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Program Director, Institute for Physical Therapy Education

Apply now Job no: 492619
Work type: Tenure track faculty
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt)

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

Widener University is seeking an experienced and innovative leader to serve as the next Program Director for the Institute for Physical Therapy Education. Widener University is located outside of Philadelphia in Chester, PA where we have a robust relationship with community partners providing reciprocal service and experiential learning opportunities in our local community.  We are seeking a leader with the vision, dedication and commitment to collaboration to join our faculty in the advancement of our mission to graduate competent physical therapists who demonstrate exemplary character and are prepared to assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

The Program Director is a 12-month, dual academic leadership and tenure-track faculty appointment. This role reports to Associate Dean of the Institutes of the College of Health and Human Services and serves as the Institute for Physical Therapy Education’s strategic, academic and operational leader

The Program Director will collaborate interprofessionally with Program Directors in the Institutes for Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Clinical Psychology, and soon to be Physician Assistant Studies, as well as the Centers for Social Work, Education, and Human Sexuality Studies. Interprofessional collaboration occurs at a minimum within the curriculum with team-taught courses, the interprofessional student-run pro bono clinic, and interprofessional faculty scholarship.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute positively to interprofessional collaboration and to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Individuals with demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion are desirable as establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority at Widener University. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

 Essential duties: 

  • Advance a program strategic plan congruent with the Widener University’s mission and vision
  • Develop goals and objectives for program development
  • Ensure completion of program assessment activities
  • Direct and prepare program outcome information and reports as needed
  • Assure continued accreditation of the program
  • Provide leadership for program faculty, staff and students
  • Manage faculty course loads and adjunct faculty needs
  • Provide faculty mentoring and evaluation
  • Collaborate with staff in professional development and performance reviews
  • Advise and advocate for students
  • Conduct programmatic fiscal management including enrollment and budget
  • Oversee curricular revision and continuous pursuit of educational best practices
  • Participate in marketing and admissions activities
  • Oversee admission processes, orientation, and graduation verification
  • Develop and maintain the program website, student handbook, and policies and procedures for directing the physical therapy program
  • Develop collaborative partnerships within and outside of Widener University 

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Teach courses in areas of content expertise
  • Demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills in teaching as evidenced by peer and student evaluations
  • Participate in team and/or interprofessional teaching
  • Engage in scholarship activities
  • Participate in service to the Unit, College, University, and the local and professional community
  • Collaborate with Program Directors within the College and University
  • Develop and maintain collaborative clinical and community partnerships, including alumni and development relations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):


  • Has earned an academic doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, DSc, or equivalent)
  • Demonstrates a strong record of impactful scholarly accomplishment in the last five years
  • Holds or is eligible to hold the rank of assistant, associate or full professor
  • Is tenure-eligible
  • Has a minimum of four years of full-time higher education experience 
  • Has a record of teaching excellence in an accredited entry-level DPT program
  • Exhibits knowledge of CAPTE requirements and accreditation processes
  • Is a licensed physical therapist (PT) eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Possesses strong mentoring, communication, and collaboration skills
  • Embraces a commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion within our profession
  • Demonstrates success in working with diverse populations


  • An active APTA member
  • A record of demonstrated advocacy and leadership in physical therapy education and/or clinical practice at the local, state and/or national level
  • Experience in accreditation, curricular evaluation and design, and assessment
  • Experience in programmatic fiscal and personnel management
  • Previous experience in education leadership such as Program Director, Associate Program Director, Academic Director, Clinical Director or another director-level role. 


  • Typical work environment
  • Sitting at desk often working on computer for long periods of time
  • Mobility between floors of buildings and across campus

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Our students represent a multitude of diverse identities. We aspire to be a College of Health and Human Services faculty, staff, and curriculum that is anti-racist, anti-oppressive and reflects and respects our professional values. We seek to create an intentionally diverse educational community in which students, staff, and faculty perspectives are valued and meaningfully incorporated into our work.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at


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