Open Rank of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Job description

Posting Number: req3186

Faculty Type: Open Rank

Hiring Department: Orthopaedics Physical Therapy (497J)

Academic Location: School of Medicine

Benefits Eligible
The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefitshome page for more information.

Position Summary

Position Description:

Applicants are invited to apply for a full-time 12-month faculty position (rank and track dependent on qualifications) for a 3-year entry-level DPT Program ), with ten core faculty positions and a diverse student body (34 students per class). Responsibilities as Chief will include managing all administrative aspects of the program such as budgeting and implementation of program policies and procedures, and providing vision and leadership to faculty, staff and students. Academic responsibilities will include teaching in areas of expertise or program need, accreditation, curricular development experience, and scholarly activity appropriate for rank. A history of progressively responsible positions in academic leadership and management is desirable.

The UNM Division of Physical Therapy is located in the culturally diverse city of Albuquerque, which lies in the high desert ecosystem of central New Mexico. The city straddles the Rio Grande River and is bordered by the Sandia Mountains on the East and a string of five inactive volcanoes on the West. A number of Native American Reservations and Pueblos exist in or near the city. Besides being renowned for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, numerous hiking and biking trails are within easy access, and river rafting and skiing are just around the corner. Although NM experiences 4 seasons, outdoor leisure activities are possible all year round due to typically favorable weather conditions.

UNM is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of Colleges and Schools. The Physical Therapy program, within the Health Science Center and associated with the University of New Mexico Hospital, has been accredited since its first graduating class of 1976, and most recently received reaccreditation without concerns in 2015. Opportunities exist for collaboration across medical and rehabilitation programs. The sole DPT program in NM, UNM has a three-year graduation rate of 95.2% and first time licensure pass rate of 98.3% (2015-2017). Ideal facilities include 2 new classrooms with state of the art A/V support and lecture capture, a human cadaver anatomy lab, and a motion analysis lab with 10 infrared cameras, 3 force plates, 16 channel wireless EMG, Zeno mat, and a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer available for research and clinical use. As a part of their service to the university, PT faculty can assist at the REACH clinic, a pro bono clinic run by UNM DPT students, and at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center Heading Home shelter for homeless men, led by multidisciplinary students from the Health Science Center. Finally, the Division has a robust international study abroad program with student opportunities in Guatemala, Ethiopia and Russia.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • The candidate must hold a clinical (DPT) or academic (Ph.D., D.Sc., Ed.D.) doctoral degree;
  • Credentials for appointment at the rank of Associate or Professor;
  • Four years of full-time faculty experience;
  • Four years of physical therapy clinical experience;
  • Eligibility for licensure as a physical therapist in the state of New Mexico.
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An academic doctoral degree (Ph.D., D.Sc., Ed.D.)
  • Experience in PT education program administration and management;
  • Evidence of teaching and/or curriculum development experience and effectiveness;
  • Demonstration of knowledge of current evidence-based clinical PT practice;
  • Evidence of effective organizational leadership and communication;
  • Evidence of advocacy for institution, state, and national PT promotion;
  • Teaching experience in at least one area compatible with programmatic needs ( differential diagnosis/pathophysiology, kinesiology, human anatomy, human physiology, cardiopulmonary).
  • Evidence of scholarly activity, publications and procurement of funding;
  • Evidence of accomplishments promoting diversity among students, faculty and community.
  • A vision and evidence of interpersonal skills needed to build partnerships within the institution and community.

How to apply

A complete application includes: cover letter, c.v., and three letters of recommendation. In order to facilitate the applicant screening process, please ensure that the qualifications listed above can be clearly gleaned from your C.V., cover letter and/or letters of recommendation with particular attention given to leadership, communication, diversity and PT advocacy.Inquiries may be directed to: Gehron Treme, MD, Search Committee Chair, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, MSC 09 5230, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 -0001. Email: . Phone: (505)272-4107.

For Best Consideration
For best consideration, please apply by 2/16/2018. This position will remain open until filled.

Founded in 1889, The University of New Mexico now occupies 600 acres along old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque , a city of more than 700,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas.