Founding DPT Program Director

March 21, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
May 15, 2019
North Central College

Position Description

North Central College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a search for the Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to be housed in the College’s School of Education & Health Sciences. The Physical Therapy program will join a growing cadre of excellent graduate programs at the College.

We seek an innovative leader with strong program development skills able to assemble a team of dedicated faculty members and build a distinctive and widely respected doctoral program that will produce not only skilled practitioners, but also change agents in the field. The Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be responsible for leading the development of the program’s curriculum, including initial groundwork for clinical rotations; leading efforts to secure and maintain CAPTE accreditation; hiring, mentoring, and evaluating faculty members in the program; scheduling and staffing courses; recruiting and mentoring students; developing strong partnerships with local healthcare and similar organizations; and providing overall administrative oversight of the program.

This 12-month position may include teaching in areas of clinical expertise and program need, and scholarship/professional development, as appropriate. The Program Director will report to the Dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences, and will hold the appropriate academic rank, preferably at the level of associate or full professor.

The start date for the position is negotiable but no later than Summer 2020.


  • An academic terminal degree in Physical Therapy or another related field (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent);
  • A license to practice Physical Therapy in the state of Illinois (or ability to obtain one);
  • Six years of full-time higher education experience and a minimum of 3 years full-time experience in a physical therapy education program.
  • At least three years of clinical experience as a Physical Therapist;
  • Experience preparing for, obtaining and maintaining CAPTE accreditation.
  • Administrative experience (including personnel management, budgeting, and program planning).

About The Institution

About the School of Education and Health Sciences:

The School builds connections between the College’s liberal arts-based foundation and professional and pre-professional programs. All undergraduate and graduate programs in the School prepare students to contend with a constantly evolving professional environment by developing skills in critical thinking, communication and problem solving through experiential and applied learning.  All students are expected to develop competency in intercultural effectiveness, research skills and the implementation of evidence-based best practices. Thus, each program features a unique blend of theory and hands-on learning in supervised field experiences such as internships, clinical rotations and practicums, and student teaching. Faculty members bring diverse experiential backgrounds to the classroom daily and, as active scholars, they encourage undergraduate research and a spirit of inquiry. The intentional integration of the liberal arts and professional and pre-professional studies is a hallmark of a North Central education.

About North Central College:

Founded in 1861, North Central College is a selective, comprehensive college with about 3000 undergraduate and graduate students.  The College is in a period of growth with the addition of a $60 million Science Center that opened in March 2017. North Central is ranked as one of the top master’s colleges and universities in the Midwest by US News and World Reports. It is located in downtown Naperville, a thriving city with a population of 147,000 residents 28 miles west of Chicago. The college is a couple blocks from the Naperville Metra station, providing fast and convenient access to all the amenities available in the city of Chicago. The Naperville area is home to many excellent school districts and Naperville, IL has been ranked as one of the best places to live by Money magazine. For more information, please visit:

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the College’s search consultant: 

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

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position
  2. Updated CV
  3. List of five (5) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you

Applications received by May 15, 2019, will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

North Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. North Central College provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation, please notify the Office of Human Resources. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.