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Faculty Residency Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is offering a non-clinical Faculty Residency Program, starting January 2019. 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.

The program has achieved candidate status for accreditation through APTA. Though achievement of candidate status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be accredited.

Why a 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




Miminum 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.)


  • Complete the faculty residency application form
  • Submit 2 professional references using professional reference form 
  • E mail completed application and professional references to:
    • Melissa Moran Tovin, PT, MA, PhD
      Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
      Director of Post-Professional Clinical Advancement
      Associate Professor
      Department of Physical Therapy
      Nova Southeastern University 


The tuition for the Faculty Residency Program is $4000, in the following increments:

  • $1000.00 upon acceptance to the Program
  • $1000.00 prior to Semester II
  • $1000.00 prior to Semester III
  • $1000.00 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.

Coming soon!

Now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 residency cycle! Applications are due by 10/31/18.

Complete the NSU Faculty Residency Application Form and Professional Reference Forms and e mail completed application and professional reference forms to Melissa Tovin, PT, MA, PhD, PCS at
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