Founding Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

July 24, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
September 30, 2019
Whitworth University

Position Description

Whitworth University, 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 Arts and Sciences, the Founding Program Director is responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management of the DPT program.  The Director provides visionary leadership for establishing and maintaining the DPT program, fostering excellence and identifying strategic opportunities for program growth and development.

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 is involved with research and scholarly activity.
  • Ensure that the Physical Therapy facility continues to meet the educational and functional needs of the faculty, students, and staff.

The Program Director will work collaboratively with an inter-professional team in the development of Whitworth’s health sciences programs. 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 completing a written evaluation of each faculty member on a regular basis.


The position is a full-time, 12-month administrative position with an excellent benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019. 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 Washington (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
  • Demonstrated effective and successful experiences of establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning

About The Institution

Whitworth University: An Education of Mind and Heart

Whitworth University is a place of fearless intellect and unconstrained commitment to Christ. It is a place where rules are few, but personal discipline is great. Where answers aren’t given but conviction is found. Where chapel isn’t required, but it is often standing-room only. Where students reach for their aspirations and pursue a calling in all parts of the globe. The sense of community runs deep. Faculty, staff, students, alums are dedicated to teaching, learning, questioning, growing, pursuing dreams and deepening their faith.

Nestled among 200 acres of stately pines, Whitworth University offers wide-open green spaces and first-rate educational facilities -- right in the middle of one of the most scenic regions in the United States. Spokane, Washington has a metropolitan population of half a million people, a thriving arts community, and recreational opportunities provided by mountains, lakes, rivers, and miles of hiking and biking trails. The city is large enough to have a thriving downtown area with a riverfront park, yet small enough to avoid the heavy traffic and high cost of living associated with larger cities. The region enjoys four seasons with the associated outdoor activities (mountain biking, climbing, swimming, boating, snowmobiling, skiing, among others).

Spokane is within 4-5 hours of three major national parks (Mt Rainier, North Cascades, Glacier) and the Canadian Rockies. Also, Spokane has excellent health care facilities and other top educational institutions close by. The Spokane area has several outstanding school districts including the Mead School District in which Whitworth University is located. Besides the strong public schools, the Spokane area has a number of highly-ranked private schools, faith-based schools, and schools that have developed specialized options such as the Mead Riverpoint Academy with its emphasis on STEM and Entrepreneurial curriculum. Spokane is a community with a growing multicultural population, in which fifty-five different languages are spoken. (For more information on Spokane, click here.

Since 1890, Whitworth University, a private, residential, comprehensive, master’s-level, liberal-arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian church, has held fast to its founding mission to provide its students an education of mind and heart characterized by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and the integration of Christian faith and learning. Anchored in the Reformed tradition and enriched throughout its history by strong evangelical and ecumenical currents, Whitworth's mission is carried out by a diverse community of dedicated Christian scholars and staff members who are called to a variety of vocations to serve and support students. Whitworth believes the best learning occurs in the context of relationship – inside and outside of the classroom – where professors and staff members alike invest in the lives of students. Whitworth is committed to modeling the highest standards of integrity and fairness and being a trusted and valued member of the community.

Whitworth University’s Vision for Health Sciences

Enrollments in Health Sciences at Whitworth have grown rapidly over the last decade; collectively Health Science majors constitute Whitworth’s largest undergraduate program. Physical Therapy is the number one post-graduate path for our Health Science students (followed closely by physician assistant, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy). Whitworth graduates have shown an exceptional acceptance rate and performance at Physical Therapy programs across the country.  Joining the existing Master’s Degree in Athletic Training, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy will allow Whitworth to expand its educational mission, equipping physical therapists to serve humanity.  The Founding Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy will join the expanding health sciences department and diverse faculty, in designing a state-of-the-art program and facility to be a national leader in graduate PT education.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at Whitworth University 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 and your personal commitment to the Christian faith.  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 September 6, 2019, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled. 

Whitworth University complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.