Assistant Professor – Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (AZ)

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This is a 9-month tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at the Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Mountain campus. The anticipated start date is August 19, 2019.

Job Description

The Department of Physical therapy and Athletic Training at Northern Arizona University is currently inviting applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2019 in the physical therapy entry-level program on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus. The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include developing and teaching courses related to musculoskeletal physical therapy or rehabilitation, with an emphasis in assessment, therapeutic interventions and patient management, but other areas of research and teaching will be considered. Opportunities also exist to participate in the PhD in Interdisciplinary Health program. The candidate will also be expected to develop and sustain an independent research line related to their area of expertise; collaborations across campus are possible and encouraged. Successful applicants will demonstrate evidence of the skills and commitment necessary to develop a successful, extramurally funded, research and/or scholarship program.  Other expectations include participation in curriculum development, student advisement, and service to the Department, College, University, and/or Profession.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate (PhD, EdD, DSc) from an accredited institution in the sciences related to musculoskeletal physical therapy or rehabilitation. Candidates nearing completion of a doctorate (ABD) may be considered, but the doctorate must be completed by the start date.
  • Current physical therapy license or eligibility to obtain physical therapy license in Arizona.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of independent or collaborative research productivity.
  • Expertise that complements our current faculty.
  • The ability to collaborate with disciplines outside of physical therapy, especially those on NAU’s Flagstaff Mountain Campus.
  • Prior teaching experience at the university level.
  • 3 years or more of clinical physical therapy experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success.  All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

The Physical Therapy educational program is housed within the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training and enjoys a long rich history of excellence in both scholarly activity and the clinical education of physical therapists.  The program’s research activities include human locomotion, balance and posture, Sport Injury Epidemiology, and health and wellness.  In addition, we have active collaboration with Athletic Training, the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Biology.  In addition, we participate in the new PhD in Interdisciplinary Health.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:  a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment.  You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report.  The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.  The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at nau.edu/clery or by visiting the NAUPD website.  A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.

Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits

This is a Faculty (FAC) position.  NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members.  More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU’s BCBS Plan).  Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment.  The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment.  More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications  started on April 8, 2019.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply” button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to nau.jobs, follow the ‘Faculty and Administrator Openings’ link, locate vacancy 604182, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references.  Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website  or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact the chair of the search committee at meghan.warren@nau.edu.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD – 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements.

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