Western University of Health Sciences — Anatomy Faculty Position

The Department of Physical Therapy Education at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon invites applications from individuals interested in joining our founding faculty as a full-time 12-month tenure track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate level. Faculty responsibilities include teaching in the anatomy courses, curriculum development, scholarship and research in the applicant’s area of interest, advising graduate students, and service. Participation in professional activities is encouraged and supported. Specific assignments are dependent upon program needs. This position is available August 2020 to prepare for our inaugural class, starting in July of 2021. 


Assistant Professor candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  • Earned an academic Doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, EdD). All but dissertation (ABD) candidates will also be considered.
  • Have specialty training or certification in anatomy AND have a minimum of three (3) years of related work experience. 

Associate Professor candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  • Earned an academic Doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, EdD). 
  • A minimum of three (3) years of related work and full- time teaching at the rank of Assistant Professor 
  • Completed a total equivalent of six (6) years full time successful college teaching. 

All Candidates must have at a minimum: 

  • Established research record or the ability to establish research in one’s area of expertise. 
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness. 
  • Evidence of service commensurate with rank 

Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following qualifications: 

  • Anatomy teaching experience 
  • Curriculum development experience 
  • Professional association membership 
  • Evidence of scholarly activity, publications, and procurement of funding. 

Salary and rank will be based upon documented relevant experience and qualifications. 


Western University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, independent, graduate health professions/sciences university whose mission is to educate compassionate, competent, health care professionals. Our Lebanon, Oregon campus is located in the heart of the beautiful Willamette Valley. At WesternU-Oregon we are constructing a state-of-the-art building that will be home to our developing physical therapy program. In the humanistic tradition of WesternU, students will be prepared to deliver collaborative person-centered care with respect, empathy, and trust. We are creating a blended learning curriculum that incorporates online/web-based education, in-class active learning that emphasizes problem-solving and evidence- based practice, experiential learning, and community-based service-learning opportunities. Interprofessional education will be threaded throughout the curriculum so students graduate ready to provide team-based care. Our entry-level curriculum will be well balanced so our students graduate as movement specialists who are prepared to meet the needs of patients across the lifespan and can thrive in the rural communities of the Pacific Northwest. 


Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a curriculum vitae and teaching philosophy statement as soon as possible. Other application materials to be submitted upon request.

For further inquiries about the position contact: Chad Lairamore, PT, PhD, NCS, GCS, FNAP (Department Chair)
Email: chad.lairamore@westernu.edu


Western University for Health Sciences – Oregon campus is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on 12/1/2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. 

Further information about the university, department, and faculty is available on the Western University of Health Sciences Web Site at www.westernu.edu.