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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.


Justine St. Cin, PT, DPT
Dr. Justine St. Cin earned her physical therapy doctorate from the University of Florida in 2012. She has accrued vast clinical experience in inpatient acute care, home health, and both hospital-based and private practice outpatient settings. Travel has enabled Justine to have multi-state exposure to diverse patient populations including Florida, Alabama, Hawaii, Texas, and Virginia. She has developed a strong interest in hospital team collaboration to maximize patient outcomes especially in critically ill and complex ICU patients. During her time at the Cleveland Clinic and Mobile Infirmary hospitals, she treated patients with various cardiovascular, neurologic, orthopedic, oncologic, and post-surgical conditions. Justine currently serves as an acute care physical therapist in the University of Miami Health System and is also a teaching assistant for the University of Miami Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.


LeAnne Vincent, PT, MSPT
LeAnne Vincent is a physical therapist with over 18 years of clinical experience working with the pediatric population in the outpatient setting. She earned her Master of Science degree from USF in 2003. LeAnne developed a passion for the pediatric population during that time when volunteering with Kid-Pro Therapy Services during their gymnastic program geared towards socialization and building coordination for those diagnosed with autism. She continued working with these children and the therapists from this center after graduation because this was the start of her first career in pediatrics. LeAnne did make a move to work with adults in the adult rehabilitation setting where she worked for HealthSouth for 5 years doing inpatient rehabilitation eventually becoming a supervising PT for 3.5 years. While in this setting, she became a clinical instructor and is APTA certified. She has been working for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in their Pasco Outpatient Care Center now for 11 years. For the past 2 years she has been involved as a data collector during patient care for an IRB study on the prevalence between torticollis and GERD, lead by one of your co-workers. LeAnne’s primary patients are those typically 5 and under with developmental delays and infants with torticollis. She continues to serve as a clinical instructor for PT and PTA students and has a passion for clinical education. Special interest includes continuing to work with the JHACH Torticollis Specialty Team for finding Best Practice Guidelines and continuing to foster a working relationship with university DCEs by serving as a clinical instructor.

Kathleen Rockefeller, PT, ScD, MPH

Faculty Residency Coordinator 

Curriculum Vitae


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



Stacy K. Campbell, PT, MPH



Amie Rosenfeld, PT


Megan Kim, PT, DPT, ATC

2020 Alumni


Stephanie Fullerton, 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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