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Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

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The Opportunity

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 a clinical assistant professor position in Physical Therapy. This will be a non-tenure earning, 9-month appointment with a projected start date of August 2023.

The Division of Physical Therapy at UCF resides within the SKPT, which 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 a CAPTE accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, 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 Science, 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 an existing clinical partnership 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 in the UCF DPT program and contribute to excellence in physical therapy education through exemplary teaching, research, and university/professional service to advance the program, college, and university mission. The candidate will lead instruction in coursework related to therapeutic exercise, general clinical practice, clinical education, and other areas of need based on content expertise.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from a CAPTE accredited institution. 

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

  • Contemporary expertise according to professional accreditation guidelines in musculoskeletal physical therapy and clinical education.

  • Board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

  • Level 1 credentialed clinical instructor by the APTA.

  • Minimum of 3 years of full-time clinical experience as a physical therapist.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in the mentorship of physical therapy students, experience as a faculty at a CAPTE-accredited DPT program, a strong interest in service, and evidence of an ongoing or developing scholarly agenda.

Additional Application Materials Required

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, https://www.ucf.edu/jobs/ .  In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload:

  • A letter of application outlining how you are prepared to join the faculty at UCF highlighting teaching experience, research achievements, and other qualifications for the position.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Teaching philosophy that addresses how you are prepared to instruct and mentor students in one of the most diverse universities in Florida and the U.S.

  • An equity and inclusion statement which provides 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 with 3-5 names (provide 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. Carey Rothschild at carey.rothschild@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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