Doctor of Occupational Therapy Faculty Position - Assistant/Associate Professor


Developing | Refining | Teaching

Briar Cliff University invites applications from individuals with a passion for working with rural and/or underserved communities and the desire to advance the role of occupational therapy in traditional and emerging settings for Assistant or Associate Professor for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program*. Briar Cliff University (BCU) is in the initial stages of developing the OTD program and has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). As the program is in the early stages of development, the position offers a unique opportunity for the faculty to help shape the curriculum offerings.

The Assistant/Associate Professor will be responsible for developing, refining, teaching, and assessing occupational therapy coursework to ensure integration of scope and content into the OTD curricular design. The position is a full-time (12-month) tenure-track core faculty member with standard professional responsibilities in teaching and advising (70%), service (15%), and professional development (15%) consistent with a regular faculty role and in alignment with the mission and philosophy of the developing Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. The expected start date is January 2023. 

Essential qualifications of for the position include: 

  • Earned post-professional doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy or related field (OTD, DrOT, DSc, EdD, ScD) awarded by an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). All but dissertation (ABD) candidates may be considered if they meet the minimum practice requirements below.
  • NBCOT Certification
  • Licensed occupational therapist who is licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Iowa
  • Minimum of 2 years of professional, clinical experience in occupational therapy
  • Strong leadership skills and a vision for excellence and interprofessional collaboration
  • Excellent communication, conflict management, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to develop, mentor, and maintain cooperative working relationships
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated skills in adult, learner-centered instructional methodology and technology
  • A commitment to the educational mission of Briar Cliff University
  • Able to work in a team environment, respectful of interdisciplinary activities

Experience preferred (but not required) for the position include:

  • Expertise in the following areas: Foundational Health Sciences related to Occupation, Foundational Occupation and Occupational Therapy Practice Courses, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Neuro/Cognitive Rehabilitation, Evidence-Based Practice and Scholarship, Clinical and Community Engaged Practice
  • Four or more years of post-licensure clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist
  • Prior teaching experience in an academic program
  • Experience in scholarly activity, curriculum design, and program evaluation
  • Evidence of active involvement in community and professional service
  • Prior experience in working with rural and underserved populations

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide 

1.     A cover letter outlining your experience as an occupational therapist in higher education and clinical practice/educator.

2.     A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas.

3.     The names of three professional references, including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will not be contacted without written permission.

Briar Cliff University is an equal opportunity employer. 

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