Widener University is currently seeking 10-month non-tenure track/clinical track faculty member in the Institute for Occupational Therapy Education. This role reports to the Director of the Institute for Occupational Therapy Education.
Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The Institute for Occupational Therapy Education within the College of Health and Human Services holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. Faculty and staff are active participants in our work to enhance diversity, equity, & inclusion, including representation on the Faculty Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Inclusion Council.
The candidate will have 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 scholarship 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 and or/mental health. Responsibilities include teaching courses on campus and online (when requested), serving as academic advisor and/or mentor for students and/or student organizations, contributing to scholarship through presentations and/or publications, maintaining currency in the academic discipline through continuing study, professional development, and/or participation in professional activities, pursuing service and leadership opportunities within the Program, College, University and profession, serving 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)
- 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. interprofessional, 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 by the faculty handbook.
- Attend all University, College, and Program faculty meetings.
- Assist with applicant admission file reviews.
- Advise students in the OTD program.
- Assist in the accreditation process.
- Participate in student recruitment and admissions activities (including interview days).
- 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/clinical work related to area of interest on a regular basis and as required by expectations of the Program (See Guidelines for OT Non-Tenure Track Faculty).
- Conduct applied research/professional development as relevant.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- 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):
- 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 (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.
The College, which has a focus on interprofessional education, service, and research, houses programs in clinical psychology, education, human sexuality, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, speech-language pathology and social work. Our students represent a multitude of diverse identities. We aspire to develop a College 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.
Qualified candidates must submit a resume and cover letter for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted.
Widener University is committed to fostering an inclusive community in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.
Widener University requires all prospective employees to provide proof of taking the primary vaccination series against COVID-19 prior to employment or apply and be approved for a medical/religious exemption. Offers may be rescinded if the new employee does not provide proof of taking the primary vaccination series in a timely manner.
Some positions may be eligible for a hybrid or remote work arrangement that may include a partially or fully remote work location, consistent with Widener’s Flexible Work policy.
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 Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.