Associate Professor or Professor, Program Director, Occupational Therapy

  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Fort Myers, FL, USA
  • Feb 17, 2022
Full time Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology Deans & Directors

Job Description


Associate Professor or Professor, Program Director, Occupational Therapy

Job Summary
As Occupational Therapy program director and faculty member you will teach at the graduate level, as applicable; lead course and/or curriculum development; admissions; budget; research/scholarship; participate on College and University committees and/or initiatives.

Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Marieb College of Health & Human Services encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

Job Description
Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
• Responsible for the management and administration of the program, including planning, evaluation, budgeting, supervision of faculty and staff, maintenance of ACOTE accreditation, and commitment to strategies for professional development.
• Teaches his/her areas of expertise in the program, and for mentoring students in research, which ideally will be in the area of the candidates' scholarly interests.
• Engages in scholarly activities at the level required to ultimately apply for promotion to the next higher rank.
• Participation in Department, Program and College faculty meetings, and provision of service to the University, College, Department, Program or professional community as their career advances.
• Student advising and community involvement.

Other Duties
• Perform other duties as assigned or needed.

Additional Job Description
Required Qualifications
Doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, EdD, ScD, OTD) in Occupational Therapy or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation
Licensed in the State of Florida to practice Occupational Therapy (or eligible for state licensure)
A minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy. This experience must include:
• Clinical practice as an occupational therapist
• Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, mentorship, evaluation, and budgeting
• Scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning)
• Understanding of the role of the occupational therapy assistant
• At least 4 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level
Excellent communication skills and collegial nature

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Eight years of experience with university teaching and administration
Prior Program Director or Department Chair experience
Evidence of faculty mentorship
Content areas of Physical disabilities; Pediatrics; Mental Health; and/or Geriatrics

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Experience or commitment to the use of technology in distance learning & university teaching. Interest in collaborating both within and outside the University in the development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning. Must value continued scholarship and service to the school and university.
Ability to contribute to the recruitment and retention of diverse students

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants
Appointment will be made at a faculty rank commensurate with the candidate's experience on a 12-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2022.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida's Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CAN NOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida's Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Required Application Materials:
• Unofficial Transcripts
• Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Statement of Scholarship
• Curriculum Vitae
• Cover Letter
• Five (5) Professional References

Salary commensurate with education and experience

The position is listed as "open until filled", however applications received by March 1, 2022 will receive priority consideration."

FGCU is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

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