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Chair/Program Director of the School of Physical Therapy

Spalding University
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Physical Therapy

Chair/Program Director of the School of Physical Therapy

Spalding University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair/Program Director of the School of Physical Therapy. The Chair/Program Director is responsible for the ongoing growth and development of the entry-level physical therapy doctoral program (and other academic initiatives.) The successful candidate will hire and mentor faculty and recruit graduate students.

Spalding University’s Kosair for Kids School of Physical Therapy started educating DPT students August 2023 after successfully obtaining Candidacy for Accreditation status through CAPTE in summer 2023. The program is a unique blended program where students spend one week per month during the academic year in laboratory work and the other three weeks completing online content.


  • Manage day-to-day operations of the post-professional DPT offerings.
  • Communicate and collaborate with the DPT faculty, Dean, Provost, and University administration.
  • Achieve and maintain CAPTE accreditation with assistance from the faculty, and University administration.
  • Oversee the development of policies and procedures consistent with those of the University in collaboration with the DPT faculty.
  • Monitor progress of students.
  • Preparation and administration of the annual budget for the post-professional DPT programs
  • Direct faculty recruitment efforts in consultation with the Dean, assign search committees, make recommendations for appointments to the Dean and Provost
  • Assign teaching loads consistent with faculty governance documents that meet the needs of the University, curriculum, faculty, and the students.
  • Mentor and collaborate with faculty and staff colleagues in the School and provide guidance and open channels of communication in the areas of teaching, scholarship, service, and administrative work.
  • Conduct annual faculty and staff performance appraisals and review including reappointments, annual salaries, promotions and tenure as per University guidelines.
  • Collaborate in acquisition of external funding and community partnerships for the Kosair for Kids School of Physical Therapy.
  • Foster interdisciplinary education and collaboration across the campus.
  • Participate in DPT student and faculty grievance procedures as outlined in the respective handbooks and Spalding University Policy Guide.
  • Participate in and assign program faculty to University and Faculty Senate committees.
  • Develop programs to foster active alumni participation in and contributions to Spalding University and the Kosair for Kids School of Physical Therapy.
  • Facilitate innovation and change to achieve the Kosair for Kids School of Physical Therapy’s mission, vision, and goals.
  • Foster professional development of the faculty individually and collectively based on the needs of entry-level and post-professional DPT programs.
  • Collaborate with faculty in ongoing curriculum assessment, management, and revisions.
  • Gather and analyze data from program assessments including graduate and employee surveys in consideration for curricular changes.
  • Carry a teaching load commensurate with the University faculty workload policy for a Chair.
  • Present and publish scholarly works through peer-reviewed professional journals or professional conferences.
  • Participate in University governance, and public and professional service at a local, regional, state, or national levels.
  • Continue active membership in professional associations or organizations at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Recruit talented and passionate graduate students.
  • Guide and work with Admissions; work with the Dean of Enrollment Management and the Dean of Graduate Education in creating a strategy for digital funnel management, quick and persistent responses, and a system of admissions of prospective students that attempts to fill the class in a timely manner each year.
  • Maintain CAPTE Candidacy for Accreditation status in pursuit of obtaining full Accreditation status through CAPTE and ensure compliance with the University’s regional accrediting body for new programs (SACSCOC).
  • Establish training partnerships in Louisville by working with the Director of Clinical Education and assist in meeting with leaders at clinical sites.
  • Foster diversity of graduate students at an urban university.


  • Earned academic doctoral degree.
  • Active, unrestricted license as physical therapist in any jurisdiction of the United States and eligible for licensure in the state of Kentucky.
  • Minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience.
  • Minimum of three years of full-time experience as a core faculty member in a CAPTE accredited entry-level physical therapist education program.
  • Record of scholarship with dissemination of peer-reviewed products per CAPTE standards.
  • Experience in graduate physical therapy program leadership, development, and management.
  • Experience and expertise in CAPTE accreditation procedures.
  • Experience as a faculty member or program administrator.
  • Contemporary expertise in assigned teaching areas.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching and student evaluation.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Technology skills in a learning management system, budgeting, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
  • Leadership in regional, state, national, or international professional associations related to physical therapy.
  • Commitment to inclusiveness and collegiality in personal and professional work and mentoring students and faculty on the importance of multicultural and multidisciplinary applications
  • Commitment and alignment with Spalding University’s Mission
  • Teaching expertise in physical therapy and extensive (2-5 years) experience in the classroom.
  • Ability to teach an online or hybrid course is expected.
  • Providing teaching evaluations of past courses is preferred.
  • Understanding of the tenure process; candidates that have gone through a tenure-track process is preferred.

About Spalding University:

Spalding Universityis situated in the heart of downtown Louisville – Kentucky’s largest city. Spalding University combines a rich social justice history with a commitment to community service as we attract students who desire a high-quality education in a very personalized setting. An engaged faculty serves nearly 2,300 students at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels, providing real-world learning in liberal and professional studies.

With a focus on service and leadership, Spalding offers all students a mission-driven connection to community and comprehensive learning resources while striking a distinctive balance serving the educational needs of both the traditional student and the working student. In addition, our unique 6-week class delivery format affords students scheduling flexibility amidst other life responsibilities.

Faculty, staff, and students are united by the institutional mission: Spalding University is a diverse community of learners dedicated to meeting the needs of the times in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth through quality undergraduate and graduate liberal and professional studies, grounded in spiritual values, with an emphasis on service and the promotion of peace and justice.

About the Community:

Louisville, Kentuckycombines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, and quirkiness with friendliness in a way that’s completely unique to the region. Lovingly nicknamed “Bourbon City,” the growing city of Louisville is incredibly charming and down-to-earth. Boasting a thriving arts scene amidst renowned parks and natural surroundings, Louisville is also one of the best dining and cultural destinations in the Midwest. The city offers more than 1,000 local restaurants and was named a Top 10 Food City by National Geographic. If it’s entertainment, arts, or shopping that you’re looking for, Louisville has The Kentucky Derby Festival, Forecastle Music Festival, Gonzofest, World Fest, Nulu district, the historic Highlands, and more. Louisville is home to more than 120 park systems, including Waterfront Park. All this and so much more make Louisville a popular cultural destination. Travelers come to Louisville to experience art, outdoor adventure, the trendy food scene, and entertainment of all kinds. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the convenient amenities of a sustainable community, including bike-commuter lanes and public transportation. Louisville is also within a half-day’s drive away from Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Nashville, Asheville and other exciting destinations.

Application and Nomination Process:

All correspondence relating to the position of Chair/Program Director of the School of Physical Therapy at Spalding University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant:

Christopher Healy, President

Scott Healy & Associates

A complete application should include the following:

1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;

2. Updated CV;

3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)

Applications received by March 15, 2024 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Spalding University offers a comprehensive package including medical, dental, vision, Spalding matching contribution up to 5% to your 403b/Roth retirement plan, generous Paid Time Off program, Parental Leave, 21 holidays including 2 weeks off at the end of the year, paid life insurance and short-term disability, paid time for volunteering, free gym membership, and more.

Spalding University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University complies with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity laws. It is the University’s policy not to discriminate against any individual or group of individuals and to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, veteran status or other protected status. All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening and criminal background check.

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