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Western Carolina University
  • Position Number: 5046849
  • Location: Cullowhee, NC
  • Position Type: Health - Physical & Occupational Therapy

Assistant Professor - Physical Therapy - 000183

Western Carolina University

Department: Physical Therapy

About WCU: Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 "Americas Best Employers by State" list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of Americas Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC systems westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCUs main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nations most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans - eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.

Position Summary: The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

The Department of Physical Therapy at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a 9-month tenure track position at the assistant professor level. Primary teaching responsibilities include instruction of entry-level DPT students with the ability to lead the anatomy course series. Additional responsibilities will include secondary teaching in other courses that match the candidate's qualifications and departmental needs, institutional service, advising, and scholarly activity consistent with accreditation standards and the mission and philosophy of the Department of Physical Therapy. Candidates must have earned either a clinical doctorate or an academic doctorate and must have advanced training in human donor dissection and lab maintenance. Candidates with less than one year to completion of an academic doctorate will be considered.
The WCU physical therapy program holds inclusive excellence as a core value, and we work together to foster a welcoming community, where all are respected and know they belong. The program enjoys a highly dynamic, positive work/learning environment with extensive support for faculty development and excellent opportunities for collaborative teaching, service, and research. Salary and rank are commensurate with academic qualifications and experience.
The program has learners in both Asheville and Cullowhee with custom designed laboratories and excellent instructional technology resources that support synchronous audio-video delivery between locations. The human donor lab is housed in the Health and Human Sciences Building in Cullowhee where gross anatomy instruction takes place. The program has two Anatomage tables to supplement instruction, one for each location. The Biltmore Park instructional site is in Asheville, 50 miles away from Cullowhee, and houses several graduate programs including physical therapy, nursing, and social work. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The starting date is August 1, 2024.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this position:

Minimum Qualifications: Education Clinical (DPT) or academic (PhD, EdD, DHSc, DSc, or ScD) doctorate degree from an accredited institution. ABD candidates with expected completion of doctorate by June 2025 will also be considered. Certification or advanced training in operation and maintenance of a gross human anatomy laboratory TeachingContemporary expertise in human anatomy and ability to lead the anatomy course seriesScholarshipRecord of scholarship and/or a clear plan for a future scholarly agenda

Preferred Qualifications: Academic doctorate degree PT degree with eligibility for PT license in the state of North Carolina Commitment to community engagement through teaching, service, and scholarship Prior teaching experience in a physical therapy education program with evidence of strong teaching skills, use of instructional technology, and commitment to learner success

Position Type: Permanent Full-Time

Special Instructions to Applicants: Application materials must be submitted online. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire. Please include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts from highest degree earned* and contact information for three references. For questions or additional information please contact John Carzoli, Search Committee Chair, at For more information about the program and the university, please visit our web site at*All applicants are required to submit an unofficial transcript of their highest attained degree, showing all completed coursework and the date the degree was conferred. The transcript must state "Degree Awarded," "Degree Conferred," or a similar phrase. For candidates who are ABD, please submit your most recent doctoral program transcript along with your masters degree transcript, if you hold such a degree. The masters degree transcript must have a notation such as "Degree Awarded," "Degree Conferred," or similar phrase, to verify it as your highest completed degree.

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

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