Founding Occupational Therapy Program Director and Associate or Full Professor, School of Speech,

University of Montana (UM) is pleased to announce the launching of a Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (DOT) and invites applications and nominations for the full-time, tenure-track position of Founding Occupational Therapy Program Director and Associate or Full Professor. The Director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (DPT) will work closely with the School Chair to develop and implement the OTD program. The Program Director will be responsible for curriculum development, equipment acquisition, and faculty and staff recruitment and hiring, as well as teaching and scholarly responsibilities. The director is also responsible for attaining and maintaining ACOTE accreditation. The director will pursue academic excellence within the program by providing program leadership, promoting the program and enhancing its visibility, assisting with recruiting and retaining students, and managing the day-to-day logistics of the program.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (DOT) is being designed to meet accreditation standards established by ACOTE and slated to accept the first cohort of students in the Fall of 2021. The DOT is part of University of Montana’s College of Health that houses the newly established and innovative School of Speech, Language, Hearing & Occupational Sciences (SLHOS). The College of Health has a strong tradition of supporting outstanding teaching research and scholarship to promotion interprofessional health programming and is home to the health professions training programs of Physical Therapy, Social Work, and Pharmacy, and the new SLHOS School. The SLHOS School houses the speech-language pathology MS, PhD, and undergraduate programming in addition to the new DOT program. The new SLHOS School was developed to support the OTD launch and related faculty development and provides an ideal home for interprofessional academic training, clinical, and research activities.


Candidates for the position of Associate or Full Professor and Program Director will possess the following:

  • Doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Prefer PhD, but will consider OTD
  • Applicants must be registered by NBCOT and must be eligible for an OT license for the State of Montana
  • Must have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy
  • At least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities
  • Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting
  • Scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning)
  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and commitment to excellence in teaching students
  • Ability to collaborate with professionals in academic and clinical settings
  • Must be team-oriented

About UM

The University of Montana is one of the nation's outstanding public universities, committed to liberal arts education, research, and strong professional programs. It is located in Missoula, a cosmopolitan Rocky Mountain community, often singled out in national publications for its quality of life.

Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests are easily available. Nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. Missoula is ranked as one of the “ Greatest Places to Live in America ”, one of “ The 5 Best Places to Raise Outdoor Kids ,” one of the “ Best College Towns ”, and was recently featured in the Washington Post .

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin after date above and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below.

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  1. A cover letter outlining your experience as an occupational therapist, educator, and/or in related fields in higher education. Special attention will be paid to those applicants who have initiated, developed, and/or expanded a Master's or Doctoral program for occupational therapy;
  2. A complete CV outlining your career in higher education within health related areas;
  3. The names of three (3) professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will not be contacted without permission.

All correspondence relating to the position of Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (DOT) at University of Montana should be directed to the Chair of the SLHOS School and search committee:

Julie Wolter, PhD, CCC-SLP

Professor / Chair

School of Speech, Language, Hearing & Occupational Sciences

(406) 243-2605

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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