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Physical Therapy Assistant/Associate Professor

Physical Therapy Program - Neurorehabilitation

Saint Francis University invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Therapy - Neurorehabilitation.  This 12-month tenure track position is available immediately.


Saint Francis University is a small, private, liberal arts institution in the Catholic, Franciscan tradition. Founded by Franciscan Friars in 1847, Saint Francis University is the oldest Franciscan college/university in the United States. Located in rural Loretto, Pennsylvania, the University enrolls approx. 1,700 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students. Saint Francis offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and graduate programs to about 2,500 students. By emphasizing values, skills and knowledge each program provides an understanding of Franciscan heritage, values and traditions.  The mission of the Physical Therapy department is to educate competent, ethical, caring doctors of physical therapy who practice autonomously, at an entry level, in a complex healthcare environment, and who demonstrate critical thinking, cultural competence, and an evidence-based approach. 


Saint Francis is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual interested in teaching primarily in the program’s progressive neuromuscular curriculum.  Pediatrics and acute care practice are also potential areas of teaching in this new faculty role.  The flexible nature of this position also offers the successful applicant the possibility of directing student research projects, as well as opportunities to engage in an existing or new research agenda through the Human Performance Laboratory in the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness.  Individual scholarly endeavors may be enhanced by the potential to develop research partnerships through collaboration with the Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Underserved Areas. Faculty-led clinical practice opportunities are also available through our on-campus clinic at the Institute for Rehabilitation. In addition, the successful candidate is highly encouraged to participate in service to the university through committee involvement, student advisement, and community outreach activities.


The successful candidate will have experiential knowledge and clinical expertise primarily in Neuromuscular Differential Diagnosis and Rehabilitation. In addition, teaching and clinical experience in Acute Care, Amputee/Prosthetic Management, and/or Wound Care is also desired. A physical therapist with a doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, DSc) is required for this faculty position. An applicant with Clinical Specialist certification in neurology, pediatrics or geriatrics will be given priority review.  The candidate must be eligible for licensure in Pennsylvania, with a 5-year minimum teaching, clinical and/or research experience.


Saint Francis University is being assisted by the search firm: Hyatt•Fennell. Nominations and application materials should be submitted to: Cheryl Hyatt at


Applications will include a focused letter of interest, a current résumé, and complete contact information for three professional references. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.  Saint Francis University is committed to diversity of students, staff, and faculty, and encourages applications from historically underrepresented individuals, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.  AA/EOE




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