • Certificates and/or licenses required – A current PT license with eligibility for licensure in Indiana;
  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and current developments in the field of physical therapy and healthcare.  Expertise in a clinical areas such as advocacy, pediatrics, occupational analysis, assistive technology, management, leadership, gerontology, neurology, orthopedics, and/or research although those with other areas of expertise will be considered;
  • Identification of clinical needs of students based on the academic curriculum design and accreditation standards;
  • Skills for evaluation of the impact of clinical teaching on the teaching-learning process and implement modifications as appropriate;
  • Skills to coordinate with clinical instructors in constructive and cooperative working relationships with community-based therapists, clinics, and community agencies;
  • Skills in the use of computers, internet resources, MS Office, Outlook/email, and Clinical Education software;
  • According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.

About The Institution

The Program:

Indiana Wesleyan University is developing a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program  designed to meet accreditation standards established by CAPTE. The focus of the program is to offer a Christ-centered program with a mission to train physical therapists who demonstrate service, leadership and fundamentals of empathetic care within the profession of physical therapy with their patients, and throughout their local and global communities.


Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing opened in the spring of 2014. The 111,250 square foot health sciences building provides students expanded state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, research laboratories and student interaction areas.

The University:

Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church. The University was founded in 1920 as Marion College and is committed to liberal arts and professional education.

Indiana Wesleyan is the largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the largest private college in Indiana, based on enrollment, and is one of the largest employers in Grant County.

More than 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University’s 350-acre residential campus in Marion, IN.  Most buildings on the Marion campus have been built in the past 25 years, so students live and learn in a visually striking environment with well-appointed residence halls and academic facilities.

IWU offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees, 38 graduate degrees and 5 doctoral degrees and students represent more than 80 Christian denominations and 10 foreign countries.

Indiana Wesleyan University is an energized community committed to changing the world. We guide students in discovering their individual purpose and life calling and help them develop in character, scholarship and leadership.

Scholarship at IWU builds on distinguished academics through high-quality, collaborative work by students and faculty members. Professors offer spiritual and academic mentoring and discipleship, and students flourish from individual attention. IWU's spiritually rich learning environment, academic commitment and caring instruction develop in students the knowledge, skills and disposition to change the world for Jesus Christ.

About The Community

Marion, Indiana, is located in Grant County and has a population of over 31,000.  Large metropolitan areas are a short drive away as Marion is approximately a one-hour drive from Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

Quality of life resources abound in Grant County from walking trails, a Civic Theater, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Community School of the Arts and even a water park.

Three nearby reservoirs provide recreational opportunities year-round.  Additionally, the Grant county area is home to six excellent golf courses and specialty boutiques and restaurants.

With Marion General Hospital as Grant County’s premier medical facility, the Healthcare system is top of its class.  Consistently ranked high in regional quality of care listings and customer satisfaction surveys, Marion General Hospital’s more than 100 physicians provide the latest and best care in their specialties.

Grant County offers families an excellent cost of living and provides several different options, both public and private, for primary and secondary education.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy Program at Indiana Wesleyan University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates 

The full and complete application should contain the following information: 

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as a physical therapist and/or in related fields in higher education;
2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas;
3) The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications received by January 6, 2020, will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

Indiana Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer