The School of Health Sciences at Emory & Henry College is seeking an experienced, visionary and innovative leader to serve as the next Program Director and Department Chair for its CAPTE accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. This position opening is due to the upcoming retirement of the program’s founding Director and Chair. This is a full-time, 12-month tenure-track appointment with a preferred start date of July 1, 2020.

The Program Director will serve as the Chair for the Department of Physical Therapy and will be responsible for providing leadership and vision for the continued growth and success of the DPT program. The Program Director/Chair reports to the Vice President of Health Sciences and serves on the School of Health Sciences Leadership Council.


●         Maintain compliance with all CAPTE accreditation standards and related policies and procedures.

●         Ensure continuous quality improvement through a culture of ongoing assessment.

●         Plan and oversee faculty recruitment, retention, development and mentoring.

●         Evaluate the faculty’s teaching effectiveness, scholarship, service, and other assigned academic duties.

●         Oversee student recruitment, admissions, retention, advising, and program progression.

●         Prepare, submit and manage the Program’s budget to effectively meet program goals and objectives.

●         Promote and foster a collaborative and interprofessional culture in support of the SHS mission.



●         Academic doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, DHSc, ScD), from an accredited university.

●         Eligible for physical therapy licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

●         At least 6 years of full time higher education experience, with a minimum of 3 years of full-time experience in a CAPTE Accredited DPT Program.

●         Meets the qualifications and requirements for the rank of associate professor or professor.

●         Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to listen and understand the needs of faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders as well as highly proficient oral and written communications skills.

●         Well-developed skills of team management, coalition building, and operation in collaborative, interdisciplinary environments.

The Department of Physical Therapy is housed in the School of Health Sciences, which also includes programs in athletic training, exercise science, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, and nursing. The School of Health Sciences is located in Marion, Virginia, which is 20 miles north of the main E&H campus in Emory, VA. The 14-acre Health Sciences campus includes two newly renovated academic buildings that are designed to promote interprofessional education and faculty collaboration across the School’s academic programs. The educational facilities include multiple classrooms and clinical skills labs, a technology enhanced cadaver lab, several research labs, an applied physiology lab, and a clinical simulation lab with both high fidelity manikins and standardized patient exam rooms. The Health Sciences campus also includes several community outreach programs including a Falls Prevention Center and the Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory & Henry. These entities provide clinical and research opportunities for students and faculty.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references. All application materials should be submitted to: https://apply.interfolio.com/70488

Review of applications will begin January 6, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Additional information about the College, School, and the DPT Program can be found at www.ehc.edu, www.ehc.edu/academics/school-health-sciences/ and www.ehc.edu/academics/programs/graduate-programs/doctor-physical-therapy-program/

Emory & Henry College is an equal opportunity provider and employer, supports excellence through diversity

and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. JP Barfield, Associate Dean of Health Sciences; Search Committee Chair

jpbarfield@ehc.edu  / 276-944-6230


About Emory & Henry College

Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry College is a small, prestigious, nationally-ranked liberal arts college in Emory, Virginia. With a collegial, interdisciplinary faculty, strong community ties, and a nationally recognized commitment to civic engagement, Emory & Henry has long been known as one of 44 schools in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives and has a two-time Forbes ranking among the top 25 faculties in the nation.