Des Moines University
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
19 days ago
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At DMU you will make a meaningful contribution to the dynamic future of Medicine and Health Sciences. DMU is seeking a Department Chair for our Physical Therapy Program. Reporting to the College Dean, the Department Chair (aka: Program Director) is responsible for executing functions related to the administrative, educational, research, clinical, and accreditation functions of the Department; managing all faculty, including full-time, part-time, adjunct, emeritus, volunteer, and guest faculty; providing leadership for the department in supporting curriculum instruction and scholarly activity, including research, publications, and funding. The Chair also manages non-faculty positions assigned to the Department.  The Chair is responsible for obtaining and maintaining the accreditation of programs sponsored by the department, and for supporting accreditation and evaluation processes within the College and the University. The Chair assigns the departmental faculty’s FTE distribution in the areas of teaching, research, service, administrative roles, and clinical service, as applicable. The Chair is responsible for managing the distribution of the faculty FTE within the Department to meet the educational needs of the Department, College, and University, in curriculum delivery. The Chair manages the allocation of faculty time and departmental budget in the best manner to ensure the educational and financial strength of the Department and is responsible for ensuring faculty have Promotion and Tenure plans and regular feedback, whether tenure track or non-tenure track, as well as opportunities for faculty development. The Chair represents the department within the College and University organizational structure.

What you’ll do:

  • Responsible for developing departmental vision and mission statements, developing and implementing short-range and long-range departmental goals consistent with the University strategic plan and directives from the Dean, preparing the department for accreditation and evaluation, and facilitating training in accordance with accreditation standards of accrediting and professional organizations.
  • Provide day-to-day direction of the department by scheduling and conducting departmental meetings, establishing departmental committees as needed, and ensuring student instruction, advising and assessment are provided.
  • Responsible for communication between the department and the College Dean (and other Administrative Heads as appropriate) regarding needs of the department and its faculty. The chairperson will also be responsible for keeping the department faculty informed of University regulations, plans, and activities as appropriate. 
  • Responsible for development and administration of the departmental budget and maintenance of departmental financial records.
  • Responsible for assignment of space within the department in consideration of job duties and resource allocations, in consultation and approval by the Dean.

What we’re looking for:

  • Holds the highest appropriate professional degree earned from an accredited professional program, as allowed per accreditation requirements. An earned academic doctorate from an accredited university in a relevant field.
  • Holds an active, unrestricted physical therapy license in any United States jurisdiction and holds or is eligible for an Iowa physical therapy license
  •  Academic rank as a senior faculty, at the level of Associate or Full Professor.
  • Minimum of 6 years full-time higher education appointment, with a minimum of 3 years of full-time experience as a core faculty member, preferably five years of faculty experience in a CAPTE accredited entry-level physical therapy education program.
  • Minimum 8 years of documented experience in the field of physical therapy.
  • Experience in administration at the department level is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in research, and a desire to develop a credible research program within the department.
  • Ability to effectively mentor subordinate faculty within the department.
  • Specific requirements per departmental/accreditor expectations are listed in Appendix A.

*To see the full job description go to Position Description at the bottom of this posting.

Total Rewards:

Our employees are what make DMU special, so we treat them well!  Our Total Rewards reflect this commitment. Qualified faculty and staff enjoy 90% employer-paid medical, 10% retirement match, flexible work arrangements, community service time, tuition assistance, professional development funding, and access to wellness facilities with programs that promote a well-balanced lifestyle. Visit to learn more about our benefits. 


Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising three colleges– College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and College of Health Sciences – offering ten graduate degree programs.


In 2023 Des Moines University (DMU) relocated to a new 88-acre campus in West Des Moines, Iowa. This state-of-the-art campus includes technology-rich, flexible education spaces that support innovative teaching methods and connect faculty and students across all of our programs.  Our new research facilities include a vibrant and spacious open laboratory, designed to foster collaboration and innovation.

Required Documents:

Resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references required at time of online submission. Apply at

Department: DPT - Academic

Status:  Exempt

Location: West Des Moines, Iowa

Work Schedule:  Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Des Moines University is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”). Applications from candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Job ID: 73004555

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