Doctorate of Physical Therapy faculty


Faculty, Online

August 9, 2022

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 innovative candidates for a full-time (12-month) Core faculty appointments 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, core faculty will cultivate professional growth in the administration of a physical therapy entry-level education program 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 hybrid instructional methods. They will demonstrate effectiveness in the synthesis, interpretation, and communication of new knowledge.

We are in search eight core faculty with a variety of content expertise including neurological, cardiopulmonary, or musculoskeletal clinical science, evidence informed/based practice, anatomy, pharmacology, pediatrics, therapeutic interventions, bracing, prosthetics and orthotics, pain science, business management, advanced diagnostics, and primary care/health and wellness.  Several core faculty will have additional programmatic focus in areas such as clinical education, research and faculty development, and student affairs.  In addition to instructional and scholarly activity, these individuals will participate in activities consistent with the policies of Graceland University. These are primarily full-time, 12-month faculty position with instructional terms in spring, summer, and fall. Regular travel to the state of Missouri/Kansas is required.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (or tDPT) from an accredited university with ABPTS board certification or advanced professional certification
  • Teaching experience in physical therapy education (PT, PTA, residency, fellowship)
  • Understanding of higher education and contemporary clinical practice appropriate for teaching in physical therapy education
  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting students and the profession of physical therapy
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in Kansas
  • Strong commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and ability to interact effectively with diverse cultural and ethnic groups
  • Active in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels

Desired Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree (PhD, EdD, DSc) in physical therapy or related field
  • Minimum 3 years teaching experience in entry-level PT education programs
  • Knowledge and experience in a hybrid educational model or development plan to improve skillset in distance learning/hybrid instruction
  • Demonstrated evidence of teaching effectiveness and desire to implement new and current technologies in both distance and onsite educational environments
  • Demonstrated innovation, organization, problem solving, leadership, conflict resolution, and interpersonal skills in areas related to professional practice

Other Qualifications:

  • Upon hire, candidate must have reliable transportation to facilitate travel to Graceland University worksites and other locations as required by the position. 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
  • Able to teach classes as scheduled
  • Successful candidate will be able to work in an environment that utilizes excellent time and stress management skills

Review of candidates will begin immediately, and position posting will close on October 14th, 2022.  Start date for all positions will be late summer or fall of 2023, depending on teaching assignments.   Please include the following:

  1. Cover letter with brief explanation of:
    1. How you meet the minimum and/or desired qualifications and area of content expertise for teaching
    2. Briefly describe how your expertise may support the additional areas of programmatic focus that you are interested in if applicable (see above)
  2. CV
  3. Educational philosophy (1 page maximum)
  4. Contact information for 3 references (emails preferred)

Please address questions to:

Leigh Murray, PT, PhD

Search Committee Chair

1401 W. Truman Rd.

Independence, MO 64050







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