Occupational Therapy Assistant Program - Adjunct Faculty

  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • Jun 08, 2024
Part time / Adjunct Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology Social & Behavioral Sciences

Job Description


Occupational Therapy Assistant Program - Adjunct Faculty

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program - Adjunct Faculty


Job ID: 1684


June 5, 2024


Department: Employee Group: Adjunct Faculty


Schedule: Part-time


Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract


Reports to: Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences


Posting Closes: Open until filled




GRCC is seeking faculty who possess an interest in working with diverse student populations from a wide range of ages, ethnicities, national origins, and abilities; engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development; and provide service to our students, the college, and our community at large. NOTE: This role will teach OT 215: Supplemental Practice Skills for Occupational Therapy


Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work as well as work associated with the School of Health Sciences and GRCC as a whole. In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communication skills, collaborate effectively, use personal initiative to overcome obstacles, and work efficiently to meet deadlines. In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values.


Only adjunct faculty living in the state of Michigan can teach in person and virtual classes for GRCC.




Major responsibilities:


  • Provides instruction in theories, principles and methods in manual and neurorehabilitation approaches commonly used for OT assessment and intervention.


  • Instruct students on how to situate the methods within the scope of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and examine evidence for their effectiveness.


  • Maintain accurate course records and submit related reports as requested.


  • Effectively assess student performance.


  • Create a safe and inclusive learning environment for students.


  • Utilize multiple strategies to facilitate learning, i.e. small group work, workshops, etc.


  • Incorporate new technologies and methods that enhance teaching and learning into his/her instructional methods.


  • Support the Department and College through other work normally expected of adjunct faculty members.



Curriculum Development


  • Facilitates students' learning through lectures, discussions, practical and laboratory exercise or clinical experiences.


  • Assist in the review of media and published resources and select class readings of supplemental materials.


  • Evaluates and addresses student learning needs within their social and cultural context.


  • Plans and prepares course materials to include syllabi, teaching/learning handouts, and questions for group discussion.


  • Prepares evaluation materials and measures student attainment of stated course objectives.


  • Develops and maintains proficiency in teaching areas through continuing education and/or practice.


  • Participates in curriculum development.


  • Evaluates and incorporates emerging research findings into teaching and research.


Marginal Job Functions



  • Incorporate new technologies and methods that enhance teaching and learning into their instructional strategies.


  • Maintain professional certifications if applicable.


  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of students from diverse backgrounds with various abilities.


  • Model teamwork and actively collaborate with faculty and staff to complete tasks, meet goals, and manage projects.


  • Actively listen to colleagues and respect their ideas; work collaboratively to improve processes.


  • Contribute to program accreditation processes and reports as determined by the Program Director.


  • Support the department and the college through other work generally expected of GRCC adjunct faculty members.


  • Adhere to college processes, policies, and contractual obligations.




Education Credentials



  • Licensed in the state of Michigan as either an Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant


  • Master's degree in Occupational Therapy or related field preferred, Bachelor's degree in related field required.


  • Meets professionally recognized standards related to physical strength, mobility, hearing, visual discrimination, coordination, manual dexterity and communication skills.


  • Demonstrates the mental health necessary to safely engage in the practice of


  • Occupational Therapy as determined by professional standards of practice.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of 1 years of relevant work experience demonstrating subject matter expertise in Occupational Therapy and fieldwork experiences


  • Community college teaching experience or experience teaching adult learners is preferred but not required.


  • Participate in professional development and/or continuous improvement activities to remain current in the field.


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities



  • Excellent pedagogical skills.


  • High energy level with enthusiasm for and interest in supporting students, faculty and staff, and the community.


  • Maintaining absolute confidentiality (understanding FERPA and HIPAA laws and requirements).


  • Ability to effectively use data.


  • Excellent leadership and organization skills.


  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; work effectively with diverse populations.


  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving abilities.


  • Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations.


  • Demonstrate professionalism, courtesy, and proper appearance for a healthcare professional.


  • Working knowledge of Learning Management Systems (BlackBoard or Canvas preferred).


Physical Demands


Demonstrate and assist/support students with:



  • Physical Strength ' A therapist will assist in transferring patients to or from wheelchairs, floors, mats, toilets, cars, beds, bathtubs, and showers. Other transfers may be required. The patients may be paralyzed or have some degree of incapacity such as poor balance, strength, coordination and endurance. The therapist may also have to move equipment, patients in wheelchairs, woodworking tools and craft equipment.


  • Mobility ' In the course of performing duties in occupational therapy, a therapist will be expected to stand, lift, reach, bend, stretch, provide support and stability, and perform activities on a floor mat. Sufficient independent mobility within the architectural environment is necessary. A therapist must move quickly in an emergency, may have to quickly move patients, and may also perform treatment in a standing position over a long period of time.


  • Hearing ' A therapist should have the ability to hear faint sounds from a distance of four feet ' approximately the distance between a patient seated in a wheelchair and a person in a standing position next to the wheelchair. A therapist may be required to hear sounds such as those emitted by an electric hand saw, electric drill, motorized wheelchair, and blood pressure (using a stethoscope).


  • Visual Discrimination ' A therapist should have sufficient vision to differentiate movements, read markings on instruments and measuring devices, and read newspaper small print.


  • Coordination ' Sufficient motor skills, eye-hand coordination skills, manipulative skills and sensory function in one upper extremity may be needed by a therapist to assist with therapeutic activities. Many other therapeutic activities require dexterity, manipulation, strength and body flexibility to perform.


  • Manual Dexterity ' A therapist should have sufficient fine motor skills to manipulate objects and people safely. Manual dexterity to fabricate splints, to assist a patient in the completion of therapeutic projects/activities, and to demonstrate fine motor movements is also required.


  • Communication Skills ' A therapist must be able to communicate orally and in writing. For example, a therapist must be able to read and give directions and to record health data regarding patients.


  • Some evening work (grading, preparing for class, responding to email questions) will be needed.


  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.


Mental Demands



  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.


  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability.


  • A commitment to serve the Kent County community.


  • Demonstrated responsiveness, initiative, and organizational and problem-solving abilities.


  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties.


  • A willingness and an ability to learn college systems.


  • High energy level with enthusiasm and an interest in helping and supporting students and colleagues.


  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.


  • Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a professional manner.


Working Conditions



  • Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Compliance information is available on our policies website.


  • Physical classroom environment in an academic setting.


  • Online or virtual academic environment.




GRCC is only accepting online applications for this position at https://www.grcc.edu/jobs. Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and three professional reference letters. The opportunity to apply for this position will close at the end of the day on the close date referenced at the top of this job posting. A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists prior to employment with Grand Rapids Community College. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.




Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.


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