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Founding Program Director and Department Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

  • Location: Harlingen, TX

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is seeking a leader to serve as the Founding Director and Academic Department Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. This department will be part of UTRGV‘s growing Division of Health Affairs which includes the School of Medicine, School of Social Work, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions, School of Nursing, and a growing number of translational research institutes. UTRGV’s medical school is one of six in the University of Texas system and welcomed its first class in the fall of 2016.

Position Overview

The Founding Chair will be expected to lead the creation of the program through the final stages of state approval as well as CAPTE accreditation. The successful candidate will be instrumental in recruiting, promoting, and retaining outstanding faculty, students and staff to the program. Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Health Professions, this leader will work collaboratively with other senior leadership at UTRGV to serve this unique population that, historically, has had limited access to healthcare, contributing to health inequities and health outcomes below national and state norms.  UTRGV’s Division of Health Affairs is uniquely positioned to serve as a catalyst in transforming the landscape of health and medicine across the region.  


  • Earned academic doctoral degree with credentials and scholarly activities that merit appointment at the rank of Associate Professor, Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, or Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy. A doctorate in physical therapy is preferred.
  • Holds an active license as a physical therapist or is eligible to obtain physical therapy licensure in Texas.
  • A minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience, with a minimum of three years of full-time experience in a physical therapy education program.
  • Strong, sustained record of senior leadership and administrative experience in support of students and faculty in teaching, service and scholarship excellence gained within an academic health care setting.
  • Experience in accreditation and strategic planning, budgeting and financial oversight, building planning, and degree development.
  • Involvement in an active research program or history of successful program of funded research is preferred.
  • Ability to manage an academic organization and work effectively and collaboratively with community leaders, interdisciplinary professionals and colleagues in a complex university environment.
  • Ability to recruit, retain and develop outstanding faculty.
  • Experience implementing inter-professional educational (IPE) activities.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills along with strong interpersonal skills.