Posted: Sep 20, 2022

Open Rank- Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Application Deadline: N/A

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Health Sciences invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenured/tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences' Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. This is a 9-month appointment with potential for summer teaching. The successful applicant will be a physical therapist with an academic doctorate (preferably PhD) in physical therapy or a related field, and have expertise in any clinical field (e.g., Geriatrics, Sports, Oncology, Orthopedics, Cardiopulmonary, Gender Health). Job responsibilities include teaching, scholarly activity (e.g., grant writing, manuscript submissions, and conference presentations), and service to the program, college, university, community, and profession. Anticipated appointment date is Fall 2023. The ideal candidate will excel at incorporating active-learning strategies in teaching, have a highly productive research agenda or will soon develop one, thrive in a bi-national setting, embrace the opportunities to work with underserved groups, and flourish in an independent work environment.

This position represents an excellent opportunity for an outstanding individual to build on an established program and shape the direction of new initiatives. Multiple scholarly/research opportunities are available in community and clinical settings on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Teaching excellence and current scholarship/research will determine appointment at the Assistant, Associate, or full Professor level.

THE PROGRAM: Founded in 1993, the UTEP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program ( offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The Program currently admits 36 students per year. Each cohort attends classes and clinical rotations for 9 consecutive semesters, graduating 36 months after entering the program. The current full-time and adjunct faculty have expertise in cardiopulmonary, integument, orthopedics, neuromuscular rehabilitation, and pediatrics. Physical Therapy faculty members hold a primary appointment in the DPT Program and have the opportunity to participate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program jointly administered by the College of Health Sciences and College of Nursing. Faculty members are also encouraged to collaborate in teaching and research with other programs across the University as well as with clinical partners and other universities regionally, nationally, and internationally. The DPT Program’s mission is to graduate highly qualified doctors of physical therapy prepared to provide culturally proficient and linguistically competent care in our border region and beyond. The Program will move to a newly renovated building in December 2022.

THE DEPARTMENT:  The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences currently includes four academic units: Bachelor degree in Rehabilitation Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, and Master of Speech-Language Pathology. Departmental faculty members actively participate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program. The Department has approximately 220 graduate and 472 undergraduate students. Its faculty members are widely recognized for their scholarship/research and teaching on rehabilitation sciences in a Hispanic border context. 

THE COLLEGE:  The College of Health Sciences prepares the next generation of health and human service professionals to improve quality of life and address health disparities in their communities. The College offers five undergraduate degrees in Clinical Lab Science, Health Promotion, Rehabilitation Sciences, Social Work and Kinesiology.  There are four master's degrees in the college: Speech-Language Pathology, Public Health, Social Work, and Kinesiology. There are currently three doctoral programs in the College: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy Doctorate, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. High impact educational experiences enable students to develop leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as a strong sense of social responsibility through community and global engagement opportunities.

THE UNIVERSITY & EL PASO:  The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university in the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region, in a bicultural community of more than 800,000 people. UTEP faculty are nationally recognized for their commitment to student success, teaching, and research. UTEP enrolls more than 24,000 students, of whom over 80 percent are Latino/Latina. UTEP provides equal access and social mobility for over 50% of its student body of first generation students. UTEP comprises 9 academic colleges/schools.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates are required to have: (1) a clinical doctoral or non-doctoral degree in physical therapy; (2) an academic doctorate (preferably PhD) in physical therapy or a related field (ABD will be considered at Assistant Professor rank if graduation is anticipated by August 2023); (3) a demonstrated record of scholarly/research activity and potential for securing external funding; (4) demonstrated experience with or potential for graduate teaching excellence; (5) at least 3 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist; (6) demonstrated skills or potential to develop proficiency in instructional technology; (7) eligibility for physical therapist licensure in Texas; (8) experience in or potential for service to the program, college, university, community, and profession; and (9) ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications: (1) currently licensed as a physical therapist in the United States; (2) demonstrated record of securing external funding; (3) post-doctoral research training; (4) ABPTS clinical specialization; (5) demonstrated record of substantively involving undergraduate and/or graduate students in scholarship/research; (6) demonstrated record of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) through their teaching, scholarship/research, service, and/or clinical practice; (7) current membership in the American Physical Therapy Association; and/or (8) a record of leadership roles in physical therapy.

SALARY/BENEFITS: The initial salary is negotiable and based on qualifications and experience. The position comes with research start-up package and excellent fringe benefits. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must submit the following: (1) letter of interest addressing how candidate meets each required qualification, and any applicable preferred qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) abbreviated research plan (2 pages or less); (4) brief teaching philosophy (2 pages or less); (5) copies of up to three first-authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications relevant to current scholarly/research agenda; (6) statement describing how candidate currently promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) through their teaching, scholarship/research, service, and/or clinical practice, and how candidate would continue or begin to implement DEIA-relevant practices at UTEP (2 pages or less); and (7) complete contact information for at least three references. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted.

For more information about the position, contact:

Dr. Celia Pechak, Search Committee Chair

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

[email protected]

To apply, please visit

Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.