Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Instructor/Program Director
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Instructor is a faculty position that reports to the Dean of Health Sciences.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Using each course outline, facilitate student learning, provide effective instruction in on-campus, virtual, mixed mode and online modalities, and perform evaluations of student learning for the following courses:
Lead faculty for the following courses:
- PTA 100 Fundamentals of Physical Therapy
- PTA 150 Therapeutic Procedures I - lecture/lab
- PTA 225 Therapeutic Exercise 2 - lecture/lab
- PTA 160 Therapeutic Procedures II - lecture/lab
- PTA 195 Introduction to Disease
- PTA 200 Therapeutic Modalities - lecture/lab
- PTA 220 Therapeutic Exercise I - lecture/lab
- PTA 280 Clinical Concepts
In addition to the lead faculty role, the Physical Therapist Assistant instructor will perform the following duties:
- Prepare and instruct theory, lab and clinical courses for Physical Therapist Assistant Program through appropriate learning experiences which provide the opportunity to meet overall course objectives and program goals.
- Demonstrate sufficient preparation for instructing assigned courses.
- Subjectively evaluate student progress through documentation of examinations, observations, and written and verbal student performance.
- Establish and maintain a classroom environment conducive to student learning.
- Maintain an active program of professional development related to individual, professional and instructional needs.
- Provide effective leadership for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program through program assessment, coordination of Advisory Board and activities related to admission, orientation, persistence and graduation of qualified students.
- Develop and maintain program standards according to Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) guidelines.
- Prepare and maintain documentation, reports and assessment related to program accreditation requirements including budget and requisitions for equipment and personnel.
- Communicate and coordinate with educational and clinical partners.
- Perform responsibilities of Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education when needed.
- Be committed to online teaching and learning which includes following pedagogical standards for quality course development/instruction.
- Participate actively in curriculum planning and development, assessment, syllabus writing, development of examinations, development of labs, development of open education resources “OER” (free textbooks) and selection of learning materials, program evaluation and marketing/recruitment on a year round basis.
- Provide leadership in identifying trends and working with other faculty to develop new curriculum to address these trends.
- Work with other faculty and administrators in the promotion and marketing of the Physical Therapist Assistant programs and/or collaborative programs.
- Participate in program level learning assessment. Participation includes helping articulate learning outcomes, choosing and administering measures, collecting and submitting relevant data, evaluating student performance, and suggesting changes to improve student learning.
- Schedule, supervise, debrief, and evaluate students in internship, field experience, and similar settings as appropriate for the course or program.
- Be available to students via email, phone, or personal conferences on-campus or online.
- Meet all classes and other scheduled responsibilities such as office hours and meetings at the designated times.
- Manage relationships with key transfer institutions and recommend strategies to maintain program articulation and activities/initiatives that encourage student completion.
- Mentor part-time faculty teaching courses within the Department.
- Actively support student success through advising and assisting individual students.
- Participate in department, division, and general faculty meetings, applicable college committee activities, and other forms of College service.
- Actively participate in advisory committee work to connect program and students to industry and career paths.
- Remain current in academic or program discipline, including attending professional conferences, and maintaining licensure, certification, or continuing education requirements where appropriate.
- Receive training or stay current in technological or pedagogical advances that promote student learning.
- Participate in college professional development activities.
- Other duties as assigned.
Hours vary based on class schedules.
Professional Instructors shall be responsible for a total of 450 contact hours per academic year. Each instructor is expected to be on campus at least four (4) days per week. If more than 25% of an Instructor’s base load contact hours are taught online, the Instructor is expected to be on campus for a minimum of three (3) days per week.
All professional instructors have a year-round professional responsibility to the College. The professional instructor’s base load responsibilities shall consist of (1) teaching/teaching preparation; (2) development and review (including curriculum, teaching methods, learning technologies); (3) department and institutional work (such as student outcomes assessment, curricular improvement), (4) student recruitment and student guidance, and (5) professional development.
Professional faculty positions are 40 hour per week positions that consist of the following:
Base Load Assignment for Full Time Professional Faculty
Professional instructors will hold a minimum of five (5) office hours per week
Professional instructors shall be available for five (5) hours per week for meetings
Professional instructors shall be accountable for fifteen (15) preparation hours per week
Professional instructor shall be accountable for fifteen (15) hours of classroom instruction per week
Professional Faculty - 40 hour work week
Three (3) contact hours per week are designated for the administrative activities of the Program Director
Commitment to Professional Responsibilities
Faculty must make the work at WCC the primary work in their lives. Faculty must work well and hard to meet the goals of the College. Being a professional faculty member at Washtenaw Community College is a year-round responsibility, which includes curriculum development, professional improvement and development, and other professional responsibilities.
Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Earned Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) or Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) from a regionally- accredited institution and current Michigan Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist Assistant License (or licensure in another state and Michigan application pending) required.
- Equivalent of five (5) years successful didactic and/or clinical teaching experience.
- Current Michigan Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant license.
- Minimum of five (5) years clinical experience that includes a minimum of three (3) years of full-time clinical experience and experience in administration/management.
- Experience in educational theory and methodology, instructional design, student evaluation and outcomes assessment.
- The equivalent of nine credits of coursework in educational foundations or previous CAPTE-granted exemption.
- Ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
- Ability and willingness to use technology for teaching and learning.