Department Chair: Rehabilitation and Movement Science in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences


The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) seeks a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader to serve as Chair of our vibrant Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science (RMS). This is a combined tenure-track faculty position with administrative Chair responsibilities. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent academic doctorate and have the qualifications and experience to hold a senior faculty position. At UVM, the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science is comprised of several related disciplines which includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, physical activity and wellness science, integrative health, and emergency medicine programs.


We are seeking an individual who is an accomplished teacher-scholar with a clinical perspective, has experience in graduate education, and has achieved national recognition in their field. Leaders who are credentialed in a related discipline (as applicable) and eager for a dynamic opportunity to foster and implement growth and new initiatives are encouraged to apply. The RMS Department Chair is responsible for managing all aspects of academic leadership and administration within the department, including setting strategic direction, prioritizing initiatives, providing mentorship and faculty development opportunities, budgeting, fiscal management, developing curriculum with faculty, and overseeing and evaluating faculty and staff. The Chair is expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the University, maintain an active research program, and foster the growth and expansion of the department’s mission through mentorship of junior faculty.


The Department: The Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science is comprised of several related disciplines which includes professional doctorate programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy, a masters program in physical activity and wellness science, an undergraduate program in exercise science, and certificate programs in integrative health and emergency medicine programs. Faculty involvement in the college-based Ph.D. in Interprofessional Health Sciences also promotes our commitment to scholarship and mentoring.


Departmental facilities include the Human Motion Analysis laboratory which houses multiple force plates, EMG, and three-dimensional biomechanical equipment for static and dynamic human movement research; a physical activity and exercise behavior lab; and a neurophysiology lab that utilizes TMS and EEG.


The College: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is home to approximately 1,200 students in eight different health professions, comprising seven undergraduate and six graduate degree programs including an interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD. We are also the academic home of the Osher Center for Integrative Health at UVM, one of 11 Osher Centers for Integrative Health across the United States and Europe. The College is committed to inter-professional collaboration in research, education, and practice. We are part of an academic health sciences center including Vermont’s tertiary care hospital, the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) and the Larner College of Medicine, situated on or next to the University campus.


The University: Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution. UVM’s tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices.


The Community: UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic, and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.


Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority at the University of Vermont. CNHS is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. For more information regarding UVM’s diversity initiatives, please visit the President's web site at: http://www.uvm.edu/president. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.



About University of Vermont


Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Today, UVM is a Public Ivy and top research university of a perfect size, large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study, from bachelor’s to M.D. programs. Here, students’ educational experience and activities are enriched by our location — from the energy and innovation of Burlington to the forests, farms, and independent spirit of Vermont. UVM provides students endless ways to explore the world, challenge ideas, and dig in on the most pressing issues of our time.

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