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Department: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Locations: Bowling Green, KY
Posted: Nov 28, 2018
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: Full-time
Ref. No.: 996627
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About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU): Founded in 1906, WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, an ethnically and racially diverse city of 61,500 people, about 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville. More than 50 different languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green and people from 35 nationalities call the area home. We seek to attract research- and teaching-active faculty, as well as staff members, from academically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The university's population of approximately 20,000 students includes 35% first generation university/college, 15% underrepresented minority and 6% international students. A regional comprehensive university, WKU is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state and nation.


Job Description:

Department Description

The DPT Program at WKU is an accredited entry-level professional program designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become competent physical therapists. The mission of the program is to serve the health care and preventative needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including the rural and under-served areas, by developing culturally competent, caring, and autonomous physical therapists who will engage in critical thinking, evidence-based practice, professional behavior, life-long learning, and community/professional service.

The DPT Program is housed in the spacious Medical Center WKU Health Sciences Complex (MCHC) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The faculty, staff, and students of the DPT Program enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, research labs, a cadaver lab, and multipurpose classrooms. The MCHC also offers DPT faculty/staff and students their own lounges, kitchens, and conference rooms. The program graduated its inaugural class and received initial accreditation in 2016.


The primary responsibility of this position is the administration of the doctoral program in physical therapy.  The director is also expected to teach within one's area of expertise, continue a record of research, and develop and maintain professional and community relationships. WKU is searching for an individual who possesses exceptional vision, communication and organizational skills, and will encourage and mentor faculty members, leading to the continued success of the program. The Department Head will be responsible for ensuring all the accreditation requirements are met as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The Department Head reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.



  • Earned academic doctorate
  • Graduate from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program
  • Licensed physical therapist (eligible for licensure in KY)
  • Minimum of six years full-time higher education experience (with a minimum of three years full-time experience in a physical therapy education program)
  • Experience with CAPTE accreditation standards and procedures
  • Administrative experience in a DPT program
  • History of excellence in teaching in physical therapy education
  • Record of scholarly productivity
  • Record of academic leadership


Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.


Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system by February 15, 2019, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial Transcripts

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.






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