Program Director of the Division of Physical Therapy

April 19, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
February 1, 2023
Ohio University

Position Description

Ohio University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for a dynamic and innovative Program Director, Division of Physical Therapy to follow in the steps of the retiring Program Director.  The Program Director will report to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions.  The Division of Physical Therapy is located in the College of Health Sciences and Professions which is one of the largest health colleges in the US. The program has a 37-year history of being a leader in physical therapy education in Ohio as the first program in Ohio to transition to both the master’s degree and the DPT degree. We have consistently provided a strong and challenging academic and clinical preparation for our students.  This is a 11-month, tenure-track appointment. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and track record.

The Program:
The program includes 13 talented faculty, 2 administrative and budgetary support staff members, and 10 PT’s and PTA’s in the Ohio University Therapy Associates clinical unit. The program was recently re-accredited for 10 years. The Program Director will be responsible for strategic planning, faculty scholarship and professional development, departmental operations and budget, curricular planning/implementation, and oversight of Ohio University Therapy Associates (providing contract clinical services in Athens County). The Program Director is a dual academic leadership and tenure-track faculty role with specific teaching and research loads negotiable depending on interests and qualifications. The college has a flexible workload policy which allows for reduced teaching loads for research and administrative activities. 


Candidates for the position of Program Director, Division of Physical Therapy will possess the following:

  • An earned academic doctoral degree from an accredited university (i.e., PhD, EdD);
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in higher education including at least 3 years in a physical therapist education program and documented academic leadership responsibilities. Specifically, previous academic leadership may be denoted by documented responsibilities in a number of relevant areas including diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, program growth, program and personnel assessment, curriculum analysis, and/or accreditation;
  • Scholarship record consistent with appointment at the associate or full professor rank;
  • Licensed physical therapist in Ohio or eligible to be licensed in Ohio.

About The Institution

The University:
Ohio University has a vibrant residential campus that attracts top-quality students. Athens, Ohio, is a quintessential college town. We are located in picturesque Athens, OH, a family-friendly and culturally rich community located amidst scenic state and national parks just 75 minutes southeast of Columbus, Ohio. Athens provides a classic residential learning environment for the over 20,000 students from more than 100 countries who are enrolled at the main campus.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the Program Director, Division of Physical Therapy at Ohio University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Christopher Healy
Scott Healy & Associates 

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  1. A cover letter outlining your experience as a physical therapist, educator, and/or in related fields in higher education;
  2. A complete CV outlining your career in higher education within Physical Therapy; 
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy;
  4. Statement of leadership style and management;
  5. 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.

This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Ohio University is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive educational and workplace environment. Ohio University is an equal access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Ohio University is a member of the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.