Department of Physical Therapy – Full-time Faculty Position

Title:  Assistant / Associate Professor & Assistant Director of Clinical Education (DCE)
Rank:  Professorial appointment (assistant or associate) on tenure track or non-tenure track

Position Announcement

The College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) seeks applicants for one full-time faculty position in our new Department of Physical Therapy, which is located at the UAMS Northwest Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  This is an exciting opportunity for creative, resourceful individuals to join an innovative new program that enjoys strong institutional and community support, exceptional facilities and a small class size.  Faculty positions are 12-month tenure-track positions at the assistant or associate professor rank, beginning summer 2018.  Salary and academic rank are commensurate with qualifications and college promotion and tenure criteria.



  • Doctoral degree, either (i) post-professional or (ii) DPT with advanced clinical specialization;
  • Physical therapy license, or license eligible, in Arkansas;
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a licensed physical therapist and 3 years of clinical teaching and/or clinical coordination experience;
  • Strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to identify and solve problems; skills in counseling students;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with clinical education faculty to meet the diverse needs of students;
  • Teaching and contemporary clinical expertise in one or more of the following: cardio-pulmonary disorders; musculoskeletal disorders; pediatrics.
  • Interest and/or experience with designing research in area of clinical expertise.


  • Familiarity with regulations governing clinical education and mechanisms to stay updated with these changing regulations;
  • Advanced (non-clinical) Doctorate
  • An ongoing scholarly agenda;
  • Prior teaching experience in a physical therapy academic program and/or administrative experience in clinical practice;
  • Active involvement in professional activities at the local, state or national level.


  • Design and teach academic courses in area(s) of content expertise; (30-40% FTE)
  • Assist the DCE in coordinating the clinical education component of the curriculum. (30-40% FTE)
  • Engage in scholarly activities, consistent with university, college, and CAPTE expectations for core faculty; (15-30% FTE)
  • Contribute to department, college and university service activities. (10% FTE)

The Program

  • The UAMS Physical Therapy program admits 24 students per year, utilizing an individualized, holistic admission process that considers both academic and non-academic admission factors.
  • The curriculum emphasizes active learning methods, including flipping the classroom, that focus on integration and application of material and critical thinking skills. In-class sessions will involve problem-based and team-based learning, as well as inter-professional learning experiences.
  • Newly renovated facilities include 14,000 square feet of teaching and research space, a multi-disciplinary clinic and a dedicated out-patient rehabilitation therapy clinic. Students have ongoing contact in these clinics as well as an onsite skilled nursing facility, beginning early in the curriculum.
  • Simulations labs using standardized patients and in-house clinics allow a progressive, ongoing clinical education experience, cumulating with, but not relying solely upon, clinical internships.
  • Onsite research equipment includes 2 Tekscan VersaTek Walkways, a 12-camera Opitrack Prime 13 system and a 16-channel Delsys Trigno EMG unit, all synchronized with a MotionMonitor data acquisition Also a BTE Primus, a Neurocom Balance Master with Invision, a Cosmed Quark CPET Metabolic Testing System, an AlterG Anti-gravity Treadmill and a Cadwell Sierra Summit NCV/EMG unit. Collaborative research opportunities exist with other faculty at UAMS Northwest, UAMS Little Rock and the nearby University of Arkansas campus.
  • The program achieved full Accreditation status in May 2018.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the only academic health sciences university in the state of Arkansas and the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. UAMS offers 64 professional and specialist degree programs and certificates through our Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate School.  The UAMS main campus is in Little Rock with six regional campuses throughout the state. The Doctor of Physical Therapy classes are held solely on the regional campus in northwest Arkansas.

Located in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas, UAMS Northwest Campus was established in 2007 to expand the opportunities to educate health care professionals in the state. UAMS Northwest offers educational opportunities for students in the UAMS Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The campus offers state of the art library and clinical simulation facilities. Programs at the campus are designed to promote inter-professional learning and clinical experiences.

Application Process

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please send a curriculum vitae and letter of interest electronically or by mail to:

Chris Walter, PT, Ph.D.
UAMS Department of Physical Therapy
1125 N. College Ave.
Fayetteville, AR  72703-1908
(479) 713-8601


UAMS is an inclusive Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence.