Chair of the Physical Therapy Department

  • Administration
  • Allied Health
  • Faculty
  • Waco, Texas

Website Baylor University

Position Description

The Physical Therapy Department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, 12-month faculty appointment to serve as the Chair of the Physical Therapy Department. Application reviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The rank and tenure for this position will be commensurate with experience and credentials.

The Department of Physical Therapy at Baylor University is home to a 2-year hybrid DPT program and an orthopedic physical therapy residency, with a Doctor of Science program in the initial stages of development. We are seeking an innovative Chair to lead our growing Department in meeting its mission to advance societal health through innovative education, connection, leadership, and inquiry in physical therapy. The Department of Physical Therapy is fully hybrid, with faculty and staff who live across the United States. The Chair may live and lead remotely but must be willing to travel to Waco, TX for designated periods of time. The Chair reports directly to the Dean of the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.

A successful candidate will have a strong record of academic leadership, scholarship, mentorship, and teaching. Applicants with a background in remote leadership, innovative teaching, who have experience collaborating remotely with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff, and who are interested in novel solutions for research productivity in a hybrid environment are encouraged to apply.

Baylor’s racial minority percentage makes our student body one of the most diverse in the Big 12. Waco, Texas, home to Baylor University is a diverse community in metropolitan area of about 250,000.

Salary and Review Date: Salary is commensurate with professional experience and qualifications. Applicants whose philosophy is compatible with the stated mission of the University to be a world-class research institution dedicated to Christian principles and ideals will be considered. To be fully considered, all application materials must be submitted by December 31, 2022.

About Baylor University: Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of 21,000 students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having just been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the “Great Colleges to Work For” from The Chronicle of Higher Education; Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while giving faculty and staff the chance to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor’s mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.


Required: A terminal doctorate (e.g., PhD, DSc, EdD) in physical therapy or in a related discipline is required. Applicants must have academic leadership experience, be active in research within their area of specialization, have contemporary teaching expertise in physical therapy or related areas, and be active in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels. The successful candidate will model a leadership philosophy consistent with the Department of Physical Therapy’s vision and values, and Baylor University’s Christian mission.

Preferred: Special consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate previous university-level leadership, mentorship, and teaching experience, especially with hybrid, online, or “flipped” educational formats. A degree in physical therapy (e.g. MPT, DPT) and a strong background in research, including a record of publication and acquisition of grant funding is also desirable. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in development and/or leadership of an academic doctoral degree program (e.g. PhD, DSc, EdD).

The Department places a high priority on diversity/equity/inclusion and fostering success at all levels. Individuals from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Candidates should provide:

  1. a cover letter/letter of interest that includes personal statement/philosophy on teaching and scholarship and contact information for three references;
  2. a personal leadership statement/philosophy;
  3. a personal religious statement/philosophy;
  4. a curriculum vitae;
  5. an official transcript of each academic degree.
  6. applications MUST be submitted online by going to:

Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Shane Koppenhaver @

Application Deadline: December 31, 2022

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