Program Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program/Term Assistant Professor

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  • Job Number:521089
  • Classification:Term Assistant Professor (F9)
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 30
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA College of Health
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Education/Instructional, Health Profession

Position Summary:

The School of Allied Health is seeking applicants for the Program Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant education program. Applicants must be a licensed physical therapist (PT) or a physical therapist assistant (PTA). The Program Director demonstrates the academic and professional qualifications and relevant experience in education requisite for providing effective leadership for the program, the program faculty, and the students.

Duties:

100Responsible for didactic and laboratory instruction in any of the following areas as needed by the department, e.g., pathology, tests and measures, documentation, health care communication, among other potential courses. Direct student learning and assessing student progress in achieving the requirements of the program in the appropriate learning domains. Teach up to 24-27 workload units per 9-month contract; courses may be delivered as face-to-face, online or hybrid. Contribute to the improvement of the department, college, university, and community through active involvement in committee work. Maintain office hours according to contractual guidelines. Write and update course syllabi, and assist with curriculum review, revision, and development. Maintain departmental integrity of student records. Maintain program learning outcomes, assessment, and curriculum as required by the university and external accreditation body. Coordinate and ensure adherence to national accreditation standards. Engage in professional development in the field of physical therapy, adult education, and online instruction. Attend department meetings and engage in continuous quality improvement. Work effectively and collaboratively within the scope of the University of Alaska mission with a diverse student population and university staff. Coordinate schedules for the Physical Therapist Assistant program and arrange for adjunct instructors as needed. Perform other job-related duties as assigned by School of Allied Health Director.Essential

Summary of UAA/School of Allied Health:
The University of Alaska Anchorage, School of Allied Health seeks an innovative, energetic individual who will work in a collaborative teaching environment in the delivery of Allied Health courses within the UAA Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. The program director/faculty member appointed to this position will provide advising to prospective and current PTA students, didactic and laboratory education to students enrolled in the PTA program.  The program director/faculty will be responsible for the structure as well as the daily operation of the program, including organization, administration, periodic review and evaluation, continued development, and general effectiveness of program curricula.

The University fosters an inclusive, welcoming and respectful campus community that promotes diversity, civility, inclusion, and an appreciation for each unique member of our academic community. UAA promotes and celebrates diversity through its academic and community support programs, clubs, committees, and councils. Intellectual honesty, mutual respect, and freedom from discrimination, intimidation, discriminatory harassment, and violence are central to our mission.

We honor diverse experiences and perspectives—including differences in ideas, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, nationality, age, disability, veteran and socioeconomic status—and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect.

At UAA, valuing diversity is integral to excellence. Diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence, and outstanding service to our communities.

Position Summary:
This position who will work in a collaborative/interdisciplinary teaching environment in the delivery of Allied Health courses within the UAA Physical Therapist Assistant program. The faculty member appointed to this position will provide advising to prospective and current PTA students, didactic and laboratory education to students enrolled in the PTA program.  The program director will be responsible for the structure as well as the daily operation of the program, including organization, administration, periodic review and evaluation, continued development, and general effectiveness of program curricula. This position supports the University of Alaska bipartite mission of performing teaching and service.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to teach entry-level Physical Therapist Assistant psychomotor, affective, and cognitive competencies using various diverse pedagogical methods to engage students in learning, such as lecture presentations, laboratory assessments, Blackboard applications, research, and the ability to teach using online modalities.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively and professionally with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and the public.
  • Ability to work effectively in a faculty team, as well as function independently.
  • Demonstration of commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Didactic and/or clinical teaching experience in a variety of areas of teaching (academic, clinical, continuing education, in-service).
  • Experience in educational theory and methodology, instructional design, student evaluation and outcome assessment, including the equivalent of nine credits of coursework in educational foundations.
  • Experience in student evaluation and outcomes assessment.
  • Experience in administration, fiscal management, and human resource management.
  • Commitment to and the ability to work effectively within the scope of the College of Health mission and to work with a diverse student and staff population.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; computer literacy.
  • Currency in contemporary physical therapy practice.
  • Knowledge of contemporary curricular content for the education of the physical therapist assistant.
  • Service on behalf of physical therapy education, the community, and/or the profession Experience with academic governance.

Preferred:
Successful citizen partnership skills and experience maintaining partnerships with private and public agencies and organizations, including advisory boards.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum five years’ experience in clinical practice.
  • Significant experience in clinical practice as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.

Education/Training:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree; Master's degree or above preferred.
  • Licensure as a Physical Therapist; or licensure, certification, or registration in states where applicable as a Physical Therapist
    Assistant.
Salary:
Salary will be based upon level of academic appointment, applicable academic preparation and experience.
 
Assignment Information:
Term, Assistant Professor rank, Full-Time, 9 months per year and full employee benefits package (https://www.alaska.edu/jobs/benefits/)
 
Special Conditions of Employment:
 
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.
  • Successful candidate must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment as well as any national and/or state credentialing certificates.
  • This is not a remote position.
  • This position will be working at the Anchorage campus.

Application Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must upload the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter to include a description of previous activities representing and working with members of underrepresented groups
  • Curriculum Vitae/resume
  • Statement of inclusion and equity for mentoring, advising, and teaching diverse student population
  • Copy of transcript verifying highest degree
  • Copy of current PT license or PTA registration/certification/license
  • Copy of current BLS certification
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Supplemental documents as additional information to support your application
Review Date:
Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2022.  Posting will remain open until filled.
 
 
Union Representation:
 
This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC). http://www.unitedacademics.net/
 
Term Position:
 
This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.
 
Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
 
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the
applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please
contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.
 
Affirmative Action Statement:
 
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:
 
Background Check:
 
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
 
Public Disclosure Statement:
 
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
 
University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.
 
University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.
 
Training Policy:
 
It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the
positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.
 
Contact Information:
 

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Betty Hernandez, HR Coordinator, UAA School of Allied Health, at bahernandez@alaska.edu or (907) 786-0902.

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