Clinical Faculty

UBC Clinical Faculty members are practicing health professionals, licensed by their respective College, who hold faculty term appointments at UBC.

Clinical Faculty play an important role in the Department of Physical Therapy. Through their contributions to the educational and research programs of the department, and through their leadership within their respective organizations, they advance the profession of physiotherapy and serve as role models and mentors for physiotherapy students. The purpose of appointing Clinical Faculty is to recognize and reward these contributions to the University of British Columbia, and the Department of Physical Therapy.

Clinical Educators who supervise students, served on a UBC committee, or taught in the Master of Physical Therapy program are eligible to apply for a clinical faculty appointment. Applications are typically reviewed by committee every spring and should be submitted prior to March 15 in order to be considered in the spring committee meeting.

Clinical Faculty appointments in the Department of Physical Therapy are unpaid, but come with other benefits, including:

  • A UBC email account and access to UBC web resources
  • Priority for available teaching opportunities
  • A UBC library card and access to the online library
  • Travel discounts
  • UBC bookstore discounts
  • Academic services and resources
  • Representation of the Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee

For more information about the services and perks available to UBC clinical faculty, click here.

Contributions to the Department that contribute to eligibility for a clinical faculty appointment include for example:

  • Supervision of students on clinical placement
  • Teaching activities in the Master of Physical Therapy program (e.g., teaching assistant, module instructor/facilitator, guest lecturer, clinical skills assistant)
  • Serving on a committee(s)
  • Facilitation of interprofessional curriculum

 

Applicants normally progress through Clinical Faculty ranks as follows:

  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Clinical Professor.

 

For the guidelines that govern requirements for each rank:

All new appointments will  be at the rank of Clinical Instructor unless there is previous teaching experience, experience and evidence that supports an appointment at a higher rank, or specialized qualifications of value to the teaching programs of the University. If you wish to discuss applying for an initial appointment at a higher rank than Clinical Instructor, please contact our department to obtain the requirement for the rank that you are seeking.


New applicants for Clinical Instructor appointments are required to submit the following:

  1. A Faculty of Medicine (FoM) Application for Clinical Faculty Appointment form* (PDF or Word).
    • Please note: UBC is required to collect evidence that you are legally entitled to be in Canada (e.g., confirmation of social insurance number (or a confirmation of a SIN/work permit, for foreign citizens)). See page one of the application for information.
    • If more room is needed to list supervisory and teaching experience please complete Appendix A: Supervision & Teaching.
  2. A Supervisor/Employer Support Form.
    • If you do not have a supervisor/employer, you may ask a colleague or peer to fill it out this form.

New applicants requesting appointments to all other ranks (Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, or Clinical Professor) are required to submit the following:

  • An FoM Application for Clinical Faculty Appointment form* (PDF or Word).
    • Please note: UBC is required to collect evidence that you are legally entitled to be in Canada (e.g., confirmation of social insurance number (or a confirmation of a SIN/work permit, for foreign citizens)). See page one of the application for information.
    • If more room is needed to list supervisory and teaching experience please complete Appendix A: Supervision & Teaching.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) using the UBC CV template.
    • Please note: Submitting your CV is indicated as ‘preferred’ in the FoM application; however, it is a requirement of the Department of Physical Therapy to submit your CV in the UBC CV format.
    • Please review the Department of Physical Therapy CV Guidelines, to assist with CV completion.
    • In section 7 of the CV, applicants should include any clinical placement supervision for Master of Physical Therapy students and teaching through Continuing Education activities.
  • A Supervisor/Employer Support Form.
    • If you do not have a supervisor/employer, you may ask a colleague or peer to fill it out this form.
  • A Letter with Rationale to support their application for applying to a higher rank.

 

*Please ensure you are using the latest version of the FoM application form--February 2021 (This form was updated after an issue with a field value in the previous form. The January 2021 form is also acceptable, however there will be an issue with the phone number field.)

Existing clinical faculty members who wish to apply for a promotion in rank are required to submit a CV in UBC CV format (UBC CV template.)

  • See the Department of Physical Therapy’s CV Guidelines to assist with CV completion.

Submit completed applications to pt.educators@ubc.ca.

Applications are reviewed once per year, during the spring Department Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee meeting, usually held in April. Submit applications by March 15 to be considered at the meeting.

Notifications will be sent as soon as results are processed, which may take up to two months.


Please view the Faculty of Medicine’s Clinical Faculty Appointments and Promotions page, or contact us with any additional questions.