Employment Opportunities

DeSales University invites applications for full-time faculty positions in our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. 

The program seeks candidates with experience in orthopedics, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, wound care, ethics and wellness/prevention to round out our plans for a team of 8 faculty colleagues to coordinate and direct our contemporary, integrated curriculum. 

The ideal candidates for these positions will have the opportunity to influence the development of the curriculum and will also participate in the design of our dedicated research lab, including selection of equipment to expand professional lines of scholarly inquiry. 

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What DeSales University has to Offer

  • The Gambet Center for Business and Healthcare Education with interactive technology embedded in every classroom and laboratory

  • A 5-bay medical simulation center and 8 standardized patient care treatment areas for case-based teaching

  • Newly renovated physical therapy classrooms, clinical skills and dedicated research laboratories fully equipped with interactive technology

  • Collaborative inter-professional teaching, practice and research opportunities with faculty  and students from our regionally and nationally recognized Physician Assistant and Nursing programs and with other faculty across the university

  • Planned service learning opportunities for DPT faculty and students through pro-bono student –run community clinics and medical mission experiences

  • Opportunities for continuing clinical practice in the healthcare-rich Lehigh Valley

About the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The new DPT program joins ranks with 7 other graduate programs at DeSales, including masters of science degrees in PA and nursing, and most recently the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical Leadership.  The DPT program is in developing status, with the goal of admitting a first class of 25-28 students beginning in the summer of 2014 pending successful approval of an Application for Candidacy to CAPTE. We are creating a dynamic program, based on a contemporary curriculum design. Our mission is to graduate an entry-level clinician with the capacity to demonstrate excellence in practice and strong inter-professional communication skills, a desire for servant-leadership, and an on-going passion for professional and personal learning. We are seeking educator-clinicians to join us in our mission to build an engaged and collegial faculty who value innovative, team-based approaches to learner-centered education. 

About the Campus

DeSales University is a Catholic university situated on a beautiful 480-acre campus in the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania, one hour north of Philadelphia and two hours west of New York City. The University has 3,245 students in its traditional day, graduate and evening programs. Founded in 1965 by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, the University provides students with a quality, broad-based, liberal arts, career-centered education. Inspired by our patron Saint Francis de Sales, our maxim “Be who you are and be that well” is the foundation of everything that happens here — a campus that thrives on respecting the individuality of students, faculty and staff, and strives to create an environment of gentleness, humility, dignity and honesty as we go about our daily activities. The healthcare community is extensive, offering a wide variety of professional practice opportunities in several major healthcare networks and other private practice settings within minutes of the campus.


Rank and salary are commensurate with the presentation of qualifications and experience as noted below: 

  • An earned doctorate (PhD, EdD, DSc, DHS) from an accredited institution in the sciences related to physical therapy or higher education. ABD candidates will be considered.

  • 3 to 5 years contemporary clinical practice expertise. Board certified clinical specialists preferred.

  • Prior teaching at the university level. Experience in curriculum development and the accreditation process preferred.

  • Licensed or eligible for physical therapy licensure in Pennsylvania.

  • Active membership in the American Physical Therapy Association.

Application Process

Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until all positions are filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit: (1) an introductory letter of interest, (2) current curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, (4) contact information for three professional references to the Program Director, Dr. Kay Malek at kay.malek@desales.edu. For more information about the DPT program or the positions, Dr. Malek may be contacted directly at (610) 282-1100, extension 1839. 

DeSales University is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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