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Assistant, Associate, or Professor of Physical Therapy

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The Opportunity

The Division of Physical Therapy at UCF resides within the SKPT, which is housed within the College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS). The CHPS is a core component of the newly established UCF Academic Health Sciences Center along with the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, UCF Health, and UCF Student Health.

The Division of Physical Therapy within the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy (SKPT) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is pleased to invite applications for an open-rank, assistant professor (tenure-earning), associate professor, or professor (tenured) position in Physical Therapy. This will be a 9-month appointment with a projected start date of August 2023.

The Division of Physical Therapy is housed within the College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS). CHPS is a core component of the newly established UCF Academic Health Sciences Center along with the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, UCF Health, and UCF Student Health.

The Division of Physical Therapy offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree that is accredited by CAPTE, Graduate Certificate in Anatomical Sciences, Neurological Residency Program, and faculty practice. The SKPT also includes the Division of Kinesiology, which offers a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Kinesiology, and the Division of Athletic Training, which offers an M.S. in Athletic Training. The research infrastructure of SKPT is led through the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, which spans over 16,000 sq. ft of facilities and includes numerous essential, applied clinical and community research laboratories (https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/kpt/institute/ ). SKPT also has existing clinical partnerships with outside healthcare agencies and clinical relationships with UCF Student Health Services, UCF Athletics, and UCF Sports Science.

The UCF DPT program has a small-to-medium-sized student cohort (<40). It boasts numerous partnerships involving hospital organizations and rehabilitation clinics for research and scholarly activity. The program maintains outstanding student outcomes for licensure pass rates and scores, substantive involvement in professional duties, community engagement, and research (https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/kpt/physicaltherapy/ ).

The successful candidate will be a core faculty member in the UCF DPT program and contribute to excellence in physical therapy education through dedication to distinction in research, teaching, service, and mentorship of students to advance the program, college, and university mission. Candidates must demonstrate the ability (assistant professor) or an established record (associate professor or professor) of extramural funding and peer-reviewed publications. There is an expectation for creating synergies with existing researchers and collaborators within the university, community partners, and external academic or industry partners to strengthen current research. There is also an expectation for a senior (associate professor or professor) candidate to serve as a research mentor for DPT and Ph.D. students and faculty. Such responsibilities may include developing and coordinating a DPT/Ph.D. dual degree program in collaboration between the Division of Physical Therapy and the Division of Kinesiology.  As a diverse institution we center access, belonging, and diverse perspectives. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate effective engagement in an environment where colleagues and students come from many backgrounds and identities, as well as someone who can demonstrate commitment to equitable and inclusive teaching and research practices

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current licensure or eligibility for licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Florida.

  • A Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Rehabilitation Science or something similar, from an accredited institution.

  • For a tenure-earning assistant professor position, the applicant must have a distinct area of research focus with appropriate training to demonstrate a high potential for scholarly productivity, including the ability to secure extramural funding.

  • For a tenured associate professor or professor position, candidates must have an existing, distinguished record of scholarly achievement and a commitment to maintaining an upward research trajectory that is commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of an associate professor or professor at UCF.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Nationally recognized research agenda supported by a record of extramural funding.

  • Research focus that is synergistic with the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Sciences.

  • Experience with professional education in a CAPTE-accredited DPT program.

Additional Application Materials Required

All applicants must apply and submit all supporting documents online at www.ucf.edu/jobs . In addition to the online application, candidates should also include:

  • Letter of application outlining how you are prepared to join the faculty in the Division of Physical Therapy at UCF highlighting your research experience and alignment with the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Research philosophy that addresses how you are prepared to conduct research and mentor students and faculty in one of the most diverse universities in Florida and the U.S.

  • An equity and inclusion statement which includes any relevant experience and leadership in working in diverse environments as well as how you contributed to a culture of inclusion and equity.

  • Reference list for a minimum of three and a maximum of five professional references (names and contact information, not reference letters).

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Candidates will not be considered until all of the above materials are received. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that all materials have been uploaded correctly.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

For further questions about this position, please contact Dr. Matt Stock at matt.stock@ucf.edu

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (https://hr.ucf.edu/ )

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger , and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS) - Kinesiology & Physical Therapy

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at  http//www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf.

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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