Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Physical Therapy

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond City, VA
Closing date
Dec 5, 2023

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Mission or Goal of Unit

VCU is a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center located in Richmond, Virginia. The University holds research-intensive and community-engaged designations from the Carnegie Foundation (with very high research activity, a designation accorded to fewer than 3% of degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $360 million.

The Department of Physical Therapy is part of the College of Health Professions, an innovative, interdisciplinary college including a total of 11 units, in a state-of-the-art building that opened in Fall 2019 on the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) campus. The Department is a thriving academic unit accredited since 1931. The Department includes approximately 54 professional students per class pursuing a DPT, physical therapy graduate students pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences (REMS), 3 post-professional residencies, and extensive research laboratory space for pediatric and adult research of motor development, motor control, biomechanics, and human performance. The Department and the College of Health Professions values a culture of inclusion, diversity, and equity, and supports the development of a focused, productive, interdisciplinary, high-quality research program by all faculty members (see

Chief Purpose of this position

The Virginia Commonwealth University College of Health Professions invites candidates to apply for an open rank tenure track faculty position in the Department of Physical Therapy. The primary responsibility of this position is scholarship and generous resources will be available to support research activities. This position will also have teaching and service expectations. Teaching will occur within one or more of the four physical therapy practice patterns course sequence: cardiovascular and pulmonary, integumentary, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications. There will be an opportunity for expedited tenure-track status for those demonstrating a record of scholarly achievement. The potential for collaboration and joint appointment in other colleges and departments is high. This position provides a significant opportunity to add to faculty diversity.

Position Responsibilities


  • Engage in scholarly activity to enhance knowledge of Physical Therapy, which will contribute to the success of the Department and College
  • Teach courses related to one or more of the physical therapy practice patterns and Department educational needs
  • Participate in student success initiatives and advise students
  • Demonstrate advanced skill and judgement, and actively contribute as a collective team member related to course design, development and integration
  • Provide constructive and timely evaluation of students
  • Faculty member will serve on Department, College and/or University committees
  • Provide professional and community service in an area of expertise
Required Qualifications
  • Graduate from an accredited Physical Therapy program
  • Eligible for licensure to practice physical therapy in Virginia
  • Academic doctorate (PhD, EdD, DrPH or DSc) in a relevant field; ABD would be acceptable
  • Assistant Professor candidates will have a research agenda with potential for external funding
  • Associate and Full Professor candidates will have a developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of interdisciplinary applications and external funding
  • Ability to teach physical therapy-based courses, focused on clinical practice and other courses aligned with the candidate's areas of expertise
  • Ability to complement and expand the existing expertise in the Department
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU
Preferred Qualifications
  • At least 2 years of teaching experience in a Physical Therapy entry-level program
  • Scholarly and teaching experience in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy or neurologic physical therapy
  • Experience in optimizing inclusive education and mentoring students from under-represented minority and/or historically marginalized communities
  • APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist
  • Membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Contact Dr. Jim Thomas (, Search Committee Chair if you have further inquiries. Please also visit the Department's website at

Position Type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent: 100
Tenure: Tenure Track
Rank: Open
Months: 12
Department:Physical Therapy - College of Health Professions

Salary: Commensurate

ORP Eligible: Yes

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Jim Thomas
Contact Email:

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