Recruitment Period: 12/23/19 - Until Filled
Status: Full Time
The developing Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) is seeking applications for full-time faculty positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (i.e., open rank).
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) was founded as a 501(c) (3) non-profit health care education institution in 2005 aimed at increasing access to health care in medically underserved areas of the Pacific Northwest.
The University currently offers the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Arts in Medical Science enrolling over 550 students annually with plans to develop other programs and/or colleges. Interprofessional education partnerships with other universities adds another 100 students to the population. The campus includes 300 employees with academic programming spread over a five state region.
PNWU is located in Yakima, WA, a city of approximately 95,000 located in the south central part of the state near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a major agricultural and outdoor recreation region. It is approximately 140 miles from Seattle, 170 miles from Portland, and 200 miles from Spokane. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play. For information about life in Yakima visit www.liveyakimavalley.com.
PNWU, with a mission to educate and train health care professionals emphasizing service among rural and underserved areas in the Northwest, is undergoing a targeted expansion of granting other health care degrees including physical and occupational therapy. Currently, we are seeking a team of DPT faculty that is innovative; creative; has a desire to contribute to the rehabilitation scientific evidence; and would embrace an environment of interprofessional collaboration, rural health, and team-based patient-centered care. PNWU is well positioned to develop a premiere DPT program that will impact the entire health care community in the Yakima Valley and beyond. PNWU's high-tech simulation center, opportunities for development of integrated clinical experiences in the community, interprofessional education program, state-of-the-art learning environments, and collaborations with the College of Osteopathic Medicine are just a few reasons to consider being a part of the developing DPT program at PNWU.
The DPT program at PNWU is committed to providing outstanding academic and clinical training and education to prepare practitioners and leaders to provide quality health care with emphasis on serving rural and underserved communities. The vision set forth for the emerging DPT program is to be a recognized academic leader in physical therapy education, research, service, and practice to better meet societal health needs.
To meet our vision, we are seeking a diverse group of faculty members who are creative, dynamic, and have the desire to work with a team of people dedicated to growing a DPT program of excellence. Responsibilities will include participating in ongoing curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; teaching assigned courses; advising and mentoring students; establishing and maintaining a record of research and scholarly productivity; providing community service; and participating in program and university committees as appropriate. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The assistant/associate/full professor will function as a faculty member of the emerging DPT program with initial work primarily in the preparation of the Application for Candidacy and any other documents related to state authorization and accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) under the direction of the Program Director.
Essential Job Functions:
• Experts in teaching any combination of established physical therapy education standards of practice
• Quality educators with a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarly activity to contribute to the profession of physical therapy
• Actively engaged or interested in research that contributes to PNWU’s emerging research strategic plan and to the transformation of health care practice, especially in those communities that are underserved.
• Inspired to strive for a program of excellence with strong communication, organization, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
• Committed to the profession’s vision to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience
• Interested in joining a university with a mission of training health care professionals emphasizing service among rural and medically underserved communities
• Experienced or have interest in interprofessional education and simulation as student learning experiences
• Understands accreditation standards and expectations specific to the department and adheres to policies and procedures to meet or exceed such standards
• Conducts self appropriately and consistently in accordance with the philosophy and mission of PNWU
• Other duties as assigned
• Required: Earned doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE)
• Required: Licensed or eligible for PT licensure in Washington State and a minimum of 3 years of practice
• Preferred: A terminal doctoral degree (post-professional doctorate, or DPT) with evidence of other professional qualifications (eg ABPTS or other specialty certification, or additional degree)
• Preferred: Academic doctorate degree (PhD, EdD, DSc) ABD candidates may be considered
• Record of service to the profession and/or community
• Demonstrated ability to use new technologies
• Prior teaching experience in an academic setting preferred
• Prior research experience preferred
• Prior experience in working with rural and underserved populations preferred
• Prior experience in interprofessional education and simulation preferred
Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Strong organization, interpersonal, and planning skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; excellent presentation skills; ability to work in a team and flexibility to work with others in a variety of circumstances; ability to collaborate and generate respect and trust from faculty, staff, and students; ability to problem solve by analyzing issues and creating action plans; ability to manage projects and people and prioritize and self-direct work flow; ability to work with and manage different computer programs and databases; and schedule activities and/or meetings.
PNWU offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees first of the month following date of hire and competitive salary.
To ensure full consideration apply by the closing date.
• A letter of introduction outlining background and qualifications for the position
• Detailed curriculum vitae
• Contact information for three professional references
The job announcement above is not the full job description, but represents the job responsibilities and requirements. A full job description can be provided upon request.
PNWU is a drug-free workplace, equal opportunity employer and educational institution. To request this publication in an alternative format, or to apply in an alternative format, please call Human Resources, 509.452.5100.