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Director, School of Physical Therapy, Western University


Applications are invited for the position of Director, School of Physical Therapy ( in the Faculty of Health Sciences ( The School of Physical Therapy is a research-intensive unit with innovative professional and graduate programs. Physical Therapy research aligns well with Faculty and University strategic investments, including Western’s Bone and Joint Institute, Brain and Mind Institute, and Institute for Earth and Space Exploration. The School is home to the Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) program; the Masters of Clinical Science program with fields of study in Manipulative Therapy, Wound Healing, Interprofessional Pain Management, and Applied Health Sciences; and leads the Physical Therapy Field in the MSc and PhD programs in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, including the combined MPT PhD program. The School includes three research Chairs and has very strong clinical and academic partners within the London community with international recognition (e.g. Hand & Upper Limb Center, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic and Parkwood Institute). The School also holds active research links with the four Research Centers in the Faculty, including the Canadian Center for Activity and Aging, the Center for Research in Health Equity and Social Inclusion, the National Center for Audiology and the International Center for Olympic Studies.

The School of Physical Therapy is seeking a visionary Director; able to inspire and expand research, innovation, and collaboration; and a strong communicator to continue to foster a collegial and high performing culture. The Director will have a track record of facilitating research performance and a personal record of high quality research achievement. Essential qualities also include a passion for learning and teaching, the capacity to manage change, resources and people, and an excellent ability to work constructively with external stakeholders. The preferred candidate will hold a degree in physical therapy and a doctorate in a related discipline and will possess the qualifications to be appointed to a tenured academic position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Exceptional candidates with other academic qualifications will be considered. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The effective date of the appointment is July 1, 2020 or as negotiated. The term of the Director appointment is five years, renewable.

Western University ( is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. The park-like campus includes a world-renowned teaching hospital with excellent transportation links and cutting-edge research and teaching facilities. London is a thriving city of 385,000 people, located midway between Toronto and Detroit. With parks, river valleys, tree-lined streets, and bicycle paths, London is known as the “Forest City” and boasts an international airport, galleries, theatre, music and sporting events (see

Interested applicants should submit a covering letter and a curriculum vitae outlining their research, teaching, and administrative experience along with three academic references with contact information to:

Dr. S. Jayne Garland, Professor and Dean
Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University
200J - Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B9

As part of your submission, applicants are also required to complete the application form available at: .

Review of applications will begin after September 20, 2019.
Please quote number HS 200 on all correspondence.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identify or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Dr. Jayne Garland at