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Assistant Professor - Director of Clinical Education - 000416

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education
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*Posting Number:*FAC483P
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*Classification Title:*Assistant Professor
*Working Title:*Assistant Professor - Director of Clinical Education - #000416
*Department:*Physical Therapy
*Position Summary:*WCU, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has adopted a "Get Vaccinated or Get Tested" policy effective September 15, 2021. This will require you demonstrate evidence of full vaccination upon hire or be subject to regular testing.

The Department of Physical Therapy at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Professor faculty position to begin in January 2022 as the Director of Clinical Education (DCE). The DCE will administrate over all aspects of clinical education, including organization, continuous improvement review of the clinical education experiences, as well as development of new clinical partnerships. In addition, the DCE will have academic, service, and scholarship responsibilities consistent with accreditation standards and the mission and philosophy of the Department of Physical Therapy. The WCU physical therapy program fosters a student-centered learning environment where faculty place student success first and highly value diversity, inclusive excellence, interprofessional teamwork. The program enjoys a highly dynamic, positive work/learning environment with extensive support for faculty development and excellent opportunities for collaborative teaching, service, and research. Salary and rank are commensurate with academic qualifications and experience. The program has students in both Asheville and Cullowhee with custom designed laboratories and excellent instructional technology resources that support synchronous video delivery between locations. The Biltmore Park instructional site is in Asheville, 50 miles away from Cullowhee, and houses several graduate programs including physical therapy, nursing, and social work. All faculty have primary assignments, but teach in both locations at times in order to foster strong relationships with all students. The primary location associated with this position (Cullowhee, NC or Asheville, NC) is negotiable. Review of applications will begin in September and continue until the position is filled.

WCU is a regional comprehensive university within the University of North Carolina System that embraces its role as a community-engaged university designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and has adopted the Boyer Model of Scholarship to support its commitment to integrated learning and the scholarship of engagement. The main campus is located in Cullowhee, a scenic rural valley between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains offering a mountain lifestyle with abundant opportunities for artisans and outdoor enthusiasts, and Asheville is well-known for its rich cultural vibrancy. Larger metropolitan cities including Atlanta and Charlotte are within easy driving distances. Western Carolina University is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live.
*Carnegie statement:*WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
*Minimum Qualifications:*
* Current physical therapy license or eligibility to obtain licensure in North Carolina.
* Professional physical therapy doctorate (DPT) from an accredited institution.
* 3 years of demonstrated clinical experience in physical therapy.
* 3 years of demonstrated clinical education experience as a SCCE or CI, or 1 year of demonstrated clinical education experience and 2 years of demonstrated experience teaching in a physical therapy program.
*Preferred Qualifications:*
* Exceptional communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and clinical mentoring skills.
* Committed to quality, able to work independently and coordinate work with colleagues and peers, especially with colleagues involved with clinical education.
* Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy.
* Commitment to community engagement through teaching, service, and scholarship.
* American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) certification or certification credentials appropriate for their teaching responsibilities.
* 5 years or more of clinical experience in physical therapy.
* Prior teaching experience in higher education.
* Expertise and ability to teach in an area that complements our current faculty in one or more of the following areas: acute care, pharmacology, or cardiopulmonary pediatric or neuromuscular physical therapy.
* Experience or desire to engage in interprofessional education and/or simulation.
* Demonstrated commitment to work with diverse cultural backgrounds.
* Record of service to the profession.
* Actively engaged or interested in research.
* A terminal academic doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, DSc, etc.) or equivalent in a complimentary field to physical therapy from an accredited institution.
*Position Type:*Permanent Full-Time
*Number of Months Per Year:*12
*Open Date:*09/08/2021
*Open Until Filled:*Yes
*Special Instructions to Applicants:*Application must be made online and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts and contact information for three references. If you have questions or seek additional information, contact John Carzoli, PT, DPT, OCS, Search Committee Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, 230 Health and Human Sciences Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723. Telephone: 828-654-6555. Email: For more information about the program and the university, please visit our web site at
*Background/E-Verify:*Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit []( Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
*Credential Verification:*All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.
*AA/EOE:*Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at
*University Safety:*The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at [University Annual Safety Report]( or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.
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