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Northern Arizona University
  • Position Number: 3005818
  • Location: Flagstaff, AZ
  • Position Type: Health - Physical & Occupational Therapy

Northern Arizona University
Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

Northern Arizona University (NAU) and its College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training (PT & AT). This is a unique opportunty to lead and grow innovative, nationally ranked programs duing a time of unprecedented financial investment in Arizona's healthcare workforce through the New Economy Initiative. The new Chair is expected to start by July 1, 2022.

The Department of PT & AT includes a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs in Flagstaff and Phoenix (see Athletic Training and Physical Therapy, both fully accredited and nationally ranked). The DPT program is in Phoenix, housed along with the departments of Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies in the Health Sciences Education Building in the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The Chair can be physically located in either Flagstaff or Phoenix with the expectation to balance visibility and advocacy for programs at both sites.

The Chair supervises 10 tenured/tenure track, 13 non-tenure track faculty and reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services (see The College of Health & Human Services). Approximately 400 students are enrolled in the Department's programs.

The Chair is responsible for the vision, leadership, and administration of the DPT and MSAT programs. This entails ensuring a culture that supports a rich educational environment, the advancement of research, service to the university and community, and the enhancement of clinical practice programs. The appointment will come with a rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor, depending upon the appointee's qualifications. Requirements include eligibility for licensure as a PT or AT in the state of Arizona, an earned academic doctorate, a minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience and five years of clinical practice; and commitment to enhancing diversity. For the other required and preferred qualifications, see the full profile at

Northern Arizona University rests on a student-first foundation. Founded in 1899, NAU began as a teachers college, and its commitment to building a better tomorrow through education remains a high priority. NAU's academic programs, research, public service, and creative endeavors enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond. Learn more about Northern Arizona University.

Academic Search is assisting NAU in this search. Nominators, prospective candidates, and others with questions may write to A confidential conversation about this opportunity can be arranged with senior consultant Maria Thompson at

This position will be open until filled or closed.

To apply and submit these materials, go to

Follow the ‘Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, then click on the icon of the briefcase, then click on ‘faculty, library, administrator in the upper left', then locate vacancy 606065.
Finally, hit "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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