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Associate Director, Clinical Education

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Administrative Support, Health Services, Full Time, Trainers & Educators



Under the limited direction of the Director of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Program and Clinical Services, the Associate Director of Clinical Education is responsible for all administrative aspects of the integrated clinical education (ICE) component of DPT program. The Associate Director of Clinical Education will provide leadership to numerous clinical faculty and professionals by managing all components associated with clinical education. The Physical Therapy Department is the fifth largest full-time graduate program at the University of Delaware with 108 full-time students and is the first nationally ranked program in the country. Clinical education is an integral component of the University of Delaware's DPT curriculum. While the Associate Director of the ICE's will have primary responsibility for administration of the in-house clinical training of DPT students, this position will support full-time clinical education placements as needed. In addition, the Associate Director will teach within his/her area of expertise, perform scholarly activity in the area of Physical Therapy, treat in the Physical Therapy Clinic, and participate in service to the Department and/or University.


  • Plans, coordinates, facilitates, administers, monitors and evaluates clinical education activities on behalf of the academic program and in coordination with academic and clinical faculty.
  • Establishes, develops, and maintains an adequate number of clinical education sites relative to quality, quantity, and diversity of learning experiences in accordance with program philosophy, educational needs of students, and the evaluative criteria set by CAPTE.
  • Assigns students to clinical internship sites and CIs following consideration of student learning styles and specific opportunities available at a given clinical site.
  • Communicates to all concerned stakeholders (e.g., the academic institution, clinical education sites, clinical faculty and students) pertinent information related to the educational program, the clinical education site, and health care changes affecting clinical practice and education.
  • Monitors student progress and assesses performance.
  • Provides guidance and support as required to problem solve and discuss pertinent issues with student(s), clinical instructors (CIs), and/or Site Coordinators of Clinical Education (SCCEs).
  • Assigns students to clinical internship sites and Cis following consideration of student learning styles and specific opportunities available at a given clinical site.
  • Evaluates each clinical education site through student feedback, on-site visits, and ongoing communications; develops site following evaluation and assessment of strengths and areas needing further development or action (e.g., in-service training, discontinue student placements).
  • Provides feedback to clinical educators concerning their effectiveness in delivering clinical learning experiences based on student feedback and/or direct observations; collaborates to promote, coordinate, plan, and provide development opportunities using effective instructional methodologies and technologies.
  • Performs academic responsibilities consistent with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and with institutional policy.
  • Manages administrative responsibilities consistent with CAPTE, federal/state regulations, institutional policy, and practice setting requirements.
  • Identifies and utilizes university resources to assist with meeting clinical education program needs or to effectively resolve issues.
  • Develops policy and procedures for clinical site selection, utilization, and assessment (e.g., APTA Guidelines for Clinical Education). Encourages clinical faculty to participate in local, statewide, and national forums designed to foster and discuss issues addressing clinical education.
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends in health care and its effect on clinical education and apprises clinical educators and faculty of any changing trends.
  • Makes recommendations regarding curriculum to faculty based on feedback from affiliates and analysis of clinical education data collected.
  • Represents the Department's DPT program at community events and help to educate the University and larger communities regarding the Physical Therapy profession.¿ Teaches courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program consistent with area(s) of expertise.
  • Treats patients and oversees students in the Physical Therapy Clinic.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Must possess or be eligible for DE physical therapist license and have a minimum of five years of clinical teaching and/or clinical coordination experience.
  • Doctorate in physical therapy, certification in clinical specialty area, and APTA CI credentialing preferred.
  • Advanced coursework in education, healthcare administration, or related discipline, as well as experience applying principles of adult learning theory to clinical education.
  • Strong communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling skills is critical.
  • Effective planning and prioritizing job-related tasks and ability to complete independent work
  • Ability to think strategically and to recognize new opportunities.
  • Knowledge of educational, management, and adult learning theory and principles.
  • Computer skills to include word processing, e-mail, PowerPoint, Excel, and preferably some database experience.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies both within and outside the university. 
  • Strategic vision also desired to identify opportunities for innovation in clinical education.
  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy.
  • Proficient record-keeping and analytical skills to collect, evaluate, and document clinical education program outcomes and ability to administer the clinical education program for students with accommodations sanctioned within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Ability to travel as needed.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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