SUMMARY: Colorado Mesa University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and founding Physical Therapy Program Director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, coordinate, and oversee a doctoral-level physical therapy program.
  • Provide effective leadership for the program in areas of communication, program assessment and planning, fiscal management, and faculty evaluation.
  • Recruit students and promote the program.
  • Teach within the Physical Therapy program and the Department of Kinesiology. Teaching may involve online, hybrid and/or distance delivery modalities.
  • Complete professional development activities and service to the university and community.
  • Maintain a well-defined, ongoing scholarly agenda.


  • Earned terminal academic degree (PhD, EdD, or equivalent) in Physical Therapy or a related field. Candidates nearing completion of terminal academic degree will be considered.
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Colorado.
  • Minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience, with a minimum of three years of full-time experience in a physical therapy education program.
  • Knowledge of physical therapy program organization, administration, fiscal management, and the accreditation process.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience with increasing level of responsibility.
  • Experience as a program director or other administrative position in an accredited physical therapy program.
  • Hold certification in an area of specialization (e.g., GCS, CCS, OCS, NCS).
  • Demonstrated experience to design and conduct collaborative research.
  • Extramural funding.

Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for underrepresented students within higher education.

SALARY: $95,000 – $115,000; excellent health, retirement benefits package included.

APPLY BY: To ensure priority consideration, complete application materials should be received by September 20, 2017. Open until filled.

APPOINTMENT: Full-time, tenure-track 12-month appointment to begin Spring 2018 (exact date to be negotiated).

ABOUT GRAND JUNCTION: Grand Junction is nestled below three mountain ranges: the Colorado National Monument, the Bookcliffs, and the Grand Mesa. Grand Junction is west of the Rockies and 30 miles from the Utah border; the moderate climate provides year-round recreational activities including hiking, biking, golf, fishing and skiing. The city and valley of approximately 115,000 is the economic hub of the region, located midway between Denver and Salt Lake City. The local health care community has been recognized at the national level for delivery of collaborative, high quality, and low cost health care.

THE UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1925, the University offers professional and technical programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Remaining one of the most affordable universities in Colorado, enrollment exceeds 9,600 students and offers a hands-on learning environment with professors dedicated to teaching. The Department of Kinesiology offers Bachelors of Science degrees in Exercise Science, Athletic Training, and Sport Management, as well as a Bachelors of Arts degree with concentrations in K-12 Education, Fitness and Health Promotion, and Adapted Physical Education. The Department of Kinesiology is in the process of seeking Accreditation-Provisional for a developing Physician Assistant Studies Program, preparing a letter of intent and eligibility data to seek accreditation for an Occupational Therapy Program, and transitioning the undergraduate Athletic Training Program to a Graduate Athletic Training Program.

APPLICATION: Submit a cover letter describing qualifications and experience as they relate to the specific requirements, responsibilities, and preferences of this position, a copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (official transcripts required upon hire), statement of teaching philosophy, optional statement of research interests, and current CV that includes the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references, at least one of whom is a current or previous supervisor. In your letter and/or teaching statement, please describe your experience working with students from underrepresented groups. Please also submit the following completed forms:

Email to: CMUJobs@coloradomesa.edu Please put the search name in the subject line to ensure that your materials are forwarded to the appropriate search file. Electronic application materials must be submitted as a .pdf or Word document (no size limit). Electronic materials submitted in any other format will not be accepted. Please do not copy and paste application materials into the body of your email; send materials as attachments.

Or mail to:
Associate Professor in Physical Therapy Program – PT Program Director
Human Resources, LHH 237
Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122
Phone: 970 248-1820

Direct inquiries to Mr. Tim Pinnow at 970-248-1795 or tpinnow@coloradomesa.edu.
View Colorado Mesa University’s homepage at: www.coloradomesa.edu

Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. Colorado Mesa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.