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University of Utah Department Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position/Rank Department Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

Department 00201 - PhysicalTher/Athletic Training

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Track Dependent on Qualifications

New Position to Begin 07/01/2021


Department Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

The College of Health at the University of Utah invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. The University of Utah is a PAC -12 member institution and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. This position is eligible for appointment with tenure at the rank of Full Professor. The College seeks a visionary, progressive and collaborative leader who will capitalize on a long history of successful academic accomplishments and implement a scalable, integrated vision into the future. The University of Utah is home to the only academic medical center in the state of Utah and the Mountain West and serves as the training ground for the majority of the state’s health care providers.

The Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training is housed in the College of Health, one of five colleges and schools comprising University of Utah Health (Health, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, and Dentistry). U of U Health also operates the University Hospitals and Clinics system which includes specialty clinical and research centers such as the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Moran Eye Center, Primary Children’s Medical Center and Huntsman Mental Health Institute. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration are abundant and department faculty members maintain research collaboration with divisions and departments across U of U Health, including Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Population Health Sciences, Orthopedics, Neurology, Public Health, and others. The research funding portfolio of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training has more than doubled in the past 4 years with faculty generating nearly $6 million in research grant awards in the last fiscal year from a diverse array of funders including the NIH , PCORI , Department of Defense and various Foundations.

The Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training trains clinicians and scientists in the disciplines of physical therapy, athletic training, and sports medicine. Among the responsibilities of the Department Chair will be to facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to funded research (both investigator-initiated and programmatic), enhance interprofessional education and practice, and foster integrated degree programs. The Department is also undertaking exciting and innovative expansions of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program with a planned satellite program in St. George, Utah and with development of a hybrid, distance-based DPT program.

The Department offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, the Master of Athletic Training degree, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, a PhD in Rehabilitation Science, and five residency programs. The highly productive and collaborative department personnel include 10 tenure track faculty and 14 non-tenure track career-line faculty in addition to a number of adjunct faculty. The Department also provides clinical services through the Balance and Mobility Clinic, the L. S. Skaggs Patient Wellness Center, and supervised student-run pro bono clinics.

Candidates must have a terminal degree with related research and teaching experience commensurate with appointment as a tenured Full Professor and Department Chair. Applicants should also have strong evidence of academic administrative leadership and peer recognition as an accomplished scholar in physical therapy and/or athletic training. Responsibilities of the Chair include setting and executing the strategic direction for the department; providing leadership in teaching/mentoring/research; maintaining a strong extramural funding program; directing the department budget; participating in department and university service; and working with faculty across U of U Health to enhance interdisciplinary practice, research and teaching. The strongest candidates will have experience securing and managing externally-funded, multi-person research programs.

Salt Lake City is juxtaposed to the Wasatch Mountains, offering unparalleled opportunities for skiing, hiking, fly fishing, biking, camping, and rock climbing. Eight National Parks are within a 5-hour drive from Salt Lake City.

Inquires may be sent to:

Scott Summers, PhD c/o Tamara Garff

15 North 2030 East

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112


Please apply at:

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Please submit:

A picture or a scanned color copy of your last awarded diploma, not the transcripts. The picture/scan needs to be saved as a pdf file and it needs to be attached under the “Applicant Document – Other” category.

Open Date 02/02/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN02568F

Type Faculty