Director of the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

July 13, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
November 11, 2022
Pacific University Oregon

Position Description

Pacific University Oregon, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time Director of the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. The University is seeking an innovative and visionary leader to continue the strong legacy of excellence at the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, while providing guidance for a new Biomedical Engineering program.  The Director reports directly to the Vice Provost and Executive Dean for the College of Health Professions.

The Director of the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training is the chief academic officer for the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, which houses the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) programs. The Director is a member of the College of Health Professions Deans and Directors Council, and serves on university committees. The Director provides leadership and administration for the School, supports the mission, promotes a positive and respectful environment for students, faculty and staff, and represents the School in the college, the university, the community, and the profession. The Director is responsible for providing guidance in the development of long-range programmatic planning, goals, and objectives. 

The Position:
The Director provides intellectual and administrative leadership to the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training as its chief academic officer.  They have oversight over all personnel matters and, as its chief financial officer, ultimate responsibility for the School’s operating budget.  They will demonstrate the capacity to embrace the University’s historic mission of serving the underserved.  In addition, they will demonstrate a commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity.

The position requires a thorough understanding of contemporary physical therapy (PT) and athletic training (AT) education and practice issues, and trends on the national, regional, and state levels.  The Director will have the opportunity to continue developing a more influential role for the School in the PT and AT professions, capitalizing on the School’s strengths in education and innovative practice.  Pacific University of Oregon has been graduating professional physical therapists since 1977 and athletic trainers since 2015. The Director can be expected to take on an ongoing transformational focus, advancing the strategic vision of the School to act as a visible, recognized leader in the physical therapy and athletic training education communities.  The role requires experience with and a commitment to systematic planning, assessment and continuous programmatic improvement.  In collaboration with the faculty, the Director will help define the future of the School, articulating emerging needs and addressing challenges that require new thinking, including the possibility of adding new degree programs.

Key Responsibilities of the Director:

  • Provide vision and leadership for the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training;
  • Develop strong personal relationships to promote the DPT and MSAT programs and to support the mission of the School;
  • Actively pursue external opportunities for funding, facilities, and research;
  • Support development of faculty scholarship agendas
  • Prepare, manage, and administer program budgets and advocate for economic support;
  • Ensure compliance with institutional policies and accreditation standards;
  • Facilitate the faculty in long-range planning and program development;
  • Guide the faculty in outcomes assessment and curriculum review;
  • Assist in recruitment, supervision, and evaluation of faculty and staff;
  • Recruit, supervise, and evaluate administrative personnel;
  • Implement standards for student performance and advancement;
  • Coordinate fundraising activities in support of programmatic goals;
  • Represent the School in the University’s administrative structure;
  • Represent the School on local, state, and national levels within the professions and the community;
  • Possess the vision and the qualities of leadership required to advance an accomplished institution to a new level of achievement - they are joining a dedicated, learner-centered, congenial academic community, eager to welcome its next colleague and leader; and
  • Advise students regarding professional development and evidence-based practice projects.


The ideal candidate is an accomplished, visionary leader with the ability and strong desire to lead Pacific University’s School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training to the next level of achievement and prominence.  They have demonstrated an appreciation of and a deep commitment to the value of PT education and the profession, as well as AT education and the profession.  They will have a genuine interest in – even a passion for – the University’s historic mission of serving the underserved.  An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree is required, as well as a degree in Physical Therapy and credentials suitable for a tenured academic appointment at the rank of associate professor or full professor.  In addition, evidence of the following qualities is also desired:

  • The highest ethics and integrity, maturity, tact, diplomacy and judgment;
  • An awareness of current trends and issues in PT and AT education, on the national, regional and state levels;
  • Knowledge of PT and AT accreditation standards.
  • The ability to think and plan strategically, strong organizational skills, a record of successful fiscal management, and experience with and a commitment to assessment and continuous programmatic improvement;
  • Exceptional spoken and written communication skills
  • The ability to navigate and be effective within a complex matrix organization that values collaboration and teamwork as well as individual initiative and creativity;
  • Senior level administrative experience, preferably in an educational setting, a collegial and open approach to administration and a commitment to a shared faculty governance tradition;
  • Successful experience launching new academic programs that build on an institution’s strengths and integrating them into an established organizational structure;
  • An understanding of the importance of enrollment management issues and experience initiating successful student recruitment and retention strategies;
  • The ability to foster inter-professional collaborations across CHP’s academic units and to identify and implement programmatic and research partnerships between the School and other College and University units as well as external institutions;
  • The ability to evaluate, collaborate with, mentor, coach, motivate, and inspire faculty and staff;
  • Skill in supporting and expanding peer review and mentoring of teaching skills and practices;
  • The capacity to represent the School and its mission effectively within CHP, the University and externally, including relevant national, regional and state entities;
  • A genuine interest in and talent for building positive relationships with the School’s alumni and industry-based stakeholders;
  • The ability (in consultation with University leaders) to prepare and articulate the case for philanthropic support of the School and College.

About The Institution

The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training:
Pacific’s School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, one of eight schools that comprise the University’s College of Health Professions, has been graduating professional physical therapists since 1977, and professional athletic trainers since 2015.  Its faculty and staff are committed to providing a professional curriculum that is learner-centered and guided by the view that both the physical therapist and the athletic trainer plays a critical role as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team.

The School offers an innovative graduate curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical therapy (DPT) degree. The program is designed to provide students with didactic and fieldwork training opportunities to ensure their ability to adapt and meet the needs of the ever-changing healthcare field. Students seeking a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) also receive access to an interdisciplinary learning environment that will help them collaborate and excel within the healthcare field professionally. Graduates are prepared to improve the healthcare outcomes of a diverse population by providing competent and compassionate care.

The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training educates and mentors students to become skilled, critical-thinking, and self-directed practitioners.

The mission is accomplished by preparing physical therapists and athletic trainers who provide compassionate, ethical, and innovative care, using an inquiry-driven team approach that focuses on the needs of individuals, the community, and the profession.

The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Pacific University will be renowned for:

  • Faculty and graduates who serve their diverse communities through advocacy and delivery of person-centered care.
  • Faculty and graduates who advance the practice of physical therapy and athletic training through post-professional education and original and translational inquiry.
  • Graduates who are innovative leaders in physical therapy and athletic training and who are integral members of the inter-professional healthcare team.
  • Inter-professional clinics that serve the needs of our communities and are fully integrated into the didactic and clinical components of the academic program.

We embrace the values enacted by the College of Health Professions at Pacific University:

  • Diversity of people and ideas
  • Ethical and professional principles
  • Health equality
  • Professional and Public Advocacy
  • Community Health and Wellness

The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training is committed to seeking and creating opportunities for a multitude of people and ideas. We embrace individuals who represent a spectrum of lived experiences and backgrounds and believe that supporting diversity enhances our academic, clinical, and professional environment.

About the College of Health Professions:
Pacific’s College of Health Professions is dedicated to preparing leaders in innovative healthcare for a diverse global community.  All of its programs further Pacific’s mission: A diverse and sustainable community dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice, Pacific University inspires students to think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world.  (Please see Appendix A for CHP’s Mission, Vision and Values Statements)

CHP was established on the University’s Forest Grove campus in 2004, by consolidating four existing schools – Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Professional Psychology – under one administrative umbrella.  In August 2006, the College relocated to new facilities in Hillsboro, eight miles east of Forest Grove.  At that time, CHP launched two additional Schools – Dental Health Science and Pharmacy. The School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership, was added in 2008.  In 2012, the School of Audiology was added, increasing to eight the number of schools currently comprising the College. 

In Fall 2020, CHP enrolled a total of approximately 80 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students.  The College employs a total of 170 full-time faculty and staff.  Its operating budget is $29 million for the 21-22 fiscal year.  College revenues are generated through tuition (94%), clinic fees (2%) and grants or gifts (4%).  All the CHP programs leading to a clinical practice credential are accredited by their relevant professional accreditation bodies.

Additional information about Pacific University’s College of Health Professions may be found here: College of Health Professions | Pacific University

About Pacific University Oregon:
Pacific enrolls approximately 3850 (1768 undergraduate and 2082 graduate) students from more than 30 states and 28 foreign countries, engaged in 65 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate fields of study. In addition to the historic 55-acre campus in Forest Grove where Arts and Sciences, Optometry, Education and undergraduate Business are located, the University maintains campuses in Hillsboro (Health Professions and graduate Business), Eugene (Education and Arts and Sciences’ Social Work program), Woodburn (Education) and downtown Portland (Graduate Psychology, Optometry and Arts and Sciences’ MFA program). About 1,000 undergraduates are housed on the Forest Grove campus. Nearly 98% of the undergraduate students receive financial aid. Pacific has approximately 25,000 living alumni.

Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University will leverage the generosity of our supporters to provide steady and reliable funding, ensuring Pacific’s bright future.  With a goal of raising $80 million, the campaign focuses on Pacific’s promise for tomorrow, extraordinary new learning environments and resources, and our continuing investment in a boundless future. Recent significant gifts have included a $1 million donation to support a joint optometry and dental hygiene mobile clinic program that includes equipment and endowment to support faculty and staff, and a significant endowment to support the university libraries that serve all campuses.

In recent years, Pacific has experienced the most prosperous and expansive growth period in its history. Two residence halls, a state-of-the-art library, an education and business building, the health professions campus and extensive athletic facilities were constructed between 2004 and 2008. The health professions campus is located in Hillsboro’s “Health and Education District” in LEED-certified buildings. A new residence hall and renovations to the University Center were completed in the summer of 2014 on the Forest Grove campus. During the period 2001-2017, overall enrollment increased from 2,281 to 3,900 students, primarily due to growth in the health professions.

Rankings and Recognition:
Pacific University is the number one private research university in the Pacific Northwest and ranks number 10 on the West Coast, amongst universities like USC and Stanford.

Pacific University ranks among U.S. News and World Report’s top National Universities for 2020.  Pacific University is listed on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education’s list of America’s Top Colleges-a list that includes only the top third of all undergraduate institutions.

Following a national search, Lesley M. Hallick, PhD began her term as Pacific University’s 17th president on August 1, 2009. Dr. Hallick received her undergraduate degree, Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Pomona College and her doctoral degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin. She came to Pacific from Oregon Health and Science University, where she enjoyed a stellar academic career as a professor and researcher and, from 1989-2009, its Vice President and Provost.

Ultimate responsibility for the management and welfare of Pacific University resides with a Board of Trustees of up to 41 members. The current board is chaired by long-time board member Gerald Yoshida, a Pacific graduate. Its members represent broad public interests as well as the University’s constituencies, including alumni, faculty and students. Board membership is enhanced by additional Emeriti Trustees and one Honorary Trustee.

Additional information about Pacific University may be found at

About The Community

The Greater Pacific University Oregon Community:
Hillsboro, the fifth largest city in Oregon and the county seat for Washington County, has a diverse population of over 99,000 people. It is eight miles east of Pacific’s historic campus in Forest Grove, a small, rural city of 22,000. Both cities combine small-town charm with close proximity to Portland, the Pacific Ocean, the Coastal Range, and the Oregon wine country.

Hillsboro is the western terminus for the MAX light rail Blue Line, providing easy access to the urban amenities, arts and cultural offerings of downtown Portland, 18 miles to the east. It is in the heart of what is often referred to as the “Silicon Forest” for its continuing growth as a center for high technology. The area enjoys a healthy economy linked directly to a diverse industrial base that includes such companies as Intel and Nike.

Additional information about Hillsboro may be found at
Additional information about Forest Grove may be found at

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the Director of the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Pacific University Oregon should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

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


The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  1. A cover letter outlining the applicant’s experience as a physical therapist in higher education. 
  2. A complete CV outlining the applicant’s career in higher education and within PT and AT Education. 
  3. The names of three professional references, including their relationship to the applicant, 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.

It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status, or any other protected classification recognized by applicable law, in admission, access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other applicable state or federal law, or city ordinance. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,