Fresno State campus

Physical Therapy - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Health Sciences

California State University, Fresno

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy
Assistant / Associate Professor

Tenure Track Fall 2023

The Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Fresno is accepting applications for one tenure track position at the Assistant Professor or the Associate Professor rank.

The successful candidate will conduct clinical research and teach in at least two of the following areas of expertise: biomechanics, prosthetics, and orthotics, and oversee students in our Gait, Balance, and Mobility Clinic and/or our Musculoskeletal Care Clinic. Additional responsibilities include scholarly activities, advising students, student doctoral project supervision, curriculum development, collaborative research, service at all levels of the university, and community outreach.  Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D., DSc, EdD) in Physical Therapy or a closely related discipline.

Required Experience:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  2. A minimum of three years of clinical experience in physical therapy practice
  3. Evidence of success in teaching expertise in at least two of the areas: biomechanics, movement science/functional kinesiology prosthetics and orthotics, and clinical experience to assume a role as a clinical instructor for doctoral students in one or both of the on-campus clinics performing foundational evaluation and treatment
  4. Demonstrate ability to utilize technology to enhance instruction and student learning for example,  online and hybrid environments, tablet-enhanced instruction, and flipped classroom methodologies
  5. Evidence of success in research with an established line that is reflective of teaching expertise
  6. Must be licensed in California or must be licensed in California by 8/17/2023 to supervise students in campus clinics

Required for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor:

  1. Evidence of strong and continued experience and accomplishments in teaching, and scholarly productivity equivalent to the rank of Associate.

Preferred Experience:

  1. Evidence of experience attracting external funding
  2. Active participation or leadership roles in the profession of Physical Therapy or relevant professional organizations including leadership in a clinic or a research setting
  3. Greater than 5 years of clinical experience and preferred experience supervising students in clinical settings

Application Procedures:  To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. Apply online at

 Application Review Date:  Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Attach the following:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications;
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. List of three professional references
  4. Diversity Statement

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline.  The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  1. Unofficial and official transcripts from your doctoral program
  2. Three current letters of recommendation

Committee Information:

Search Chair:   Cheryl Hickey, PT, MPT, MS, EdD
                       Department of Physical Therapy / DPT
                       College of Health and Human Services

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

About the College and Department:

The Department of Physical Therapy at Fresno State has a well-established and respected Doctoral program. Our faculty members have diverse clinical and research expertise across the lifespan, including pediatric, adolescent, and aging populations of the culturally diverse Central Valley.  Faculty research initiatives are broad and collaborative with faculty from across the University, including kinesiology, nursing, public health, engineering, and communicative disorders (details available at In addition to grant support, faculty have received both assigned time and funding through the Chancellor, Provost, and College Awards.  Faculty research and faculty-led student projects have won numerous awards over the last several years.

Department classrooms and laboratories include state-of-the-art equipment to support both teaching and research, including two research laboratories, the Gait Analysis Movement Evaluation Laboratory, and the Pediatrics Research Laboratory.  The Gait lab is currently equipped to do both Biomechanical research with technology that includes an Optotrak Camera System, Kistler Force Plates, Noraxon EMG System, CMI Humac Isokinetic Dynamometer; as well as cardiopulmonary or physiological research with technology that includes the TrueOne Metabolic Measurement System, Montara EKG Instrument and Treadmill, and Spirometer and GE Logiq e Ultrasound.  

Our faculty also has access to the College Human Performance Laboratory housed in the Department of Kinesiology and to the College’s Department of Nursing's Knorr Patient Simulation Lab.  We have two on-site clinics (Gait, Balance & Mobility Center, and Musculoskeletal Care Clinic within the University Student Health Center) that provide a unique opportunity for our doctoral PT students to integrate classroom teaching into patient care throughout the curriculum. The program also has a human cadaver laboratory with a filtered ventilation system and an overhead dissecting camera system.  In Fall 2015 the Department moved into its new state-of-the-art building, with expanded facilities including two additional large teaching laboratories, as well as new faculty /staff offices, and student/faculty conference spaces.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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