Bethel University

  • Program Director, Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Posted Date 1 year ago(10/27/2017 1:49 PM)
    # of Openings
    Physical Therapy
    FLSA Status
    Benefit Eligible
    Benefit Eligible
  • Job Summary

    Bethel University seeks an innovative, experienced leader to serve as the founding program director of Bethel’s planned Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. The program director will lead the design, development, launch, and growth of a successful, high-quality Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. This person must be knowledgeable about and responsible for program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, development, and participation in the accreditation process.


    The Program Director will have responsibilities to:

    • Oversee and facilitate curriculum development.
    • Manage the lengthy accreditation process to ensure the program can launch as planned. Participate in yearly accreditation requirements.
    • Identify, recruit, and assist in the hiring of potential candidates for program faculty.
    • Upon program launch, supervise and evaluate full-time and part-time faculty.

    In collaboration with the Office of the Dean: 

    • Assign faculty loads to both full-time and part-time faculty.
    • Convene regular meetings with program faculty for development, program evaluation, curriculum review and updating, and discussion of future issues for the program.
    • Interact with internal and external audiences for program promotion.
    • Assist the admissions team in developing marketing strategies and participating in admissions events as required.
    • Explore and respond to relevant and current trends for discipline.   
    • Develop and manage the annual program budget in accordance with University guidelines.
    • Develop partnerships with discipline-specific organizations for program development/expansion.
    • Review and execute articulation agreements with clinical partners in collaboration with the clinical director.


    The ideal candidate for this new role is a strategic, visionary, and creative individual who possesses strong personal and professional integrity. Candidates will have the orientation of a builder and bring keen analytical skills, strong attention to detail, an ability to foster collaboration, and an unwavering commitment to the University’s mission and a strong Christian faith commitment.


    In addition, the successful candidate will:

    • Bring an understanding of and/or experience with building a new degree program.
    • Be familiar with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and its processes, or experience with an accreditation process.
    • Possess strong team-building skills.
    • Be knowledgeable in adult learning theory and practice.
    • Have a commitment to make a positive contribution to the development of a culturally diverse and interculturally competent teaching and
      learning community.
    • Be a storyteller that can become the eyes, ears, and voice of Bethel University as it builds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy program.
    • Provide management that reflects strong organization skills, problem solving, and attention to detail.
    • Work both independently and collaboratively.
    • Bring an appreciation for Bethel's mission.
    • Demonstrate collegiality.
    • Demonstrate superior oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
    • Possess a clear understanding of Bethel's educational mission and evangelical Christian vision.





    • Six or more years of proven leadership and experience in higher education.
    • Minimum of three years of full-time experience in a physical therapist education program.
    • Current licensure as a physical therapist.


    A Ph.D. or similar academic doctorate is required.

    Additional Information

    Pay rate commensurate with education and experience.


    Please email All inquiries will remain confidential.


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