Chapman University, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Position ID:Chapman University-Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences-DPTTT [#19571]
Position Title: Tenure Track/Tenured Professor (Open Rank) of Physical Therapy, August 2022
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Orange, California 92866, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physical Therapy
Starting Date:2021/09/23
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2021/09/23, updated 2021/09/14)
Position Description:    

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Job Title

Tenure Track/Tenured Professor (Open Rank) of Physical Therapy, August  2022










General Information

Chapman University’s Department of Physical Therapy seeks applications for a tenure-track or tenured Professor position in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. The successful candidate will begin in August 2022.

Continually accredited since 1928, the Department of Physical Therapy has a rich tradition as one of the oldest, continually accredited physical therapy programs in the United States. The program is located on the Rinker Health Science Campus, Irvine, CA. The campus is home to several graduate health science professional programs in Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, including DPT, Pharmacy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Physician Assistant.  The campus is distinguished by innovative teaching, learning, and research laboratories and classrooms with an emphasis on inter-professional education, evidence-based practice, and health promotion and injury/disease prevention. The department has state-of-the-art motion analysis and Motek/Grail labs along with other sophisticated research equipment used to understand the complexities of human movement.  It is also the home of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences (Brain Institute) with outstanding neurophysiological and imaging facilities. The Rinker campus is strategically located near numerous healthcare institutions, medical device, and biopharmaceutical companies.

Chapman University is a nationally-ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The University achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities and is ranked as 122nd among Best National Universities by US News and World Report (2022). Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More information about the University and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences is available at

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at


The successful candidate will hold a terminal academic doctorate (Ph.D. D.Sc., or equivalent) in biomechanics, neuroscience, kinesiology, bioengineering, or other fields specializing in human movement, rehabilitation sciences, or related biomedical field.   

An emerging record of excellent scholarship for candidates at the assistant professor level or a well-established record of excellent scholarship and a clear potential for or evidence of extramural funding is expected of candidates at the tenured Associate or Professor level. Preference will be given to candidates whose research agenda complements existing research programs within the Department of Physical Therapy and incorporates neuroimaging, neurophysiological, biomechanical and/or computational methods.

Current physical therapy faculty research examines neurological and biomechanical aspects of healthy and disordered movement across the lifespan with particular focus on balance, postural control, gait, and upper extremity function. Strong candidates will also exhibit potential for collaboration with cognitive neuroscience faculty in the rapidly expanding Brain Institute ( or with health psychology faculty in the Center for Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health (CEBAH) within Crean College ( 

Candidates holding a DPT and current licensure as a physical therapist (or eligibility for licensure in California) are highly desirable for this position. 


  • Develop and/or maintain a productive line of research with strong potential for securing extramural funding.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with physical therapy faculty and Chapman collaborators in the field of neuroscience and human biomechanics to foster collaborative research and enhance the learning experience.
  • Teach in area(s) of expertise in the DPT program. Teaching load is negotiable based on research excellence and extramural funding.  Candidates are expected to mentor physical therapy students and complete professional/academic service. Candidates with the combined PhD and DPT will be expected to maintain clinical licensure.
  • Tenure track faculty are expected to develop and maintain an active research agenda for future tenure consideration and are evaluated on their research/scholarly activity, teaching and service.

Contact Information

Candidates should submit electronic copies of a faculty employment application, letter of application, curriculum vitae, reprints of publications or other examples of scholarly work at:

Academic Jobs Online

Further inquiries regarding the position can be directed to either:
Faculty Search Coordinator, Ms. Christine Dumaual at
Search Committee Co-Chair, Dr. Jo
Armour Smith at

Application reviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience.
A competitive start-up package will be provided based on the rank and funding status of the applicant.  This position is contingent on final budget approval. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required for the final candidate.

Download a copy of the Chapman Faculty Application for Employment here.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866 Human Resources Department

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One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866