James Schanandore, PhD

Assistant Professor


Physical Therapy


PhD, North Dakota State University

BS, North Dakota State University

College Teaching Certificate, North Dakota State University

Contact Information

701-356-2136 ext. 5909

Office Hours




Dr. Schanandore is an associate professor at the University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program (UJPT). Schanandore has a PhD in Zoology from North Dakota State University (2015). Both the teaching and research components of Schanandore’s doctoral preparation developed expertise in human anatomy and physiology/pathology in both research and teaching.

From 2009-2015 Schanandore taught human anatomy and physiology to pre-professional students (Pre-OT, Pre-PT, Pre-Med, Pre-Pharm, Pre-Nursing) at North Dakota State University (NDSU). During his time at NDSU, he also received extra teaching training and completed a college teaching certificate.

After obtaining his PhD, Schanandore continued to teach human anatomy and physiology/pathology to pre-professional students at the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse (UWL). At UWL, Schanandore gained additional experience teaching human anatomy through the use of cadaver prosection as well as cadaver dissection.

In 2017, Schanandore was hired as an assistant professor at UJPT to teach the based science content including anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology found in various courses in the UJPT DPT curriculum.

Schanandore has two lines of scholarly research. The first has a non-physical therapy focus utilizing human anatomy and physiology to aid in the production of biological profiles for deceased individuals for both modern and historical human remains. This research is completed using diagnostic imaging described as forensic radiology. Schanandore’s non-PT research also includes consultant and collaboration work for Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium, Radiology department in the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and the North Dakota State Historical Society.

The second line of research focuses on physical therapy. This includes a focus in physical therapy teaching and learning, ultrasound imaging applications, and 3D printing applications. Schanandore is part of professional and institutional committees including the University of Jamestown IRB committee, UJPT assessment committee, and the CAPTE standards revision committee. He also provides service to the community by providing teaching support for North Dakota State University program for learning enhancement for Native American students. This includes the Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) and the Pre-Engineering Educations Collaborative (PEEC).