The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions invites nominations, applications, or expressions of interest for the position of Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.


The Department of Physical Therapy, a fully accredited program since 1967, offers an entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy. The Department of Physical Therapy prepares a physical therapist as an applied scientist who has the entry-level skills, knowledge, and behaviors to function effectively in clinical practice, consultation, education, administration, and scientific inquiry with a primary focus on clinical practice. The Department of Physical Therapy plays a vital role in the school’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences. In addition, the department is an active part of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative which offers substantive research opportunities for faculty and students. UAB is currently ranked #1 for high impact rehabilitation articles published from 2005-2009.

Currently, with 15 faculty members and an enrollment of 150 students, the Department of Physical Therapy has a solid fiscal foundation.


The Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy will be a full-time, twelve-month faculty position overseeing all administrative responsibilities for the department as well as participating in and providing academic leadership for teaching, service, and scholarly activities. Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing leadership to departmental program directors in the day-to-day management of departmental programs;
  • Leading the development of a stronger departmental research agenda while conducting extramurally-funded and internationally recognized scholarly activities;
  • Managing personnel-related activities, such as recruitment, new hire recommendations, and departmental performance evaluations;
  • Coordinating and managing the departmental budgeting processes, and overseeing departmental financial processes;
  • Providing leadership for academic and professional development, and departmental curriculum review/development;
  • Developing and maintaining key relationships with affiliating institutions and agencies;
  • Providing constructive feedback and assistance to faculty, staff, and students on professional development, performance, and projects;
  • Identifying and establishing fundraising priorities and securing gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, and/or supporters;
  • Designing processes that increase the representation of diversity within the student body and departmental personnel; and
  • Exploring entrepreneurial relationships with businesses and community organizations that can advance the clinical practice of physical therapy.

It is desired that the successful candidate have experience in an academic administrative leadership role with demonstrated successes, understand and is familiar with the accreditation process, doctoral programs and curriculum development, university teaching, collaboration within a complex organization, a program of research with a record of publication and success with obtaining extramural funding. The successful candidate will be an innovative person with the personnel management skill to build a shared vision that includes sensitivity to and competence with individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Certification as a physical therapist, eligibility for state licensure, and doctoral qualifications from an accredited institution are required.

The Chair will also possess the following characteristics:

  • Ability to organize and present ideas clearly;
  • Experience and success with extramural grant proposal writing;
  • A strong record of leading research programs;
  • Skill in budgetary planning and fiscal management;
  • Appreciation for clinical work;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability and inclination to provide collaborative leadership.


The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the UAB School of Health Professions (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to September 16, 2013.

Katie Bain, Vice President
Jacob Anderson, Associate
Parker Executive Search
5 Concourse Parkway Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (770) 804-1996 X 111;
Fax: (770) 804-1917

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

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