General Summary of Position:
The Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology at UMass Lowell invites applications for a Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC) for its Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Specifically, we seek an individual to coordinate the Clinical Education component for our DPT students. This person will report to the Program Director and Department Chair. This appointment is expected to commence with the Summer 2021 Clinical Education session (May-August), then will involve year-round effort to support the Spring Clinical Education and subsequent summer sessions of each academic year moving forward. Expected time commitment is between 12-15 hours per week, on average, across the calendar year. Additional compensated teaching are also possible.
Our department desires a candidate who possesses exceptional communication and organizational skills who can support students during clinical education assignments, maintain current clinical site agreements and cultivate future clinical sites and foster strong partnerships with clinical educators and collaborate positively with DPT core and other associated faculty.
Responsibilities and Duties of the CEC include:
• Communicates necessary information about the clinical education program to core faculty, clinical education sites, clinical education faculty and students and facilitates communication about clinical education between these groups as needed
• Ensures that there are effective written agreements between the University and the clinical education sites
• Determines whether or not academic policies and procedures related to clinical education are upheld
• Determines, in conjunction with the site supervisor of clinical education (SCCE), if the clinical education faculty are meeting the needs of the program which includes an evaluation of the competency and clinical teaching effectiveness of clinical education faculty through, at a minimum, the APTA Physical Therapist Student Evaluation: Clinical Experience and Clinical Instruction
• Maintains the Clinical Faculty Manual
• Assigns students to clinical education experiences
• Oversees student health certifications and criminal background investigations as contractually required.
• Assesses, tracks, and provides program curricular feedback.
• Maintains program Clinical Education Resource webpages.
• Represents program at regional and/ or national clinical education consortia/ conferences.
The CEC is evaluated by the Department Chairperson annually, Clinical Faculty and Students on a semi-annual basis.
Founded in 1976, the physical therapy degree program at UMass Lowell represented the first and only public offering in higher education in Massachusetts, which still holds true today. The program has been accredited for nearly 30 years and was recently awarded the maximum 10-year reaccreditation. The Department have moved into new offices and will be moving into new teaching laboratories in 2021.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell, located about 25 miles northwest of Boston in the high-tech corridor of Massachusetts, is a tier-1 public research university. UMass Lowell has experienced dramatic growth in research funding, total endowments, and student enrollment over the past eight years. It is a Carnegie Classification Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity and conducts more than $84 million in sponsored research annually.
The Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology is located within the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, a dynamic, growing college that prepares professionals and scientists in a wide range of health science fields including applied, clinical and translational areas. The Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs in several health related disciplines including pharmaceutical sciences, public health, physical therapy, biomedical sciences, nutrition and exercise science. A large research program and vibrant community partnerships and engagement opportunities enrich and support our educational programs.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
- A physical therapist who holds an active, unrestricted PT license in any United States jurisdiction
- Minimum of 3 years full-time post-licensure clinical practice
- A minimum of two years of clinical practice as a CCCE and/or CI or two years of experience in teaching, curriculum development and administration in a PT program
- The ability to work effectively with diverse groups
- Strong communication and collaborative abilities
- A doctoral degree in Physical Therapy or related field
- Prior experience in higher education teaching and/or supervising clinical experience, practicum or internship programs
- Business-oriented (experience, education, etc.)
- Experience with relationship database management (MS Access) and MS Office Excel
- Experience with web management
- Travel required
Special Instructions to Applicants:
This is a part-time, temporary, non-unit, non-benefited position
Initial review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications have been received.
Please include a Curriculum Vitae and cover letter outlining prior related experience with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.