Collaborative Physical Therapy/ Neurology Assistant, Associate or Full Professor

VCU Health

The Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites applications for an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity to collaborate with the NIH funded Muscular Dystrophy Translational Research program to lead the development of protocols for the testing and clinical assessments of muscular dystrophies and support drafting and design of the grant and/ or protocol to conduct the study. It is important that the candidate is familiar with neurologic conditions and has prior knowledge of outcome assessment development. This candidate will also be teaching pediatric physical therapy courses in the DPT and PhD programs.  The candidate should have an earned research doctorate in a related field and be eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in Virginia.  Since seventy-five percent of the position is for research in collaboration with the Department of Neurology, the candidate should possess a strong desire to lead a dynamic multi-site team of physical therapists. Strong scientific skills for grant and manuscript preparation are important as well as interpersonal communication skills. The preferred candidate has 2-3 years clinical and teaching experience in pediatric settings. This position provides a significant opportunity to add to faculty diversity, a key priority of the departments. We are looking for experience or high potential for effectively and inclusively educating and mentoring students from under-represented minority and/or historically marginalized communities

Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Department of Physical Therapy is part of the College of Health Professions, an innovative, interdisciplinary college including a total of 11 units, in a state-of-the-art building that opened in Fall 2019 on the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) campus. The Department is a thriving academic unit accredited since 1931. The Department includes approximately 54 professional students per class pursuing a DPT, physical therapy graduate students pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences (REMS), 3 post-professional residencies, and extensive research laboratory space for pediatric and adult research of motor development, motor control, biomechanics, and human performance. The Department and the College of Health Professions value a culture of inclusion, diversity, and equity, and supports the development of a focused, productive, interdisciplinary, high-quality research program by all faculty members (see

VCU fosters connections to the community, inter-professional training of students and collaborative research between faculty and clinicians with roots tracing back to 1838. As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, VCU is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. VCU is located in Richmond, Virginia, an area rich in the foundation and history of our country. The University holds research-intensive and community-engaged designations from the Carnegie Foundation (with very high research activity, a designation accorded to fewer than 3% of degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $360 million.

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence and references will not be contacted without the candidate's permission. Applicants should upload a letter of application, CV, names and contact information of four references Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contributions to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion. To apply, please locate the position at

Contact Dr. Mary Shall (, Search Committee Chair if you have further inquiries. Please also visit the Department's website at   VCU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university and employer proving access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

Richmond, VA, United States
Job Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Location
On Site
Valid Through
01 Jul 2022
Posted On
21 Apr 2022

Organization Information

VCU Health

Leading health care more than 175 years in the making. Ranked a top 100 research university. One college and four health sciences schools. An academic medical center. A Level I trauma center. Region’s only full-service children’s hospital. More than 800 physicians in 200 specialties. With a community health center, dedicated research teams, facilities and valued partners in every field. Muscular Dystrophy Translational Research Program

WMS Twitter Feed
WMS Facebook Feed