Assistant Professor in Residence in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Search #: 495874
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Non Tenure Track
The Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut invites
applications for a full-time (11-month appointment, 70% teaching, and 30%
scholarship/administration/advising) faculty position at the rank of
Assistant Professor in Residence (non-tenure-track). The anticipated start
date is August 23, 2022.
The Department of Kinesiology is one of eight academic units within the
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and offers an
undergraduate major in Exercise Science; two nationally accredited
professional programs (Master of Science in Athletic Training, Doctor of
Physical Therapy); as well as masters and doctoral degrees in Exercise
Science. With 20 faculty, 150 undergraduates, and 135 graduate students, we
actively engage in educating and training the next generation of health
UConn has offered a degree in Physical Therapy for over 65 years, starting as
a bachelor's degree in 1951 and culminating in the current Doctor of Physical
Therapy (DPT) offered since 2007 as the requirements for entry-level degrees
for licensure in physical therapy evolved. The program is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and is an important
contributor to addressing state and regional workforce needs in physical
CAHNR has developed and implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the
development and focus of our teaching, research, and extension programs in the
years 2020-2025. Faculty hired for this position will be expected to make
significant contributions in their area of expertise, contributing to the
advancement of one or more of the CAHNR's four strategic priorities.
Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply
Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
Designing sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
Advancing resilience and adaptation in a changing climate
Dismantling structural racism and fostering environments that advance
racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for anti-racist
policies, practices, and norms
The CAHNR Strategic Vision (https: // cahnr.uconn.edu/visionandvalues/)
provides additional information on the strategic initiatives and their related
areas of emphasis.
The University of Connecticut and the Department of Kinesiology both embrace
diversity as a core value and strive to attract, retain, and facilitate the
success of talented people from all backgrounds. The Department of Kinesiology
has exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with
investigators, particularly in health-related disciplines, both at UConn
Storrs and UConn Health. For further information, please visit the Department
website (https: // kins.uconn.edu/).
Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of
the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state's flagship institution of higher
education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses
throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in
Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in
Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and
32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000
graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1
(highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public
universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach,
UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged
citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the
health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural,
and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a
beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation
and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly,
research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting
opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate
applications and support for student success have enabled the University to
become extraordinarily selective.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the area of neurological
conditions across the life span and advising students in the DPT program.
Service to the program, Department, and College are required. Contributions to
the scholarly productivity of the DPT program are expected. As a member of the
core, clinical teaching faculty, the successful applicant will contribute to
the ongoing review and updating of the DPT curriculum to help ensure that
students are trained in a manner consistent with contemporary, evidence-based
best practice. The successful applicant will have opportunities to contribute
to the design and development of DPT program growth initiatives.
The successful candidate will work under the advisement of program and
department leadership and function effectively as a team member with faculty
and staff in the DPT program and the Department. The successful candidate will
also be expected to support the Department's efforts to recruit and retain
students from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups; demonstrate
through teaching and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the
learning experience; and help develop student competency in addressing
cultural, structural/systemic, and environmental factors that influence
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Teach graduate classes and lab sections that reflect evidence-based
contemporary practice in the DPT program, as well as participate in team-
teaching graduate classes in traditional and hybrid online courses in the
area(s) of neurological rehabilitation, geriatrics, and/or pediatrics.
Coordinate and supervise part-time integrated clinical education
experiences including site development.
Participate in health-related public engagement and pro-bono clinical
Demonstrate knowledge of, and the ability to perform contemporary
Participate in investigator-initiated or collaborative research in their
area of expertise.
Broaden participation among members of under-represented groups by
demonstrating the richness of diversity in research, teaching, and/or
public engagement and integrating multicultural experiences into
instructional methods and research tools.
Provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet
the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
Participate in an active program of professional development consistent
with personal and professional goals.
Share a deep commitment to effective graduate student instruction,
development of innovative courses and, mentoring of students in research,
outreach, and professional development.
Participate in the shared service responsibilities (e.g., committees,
faculty meetings, retreats) expected of all faculty in the Department and
Perform other duties as assigned.
Eligible for PT licensure in CT
Doctorate in a health-related field or higher education
A minimum of five years of experience in a relevant clinical domain.
Record of contemporary clinical expertise in physical therapy management
of individuals in neurological, geriatric, and/or pediatric populations.
Demonstrated excellence in both verbal and written communication
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Strong commitment and value for promoting and supporting diverse and
inclusive educational and research programming
Current APTA specialist certification (e.g., NCS, GCS, PCS)
Previous teaching experience in an institution of higher education,
demonstrating excellence in teaching
Experience in DPT education that includes course development, classroom
and laboratory teaching, conducting, and managing learning experiences,
evaluating student achievement, and contributing to curriculum development
Experience in delivering post-professional physical therapist education in
a residency or fellowship program
Experience in advising students in individualized research projects,
Honors Theses, or in the development of comparable student scholarly
Experience in integrating technology into instruction and/or conducting
Record of scholarly activity with demonstrated potential to contribute to
a successful research program
A record of ongoing service to the profession of physical therapy.
Experience in understanding and contributing to cultures of inclusive
excellence, including working with those who have historically experienced
barriers to achieving health and well-being
Knowledge of current accreditation/certification procedures required to
meet and maintain CAPTE accreditation standards.
This is a full-time, 11-month faculty position with an anticipated start date
of August 23, 2022. It is a non-tenure track appointment that is eligible for
promotion to Associate Professor in Residence and Professor in Residence. This
appointment is renewable annually and may lead to successive multi-year
contracts. The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be in
the Department of Kinesiology's DPT program at the Storrs campus. Salary will
be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful
candidate's compliance with the University's Mandatory Workforce COVID-19
Vaccination Policy. This Policy states that all workforce members are required
to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment
at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful
completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online
https: // academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20622 and submit the following
A cover letter ,
Curriculum vitae ,
Names and contact information for at least three letters of
For the statements below please include how your professional accomplishments
in research/teaching/extension outreach will contribute to the College's
success in achieving its Strategic Vision
Teaching statement maximum of two pages (including teaching
philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning,
concepts for new course development, etc.);
Commitment to diversity statement maximum of two pages (including
broadening participation, integrating culturally-sustaining approaches in
instruction and research, promoting equity through scholarship and
community engagement, and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of
diverse learning styles, etc.).
For full consideration, applications and supporting materials should be
received by January 2, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position
is filled. Inquiries about the position should be sent by email to the Search
Committee Chair, Dr. Deborah Bubela (email: Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org).
At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented
by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.
This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may
be found at https:// www. ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a
multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The
diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the
number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently
make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes
serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions,
leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities.
UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our
vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative
Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications
from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally
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