PTA Adjunct Professor Spring and Summer 2022


Central Methodist University seeks PT/PTA practitioner applicants for the position of adjunct faculty instructor for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. The candidate will conduct themselves in a way to enable the program to achieve its purposes and advance the mission of Central Methodist University.  A successful candidate will demonstrate aptitude to implement instructional strategies, teach assigned courses, assess student learning, interact with program and departmental faculty to facilitate achievement of program and student outcomes.  This opening is for both Spring and Summer sessions.



The adjunct faculty position must be filled by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant licensed in the state of Missouri. This faculty member will contribute to the functioning of the PTA program through a variety of mechanisms including, but not limited to, teaching and course assessment. 

  • Respond to inquiries from students, College employees and customers in a timely manner; maintain confidentiality and privacy in accordance with the College, HIPAA, FERPA, student records, and any other protected documentation.
  • Teach courses in accordance with established objectives and syllabus; evaluate student learning. Provide continuity and reinforcement of the teaching/learning process throughout the curriculum. Collaborate with members of health agencies to maximize student learning while protecting patients. Develop, coordinate and maintain the department plan to assess student academic achievement.
  • Maintain and make available a current schedule to accommodate student learning needs. Teach lecture and laboratory courses and operate laboratory equipment. Establish and monitor safety practices within the classroom and laboratory and at clinical sites.
  • Create and pursue a plan to develop professional opportunities within the scope of work responsibilities, department, and College objectives. Open to pursuing developing education and knowledge base.
  • Participate in program assessment through data collection and analysis in accordance with the established program and institutional assessment plans.




Candidate must be a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. A graduate of an CAPTE accredited program, and must hold a current license to practice in the State of Missouri.

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy or a related field is required.
  • Must be currently licensed in Missouri as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • Must have a minimum of three years full-time, post-licensure clinical work experience in Physical Therapy.
  • Experience with student assessment in classroom or clinical settings preferred
  • Candidate must have experience with the PT/PTA relationship and experience supervising students in the PT clinical education environment. In addition, the ideal candidate will have contemporary expertise in assigned teaching areas.
  • Clinical expertise in the area of Orthopedic Rehabilitation preferred.



Ability to sit/stand for the duration of the class meetings.

Physically able to complete Physical Therapy professional workload

Operate classroom and audio-visual equipment.

Speak loudly and clearly enough to be understood by students.



Computer: Keyboarding skills, familiar with relevant software, ability to navigate the internet and MyCMU online interface.

Communication: PTA Adjunct Faculty must be able to utilize effective communication with peers, students and their families, and other educational providers. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ability to effectively interpret and process written and verbal information.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) with students, peers, clients/families, healthcare professionals, and others within the community.
  • Ability to access information and to communicate and document effectively via computer.
  • Ability to recognize, interpret, and respond to nonverbal behavior of self and others.
  • Consistently demonstrate a professional presentation that upholds the Central Methodist University mission statements and philosophy.

Behavior: PTA Adjunct Faculty must be capable of exercising good judgment, developing empathetic and therapeutic relationships with students, clients and others. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ability to work with multiple students/families and colleagues at the same time.
  • Ability to foster and maintain cooperative and collegial relationships with students and peers.
  • Ability to provide faculty leadership and support faculty development.

Critical Thinking: PTA Adjunct Faculty must possess sufficient abilities in the areas of calculation, critical problem solving, reasoning, and judgment to be able to comprehend and process information within a reasonable time frame as determined by the profession. The faculty member must be able to prioritize, organize, and attend to responsibilities efficiently. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ability to collect, interpret and analyze written, verbal and observed data.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, integrate information and make decisions.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of the principles, indications, and contraindications for nursing educational processes.
  • Ability to act safely and ethically in the classroom and in the community.



  • Sets and meets timelines; prioritizes own work and that of students.
  • Contributes to monitoring and evaluating of students
  • Seeks innovative, cost-effective solutions to programmatic, departmental, and institutional challenges.
  • Participates actively in appropriate state, regional and national professional organizations, as well as community groups.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of substantial higher education issues.

Candidates should submit an application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references, and unofficial transcript of graduate coursework.  Applications and instructions are located on the university website at

CMU Employees provide collegial, collaborative contributions to their areas and the University as a whole.  They should stimulate a harmonious, productive and inviting work environment that is customer service oriented.  Each must maintain a commitment to the mission and purposes of CMU.   Central Methodist University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.