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Vice Chair, Physical Therapy

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Physical Therapy, Full Time


 Vice Chair of Physical Therapy

Department of Physical Therapy/College of Health Sciences


We seek a Vice Chair to join the Department of Physical Therapy at a time of growth and expansion for the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences. Candidates should have a minimum of five years of managerial experience in a healthcare and/or an academic setting and be licensed or eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in Delaware.  Preference given to individuals with a bachelor's or master’s degree in accounting, business, or finance or job-related experience in these fields.  This is a faculty (non-tenure track) position whose primary responsibilities include administrative leadership and oversight of the fiscal affairs, human resources, and administrative activities of various academic and operational components of the Department under the supervision of the Chair. The candidate should have outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills and should work well with a team. All employees are expected to contribute to a welcoming campus environment that embraces diversity.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Department of Physical Therapy ( at the University of Delaware is a thriving academic unit ranked #1 in the nation by US News & World Report. The Department includes 29 faculty and professionals including 14 PhD faculty with independent research lines, 180 professional students in the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, approximately 30 graduate students pursuing a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS), five accredited post-professional residency programs, a 10,000-square-foot physical therapy clinic that is open to the public, and over $6M in annual externally funding research expenditures, primarily from the NIH.

The Department is part of the College of Health Sciences (CHS), an innovative, interdisciplinary college of more than 3,000 students and 150 faculty. CHS includes the School of Nursing and departments of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, Medical and Molecular Sciences and Physical Therapy. CHS has teaching and research facilities throughout the campus, including the state-of-the-art UD Health Sciences Complex on the University’s Science Technology & Advanced Research (STAR) Campus.  The first UD Health building at STAR opened in January 2014 and the Tower at STAR opened in Fall 2018; providing an additional 70,000 sq. ft. of research, meeting, collaboration and educational space. The Tower also includes simulation space and an adaptive living apartment. The Tower’s innovative spaces promote inter-professional education and training as well as research leading to the development of new devices, techniques and interventions. The STAR Campus fosters connections to the community, linking the community to the inter-professional training of our students and collaborative research between faculty and clinicians.

With roots tracing back to 1743, the University of Delaware combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology.  The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with diversity as one of its core values and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities and people with disabilities.  The University of Delaware is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant, focused on enhancing the climate of the university for women and underrepresented minority faculty. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University (with very high research activity, a designation accorded to fewer than 3% of degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $200 million. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, the University enrolls approximately 19,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Compensation packages are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Continuing track (non-tenure track) faculty at the University have regularly received annual cost-of-living and merit salary increases and the benefits package is one of the best in the nation.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on July 8, 2019 and will continue until positions are filled. Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence and references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission.  Applicants should upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references at The letter of application and CV will be shared with the search committee. For information contact Karin Silbernagel, PT, PhD, Search Committee Chair, (302) 831-4808,

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and Title IX institution. For the University’s complete non-discrimination statement, please visit


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