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Director of Student Affairs - Asst/Assoc Professor

Hawai`i Pacific University
Full Time

Director of Student Affairs - Assistant/Associate Professor

Hawai`i Pacific University is seeking candidates for a full-time Director of Student Affairs (DSA) at the rank of assistant or associate professor for its developing hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. This accelerated two-year DPT program is a blend of online and on-campus activities which allows the faculty member to live remote to the HPU campus. However, DPT faculty members must be able to travel and stay in Honolulu for designated time periods each academic term.

Under the general direction of the DPT Program Director, the DSA will cultivate a course of professional growth in the administration of physical therapy student affairs and as a teacher and scholar while performing service to the department, college, university, and community.  They will engage in scholarship activities, with priority for those which engage and enhance the academic and professional development of students.  Their primary field of instruction will be physical therapy in the specialty area of the successful candidate.  They are required to maintain competence in the academic field by remaining current in physical therapy practice and in the most effective instructional methods for DPT education.   They will demonstrate effectiveness in the synthesis, interpretation, and communication of new knowledge. 

Successful candidates should possess excellent communication skills and strong computer skills to meet the needs of our online didactic instructional format. We desire a team-oriented colleague who is willing and able to collaborate and share instructional methods and student-leaing activities. We are eager to identify candidates who show a genuine appreciation of evidence-based teaching, integration of technology within the classroom, and building a student-centered community within the online classroom. 

The successful candidate serving in the role of DSA is expected to the develop and oversee the coaching and mentoring activities within the DPT program. The ideal candidate should be able to relate well with students and develop individualized strategies for student success. Specifically, the DSA functions in the DPT program include student orientation, progression and retention, and coaching/advisement. DSA responsibilities include forming faculty/student coaching groups for each DPT cohort, facilitating election of coaching group student leaders, training faculty coaches, and ensuring ongoing faculty compliance with the coaching program.

As DSA, they must work to integrate all students (remote and local) into the culture of Hawaii and HPU and serve as the primary point of contact for student issues related to distance leaing. The DSA will also serve as the DPT program liaison with HPU Student Services. Additionally, the DSA will work with faculty and students to address academic and non-academic emergencies or urgent issues.

The DSA serves as Chair of Administration Committee, this Committee will oversee student advisement/coaching, academic progression and retention, professional behaviors, scholarships and awards, and provide recommendations to the Program Director and faculty for informed decision-making. This Committee is also responsible for maintaining program-related policies and procedures.

Additionally, the successful candidate will understand higher education and contemporary clinical practice appropriate for leadership in physical therapy education; knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting didactic and clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy. The candidate should be licensed or eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in Hawaii or the state of residence.

We seek a collegial individual who either has a terminal academic doctorate in a discipline appropriate for teaching responsibilities (Ph.D., Ed.D, D.Sc., etc.) or a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (or tDPT), with specialist certification.

In addition to administrative, instructional and scholarly activity, they will participate in commencement, convocations and other university-wide events, and department and collegiate meetings in the week before the start of academic terms.  Faculty presence and engagement is expected during academic terms that faculty have teaching responsibilities.

This is a full-time, 12-month (36-credit) exempt faculty position with up to 18 credits of teaching over the calendar year with instructional terms in spring, summer, and fall.  Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications. Regular travel to the state of Hawaii is required.

Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) is a private, non-profit institution of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. Founded in 1965, it is Hawaii’s largest private university with its core campus in the heart of Honolulu’s business district.

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