Tenure Track - Program Director: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 27, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is pleased to announce a full time, tenure-track faculty position to develop and lead our entry-level Master’s in Occupational Therapy (MOT) program.  We invite strong candidates who have prior experience starting and directing a graduate Occupational Therapy program to consider applying for this position, to begin December 2021.



Qualified applicants should have a Doctorate degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in Occupational Therapy or a related field.  Applicants must have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy; this experience must include clinical practice as an occupational therapist, progressive administrative experience, scholarship, and at least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post-secondary level.  Candidates must be initially certified as an occupational therapist and licensed according to CA state regulation.  Knowledge of program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, development and participation in accreditation processes will be essential.  In addition, candidates should demonstrate experience in innovative incorporation of technology into curriculum design and a sustained scholarly record in research and education.


Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to excellent leadership and expertise in teaching in a Christian liberal arts context, will display a strong potential for applied scholarship and service in healthcare, and will embrace the mission of Point Loma Nazarene University.


General Responsibilities:

A successful candidate will manage day-to-day operations of the MOT program in accordance with the ACOTE standards.  This individual will collaborate with the Dean to recruit, supervise, evaluate and manage department faculty and staff.  The Program Director will develop curriculum and lead programmatic accreditation efforts to ensure all standards are met for accreditation compliance. The Director is accountable for meeting program goals and learning outcomes, for strategic plan initiatives concerning the program, and for integrating with other departments and programs at the University to resolve student and faculty issues and to promote assessment of educational effectiveness.




Point Loma Nazarene University is a small private Christian liberal arts institution located in San Diego, California.  PLNU has a strong core of allied health programs, and plans to begin enrolling students in the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program in the Fall of 2023.  


The application deadline is August 9th, 2021, but applications will be reviewed as they are received.  For more information contact Dr. Brent Alvar, Search Committee Chair, at BrentAlvar@pointloma.edu.


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