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Assistant/Associate Professor, Institute for Occupational Therapy Education - Tenure Track

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Work type: Tenure track faculty
Location: Chester
Categories: Faculty

Widener University Institute for Occupational Therapy Education Program is actively seeking a full-time Assistant/Associate Professor for the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program in the College of Health and Human Services.

This is a 10-month tenure-track position for a candidate that graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy and earned a doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.  The candidate must also have initial certification by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), eligibility for OT Licensure in Pennsylvania, 1-3 years teaching and research experience in an institution of higher education, and a minimum of 3 years clinical experience.  Preference will be given to individuals with clinical, teaching, and research expertise in adults, pediatrics, and or/mental health and an interest in Doctoral Capstone oversight.

This role reports to the Director of the Institute for Occupational Therapy Education in the College of Health and Human Services.  Responsibilities include teaching 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, College, University and profession, serve as Doctoral Capstone Faculty Mentor (4-5 students per year), and other duties assigned by the Director.

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

Essential Duties:


  • Manage course delivery (in person or online), 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.
  • Serve as Doctoral Capstone Faculty Mentor (4-5 per year).


  • Attend all university academic events as required in faculty handbook
  • Attend all University, College, and Program faculty meetings.
  • Assist with applicant admission file reviews.
  • Advise students in OTD program.
  • Assist in the accreditation process.
  • Participate in student recruitment and admissions activities (including interview days).
  • 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, College, community, and the profession.


  • Engage in scholarly work related to area of interest on a regular basis and as required by expectations of the Program
  • Conduct applied research.
  • Contribute to scholarship through research, presentations and/or publications. Scholarly publications include those that are nationally recognized and are published as one of the followings: a refereed print journal article; a refereed online journal article; a peer-reviewed book chapter or monograph; and authorship of a book.
  • Obtain, attempt or collaborate to obtain intramural or extramural funding for support of scholarly or other clinical activity as a principle investigator.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (education/training and experience required)


  • Graduated with a 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
  • Teaching or academic experience


  • Five or more years of clinical experience in occupational therapy
  • Three or more years of academic teaching experience


  • 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 20 lbs per item.

Qualified candidates must submit resume 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.

Our students represent a multitude of diverse identities. We aspire to develop a faculty, staff, and curriculum that is anti-racist, anti-oppressive and reflects and respects our professional values. We seek to create an intentionally diverse educational community in which students, staff, and faculty perspectives are valued and meaningfully incorporated into our work.

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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