Founding Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy

January 14, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
February 25, 2019
University of Louisiana at Monroe

Position Description

University of Louisiana Monroe, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Reporting to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, the Founding Program Director is responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management of the DPT program. The Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the Academic Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs with approval of the Boards of Trustees for the University of Louisiana System. The Program Director holds academic rank as a teaching member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  To view the strategic planning at ULM, please see ULM Strategic Plan.

The Founding Program Director will serve as the strategic academic and operational leader of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program by providing leadership for the faculty in terms of program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, administration, teaching, research, and service. The specific duties of the Director include, but are not limited to: 

  • Provide direct oversight for all academic and administrative matters concerning the development of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
  • Lead the faculty and development team in strategic planning and monitor the process to further the program's mission in teaching, research, service, and patient care.
  • Supervise the process of seeking, achieving, and maintaining all necessary CAPTE program accreditation.
  • Ensure that the Physical Therapy faculty are involved with research and scholarly activity.
  • Ensure that the Physical Therapy facility continues to meet the educational, functional and maintenance needs of the faculty, students, and staff. 

The Program Director will work cooperatively with an inter-professional focus in the development of the respective health sciences programs. The Program Director coordinates Health Science initiatives with leaders of other ULM academic and operational units to achieve the University's mission. The Program Director is also responsible for attaining and maintaining CAPTE accreditation and will pursue academic excellence within the program by providing program leadership, promoting the program and enhancing its visibility, assisting with recruiting and retaining students, and managing the day-to-day logistics of the program. The Program Director is responsible for the continuous evaluation of faculty and administering an annual written evaluation of each faculty member.


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position.  The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • An academic terminal degree in Physical Therapy or related field (i.e., PhD, EdD, or equivalent)
  • A license to practice physical therapy in Louisiana (or ability to obtain)
  • Experience preparing for, obtaining and maintaining CAPTE accreditation
  • Administrative experience (including program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting)
  • A record of scholarship and history of teaching and service
  • 6 years of full time higher education experience and a minimum of 3 years full-time experience in a physical therapist education program

About The Institution

University of Louisiana Monroe

The University of Louisiana Monroe seeks students who find value in our programs and prepares them to compete, succeed, and contribute in an ever-changing global society through a transformative education.  The University of Louisiana Monroe has followed a course of vigorous growth in its transition from a junior college to an institution offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  The Graduate School was established in 1961 to offer master's degrees. In the Fall of 1967 the Education Specialist degree was first offered and in 1983 the Specialist in School Psychology degree was added. The Graduate School established the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacy December of 1967. In the Fall of 1996, the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy admitted the first class of students.  In 1999, the University officially changed its name to The University of Louisiana Monroe.

About The Community

Greater Monroe, Louisiana Community

Downtown Monroe is an increasingly growing district anchored by the beautiful Ouachita River. Conveniently located just off Interstate 20.  It is the central business district of Monroe, home to the offices of the City, Parish, State and Federal governments, St. Francis Medical Center, the Monroe Civic Center and the University of Louisiana Monroe. It is as rich in history as it is in hospitality. Downtown Monroe is also the home to a variety of award-winning restaurants, a collection of museums, and a variety of art. Monroe is an ideal place to live, work, and grow. 

New energy is spurring new developments throughout Downtown Monroe. There are many new businesses entering downtown including restaurants and residential buildings. This energy is spearheaded by the Downtown Economic Development District in partnership with several public and private organizations.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at the University of Louisiana Monroe should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant: 

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

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as a physical therapist and/or in related fields in higher education.  Special attention will be paid to those applicants who have started, developed, and/or expanded a Master's or Doctoral program for physical therapy.

2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health related areas. 

3) The names of five professional references, including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by February 25, 2019, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

ULM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ULM does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.