“On the Big Blackfoot River above the mouth of Belmont Creek the banks are
fringed by large Ponderosa pines. In the slanting sun of late afternoon the
shadows of great branches reached from across the river, and the trees took
the river in their arms.”
--Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
Located in Missoula, Montana, The University of Montana School of Physical
Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (UMPT) is seeking a leader to serve as
the School's Chair for its Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This is a
10-month, tenure-track faculty position. The School houses an onsite Physical
Therapy Clinic and active, extramurally-funded research programs that includes
the Movement Science Laboratory, the Community Ambulation, Mobility and
Participation (CAMP) Laboratory, and the Design-Physio Laboratory.
Our Doctorate Program in Physical Therapy is a fully CAPTE-accredited
2.75-year entry-level program with 36 students per class. It is the only
Physical Therapy Program in the state and has been CAPTE-accredited for over
40 years. The Program is comprised of 12 full-time faculty and an established
adjunct faculty. The environment at UMPT supports and fosters pedagogical
excellence and high-quality research by all faculty members. UMPT sits within
the University of Montana College of Health, which also includes the Family
Medicine Residency of Western Montana and the following Schools: Public
Health; Integrative Physiology and Athletic Training (IPAT); Social Work;
Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Science; Pharmacy. A PhD program
in Integrative Physiology and Rehabilitation Sciences is available via
collaborations with IPAT.
UMPT currently has a dual leadership model consisting of a Chair and a Program
Director. The School Chair is responsible for communication, strategic
planning, fiscal management and planning, faculty and staff development and
evaluation. The Chair is also responsible for administration of didactic
programs, research, and faculty workloads. Our Program Director manages
curricular and CAPTE accreditation needs and clinical practice programs.
Expectations of the Chair position include teaching, scholarship, and service.
Doctorate degree (PhD, EdD, ScD, DSc)
Experience in teaching, research, and clinical practice
Academic credentials consistent with the rank of associate professor with
Effective communication and collaborative skills
Must hold a current physical therapy license and be eligible for physical
therapy licensure in Montana
Administrative and leadership experience
Record of recruiting and retaining diverse and accomplished faculty,
staff, and students
Proven ability to provide leadership in an academic setting, including
strong communication skills, personnel management, cross-campus
collaborations, and program development
Record of fostering an inclusive and collaborative team
Experience obtaining and administering extramural research funding
Ability to provide mentorship of junior faculty
Vision for future and evolving needs of physical therapy education
Salary and benefits are competitive. Rank, salary, and tenure status is
commensurate with the applicant's qualifications and experience.
About UM and Missoula
The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with
approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time
faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of
about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the
“top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000” by the
American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine's
“The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014. National publications
recognize Missoula for its excellent quality of life. Abundant recreational
opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier
National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual
The University of Montana is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer
with an eye on creating success for every employee by appreciating the
uniqueness that each person brings to the workplace. UM strongly encourages
applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with
disabilities. This position is eligible for disability and veterans'
preferences in accordance with Montana State Law.
To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of
Montana, please visit the links below.
University of Montana
City of Missoula
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
State of Montana
For more information contact:
Andrew Kittelson, PT, PhD
Search Committee Chair
School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-2429- office
406.243.2795 - fax
How to Apply
Priority Application Date: Monday, February 6, 2022
All applicants are directed to the on-line jobs website
(https:// umjobs.silkroad.com/) to upload the required application materials
listed below. Applicants will be consider as they are submitted and the
position will remain open until filled.
Required Application Materials
Letter of interest : Include a cover letter describing qualifications
and match to the job description.
Curriculum vitae : List your education, research accomplishments, and
Research statement : Describe your research plans for the near future
if you were to join UMPT as a tenure-track faculty member.
Leadership statement: Summarize your philosophy and experience in
leadership, administration, education, and mentorship.
Professional references : Provide names and contact information for
three professional references.
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of
Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this
position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided
in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this
material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from
minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans' or
disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References -
References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice
may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments
at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to
essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must
be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of
employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).
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