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Assistant Professor- Doctorate in Occupational Therapy- Non-Tenure Track

Apply now Job no: 492468
Work type: Non-tenure track faculty
Location: Chester
Categories: Faculty

Widener University Institute for Occupational Therapy Education invites applicants to apply for an Assistant Professor-non-tenure track position, to begin August 2020 in the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program. This role will:

  • Teach courses on campus and online (when requested).
  • Serve as academic advisor and/or mentor for students and/or student organizations.
  • Contribute to scholarship through research, presentations and/or publications.
  • Maintain currency in the academic discipline through continuing study, research, and/or participation in professional activities.  
  • Pursue service and leadership opportunities within the Program, School, University and profession

Duties and Responsibilities: (include but are not limited to)

Essential Duties:


  • Manage course delivery, serve as Course Coordinator (when requested), and provide leadership in course development and implementation (i.e., syllabi, learning objectives, assignments and rubrics, examinations, other course materials, and Canvas course site management).
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in teaching and student assessment; use faculty development opportunities and teacher effectiveness tools to improve teaching.
  • Collaborate with faculty in ongoing curriculum development.
  • Demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills in teaching both in class and online as evidenced by supervisor, peer, and student evaluations.
  • Documentation of expertise in areas of teaching responsibility and content delivery method (online or in class).
  • Participate in team and/or interdisciplinary teaching.
  • Supervise students on special projects (e.g. inter-professional, research projects)
  • Serve as academic advisor and/or mentor for students and/or student organizations.
  • Maintain regular office hours; guide or support students who reach out for assistance; identify students who are struggling and need extra attention or support to be successful (use email, phone or other means of communication).
  • Serve as mentor to new faculty members or adjunct faculty.


  • Attend all university academic events as required in faculty handbook
  • Attend all University, School and Program faculty meetings.
  • Assist with applicant admission file reviews.
  • Advise students in OTD program.
  • Assist in the accreditation process.
  • Participate in student recruitment activities.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to support the mission of Widener University as evidenced by teaching and learning assignments, advising, and mentoring of students.
  • Participate in professional activities and service to the University, School, community, and the profession.


  • Engage in scholarly/clinical work related to area of interest on a regular basis and as required by expectations of the Program.
  • Conduct applied research as relevant.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Participate in student recruitment and admission activities.
  • Engage with students via co-curricular activities.


  • In-depth knowledge of at least one area of occupational therapy practice and scientific knowledge-base.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health care system structure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication abilities.   
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Teaching and Academic experience.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required):

  • Degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university. 
  • Earned doctoral degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • Initial certification as an occupational therapist by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
  • Pennsylvania state licensure as an occupational therapist.
  • Minimum 3 years clinical experience in occupational therapy (5 or more years preferred).
  • Teaching or academic experience (1-3 years preferred).

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

Must be able to sit, stand and move about classroom and campus for extended periods of time. Must be able to sit and work behind a computer for 2 or more hours at a time.
• May need to lift supplies of up to 20lbs per item.
• May be required to be available to students via phone, email or other means of communication nights and weekends.

**Qualified candidates must submit CV and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive University, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law School located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the University, please visit our website at




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