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Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy (Non-tenure-track) - Utica College

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy position. This position is a 10-month non-tenure-eligible faculty appointment in the Utica College Department of Occupational Therapy. The person holding this position will also direct the Post-Professional OTD program and teach in this program and the MS in OT program. While the full complement of duties is determined in consultation with the Dean of Health Professions and Education and the OT department chair, this position’s responsibilities are based on the needs of specific Occupational Therapy programs, courses and personnel.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.

Primary responsibilities include:


• Teaching duties will be established in consultation with the Dean of Health Professions & Education and the occupational therapy department chair. Establishing productive and engaging on-campus and online learning environments is essential.

Oversight of the Post-professional OTD program:

• Assume primary responsibility for all program communications with OTD students to include initial orientation, registration, and program requirement information.

• Collaborate with other Occupational Therapy faculty for curriculum development, delivery and program assessment.

• Oversee designated courses in the program.

• Assume initial responsibility for OTD student issues. When issues are deemed significant, the coordinator will consult and collaborate with the department chair for resolution.

• Assume responsibility for OTD student advising.

• Consult with the department chair in scheduling courses.

• Carry out tasks as assigned by the department chair.

• Continue professional development and participate in scholarly and/or creative activities as required/determined by accreditation needs.


• Report directly to the Dean of Health Professions & Education.

• Attend on-campus meetings and events as outlined by the AAUP-UC contract.

• Attend department and School meetings. Make recommendations to the faculty regarding updating curriculum in the areas of course oversight.


• Service to the department, School of Health Professions and Education and the College is expected.


•OTD is strongly preferred. However, other doctorally-prepared candidates (including PhD) with a strong interest in collaborative research are encouraged to apply.

•Applicants must be eligible for occupational therapy licensure in New York.

•Applicants must have at least five years of occupational therapy practice experience with children or adults. Areas of specialization are open.

•Teaching experience in the area of expertise is required.

•Online teaching experience is preferred.

•Administrative experience in higher education is preferred.

•Research experience and evidence of publication history preferred.

• Interest and expertise in theory development, leadership, community practice or advocacy also desired.

Utica College:

Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.

Application Information:

To apply, submit a letter of application, CV, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and three references. Candidates are asked to submit an additional reflective statement about teaching in the required applicant document titled “diversity statement”. Since Utica College strives to be a diverse and inclusive community, it is essential that you include in this statement a reflection on the kinds of experiences you have had, and the kinds of approaches you would take, teaching and working with a diverse student body. (For the definition of diversity that we use at Utica College, please see the following web page: http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/diversity/aboutus.cfm.)

Applications that do not address diversity will be considered incomplete.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf

All application materials must be submitted online at the following link: https://uc.peopleadmin.com/postings/3102

Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References letters will be solicited for on campus interviews.

Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.