Inaugural Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program / Associate Professor

Position Overview

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Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) announces that the search for its inaugural Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program has been extended and invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications.

Founded in 1849 as New Britain Normal School, Central is the oldest public institution of higher education in Connecticut and the largest of its regional comprehensive universities.  Over its history Central has evolved into a modern comprehensive university with both undergraduate and graduate programs built on a robust foundation of liberal learning.  One of the four regional comprehensive universities in Connecticut, it is part of the 17-member Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. It is also part of the Greater Hartford area.

Central’s five schools – the Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology; and the School of Graduate Studies – offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as several sixth-year professional diplomas and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and nurse anesthesia practice. In recent years, Central has added master’s programs in accounting, exercise science, and STEM education, and an MBA.

Central’s 10,652 students are taught and mentored by 428 talented full-time and 472 part-time faculty members and are supported by a devoted full-time staff of 518 and a part-time staff of 126, all of whom are true partners in the educational enterprise. A third of Central’s undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Central’s faculty and staff are committed to shared governance in a collective bargaining environment.

Central’s 14:1 student/faculty ratio and its average class size of 25 allow the faculty and staff to provide a rich educational experience in addition to classroom instruction. Central is widely recognized for its international education program, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement for Teaching has recognized Central for its high level of community engagement.  Central was also selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.     

The new director will have the opportunity to develop the DPT program from concept to full implementation. This will include curricular development, hiring and mentoring faculty and staff, designing the facilities necessary for the program, working with colleges and universities in the region to recruit students and create partnerships, and working with the broader healthcare community to connect CCSU’s program with the needs and opportunities of the region.


The successful candidate must meet all the CAPTE qualifications for a program director, including an academic doctorate, PT licensure, and a minimum of six years of full-time experience in higher education at least three of which must be as a core faculty member in a CAPTE-accredited program. Since this is also a tenure-track faculty position, the successful candidate will need to meet the professional standards necessary for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. Given Central’s special needs, familiarity with the standards and process of CAPTE accreditation; a record of service to culturally, ethnically or linguistically diverse groups; and experience as a physical therapist are especially helpful. 

Nominations and Applications

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by October 11, 2021. To apply, candidates must send a letter of application in which they address specifically the qualifications outlined in the position profile (download above).

Applications must also include the following in MS Word or PDF documents: 

  1. A curriculum vitae;
  2. A statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, and
  3. Contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) for five references. 

Applications should be sent to:

All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without the candidate’s expressed permission.

Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:

Robert Holyer, PhD, Executive Search / 804-708-0834 (o)/804-402-6736 (c)

Candidates are encouraged to speak with the consultant before submitting an application.

Central Connecticut State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and affirmative action for all qualified persons. CCSU does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disability, physical disability, or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.  CCSU does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction.

As an affirmative action employer, CCSU actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.