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Physical Therapy, Chairperson
University of Delaware
Newark, DE
Open Date

Aug 24, 2018


Chairperson of Physical Therapy


(Appointment effective September 1, 2019)

The Department of Physical Therapy ( at the University of Delaware is a thriving academic unit ranked #1 in the nation by US News & World Report. The Department includes 30 faculty and professionals including 14 PhD faculty with independent research lines, 180 professional students in the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, 30 graduate students pursuing a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS), five accredited post-professional residency programs, a 10,000-square-foot physical therapy clinic that is open to the public, and over $6M in annual externally funding research expenditures, primarily from the NIH. The Department is part of the College of Health Sciences (CHS), an innovative, interdisciplinary college of more than 3,000 students and 148 faculty including the departments of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, Medical and Molecular Sciences, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the School of Nursing. The state-of-the-art Health Sciences Complex Building 1 opened in January 2014 on the University’s new Science Technology & Advanced Research (STAR) Campus.  The Tower at STAR will be opening in Fall 2018, providing an additional 70,000 sq. ft. of research, meeting, and education space. The Tower includes innovative spaces for inter-professional training and research leading to the development of new devices. The STAR Campus fosters connections to the community, linking the community to the inter-professional training of our students and collaborative research between faculty and clinicians.

The Department invites nominations and applications for a department chairperson who is a visionary senior scientist with a history of a vigorous research program and extramural funding.  The successful candidate will provide strong, dynamic, and innovative leadership to advance excellence in research, teaching and clinical practice. Candidates must have an earned doctorate and be qualified for appointment at the associate or full professor level. A proven record of outstanding research, a commitment to professional and graduate education, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, eligibility for licensure as a physical therapist in Delaware, and effective management and interpersonal skills are required. The chairperson heads a leadership team comprised of the associate chair, the DPT program director and the director of clinical services with a robust team of dedicated administrative staff members.

The Department has been a a leader in rehabilitation research and physical therapy education and is a center of excellence in PT clinical practice, education, and research. The Department provides an environment that supports and fosters the development of a focused, productive, and high-quality research program by each faculty member.

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware combines tradition and innovation, offering students both a rich heritage and the latest instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, Carnegie Research University (very high research activity), with external funding exceeding $180 million. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, the University enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students.

Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Faculty have consistently received annual across the board and merit salary increases, and the benefits package is one of the best in the nation. Relocation and research laboratory start-up costs are available.

Applications will be shared with the current faculty and reviewed by the search committee beginning on October 1, 2018 and continuing until the position is filled. Applications should include the following materials:

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • Two-page statement that outlines the candidate’s vision for the teaching and research missions of the department over the next five years, especially as they relate to the strategic planning process of the College of Health Sciences (reference page 8, ).

  • Contact information for at least three references.


For inquiries, please contact Dr. Stuart Binder-Macleod, Search Committee Chair ( ).

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