The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites individuals with strong leadership skills in the areas of administration, teaching, research, and service to apply for the Department Head/Program Director position.  

Department and University Description

The DPT Program at WKU is an accredited entry-level professional program designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become competent physical therapists. The mission of the program is to serve the health care and preventative needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including the rural and under-served areas, by developing culturally competent, caring, and autonomous physical therapists who will engage in critical thinking, evidence-based practice, professional behavior, life-long learning, and community/professional service.

The DPT Program is housed in the spacious Medical Center – WKU Health Sciences Complex (MCHC) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The faculty, staff, and students of the DPT Program enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, research labs, a cadaver lab, and multipurpose classrooms. The MCHC also offers DPT faculty/staff and students their own lounges, kitchens, and conference rooms. The program graduated its inaugural class and received initial accreditation in 2016.

WKU is a regional university offering graduate and undergraduate programs and degrees, preparing students with diverse backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. Bowling Green, KY (population est. 68,000) is the third largest city and is located within one of the fastest growing counties in the state. It is located one hour north of Nashville, TN, less than two hours southwest of Louisville, KY, and less than one hour from Mammoth Cave National Park.


The primary responsibility of this position is the administration of the doctoral program in physical therapy.  The director is also expected to teach within one's area of expertise, continue a record of research, and develop and maintain professional and community relationships. WKU is searching for an individual who possesses exceptional vision, communication and organizational skills, and will encourage and mentor faculty members, leading to the continued success of the program. The Department Head will be responsible for ensuring all the accreditation requirements are met as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The Department Head reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful candidates must:

  • have an earned academic doctorate
  • have graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program
  • be a licensed physical therapist (eligible for licensure in KY)
  • have a minimum of six years full-time higher education experience (with a minimum of three years full-time experience in a physical therapy education program)
  • have experience with CAPTE accreditation standards and procedures
  • have administrative experience in a DPT program
  • have a history of excellence in teaching in physical therapy education
  • have a record of scholarly productivity
  • have a record of academic leadership

Additional Information

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745 - 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions

The Search Committee invites nominations, expressions of interest, or formal applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least five references) to be submitted to the search firm assisting WKU. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to April 10, 2019.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 804-1996 x 111

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