Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
Virginia Commonwealth University, College of Health Professions | Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) College of Health Professions invites applications and nominations for a visionary leader to be the next Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. Based in Richmond, Virginia, the next Chair is expected to have a prominent leadership role in shaping the future of a nationally-ranked program.
VCU, one of the top public urban research universities in the country, enrolls nearly 29,000 students across more than 200 programs and enjoys a robust alumni network of over 200,000 graduates. In FY22, VCU conducted more than $400 million in sponsored research and achieved the status of Minority Serving Institution. VCU has the College of Health Professions (CHP) and four health schools: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy which presents countless opportunities for interprofessional education and interdisciplinary research.
The Department of Physical Therapy sits within the College of Health Professions, which marked its 50th anniversary with the opening of a state-of-the-art 154,000 square feet, eight-level, LEED Silver-certified building in 2019. The Department of Physical Therapy is one of nine departments in the College of Health Professions and offers programs leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and the PhD degree in Rehabilitation and Movement Science in conjunction with the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (School of Medicine) and Exercise Science (College of Humanities and Sciences). The Department also has three residency programs in Neurological PT, Sports PT, and Pediatric PT. The Department is home to 175 students, 13 faculty, and 6 staff. The Department has a nearly $6 million budget, including almost $2 million in sponsored research.
Reporting to the Dean of the College of Health Professions, the next Chair will foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and equity in one of the top Physical Therapy programs in the country. The Chair will champion innovation at every turn, leading a curricular review to support advancement of the Department’s educational activities and ensure bold and relevant training congruent with the needs of the next generation of physical therapists. The Chair will be charged with broadening the reach of the Department, recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented faculty and staff, overseeing residency programs, and engaging with a large and successful alumni base. The Chair will be in a strong position to support faculty scholarship, facilitate collaborations within the CHP and across VCU, and provide new educational, research and clinical opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. License-eligibility in physical therapy with a PhD, EdD, or terminal degree from an accredited university in Physical Therapy or closely related discipline is required.
Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the search is successful or closed. Inquiries, referrals, curricula vitae, and cover letters should be sent in confidence below. All applications must also be submitted through the VCU Jobs website: https://vcu.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home?c=vcu
Jamie Sands is leading this search with Katie White and Ibaad Nazeer.