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Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of Student Affairs

Augustana University
Job Location:
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Physical and Occupational Therapy

Augustana University seeks applications for a full-time, Director of Student Affairs, a 12-month non-tenured faculty appointment at the level of Associate or Professor for the developing hybrid Doctor of Physical (DPT) Program. This accelerated two-year DPT program is a blend of online and on-campus activities that allow faculty members to live remote to Augustana University. However, DPT faculty members must be able to travel and stay in Sioux Falls, SD or Minneapolis, MN for designated time periods each semester. The successful candidate will have teaching experience in higher education, a developed research and scholarship agenda, a record of community service, and a spirit of innovation to explore new teaching strategies in hybrid learning. 

Responsibilities: The Director of Student Affairs is responsible for all student affairs functions to include orientation, progression and retention, and advisement. As Class Advisor, works to integrate remote (online learning) students into Augustana University culture and serves as the primary point of contact for student issues related to online learning life. Oversees and recommends updates to program policies and procedures. Serves as Chair of Administration Committee and Academic Standing and Progression Committee. 

Qualifications: The optimal candidate should possess an understanding of higher education and contemporary physical therapy practice; knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting didactic and clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy; and activity in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels. In addition, excellent communication and strong computer skills are required to meet the needs of our online didactic instructional format.

Individuals will possess a terminal academic doctorate in a discipline appropriate for teaching responsibilities (Ph.D., EdD, DSc, etc.) or Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (or tDPT), with American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) or certification credentials appropriate for their teaching responsibilities. This position is a clinical track with salary and rank commensurate with qualifications. The candidate, if a physical therapist, must possess an active physical therapy license and be eligible for licensure in the states of South Dakota and Minnesota.

Salary: Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Teaching and Education Responsibilities: Teach courses as agreed upon with the DPT Program Director.

Service and Scholarship Responsibilities: Refer to appropriate faculty rank within the Augustana University Faculty Manual.

Professional Development Responsibilities: Refer to appropriate faculty rank within the Augustana University Faculty Manual.

Essential Tasks and Functions of the Director of Student Affairs:

Candidates must demonstrate the following knowledge, skill, and ability or be able to explain and demonstrate that the faculty member can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge, skill, and ability.

  1. Demonstrates the ability to adhere to the Core Values of the Physical Therapy profession;
  2. Demonstrates knowledge and skill expertise in the area of teaching;
  3. Demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively and professionally both written and orally, both online and in-person;
  4. Demonstrates the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, including students, administration, faculty, and staff;
  5. Demonstrates the ability to handle detail-oriented assignments and maintain confidentiality;
  6. Demonstrates the ability to handle a wide range of responsibilities in the DPT Program.

Interacting with students, faculty and leadership with different backgrounds and points of view and a deep appreciation of and respect for academic values and culture must be a top value of the candidate.

Application Procedure: Interested candidates should submit electronically to a letter of application addressing the above qualifications, current vita, statement of teaching philosophy and commitment to diversity (how you worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your previous position and how you plan to continue to do so at Augustana), Augustana University employment application, and contact information for three professional references. Website: Dr. Matt Volansky, Program Director, is the Search Committee Chair (

Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.

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