Director of Clinical Education

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Faculty, Independence Campus, Online

October 21, 2021

Graceland University is a private, non-profit institution of approximately 1,450 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1895 with the support of the Community of Christ, it is recognized by the Princeton Review as “Best in the Midwest” since 2012.

. Graceland University is seeking candidates for a full-time {12-month) Director of Clinical Education (DCE) faculty appointment with clinical rank commensurate with experience for its developing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in Independence, Missouri. Under the general direction of the DPT Program Director, the Director of Clinical Education will cultivate professional growth in the administration of physical therapy clinical education and as a teacher and scholar while performing service to the department, college, university, and community. They will engage in scholarship activities, with priority for those which engage and enhance the academic and professional development of students. They are required to maintain competence in the academic field by remaining current in their own and related disciplines and in the most effective instructional methods. They will demonstrate effectiveness in the synthesis, interpretation, and communication of new knowledge.

In addition to administrative, instructional, and scholarly activity, they will participate in activities consistent with the policies of Graceland University. This is a full-time, 12-month faculty position with instructional terms in spring, summer, and fall. Regular travel to the state of Missouri is required.


Minimum Qualifications: [candidates not meeting minimum qualifications will automatically be disqualified by the system)

  • Earned Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (or tDPT) from an accredited university
  • Minimum of 2 years in clinical education (e.g. DCE, SCCE, Cl) OR 2 years of academic experience in a DPT program
  • Understanding of higher education and contemporary clinical practice appropriate for leadership in physical therapy clinical education
  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in Missouri, Kansas, or the state of residence
  • Active in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels

Desired Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree (PhD, EdD, DSc) in physical therapy or related field
  • Experience as DCE or SCCE
  • Strong commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and ability to interact effectively with diverse cultural and ethnic groups
  • Completion of the APTA Credentialed Instructor Program Level 1 and Level 2
  • Specialist Certification
  • Demonstrated evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Demonstrated organization, problem solving, leadership, conflict resolution, and interpersonal skills in areas related to clinical education and professional practice

Other Qualifications:

  • Upon hire, candidate must have reliable transportation to facilitate travel to Graceland University worksites, clinical sites, and other locations as required by the This includes access to an airport with regular flights to Kansas City, MO, a valid driver’s license, and a personal or rental vehicle that is legally registered and insured. [as applicable]
  • Able to teach classes as scheduled
  • Successful candidate will be able to work in an environment that utilize excellent time and stress management skills

Review of candidates will begin on 12/1/21.  The ideal start date will be by 6/1/2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Please include the following: cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references.

Please address questions to:

Dr. Leigh Murray, PT
Search Committee Chair
1401W. Truman Rd.
Independence, MO 64050

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