Cleveland State University — Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor of Practice in Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Cleveland State University is seeking to fill a nine-month, Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Assistant Professor of Practice position to begin August 16, 2021. Fully accredited since 1976, the PT program is located within The School of Health Sciences, part of the College of Sciences and Health Professions. The DPT Program actively engages students in the educational process and provides an energetic, collegial, and supportive academic environment within the University and the dynamic Cleveland biomedical community. Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving racially, culturally, and economically diverse students.

Primary Duties for both positions include teaching DPT courses; being involved in ongoing curriculum development/evaluation; mentoring/advising students; and providing academic, professional, and/or community service. In addition, Assistant Professors are expected to conduct research, while Assistant Professors of Practice are expected to contribute to research.

Minimum Qualifications: Physical therapist with eligibility for Ohio PT licensure; a minimum of three years (Assistant Professor) or 10 years (Assistant Professor of Practice) of clinical physical therapy practice experience; the ability to teach core courses in the DPT Program; strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate and work on teams; evidence of teaching capability; and capability to conduct (Assistant Professor) or contribute to (Assistant Professor of Practice) research and scholarship. In addition, by July 1, 2021, candidates for Assistant Professor must have an earned research doctorate in physical therapy or a related field and candidates for Assistant Professor of Practice must have an earned clinical doctorate in physical therapy or an earned research doctorate in physical therapy or a related field. 

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of experience and excellence in teaching, especially in higher education and/or in physical therapy; APTA board-certified clinical specialist and/or graduate of clinical residency or fellowship training program; experience in integrating technology into teaching; professional, academic, and/or community service and/or leadership; and experience serving diverse students and/or the ability to make a positive contribution to CSU’s diverse community. In addition, for the Assistant Professor position, evidence of excellence in research, including a record of publications and successful grant activity; and for the Assistant Professor of Practice position, demonstrated interest and contribution to research. 

Application Procedures: Submit a letter of application specifying the rank for which you are applying (Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor of Practice) and addressing your qualifications. This letter must also include a brief statement of your teaching, service and research experience and philosophy. Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is extremely important to CSU.  Please also include a statement describing your experience serving diverse students and how you will make a positive contribution to CSU’s diverse community. For applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, note how your work will contribute to CSU’s commitment to diversity and mission as an urban serving university. In addition, submit your curriculum vitae and contact information for three or more references, who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation. Applications will be exclusively accepted online at: Mailed or emailed application materials will not be accepted. Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 25, 2021. 

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed starting February 25, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.

Starting Date: August 16, 2021

Informal inquiries may be directed to Debbie Espy, PT, PhD, Chair of DPT Search Committee, School of Health Sciences at or 216-687-3554.

Note: Hiring is contingent on maintaining the existing levels of funding from the state of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check. 

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.