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Faculty Residency Program Overview

The mission of the NSU PT Faculty Residency Program is to develop well-prepared, competent faculty by providing a supportive, mentored environment in a manner that fosters excellence in teaching, service, scholarship, and governance in academia. The 18 month program consists of a didactic portion which focuses on interactive learning in 4 key pillars of academia: teaching, scholarship, service and academic governance. Residents receive one to one mentoring with a physical therapy faculty member as they integrate the didactic components of the curriculum into academic experiences. The curriculum is delivered in a hybrid format (i.e., primarily distance with some face-to-face components), allowing residents to work full-time while enrolled in the program. Mentored teaching, research, and service experiences will be customized, based on the resident’s career development goals.

NSU values diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, philosophy, gender, physical characteristics, socioeconomic status, age, and sexual orientation. It also includes differences in views, interpretations, and reactions, with mutual respect for all. Diversity makes NSU a stronger university and enriches a learning environment focused on preparing individuals to live and work in a global society. NSU is recognized as a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).  

NSU's Faculty Residency Program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education as a post professional non-clinical residency program since 2019.

Currently, there is a shortage of qualified physical therapy faculty resulting in a need for a talented and diverse group of physical therapists who want to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of therapists. A faculty residency is one strategy to provide a supportive mentored environment to facilitate the development of new faculty.

The need for planned development is noted by leaders in the profession:

  • “Many core faculty begin academic positions with excellent clinical skills but little knowledge of teaching and learning. Without comprehensive development plans and mentorship, they often experience difficultly that results not only in their lack of success, but also in poor student outcomes.” Claire Peel, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • “The residency can provide a solid foundation in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as in legal, ethical, and governance issues in education—much like other clinical residencies prepare novice clinicians for advanced practice. Well-prepared faculty will ultimately improve the quality of education and student learning outcomes.” Barbara Sanders, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Please review the American Board of Physical therapy Residency and Fellowship Education Description of Residency Practice
- Faculty Residency.


This 18-month residency program begins in January and consists of four semesters of coursework accompanied by mentorship from experienced faculty members. Major content areas include:

Teaching: educational theory, curriculum design, instructional delivery, student assessment

  • Scholarship: research design, grant writing, policies and regulation of research, dissemination
  • Service: faculty roles, types of service, committee work, influence of service on teaching/learning
  • Governance: classification and structure of academic institutions, promotion, accreditation, academic legal and ethical issues, collaboration, advisement

Coursework is accompanied by individual mentorship from an experienced faculty member, designed to fit the needs of the individual resident.

During the last half of the Program residents will be assigned to teach in a course in the NSU Professional DPT curriculum. This experience will be in collaboration with faculty mentors.


  • Art & Science of Teaching & Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Mentorship & Practice I


  • Step into Scholarship
  • NSU Grant Education
  • IRB Training
  • Mentorship & Practice II


  • Leadership & Management
  • Mentorship & Practice III


  • Conflict Prevention & Management
  • Mentorship & Practice IV




Minimum Requirements  

  • A physical therapist who holds a valid and current US physical therapist license
  • Desire to transition into an academic role or develop as a novice academician
  • Evidence of teaching experience, such as serving as a CI or CCCE, lab assistant, adjunct faculty, employee training, continuing educations/in-services

Preferred Attributes  

  • Current member of the APTA
  • Exhibit leadership qualities, effective communication skills and evidence of motivation, accountability and self-directed behavior
  • Display strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate experience and/or interest in conducting research (e.g., case reports, faculty guided research, data collection, data analysis, attending journal club/grand rounds, etc.)


All candidates must apply through the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (RFPTCS) 


Graduation Rate

Rate of Employment as Faculty in CAPTE accredited DPT or PTA program post-graduation

1 Year Post-Graduation Special Accomplishments (scholarship, governance, teaching, service)












Publications in refereed journals- 2

Professional presentations (National) – 2

Administrative/Director role- 2

Board-certified clinical specialist- 1







Professional presentations (National) – 2

Administrative/Director role- 1

Board-certified clinical specialist- 1


The tuition for the Faculty Residency Program is $5,000, in the following increments:

  • $1250.00 upon acceptance to the Program
  • $1250.00 prior to Semester II
  • $1250.00 prior to Semester III
  • $1250.00 prior to Semester IV

Additional costs may be associated with textbooks and other study materials.

Resident is responsible for travel costs associated with on-campus hours (Tampa or Fort Lauderdale).

Resident should have regular access to a computer/tablet with hardware and software which can support completion of the Program requirements.


Picture of Resident Terry Larson

Terry Larson, PT, DPT


Terry Larson, PT, DPT, obtained a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2004 from the University of South Florida, and in 2008, she earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine.

Currently, Terry is in the dissertation phase of a Doctorate in Education specializing in Instructional Technology, in which she is exploring the effectiveness of flipped learning for physical therapist assistant students. Clinical experience includes nineteen years as a physical therapist in various clinical settings, such as outpatient, acute care, and pelvic health. Her primary areas of concentration are outpatient orthopedics and pelvic health.

Academically, Dr. Larson's experience includes six years as the Director of Clinical Education and two years as the Program Director at the physical therapist assistant level.  In addition, she is an associate faculty member of the DPT Programs at Bowling Green State University, Hanover College, and Augustana University. Terry has also served as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education for the DPT program at the Tampa Campus since July 2023.


Sheila Madden, PT, DPT, PCS,


Sheila Madden, PT, DPT, PCS, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota DPT program in 2008. As a military spouse, she has gained extensive experience in pediatric physical therapy across different locations in the United States. Currently residing in Hawai'i on the island of O'ahu, she is a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist and practices at a pediatric outpatient play-based clinic. 

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Madden is an adjunct faculty member at Hawai'i Pacific University's DPT program. She actively contributes to the professional community as a member of the APTA PCS Prep Committee and serves as a faculty member for the APTA Pediatric Certified Specialist (PCS) Exam Preparation Course. 

Dr. Madden's passion for pediatric physical therapy and teaching extends beyond her clinical and academic roles. She hosts the podcast 'Pushing Pediatrics,' where she educates and engages listeners on various topics including preparing for the PCS exam and all things related to pediatric physical therapy.


Annette Wilgens, PT, MA, EdD

Faculty Residency Coordinator



Coral Gubler, PT, PhD, ATC



 Morey J. Kolber, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS*D, Cert. MDT, TSAC-F





Melissa Tovin, PT, MA, PhD, CEEAA, PCS



Ryan Monti, PT, DPT, SCS

2023 Alumni


Amanda Pipkin, PT, DPT, SCS

2023 Alumni


Stacy K. Campbell, PT, MPH

2021 Alumni



Amie Rosenfeld, PT

2021 Alumni


Megan Kim, PT, DPT, ATC

2020 Alumni


Stephanie Eton, PT, DPT

2020 Alumni

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Nova Southeastern University Post-Professional Physical Therapy Residency Programs comply with applicable federal, state, and local regulations including non-discrimination, privacy, confidentiality policies, and equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. NSU admits residents of any race, color, religion or creed, sex, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, nondisqualifying disability, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, military service, veteran status, political beliefs or affiliations. 

Visit the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RFPTCAS) to apply.

*Note: Admissions and enrollment decisions are made on a rolling basis.   

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