Professor, Physical Therapy

  • Full Time
  • Los Angeles, CA

SUMMARY:
Reporting directly to the Dean and/or Department Chair of the program, the Assistant Professor, PT (Graduate) supports the University in fulfillment of its mission, purpose, and goals. Provides program-specific expertise and is actively engaged in relevant department initiatives. Supports University, Campus, and/or departmental goals to assure compliance with programmatic accreditation and/or licensure, internal consistency, and graduate outcomes that meet student learning, workplace, and placement expectations. Provides professional leadership and support, and serves as an educator, role model, mentor, and facilitator. Focuses extensively on facilitating student learning associated with the prescribed course and program learning outcomes. Creates an educational environment that fosters innovation, responsiveness, and accountability. Focuses extensively on facilitating student learning associated with the prescribed course and program learning outcomes. Actively and substantively participates in the assessment of student learning activities to maximize the potential for students to learn what is necessary to meet prescribed outcomes.

Vigorously upholds a culture of academic integrity.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.)

INSTRUCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Fulfills assigned teaching load.
  • Participates in and contributes substantively to assessment activities of courses/curriculum and program via a continuous improvement plan as set forth by the University.
  • Regularly contributes to improvement or upgrading of class materials and syllabi.
  • Utilizes a variety of teaching methodologies to instruct students, always with the intent to facilitate observable evidence of student fulfillment of prescribed learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching and the teaching/learning process and for individual students.
  • Keeps regular approved office hours (for FT faculty).
  • Follows established University protocols for providing timely feedback and/or academic advising (i.e., Grades in Progress, student Letters of Concern, etc.).
  • Demonstrates advanced teaching skills as demonstrated by:
    • student evaluations
    • peer evaluations (if assigned)
    • self-evaluation
    • administration reviews
    • evidence of student achievement of course student learning outcomes
  • Mentors students and mentors faculty as assigned by department/program dean/chair
  • Explores scholarly activity leading to published peer-reviewed manuscripts and scholarly presentations.
  • Engages in inter-professional education.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES:

  • Attends professional development activities each year as agreed upon with supervisor in associate
  • development plan.
  • Attends all faculty meetings twice per year (for full-time faculty attendance is required, for adjunct faculty
  • attendance is strongly recommended).
  • Develops scholarly activity plan in consultation with the program director.

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND SERVICE:

  • Attends Department, College, and University meetings/councils as arranged/approved by supervisor.
  • Demeanor reflects collegiality; behavior demonstrates professional and ethical conduct.
  • Maintains membership in professional organizations.
  • Develops connections within the professional community both inside and outside the University.
  • Actively and substantively participates in university initiatives as assigned.
  • Assists with assessment, critique, and evaluation of overall curriculum and may lead the process of revisions to program and syllabi (if necessary) while ensuring quality.
  • Contributes/demonstrates ongoing service in at least one of the following areas: Community or Public.
  • Service, Profession (member of the professional organization), University
  • Contributes to the service of the University by serving on a minimum of one University-wide Committee or
  • Demonstrates an active leadership role in the university.
  • An active leader in the Community or Profession by demonstrating a leadership role in one of the listed areas.
  • May assist with program analysis to ensure best practices and optimal student outcomes.
  • Collaborates with the Clinical Coordinator for the clinical or field experience. If applicable to the program, this collaboration allows for students to be placed promptly in their clinical rotations/assignments as
  • Records and posts daily class attendance and grades as required completes and submits assignments in a timely manner, and grades tests, quizzes, lab assignments promptly, returning constructive feedback to students as soon as possible. Engages in the systematic collection of student’s work for University outcomes assessment purposes.
  • Maintains and uses University officially approved syllabus template and prepares/distributes syllabi in a timely fashion.
  • Submits accurate grade-in-progress report(s) as required during the term/semester in accordance with the posted syllabus to the campus program Dean or Chair.
  • Posts accurate points and final course grades earned throughout the term/semester in accordance with the posted syllabus as per teaching assignment(s).
  • Assists with program activities to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, accrediting bodies, and University policies and procedures in concert with other University campus programs.
  • Reviews and recommends improvements and enhancements to the consistency and quality of course offerings, course/program development, and curriculum.
  • Participates in student success activities such as engaging in student academic counseling and/or establishing a point of contact for internal resources/access for student issues.
  • Assures students are provided instructional support services within the subject area taught to maintain the highest level of student achievement while safeguarding the integrity of the educational process.
  • Serves as a mentor, role model, and facilitator and provides guidance and academic support for students.
  • Attends meetings as required to share information, guidelines, and procedures coordinates activities, and to further disseminate information across the assigned department.
  • Follows proper procedures/channels of communication.
  • Participates in professional development and organizations in order to remain current in the field.
  • Maintains a professional appearance for the position and is courteous and approachable to students.
  • Adheres to University policies and procedures and conducts job responsibilities in accordance with the standards set out in the University’s Code of Ethical Conduct, Compliance Agreement, Sexual Harassment
  • Policy or any of its policies and procedures, applicable federal and state laws, and applicable professional
  • Maintains regular and timely attendance, reports to work as scheduled, and assures time worked and/or time-off is recorded properly.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all student, associate, and/or University information as required.
  • Exercises care, proper use and maintenance of department equipment and supplies and identify unsafe conditions, and makes appropriate adjustments.
  • Maintains order, cleanliness, and safety at work.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION:

  • Must provide a documented background in educational methodology consistent with teaching assignments including but not limited to education theory and practice, or current concepts relative to specific subjects he or she will be teaching, or current clinical practice experience, or distance education techniques and delivery.
  • Terminal academic doctorate required (Ph.D., EdD, DSc).

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by any accreditation body that the University is accredited by or in process of obtaining accreditation from, for the area of expertise and expectations of the faculty member as set forth in regulatory documents.
  • Must maintain any professional certifications deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the teaching role.
  • Must be licensed to practice physical therapy in California (if physical therapist)
  • Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation in
  • Physical Therapy Education and any accreditation body the University is accredited by or in process of obtaining accreditation from, for area of expertise and expectations of faculty member as set forth in regulatory documents and any professional certifications deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the teaching role.

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

  • 0-4 years of teaching in a University (or College) setting or previous rank of assistant professor awarded by a regionally accredited institution.
  • Working with online learning management systems to further engage the student learning process desirable.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Products, especially Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and other MS office products as needed.
  • Knowledge of state, federal, and local laws/regulations relating to programs, governmental compliance, and other regulatory standards such as state Board of Nursing, Commission on Dental Accreditation, state Dental Hygiene Committee, state Dental board, CAPTE (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (if a physical therapist), WASC or other regulators and/or accreditation bodies.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS:

  • (Every effort has been made to identify the essential skills/qualifications of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only skills/qualifications you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of skills/qualifications does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential skill/qualification of the position.)
  • Ability to demonstrate clear criminal background history.
  • Ability to demonstrate clinical competency.
  • Ability to maintain academic standards.
  • Ability to work independently with general supervision.
  • Ability to demonstrate a thorough, accurate, and practical knowledge of their field or discipline.
  • Ability to interpret and evaluate the theories of their field or discipline.
  • Ability to effectively operate related equipment and machines for instructional purposes.
  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment and machines such as computer terminal, calculator, and copier.
  • Ability to engage in data entry via a computer.
  • Ability to manage and work effectively in a highly ethnic and culturally diverse student and associate community.
  • Ability to use effective communication skills, both oral and written, including presentations and effective listening skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively before public groups, committees, and meetings.
  • Ability to effectively use interpersonal skills, follow through with duties, provide attention to detail, and demonstrate the ability to motivate others.
  • Ability to use creative facilitation and conflict resolution skills to resolve difficult and sensitive issues.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to self-direct, self-pace, multi-task, and function well under the pressure of deadlines and conflicting priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment.
  • Ability to interpret rules, regulations, policies, and procedures and assure compliance.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule.
  • Ability to travel/drive locally on a weekly, daily, and/or on an as-needed basis as well as occasional travel to other campuses or locations.
  • The ability to communicate using bilingual skills is a plus but not mandatory. 

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