DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY - CORE FACULTY:

Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) is a private nonprofit university in Whittier, California seeking a dynamic team player to join our developing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program as a full-time core faculty member. SCUHS aims to transform and redefine health and healthcare education through its values of Integrative Holistic Health, Evidence Based Practice, Health Equity, and Inclusivity. The DPT program’s mission is to develop competent, caring, professional Doctors of Physical Therapy who will thrive as part of an integrative healthcare team within a learning environment focused on equity and imbued with kindness, integrity, and determination. Other program attributes include development of an innovative Clinical Framework for Learning© to integrate didactic and clinical teaching. Didactic teaching will be delivered primarily through synchronous virtual platforms with on-site in person laboratories delivered weekly for clinical application.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT: Full-time, 12 months beginning in January 2023; rank commensurate with experience.

REPORTS TO: Program Director, DPT Program

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Serve as a core faculty member with responsibilities that include teaching, research, service, and assisting with the completion of preparing to implement the new innovative curriculum. Student mentorship, and faculty collaboration to work as a team are also expected. Finally, an opportunity for a shared load within the University Health Center (1 day/week or equivalent) is available.

REQUIREMENTS: Terminal degree (PhD, DSci, EdD, etc.) in field related to Physical Therapy OR California Licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (or California Qualified) OR Combined Terminal degree and Clinical degree (preferred)

PREFERENCES: Contemporary expertise as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic or Neurologic Physical Therapy, or teaching expertise in professional development and administration competencies. Additional preferences include significant full-time experience as a core faculty member in a CAPTE accredited DPT program, at least 3 years' experience in clinical care, training in evidence-based teaching and learning methodology (online and in person), evidence of a scholarly agenda or plan for productive scholarship, and familiarity with CAPTE accreditation process.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Teaching style able to help create an environment of inclusion, imbued with kindness, integrity, and determination
  • Excellent communication skills; verbal, non-verbal, and written (positive or challenging situations)
  • Active listening skills
  • Committed to developing and sustaining strong and substantive community relations
  • Interpersonal Skills – Professional, respectful and inclusive
  • Uphold professional values and ethics


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Frequently required to stand, walk, and sit.
  • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity.
  • Continually required to talk or hear.
  • Continually utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard.
  • Occasionally required to lift/push/carry items up to 10 pounds.


SCU CORE VALUES:

1) Integrative Health: We teach, learn, collaborate, and lead by creating an open environment for multiple disciplines and professionals to bring their shared and unique skills together for the benefit of patients and students.

2) Evidence-based Practice: We value a culture of inquiry, assessment, research, scholarship, and judicious use of current best evidence to inform our decisions and work.

3) Health Equity: We value people equally. We strive to educate graduates that are prepared to improve individual and community health.

4) Inclusivity: We welcome everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or any other similar or protected status. We believe inclusivity leads to more diversity in our reasoning, better representativeness in our conclusions, more ingenuity in our problem solving, and greater equity in our care.