Assistant Professor, Orthotics

California State University, Dominguez Hills
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 02, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor, Orthotics & Prosthetics (Research and Biomechanics)

Job No: 497937
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Probationary, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Health Sciences

Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor

College of Health, Human Services, & Nursing

Position Description

The Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Spring 2021.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University's mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Department; College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

The Masters of Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P) and the O&P Assistant program provides educational opportunities for students to evaluate and create treatment interventions for patients who require orthopedic braces and artificial limbs. Formal instruction in orthotics and prosthetics theory and application, research design, and allied health related courses enable students to learn how to design appropriate orthotic or prosthetic treatment plans; to fit and fabricate devices, to implement the treatment plan, and to provide follow-up care. Evidence from research and clinically relevant outcomes measures are integrated with findings from visual examination, oral history, palpation, motion and strength testing, and gait observation to develop the optimum treatment plan. The Orthotics and Prosthetics Department seeks to provide the highest quality education possible within the scope of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs' (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Orthotist and Prosthetist. 2017.

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The Position

An Assistant Professor within the O&P faculty will balance a teaching load with research and scholarly activities with the intent to achieve tenured status and rank of Full Professor. The O&P program focuses on practical application of orthotic and prosthetic devices as they relate the individual user needs. Faculty within the department work very closely with our students, our collaborators and the people who require O&P services to create a learning environment with a mission of producing talented practitioners, advancing the profession, and creating solutions for clinically relevant problems.


Teach Masters level courses in Orthotics and Prosthetics, be responsible for development, planning, delivery, and assessment of orthotic and prosthetic course materials at the programmatic and course level. Perform research activities and publish findings in support of O&P Program, College, and University goals. Under direction from Program Coordinator and Department Chair; coordinate curricular content, participate in student advising, utilize available resource, and dissemination program information; promote teaching effectiveness and scholarship through establishment of student-centered learning outcomes; schedule course days and preparation of course manuals, samples, and materials for lecture and laboratory. Provide day-to-day instruction of prosthetic and orthotic courses, including didactic course work in biomechanics, gait, and research, and clinical courses consisting of lecture, demonstration, evaluation, casting, fitting, gait assessment, and follow-up activities; participate at professional meetings, continuing education activities, and CSU staff development seminars; recruit new students and conduct telephone advising and interviews; participate in admission and retention processes; assess program and students through evaluation tools that measure patient-centered outcomes against established evaluation criteria, and utilize results to achieve continuous curricular and program improvement; evaluate postgraduate and employer surveys; advise students; assist with postgraduate placement in Residency; develop short -and long-term goals/activities to meet program and accreditation requirements; assist with preparation of CAAHEP Accreditation Self- Study Reports and facility site visits.


Required Qualifications
  • Applicants must have experience in teaching and working with colleagues from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Earned doctorate in biomechanics, engineering, rehabilitation, or health related field.
  • Demonstrated track record of presentation, teaching of clinical subjects to allied health care students or practitioners.
  • Publication in peer reviewed journals in the field of Prosthetics, Orthotics, Physical or Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, or Engineering.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with students, faculty, administrative bodies and external constituencies.

  • Preferred Qualifications
    • Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (CPO) from ABC or ISPO Level 1 Orthotist/Prosthetist,
    • At least one year of full-time teaching experience in higher education.
    • Knowledge of technical writing, curriculum design, course development, outcome assessment and teaching in the field of Rehabilitation at the graduate level.
    • Knowledge of the integration evidence-based practices into clinical rehabilitation plans and assessments.
    • Active participation in professional organizations.
    • Experience with accreditation of an Orthotics and Prosthetics educational program.

    Employment Requirement - Background Check

    Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

    The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

    How to Apply- To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

    The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in November 2020. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than December 31, 2020.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • List of 3 references with contact information*
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching
  • A Statement on Research
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)

  • *This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

    **For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

    A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate's, Doctor's of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

    If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

    Enrique Ortega

    Search Committee Chair

    CSU, Dominguez Hills

    1000 East Victoria Street, (WH)

    Carson, CA 90747

    Closing Statement

    CSUDH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

    For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources' Office (310) 243-3771.

    Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

    Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

    The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free. Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property. Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

    For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

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