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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.

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




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) 


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.


Megan Kim, PT, DPT, ATC

Megan is a physical therapist with areas of interest in the acute care and pediatric settings. She is currently employed at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL, Our Kid's Playground in Weston, FL, and the Baudhuin Preschool in Davie, FL. She holds both a Doctor of physical therapy and a Bachelor's degree in athletic training from Nova Southeastern University. She is also a licensed athletic trainer, former 2-sport collegiate athlete, and Florida native.


Stephanie Fullerton, PT, DPT

Dr. Stephanie Fullerton  is an assistant professor and pre-physical therapy coordinator for the  Department of Human Performance and Sports Studies at Southeastern  University. She also spends time working in an outpatient clinic as Doctor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Fullerton is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT BIG) and enjoys working with the geriatric population.
Prior to becoming an assistant professor, Dr. Fullerton  worked full time as a clinician in outpatient geriatrics, orthopedics  and neurology. She graduated with her doctorate degree in Physical  Therapy from the University of South Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science in  Psychology from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Fullerton  lives in Brandon, Florida. She lives with her husband, three children  and dog. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and  yoga.

Kathleen Rockefeller, PT, ScD, MPH

Faculty Residency Coordinator 

Curriculum Vitae


Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT, CLT-LANA


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