Associate Professor/Professor and Chair of the PT Department

February 24, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
April 5, 2021
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Position Description

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Health Professions, located in Memphis, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, seeks a dynamic and innovative Chair for the Department of Physical Therapy. The department has a new emphasis on research and program expansion to grow the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program's national ranking. The new Chair will report to the Dean of the College of Health Professions and work with the Program Director to achieve these goals. Duties include the day-to-day management of the department's activities, providing faculty teaching assignments, setting faculty goals, leading and supporting department research efforts, supervising departmental staff, and preparing and administering departmental budgets and resources. The Chair will have opportunities to add new programs and fellowships and recruit research and teaching faculty. Current department initiatives involve reshaping the clinical practice programs, growing the DPT program, helping form a physical therapy-occupational therapy clinic, updating curriculum, expanding and promoting the department’s research initiatives, and recruiting and retaining faculty. The preferred candidate will be research-motivated with excellent interpersonal skills and seeking a leadership opportunity to direct the efforts of a collegial faculty housed on an academic health center campus. This is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and track record.


Required Qualifications: 

  • An earned academic doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent in a closely related biomedical science field to physical therapy) and/or M.D.
  • A minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience, with a minimum of three years of full-time experience in a physical therapist education program
  • Holds or is eligible to hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor
  • A strong record of peer-reviewed publications/scholarship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A physical therapist (DPT and/or PT) who is licensed or regulated in any United States jurisdiction as a Physical Therapist and is eligible for licensure in the state of Tennessee
  • Academic administrative experience including evidence of preparing and administering departmental budgets and resources
  • Nationally or internationally recognized leader in scholarship and research
  • Evidence of extramural funding
  • Active research in an area closely associated with Physical Therapy
  • Leadership in DPT related professional organizations
  • Experience with program accreditation
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills
  • A commitment to supporting research efforts in the department that are consistent with the College’s Strategic Plan
  • A commitment to recruiting a diverse student body and faculty to the department
  • A commitment to graduate education
  • A commitment to developing as an academic leader

About The Institution

The Department of Physical Therapy:
The Department offers an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, the state’s oldest physical therapy program. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a DPT degree and will be eligible to take the national licensure exam for physical therapists. The program is designed as a full time “4 + 3”: students complete four years of pre-professional coursework at other colleges or universities, and then three years of professional education at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Expansion of the DPT program and the development of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is planned for the Memphis and Knoxville campuses. Opportunities exist to provide interdisciplinary training for DPT-OTD students and add additional programs or degrees to the department that complement or contribute to rehabilitation sciences. There is the opportunity for DPT graduates to pursue a Ph.D. in the Rehabilitation Sciences with faculty in the College’s Division of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Physical Therapy students complete clinical rotations at prestigious health care facilities, including: world-renowned St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is ranked as the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital in U.S. News & World Report's 28th Annual “Best Hospitals” list; Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, which has eight pediatrics programs ranked in the top 20 nationally; and the Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics, which is the 34th largest clinic of its type in the United States and is recognized as a national leader in sports medicine, pediatric orthopedics, joint replacement, orthopedic oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and surgery of the hand, hip, foot, knee, shoulder, and spine.
For more information about the Department of Physical Therapy, go to:

The College of Health Professions:
The College serves as an administrative home for allied health programs offered through the Departments of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Diagnostic and Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences. The Center for Muscle Metabolism and Neuropathology within the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences focuses on research enhancing human muscle function across the age spectrum. The College plans to add new departments, divisions, and programs over the next three years as it moves into an exciting phase of unprecedented growth in research, education, and clinical service. For more information about the College of Health Professions, go to:

The Health Sciences Center:
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Memphis campus comprises six colleges – Health Professions, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The Memphis Core Teaching Hospitals include: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Methodist Healthcare, Regional One Health, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Memphis VA Medical Center, and St. Francis Hospital. For more information about UTHSC, go to:
UTHSC has a long and rich tradition of accomplishments in basic, clinical, and translational research in a wide variety of disciplines focused on the health issues that impact our community, our region, the state of Tennessee and the world. UTHSC researchers are supported by both government grants and private funding. The Cancer Center Building opened in 2007 and is the Mid-South’s only adult cancer research facility, housing 32 research laboratories and more than 65 scientists. The 140,000-square foot Translational Science Research Building opened in 2016 and currently houses 40 investigators focused on cardiovascular and related diseases. During the last fiscal year, UTHSC generated approximately $300 million in sponsored programs, including NIH grants and grants from private foundations. For more information about UTHSC’s research, go to:

The University of Tennessee system has a combined student enrollment of more than 49,000 students, over 360,000 living alumni, and a total endowment that tops $1 billion.

About The Community

Memphis is an exciting city that offers visitors and residents opportunities for a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. Memphis has a rich history that is celebrated at the National Civil Rights Museum in the Lorraine Motel, Graceland, and the Children’s Museum. Memphis has a long heritage of music as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll. It hosts jazz festivals, Beale Street, and Sun Studios. Memphis is the barbecue pork capital of the world and hosts the Memphis in May International Festival and World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest. In sports, Memphis is home to the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) basketball team, the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) baseball affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, and the various collegiate sports of the University of Memphis. The city has many outdoor recreational opportunities ranging from Shelby Farms Greenline, hiking, water activities, bicycle friendly lanes, and jogging paths. The outstanding Memphis Zoo was voted one of America’s Top 10 by Fodor’s Travel. The city has several theaters, the Memphis Ballet, and the Memphis Symphony. Memphis has diverse and eclectic neighborhoods, affordable housing of various types, no state income tax, and an easily accessed international airport. For more information about Memphis, go to:

Application Process

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to the University’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan
Assistant Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

Additionally, all applications must be submitted electronically via the University’s portal at

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter that outlines qualifications and credentials, experience and accomplishments
  2. Updated CV
  3. Names and addresses (including email) of three professional references

Applications received by April 5, 2021, will receive priority consideration.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening. Additional required documentation of U.S Citizenship or evidence of the ability to lawfully work in the U.S. is required for full consideration.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. 

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

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