The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose University offers a number of continuing education opportunities in collaboration with the Quad City Consortium for Continuing Education, which includes Genesis Health System, UnityPoint Health, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, and the Children's Therapy Center.
Faculty Opportunities and Possibilities in a Physical Therapy Department – From Adjunct to Professor
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, St. Ambrose University Center for Health Sciences Education, Room 180
The need for highly qualified faculty members within physical therapy education programs is great with additional shortages predicted into 2025. This shortage can be attributed to growth in education programs, faculty retirements, and barriers to gaining the education and training needed for faculty positions. The goal of this one day workshop is to stimulate attendees’ interest in faculty roles (full time or part time) and seek out further education to qualify for the faculty positions. The topics of department and university structure, faculty roles, faculty expectations, terminal degrees and qualifications for faculty, and opportunities in physical therapy education will be discuss. Instructors will use lecture, small group activities, panel presentations, and discussion to share information.
At the completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to
1. Describe the structure of universities, colleges, and physical therapy departments and how they differ based on the mission of the institution.
2. Describe expectations and requirements of full time physical therapy department faculty members and how they differ based on the mission of the institution.
3. Differentiate the typical faculty roles and expectations with each role in a physical therapy department.
a. Core faculty
b. Program administrator
c. Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education/Director of Clinical Education
d. Associated faculty
e. Clinical education faculty
4. Identify the importance of training physical therapists to be primary investigators in rehabilitation research.
5. Differentiate terminal degrees (PhD, EdD, DSc, ScD, DHS) and areas of study/certification that may qualify an individual for a core faculty position.
6. Seek roles as guest instructors, lab assistants, or adjunct faculty in a physical therapy department based on current qualifications.
7. Take steps to investigate and enroll in a terminal degree program related to physical therapy.
Attendees should complete the two reading assignments. Once registered, readings will be emailed to attendees.
|8:00-8:30||Introduction and Issues in Physical Therapy Education|
|8:30-9:15||University Structure and Mission|
|9:15-10:00||Faculty Roles and Expectations|
|10:15-11:00||Criteria and Training Requirements|
|11:00-11:30||Terminal Degrees Options|
|11:30-12:15||The Development of an Independent Scientist|
|12:15-1:00||Lunch provided with Presenters Faculty and Panelists|
|1:00-2:15||Panel 1 Discussion: Full Time Faculty Roles and Terminal Degrees|
|2:30-3:30||Panel 2 Discussion: Part time involvements|