Department Chair and Academic Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

July 30, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
September 13, 2019
Franklin Pierce University

Position Description

Franklin Pierce University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a search for the Department Chair and Academic Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  The Chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of the Health and Natural Sciences and will be based at the Goodyear, AZ, campus.  Both the Arizona and New Hampshire PT Programs will be the responsibility of the Chair.  The Department Chair and Academic Program Director is the academic administrator for all physical therapy programs at all academic levels including those programs which may be offered at expansion sites.  The Department Chair and Academic Program Director is responsible for providing effective leadership and adherence to all accreditation standards including faculty evaluation, professional development, financial management and ongoing program assessment; responsible for all faculty, staff and students adhering to the Faculty Protocol, all Franklin Pierce policies and procedures and all CAPTE standards; and demonstrates active engagement in research and dissemination of work that contributes to the profession.  This 12-month position may include teaching in areas of clinical expertise and program need, and scholarship/professional development, as appropriate.

We seek an innovative leader with strong program management skills able to mentor and lead a team of dedicated faculty members in a distinctive and widely respected doctoral program that produces not only skilled practitioners, but also change agents in the field.

The Position of Chair and Academic Program Director Responsibilities:

  • Chair all faculty search committees;
  • Engage in faculty evaluation;
  • Oversee curriculum;
  • Develop academic schedules;
  • Monitor and maintaining all accreditation standards;
  • Appoint faculty to Physical Therapy committees and task forces;
  • Engage in budget planning and effectively manage the operational budget of the program;
  • Enforce the Faculty Protocol;
  • Engage in - program development, assessment and planning;
  • In accordance with CAPTE standards, each faculty member shall be actively engaged in scholarly work that would enhance the program and the University’s mission;
  • Teach assigned courses in accordance with the course syllabus and college policy;
  • Continue to update and revise course content and teaching methodology in order to maintain currency and relevance.


  • Demonstrate commitment to our academic programs of distinction within a multi-campus university serving a variety of adult graduate students;
  • Possess extensive knowledge of physical therapy techniques and practices and have a thorough knowledge of instructional and educational methods and techniques.  Remain current with any changes and revisions of CAPTE standards; share any changes and revisions with the other faculty members; and produce written reports of such changes for the Dean of the College of Health and Natural Sciences as changes occur;
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of the AZ and NH Physical Therapy programs and the quality of instruction and to institute changes to improve the overall quality;
  • Considerable knowledge of health care agencies/hospitals organization and functions of departments, policies, regulations and procedures;
  • Actively engage program faculty in COHNS and University initiatives;
  • Support and facilitate recruitment efforts of the AZ and NH DPT programs such as open-houses, information sessions and other COHNS events;
  • Attend Program, Department and COHNS Faculty meetings as well as other University sponsored events.


  • A terminal degree in Physical Therapy is required.
  • An academic terminal degree in a related field (e.g., Ph.D., D.Sc., Ed.D., or equivalent) is required.
  • 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 maintaining CAPTE accreditation;
  • Administrative experience (including personnel management, budgeting, and program planning);
  • A license to practice Physical Therapy in the state of Arizona (or ability to gain licensure);
  • Demonstrated track record of engagement in research and other scholarly activities.

About The Institution

About the College of Health and Natural Sciences:

The College of Health and Natural Sciences (COHNS) is one the newest colleges for the university, established in 2019.  It was created by the joining of the undergraduate programs in the sciences to the graduate programs in health related fields.  The degrees offered include:  Biology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Health Sciences at the undergraduate level and Doctor of Physical Therapy (twin independently accredited programs in NH and AZ), Master of Physician Assistant Studies, and Master of Science in Nursing.  The nursing programs are part of the School of Nursing that reports to the new college and includes a RN to BSN online program.

The college is designed to support the academic and student life, which play a vital role in Franklin Pierce’s undergraduate programs and institutional ethos; we provide extensive opportunities for students to compete, excel, and lead, shaping well-rounded individuals who understand the value of service and community engagement.  Our students excel in the classroom, intern at Fortune 500 companies, present at professional conferences, compete as NCAA Division II athletes, and engage in meaningful community service.  Our entire university is dedicated to providing students with resources, support, and a sense of connection outside the classroom and within our local, regional, and national communities. 

About Franklin Pierce University:

Since 1962, Franklin Pierce University has empowered thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to achieve academic excellence and lead meaningful, successful lives.  Drawing from our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer programs and educational experiences that develop essential intellectual and professional skills; promote close connections between students, faculty members, and staff; and position our students to realize their potential through highly personalized, financially accessible academic offerings. 

Franklin Pierce encompasses a far-reaching geographic and virtual network, educating a diverse population of residential undergraduates, online learners, and full-time graduate students through our campus in Rindge, NH, online and at our centers in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Lebanon, (NH) and Goodyear, AZ. 

As a diversified institution, Franklin Pierce has avoided the perils of the Northeast region experiencing stable enrollments and revenue surpluses over the last five years.  These successes have contributed to embracing our own evolution through innovation. 

This is an exciting time at Franklin Pierce, as the university embarks on expanding its operations at our Goodyear, AZ campus, developing new programming in Healthcare fields, and our continued quest to explore new educational models and programs that build on our legacy of excellence that help students expand their knowledge, direct their passions, and graduate as qualified, engaged leaders.

About The Community

About the greater Phoenix, AZ community:

In 2008, Franklin Pierce University’s Goodyear, Arizona campus became the first private postsecondary education institution in the city.  The campus is located in a fast-growing suburb and is only half an hour away from internship and career opportunities in Phoenix.  Currently the only program offered at our Goodyear location is our Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  Goodyear’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program attracts students from across the country.  Our facility features two classrooms, two labs, and an off-campus anatomy lab.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’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 September 13, 2019, will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Franklin Pierce recognizes the impact of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, gender identity and expression, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.