Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy (multiple openings)

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy (multiple openings)

Location: Physical Thrpy & Athletic Trng
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607021
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

These are two 9-month tenure-track positions, rank of Assistant Professor, at the Phoenix Bioscience Core campus. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

With our new Elevating Excellence Strategic Roadmap, Northern Arizona University is on a mission to transform lives and enrich communities. We aim to become the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

NAU is committed to educating, supporting, and empowering students from all backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences to reach their full potential and contribute to a more just, equitable, inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable future.

CHHS is a key part of the NAU New Economy Initiative designed to prepare and encourage more students to stay in Arizona and to work in high need and fulfilling careers throughout the state. For this initiative to be successful, CHHS will partner with our community and academic partners to remove barriers and increase access to our programs.

Job Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Northern Arizona University, Phoenix Bioscience Core Campus invites applicants for 9-month tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. The position has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023.

We seek candidates whose teaching, service, and research experience has prepared them to support our commitment to serving the health care needs of Arizona by fostering a diverse community supported by an equitable, inclusive campus climate that engages diverse stakeholders in graduate physical therapy education. Responsibilities will include teaching (~60%), as well as service, and scholarship, with a primary aim to address state wide health disparities through these activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Academic doctorate degree (PhD, DSc, EdD, DrPH) in physical therapy, rehabilitation science, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, higher education, public health, or a related field from an accredited institution.
    • Candidates nearing the completion of their doctorate may be considered (e.g. ABD).
  • Research experience (e.g., peer-reviewed presentations, peer-review manuscripts, and/or peer-reviewed grant submissions)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment and/or desire to work in a diverse collaborative/team environment
  • Experience and/or desire to pursue research activities that address the health disparities of underrepresented populations
  • Experience teaching in graduate health care programs, specifically physical therapy and/or athletic training
  • Experience, and/or desire to work, in interprofessional practice/education settings.
  • Eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Arizona.
  • 2 years or more of clinical physical therapy experience in any of the following practice areas:
    • Acute care/regional hospital setting
    • Home health care
    • Cardiopulmonary
    • Geriatrics
    • Oncology
    • Orthopedics
    • Pediatrics
    • Sports

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on April 21, 2023.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Current Openings' links, locate vacancy 607021, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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