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Program Director - Department of Occupational Therapy

Nominations and applications are now being accepted for a full-time, twelve-month faculty position with corresponding administrative responsibilities as Program Director (entry level program), within the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Faculty rank and tenure status are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Occupational Therapy offers graduate programs for both entry level and post professional students, and co-sponsors an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science with the Department of Physical Therapy. Plans are underway to transition to an entry-level clinical doctorate degree in occupational therapy in the summer of 2021. Our entry-level Occupational Therapy program is currently ranked 25th by U.S. News & World Report.

A vibrant faculty offers research expertise in many areas and the Department's Low Vision Therapy Program is a unique national resource. The UAB community, University-wide Interdisciplinary Research and the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative offer excellent research opportunities for faculty and students.

For this position, primary responsibilities will include maintaining the academic quality and integrity of the current MSOT and new OTD program by ensuring that the overall program curriculum prepares students to perform their specific role in a safe, effective, and professional manner. In addition, ensuring the cost-effective operation of the program and provide sound, evidence-based recommendations to the Department Chair with regard to the annual budgeting and new program initiatives. Other responsibilities include teaching within the occupational therapy curriculum, student advising, pursuit of independent scholarship, and participation in department, school, community and national service activities.

Required Qualifications

Candidates should have an earned research doctorate (e.g., PhD, DSc, ScD) from an accredited university. In addition, candidates should have a degree in Occupational Therapy from a program accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and be eligible for occupational therapy licensure in the state of Alabama. Per accrediting body requirements, the program director must have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy

The department is seeking candidates with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations of students and experience with a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

An active research program or track record of scholarship, which may include external funding and publications is required. The successful candidate should be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring our diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and clinical partners across a wide range of disciplines and settings.

Apply link: https://uab.peopleadmin.com/postings/5287

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.