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Faculty Position in Physical Therapy

Faculty Position in Physical Therapy

The Program in Physical Therapy at the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND is inviting applications for a full-time faculty position at a rank commensurate with experience beginning in summer or fall 2020. The successful candidate is expected to teach in the professional program, conduct research, supervise students in the on-campus pro bono clinic, participate in service activities (school, university, and professional), and advise prospective and graduate students.

Opportunities exist for supervision of students during international service-learning experiences. Preference will be given to applicants with a terminal academic doctorate degree in physical therapy or a related discipline, degree in physical therapy, post-doctoral research experience, and expertise in at least one of the following areas: physiology, pathophysiology, research, biomechanics, orthotics/prosthetics, or cardiopulmonary.

All faculty are expected to demonstrate a willingness to support and advance the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine mission and identity of the University of Mary (see ).

Program Information

The 8 semester program admits 48 students each fall and devotes time and attention to the professional development of its students.  Unique aspects of the program include a student-driven, long-standing on-campus pro bono clinic and an international service-learning opportunity in Guatemala. In addition to a hybrid curriculum that produces outstanding clinicians, the program emphasizes leadership development and ethical decision making. There are strong collaborative relationships with the other health sciences programs allowing for rich interprofessional teaching and learning as well as a supportive medical community and alumni base.

Education Requirements:

  • Terminal academic doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, DHSc, DSc)
  • Clinical expertise related to teaching area
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in North Dakota
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist
  • Graduate of an accredited physical therapist education program

*non-PT considered if PhD in related area (foundational sciences, biomechanics, exercise physiology)

Preferred Requirements:

  • Prior teaching experience in a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant education program
  • Prior experience as a clinical instructor
  • ABPTS Specialist Certification
  • Prior experience mentoring junior faculty scholarship agendas and leading a research sequence with faculty-led student research projects
  • Prior experience with extramural research funding and graduate advising at the doctoral level.
  • Active involvement in professional activities at the local, state, or national level
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity (peer reviewed publications and/or presentations)
  • Upholds and supports the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary
  • Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities
  • Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the School of Health Sciences and throughout the university, in accord with Saint Benedict’s admonition that all be received as Christ

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proven ability to teach successfully
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in student mentorship and guidance
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to identify and solve problems, and flexibility

The University of Mary is a private, Christian, Catholic, Benedictine university that welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. Infusing Benedictine values throughout the educational experience, Mary offers distinguished, professionally-focused academic programs enlivened by the liberal arts, global and civic service, robust internships, and mentoring by respected faculty. As one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, Mary offers exceptional educational value as well as outstanding scholarship and financial aid opportunities. The University of Mary, with an enrollment of over 3000 students, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

The Physical Therapy Program is housed in the School of Health Sciences and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. The School provides a stimulating academic environment with excellent collaborative relationships with the other programs such as occupational therapy, nursing, athletic training, and exercise science. Faculty in the program have a diverse set of knowledge, skills, and clinical expertise and exhibit a strong sense of commitment and loyalty to the program with many having 20+ years of experience. The program is strongly supported by the University administration with a commitment to move into newly renovated space in the near future. 

For more information on the University of Mary, please watch a short video by clicking on this link:

Qualified applicants should submit:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  4. Three letters of recommendation with contact information

To apply from our University of Mary career page, scroll to the top to complete the required fields. Attach your cover letter and resume and click submit.

To apply from outside the University’s website, click this link or copy and paste it into your browser.

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Application review will begin October 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Questions about the position may be directed to: Dr. Mary Dockter at (701) 355-8045 or  For more information regarding the University of Mary, this position and benefits please visit our website at 


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