DPT Faculty Member for Goodyear, AZ Campus

July 28, 2020
Priority Deadline to Apply:
September 8, 2020
Franklin Pierce University

Position Description

Franklin Pierce University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a search for the Assistant/Associate Professor or Professor in the Physical Therapy Program with Neuro or Pediatrics expertise.  This faculty member reports directly to the Director of the PT program at the Goodyear, AZ campus. The faculty member will teach courses and content within the area of neurological curriculum in accordance with approved course descriptions and syllabi established by the Physical Therapy Faculty Curriculum Committee and administered by the Dean. This may include serving as a lab instructor or teaching modules in courses when not assigned as the primary course instructor. The professor also must demonstrate active engagement in research and dissemination of work that contributes to the profession. Non-teaching assignments include instructional development, academic advising, participating in department, college and university-wide activities, committees and task forces, and other appropriate responsibilities.

The Professor in the PT Department’s Responsibilities:


  • Teaches courses and content within neurological curriculum as assigned by the Program Director in accordance with the approved syllabus, Graduate Faculty Protocol, and established workload.
  • Updates and revises course content and teaching methodology in order to maintain currency and relevance.
  • Maintains familiarity with current texts, materials, teaching aids and techniques relative to courses within the discipline and recommend their adoption when appropriate.
  • Actively seeks ways to improve instruction.

Academic Advising:

  • Posts and observes office hours for purposes of academic advising and student consultation. Hold office hours at times that are most convenient for students.  Meet with students as needed by appointment.

Departmental Activity:

  • Actively participates in curriculum planning and assessment.
  • Actively serves in assigned committees and CAPTE processes.
  • Actively participates in recruitment and admission activities.

Professional Growth and Development:

  • Maintains a program of personal and professional development for areas of responsibility.
  • Maintains state-of-the-art knowledge and competence in the appropriate academic disciplines.
  • Maintains specialty certification.
  • In accordance with CAPTE standards, each faculty member shall be actively engaged in scholarly work that would enhance the program and the University’s mission. 

Community and Professional Service

  • Serves as a role model with respect to community service and service to the profession.
  • Engages in the APTA and other professional organizations.
  • Engages students and faculty in student service activities.

Institutional Service:

  • Actively participates in assisting the College in maintaining standards required for regional accreditation.
  • Participates in full regalia in official graduation ceremonies.
  • Attends other official functions, College of Health and Natural Sciences (CHNS) Reception, and orientation/faculty development events as required in the Graduate Faculty Protocol.
  • Volunteers to serve on and participate in university task forces and committees.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Meets requirements articulated in the Graduate Faculty Protocol.


  • Demonstrate commitment to our academic programs of excellence within a multi-campus university serving a variety of adult graduate students.
  • Possess extensive knowledge of neurologic physical therapy techniques and practices and have a thorough knowledge of instructional and educational methods and techniques.
  • Maintain physical therapy licensure in the state of New Hampshire and APTA membership.
  • Ability to design and conduct independent or collaborative research in clinical education or related areas.
  • Ability to develop learning strategies that will promote successful teaching in a learning-centered environment.
  • Ability to challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking. Professional commitment to education.
  • Exemplary customer skills, including dealing effectively with the students, faculty, staff, and general public in person, online and over the telephone.  Maintain professionalism when dealing with all staff and other customers.  Demonstrate understanding and sensitivity to the needs of all prospective as well as current students.
  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop written reports and action plans.
  • Have knowledge of, ability to develop, and commitment to use emerging technologies and alternative instructional delivery methods appropriately, including on-line delivery, hybrid course options, content software, web-enhancements, etc.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of organizational behavior and actively engage in organizational planning.
  • Document student advising and mentoring skills.
  • Attend Department and College Faculty meetings and other University sponsored events.
  • Engage collaboratively in departmental and organizational planning.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures established by Franklin Pierce University.


  • Possess an academic doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D, D.Sc.);
  • Incumbents without a terminal degree will be considered provided they are enrolled in or preferably in the dissertation phase of an advanced doctoral degree upon hire;
  • Previous teaching experience and an established record of scholarship;
  • Licensed or eligible to obtain licensure in AZ within 90 days of hire;
  • A minimum of five years of clinical experience.

About The Institution

About the College of Health and Natural Sciences:

The College of Health and Natural Sciences (CHNS) is one the newest colleges for the university, established in 2019.  It was created by the joining of the undergraduate programs in the sciences to the graduate programs in health-related fields.  The degrees offered include:  Biology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Health Sciences at the undergraduate level and Doctor of Physical Therapy (twin independently accredited programs in NH and AZ), Master of Physician Assistant Studies, and Master of Science in Nursing.  The nursing programs are part of the School of Nursing that reports to the new college and includes a RN to BSN online program.

The college is designed to support the academic and student life, which play a vital role in Franklin Pierce’s undergraduate programs and institutional ethos; we provide extensive opportunities for students to compete, excel, and lead, shaping well-rounded individuals who understand the value of service and community engagement.  Our students excel in the classroom, intern at Fortune 500 companies, present at professional conferences, compete as NCAA Division II athletes, and engage in meaningful community service.  Our entire university is dedicated to providing students with resources, support, and a sense of connection outside the classroom and within our local, regional, and national communities.

About Franklin Pierce University:

Since 1962, Franklin Pierce University has empowered thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to achieve academic excellence and lead meaningful, successful lives.  Drawing from our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer programs and educational experiences that develop essential intellectual and professional skills; promote close connections between students, faculty members, and staff; and position our students to realize their potential through highly personalized, financially accessible academic offerings.

Franklin Pierce encompasses a far-reaching geographic and virtual network, educating a diverse population of residential undergraduates, online learners, and full-time graduate students through our campus in Rindge, NH, online and at our centers in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Lebanon, (NH) and Goodyear, AZ.

As a diversified institution, Franklin Pierce has avoided the perils of the Northeast region experiencing stable enrollments and revenue surpluses over the last five years.  These successes have contributed to embracing our own evolution through innovation.

This is an exciting time at Franklin Pierce, as the university embarks on expanding its operations at our Goodyear, AZ campus, developing new programming in Healthcare fields, and our continued quest to explore new educational models and programs that build on our legacy of excellence that help students expand their knowledge, direct their passions, and graduate as qualified, engaged leaders.

About The Community

About the greater Phoenix, AZ community:

In 2008, Franklin Pierce University’s Goodyear, Arizona campus became the first private postsecondary education institution in the city.  The campus is located in a fast-growing suburb and is only half an hour away from internship and career opportunities in Phoenix.  Currently the only program offered at our Goodyear location is our Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  Goodyear’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program attracts students from across the country.  Our facility features two classrooms, two labs, and an off-campus anatomy lab.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

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

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position.
  2. Updated CV.
  3. List of five (5) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you.

Applications received by September 8, 2020, will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Franklin Pierce recognizes the impact of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, gender identity and expression, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.