Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in the School of Physical Therapy

June 14, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
November 9, 2022
Pacific Northwest University

Position Description

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU), in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for positions of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

The PNWU mission is to educate and train health care professionals emphasizing service among rural and medically underserved communities throughout the Northwest.  The university strives to enhance and maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment which seeks contributions from those of diverse backgrounds who will represent and advocate for the communities we serve. Interprofessional education is a strong foundation at PNWU in partnership with the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Education Collaborative involving other universities to facilitate faculty and students working together as an interprofessional team.  

The PNWU School of Physical Therapy (SOPT) invites applications for two open positions of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. The program is seeking teaching expertise in neurology, pain neuroscience, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, wound care, prosthetics/orthotics, pharmacology and evidence informed practice.  One of the faculty positions will be the lead for our Evidence Informed Practice course, Student Capstone Projects and support faculty scholarship within our Center for Applied Movement Science laboratory (see below). Other responsibilities will include participating in ongoing curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; teaching assigned courses; advising and mentoring students; establishing and maintaining a record of research and scholarly productivity; providing community service; and participation in program and university committees as appropriate. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal doctorate degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., D.Sc., or all-but-dissertation status).
  • Clinical experience (minimum of 3 years) and scholarship in physical therapy to support expertise in graduate-level teaching and research.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  • Eligible for physical therapist licensure in the State of Washington.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active research agenda and the desire to expand research expertise.
  • Ability to collaborate with a variety of professionals within a university and clinical/community setting.
  • Advanced clinical training in area of expertise with demonstrated teaching and scholarship in chosen area.
  • Professional association engagement and commitment to professional and community service.
  • Knowledge of CAPTE requirements and curriculum development.

About The Institution

About the PNWU School of Physical Therapy (SOPT):
The SOPT is student-focused, patient-centered, collaborative, and dynamic learning environment that centers around PNWU’s established culture of interprofessional collaboration, compassion, innovation, and social responsibility, resulting in a new wave of physical therapist capable of revolutionizing the health of our communities.

The SOPT is housed in a brand-new 28,000 sq. ft. building with classroom, study, faculty, and staff office spaces. We share many resources at PNWU with other programs including a large auditorium, multiple lecture rooms, orthopedic principles and practice lab, cadaver dissection lab, and high-tech simulation center. The campus is slated for an additional 80,000 sq ft Student Learning Center (SLC) building with expanded clinical learning and student spaces.

The SOPT Center for Applied Movement Science (CAMS) is a research, teaching, and pro bono treatment lab (1,860 sq ft) with a full range of brand-new state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment. The SOPT will host two pro-bono clinics for students and faculty to support our communities most vulnerable populations. It is truly an excellent time to work for PNWU!

The CAMS lab has the following resources:

  • Bioness Vector Gait and Support System dynamic body weight support with 25-foot track
  • Bertec Computerized Dynamic Posturography/Immersive Virtual Reality (CDP/IVR) System for balance assessment and training
  • MediTouch BalanceTutorTM perturbation treadmill with medial/lateral and forward/backward perturbation capability with force plate, IMUs, and interactive balance gaming
  • Protokinetics ZenoTM Walkway 26-foot gait analysis system
  • Noraxon myoMOTIONTM Ultium 3D IMU portable motion capture system with video and EMG sync capability
  • Noraxon myoMUSCLETM Ultium wireless electromyography (EMG) system with internal IMUs
  • Bioness L300Go Plus functional electrical stimulation for foot drop and thigh weakness
  • Bertec Vision Advantage (BVA) vestibular ocular reflex and gaze stability testing
  • Bertec COBALTTM concussion screening/management and athlete balance system
  • MicroMedical RealEyesTM 505 Video Frenzel goggle system
  • Mobility Research LiteGait® with Smart BiSymTM automatic body weight support adjustment, GaitKeeperTM Treadmill with GaitSensTM gait analysis system
  • BTE PrimusRS multiple resistance (Isotonic, Isometric, Isokinetic, CPM) rehabilitation system

The DPT program recently received Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  The curriculum is grounded in our mission and designed to produce a reflective generalist who offers evidence-informed quality care, in a compassionate and professional manner, as a competent member of the interprofessional team in rural and medically underserved communities. The first cohort will begin matriculation August 2022.

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About The Community

About Yakima, Washington:
PNWU is in the Yakima Valley of Washington, a region that is rich in diversity, embracing an enticing mixture of breathtaking landscape, culture, and fresh opportunities. Within an hours’ drive in any direction awaits a myriad of recreational activities such as skiing, snowboarding, rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, boating, camping, and hiking just to name a few. Yakima is a place where home and living unite, breeding the true spirit of the Pacific Northwest into the University of Health Sciences that resides here: &

Application Process

Questions relating to these faculty positions in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences can be directed in confidence to Dr. Peggy Trueblood, Founding Program Director at

Applications can be directed to the University’s executive search consultant:

Christopher S. Healy, President
Scott Healy & Associates

A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)

The search will remain open until the positions are filled.

The University shall not discriminate against faculty, staff, volunteers, students, or applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law for any reason including recruitment, selection, and promotion.