Program Director for Master of Science in Occupational Therapy


Position Title Program Director for Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Tenure Status Tenured Position Number 019451 Department College of Health Sciences - 273000 Minimum Qualifications

The Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State is seeking applicants and nominations for a dynamic and creative leader to serve as the Inaugural Program Director for a new Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy ( OTM ). This position is a full-time, tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. An earned doctorate in Occupational Therapy or related degree is required, along with a minimum of 8 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy. This experience must include clinical practice, administrative experience, scholarship, and at least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

Open within the Occupational Therapy discipline.

License/Certification Required

Licensed, certified occupational therapist.

Description of the Department or Unit

The Beaver College of Health Sciences is comprised of nationally accredited and recognized programs, including Athletic Training, Speech Therapy, Exercise Science, Health Care Management, Nursing, Nutrition, Health & Physical Education, Public Health, Recreation Management, and Social Work. We enroll over 3,700 students and we are committed to elevating the health and quality of life in our region and beyond by preparing exemplary practitioners and leaders through transformative education, collaborative research and community engagement. The student licensure and certification pass rates are at or above the national average in all of our programs. The Beaver College is also home to the Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services, which supports research, community outreach, and houses its own Interprofessional Clinic. The college has a strong focus on interprofessional education and interdisciplinary research. The majority of programs are located together in Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences (opened in 2018), situated directly across from Watauga Medical Center of the Appalachian Regional Health System.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include providing guidance and leadership in developing the program’s core curriculum, policies and processes with the goal of accepting the first cohort of students in 2023; performing other administrative duties as program director; teaching graduate students; and mentoring faculty and students.

As a part of the COVID -19 response, Appalachian State University is employing flexible teaching formats to address academic needs and to comply with local, state and federal public health regulations or orders. Your deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign you to teach in either online or in-person formats during or after the COVID -19 pandemic, as necessary.

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a classroom and educational environments at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application consists of the following:

(1) a cover letter addressing the position description, qualifications, and experience.
(2) a diversity statement. Appalachian State is committed to working with diverse student and community populations. In your application, please describe how your administrative service, scholarship, teaching, or other relevant life experiences contribute to diverse and inclusive communities.
(3) a statement of leadership philosophy.
(4) a curriculum vitae.
(5) unofficial copies of all transcripts. Note that finalists invited for campus interviews must submit official transcripts prior to the campus interview.
(6) a list of three (minimum) professional references including name, current position, email, address, and phone number.

Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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