posted: November 12, 2014
Since 1912, The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) has been preparing students for a life of purpose and meaningful work by emphasizing the Catholic Benedictine values it was founded on. The College serves an enrollment of approximately 4,200 enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs throughout six schools—health sciences, arts & letters, business and technology, education, nursing, and sciences. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks CSS among the best colleges and universities in the region for academic excellence and Money Magazine has cited the College in the top third of all four-year colleges in the country based on graduation rates, educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings. The College of St. Scholastica is a vibrant, growing independent private college with its main campus overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth—recently named the #1 Best Town by Outdoor Magazine, extended campuses throughout Minnesota, and a growing graduate health sciences campus in Surprise, Arizona.
CSS is seeking a leader with vision and entrepreneurial skills to continue the growth, development, and quality standards for which the Department of Physical Therapy is well-known. The Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy provides strategic leadership and management of the Department that provides the entry-level DPT (annual cohorts of 36 students) and transitional DPT degree program (a two-year, online program serving approximately 150 students). Reporting to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, the Chair works collaboratively with colleagues in nursing and other health sciences disciplines—particularly occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, health informatics & information management, physician assistant, and social work—to lead curricular change and expand interprofessional education opportunities for students in line with the College’s commitment to assure all graduates are practice ready upon degree completion. The Chair is responsible for the administration of the DPT academic program; recruitment, leadership, and mentoring of faculty; and student development; as well as internal communications and coordination of external marketing of the program in conjunction with other CSS departments. The Chair will be a pivotal leader in planning for growth of the program--both in Duluth and in Arizona; will work with OT and PA program directors to transition to expanded space in Duluth, including an expanded on-site clinic; will serve on School and College-wide committees; and will be instrumental in modeling outreach and service to the surrounding community. The Chair manages a budget of $3.9 million and directs a department currently consisting of nine full time faculty, an administrative assistant, and a skilled group of adjunct faculty.
Applicants must be a physical therapist, hold a post professional doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, or DSc), and be eligible for Minnesota licensure. Additional qualifications include an established record of leadership in academic planning, administration, developing and supporting research, clinical care, and teaching. Evidence of cultural competence and demonstrated success working with diverse populations is required.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by December 12, 2014 will be assured full consideration. Please submit a position specific cover letter and resume via the SJG website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com under the link Current Searches. Inquiries or nominations may be directed to Valerie Szymkowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group
The College of St. Scholastica – Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate
Visit The College of St. Scholastica’s website at www.css.edu
The College of St. Scholastica is an equal opportunity employer committed to enriching education and promoting opportunity through a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.