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POSITION:  Assistant or Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Non-Tenure Track (Exempt) *Applicant Pool

COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT:  College of Health Professions

SUPERVISOR TITLE:  Director of the Physical Therapy Program


EXEMPTION:  Teacher Exemption

LOCATION:  Abilene

TARGET HIRE DATE: June 1, 2021

Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or 


The Department of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University seeks an applicant to join our dynamic and passionate faculty as assistant/associate professor. This is a 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track faculty position.  The preferred candidate must have Physical Therapy licensure with strengths, interests, and certification as a neurological specialist. Aligning with our mission of “preparing individuals who demonstrate excellence in the practice of physical therapy and are enlightened by Christian faith and values” is essential for this position.


Assume the role of primary instructor for a variety of courses with a focus in Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation.

Prepare and present materials in areas of assigned courses that meet learning objectives.

Develop assessments to evaluate student competencies within courses.

Be an active member in assigned university and department committees.

Establish and carry out an active scholarly agenda.

Participate in university, community, and professional service activities.

Advise and mentor students through the curriculum and on research projects.

Complete yearly University Assessments for Self and Peer Evaluation.

Assist in laboratory and practical exam experiences; serve as an expert guest speaker within and outside the department.

Participate in patient care and program pro bono clinical services.

Represent the PT Department and University in an ethical and Christian manner.

Demonstrate an active interest in the Department’s mission activities.

Utilize CANVAS as the Learning Management System as course professor.

Display excellent communication skills including conflict resolution and mentoring.

Maintain a professional appearance and attitude.

Ability to implement active online teaching applications (Zoom, Flipgrid, etc.) preferred.

Other duties as needed.


There are no supervisor responsibilities, except for supervision of student workers.

COMPETENCIES: As a part of a Teaching Philosophy address each competency listed below describing your background and qualifications in each area. 

Interview decisions are partially based on this information.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.    

Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans. Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (Language, Mathematical, Reasoning and Computer Skills):

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

COMPUTER SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Payroll systems; Internet software; Contact Management systems and Order processing systems.


Doctoral degree or equivalent; or more than 10 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

A DPT degree with post-professional doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, or ScD) preferred; those working towards completion of post-professional doctorate will be considered.

ABPTS or other specialty certification preferred.

Previous teaching or guest lecture experience in physical therapy program preferred.

Minimum of 4 years of practice experience as a licensed physical therapist with a focus in neurological rehabilitation preferred.


Licensure or eligibility for licensure as a PT in the state of Texas.

A specialty certification in neurology is preferred.

Current CPR certification for all ages is required. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; and/or use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to taste or smell

This position requires standing/sitting for lectures, stooping, squatting, kneeling, getting up and down from the floor and lifting up to 50 lbs frequently.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Indoor state-of-the-art classroom teaching environment with 40 students/class.

Human cadaver gross anatomy laboratory teaching with 40 students/class.


This position is a Full-Time Exempt Level position with a teaching load at the Hardin-Simmons University campus. Must be willing to relocate to Abilene, Texas, or the surrounding area to teach in-person classes on the HSU Campus

Must have an maintain a valid Class C Driver’s License and maintain a clear driving record to be insurable under the university liability policy.

Must be able to drive to complete work assignments on and off campus, as needed.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.

EEO / ADA Statement:

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service.  HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.


HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin-Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions.