Head, Department of Physical Therapy

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for the position of Head, Department of Physical Therapy at UBC. This position is for a five (5) year term with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review and is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to the University who is currently in a tenure stream faculty appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor in the Professoriate or Educational Leadership stream. The anticipated start date is December 1, 2022, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine is committed to fostering excellence in education, research, and service that contributes to the health of individuals and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. The Faculty of Medicine, together with its partners including B.C.’s Health Authorities, provides innovative programs in the areas of health and life sciences through a province-wide delivery model. The Faculty teaches students at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels and generates more than $350 million in research funding each year. The Department Head will provide leadership by creating and advancing a provincial departmental mission, strategic plan and goals that align with the Faculty and the University. The Head will create an environment that promotes the Faculty’s values of excellence, mutual respect, caring, and integrity where civility, diversity, opportunity, and inclusion are valued and central to all encounters across the Faculty, the University, and the communities.

The Department is currently comprised of 19 full-time faculty members, including one Endowed Chair and 4 Canada Research Chairs, over 152 clinical faculty and 24 support staff. There are 200 professional entry-level Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) students, over 60 graduate students in the research graduate program, and 10 postdoctoral research fellows. The Department has a strong research culture with approximately $5 million of Primary Investigator grant funding in 2020-21. Physical Therapy faculty members have research affiliations with hospital-based institutes including Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (www.vchri.ca), Providence Health Care Research Institute (www.providenceresearch.ca), university-based centres and institutes (www.ubc.ca/directories/institutescentres.html), as well as many other collaborative opportunities.

The successful candidate will bring a proven track record in academic and/or administrative leadership roles, demonstrated success in supporting the career development and mentorship of faculty members, demonstrated excellence in teaching and commitment to graduate education, and demonstrated excellence in research and/or educational scholarship in an area related to Physical Therapy. The candidate will also have demonstrated experience in team building, fostering engagement and promoting inclusivity across the working and learning environment.

A more detailed job description is available in the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Medicine for those who wish to review it. Please enquire at the email address below.

A letter of application that addresses scholarly, professional and creative work, teaching, administrative service, experience fostering collaboration, inclusiveness equity and diversity, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, and names of four references, should be directed to:

Dermot Kelleher, MB, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci, FCAHS, FRCPC, AGAF
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice President, Health, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
c/o Nadia Sheikh, Assistant Manager, Searches and Reviews
Email: fom.searches@ubc.ca
Subject Line: Head, Department of Physical Therapy

Review of applications will begin May 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.