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Asst/Assoc/Full Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 26, 2022

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Asst/Assoc/Full Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy

Location: PHX - Occupational Therapy
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606714
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

This posting is for multiple full-time, 12-mo, benefit-eligible, non-tenure track open rank clinical professors in Occupational Therapy.

We are seeking faculty for 5 positions, including 1 Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and 1 Capstone Coordinator.

We would like to fill these vacancies as soon as possible.

Arizona residency is required by the start date of these positions.

Job Description

Northern Arizona University's entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) Program invites doctorally prepared candidates to apply for a full-time,12-month clinical faculty appointment at the downtown campus located at the Phoenix Bioscience Core. The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include teaching in either the traditional or the weekend cohort, engage in student advisement, scholarship, and professional service.

Primary Functions:

This faculty member will demonstrate excellence in student-related activities of teaching, advising, and scholarly mentoring, be engaged in scholarly activities that develop and expand the knowledge base of OT, and provide service to the department, college, university, and profession.

Additional duties include:
  • Engage in ongoing productive communication with faculty and department chair.
  • Teach and co-teach courses ensuring adherence to program goals, mission, vision, and Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) standards.
  • Exemplify and promote the program's mission and learning outcomes through the delivery of the curriculum.
  • Adhere to professional and ethical standards of conduct.
  • Maintain current professional certification and licensure requirements.
  • Maintain professional practice knowledge base and clinical expertise needed to help learners prepare for contemporary OT practice.
  • Use current research findings and scholarly works to improve OT education and practice.
  • Promote professionalism by modeling and encouraging professional behaviors inside and outside the educational setting.
  • Complete all required faculty role functions in a timely manner to meet NAU standards for teaching, scholarship and service.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.

Clinical faculty workload activities vary based on department needs and annual performance goals for each faculty member. Workload typically reflects 80% teaching and student related activities, 10% scholarship and 10% service.

Minimum Qualifications

For the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor:
  • 3 years or more of experience as an occupational therapist
  • Eligible for OT licensure in Arizona
  • An earned doctoral degree in OT or related field from an institution regionally accredited by the USDE
  • Experience working with OT students in a classroom and/or fieldwork setting
  • Interest in establishing scholarship agenda

For the rank of Associate Clinical Professor: all of the above, and
  • At least 6 years or 12 semesters at the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor at the university level
  • A record of sustained professional leadership and professional service
  • A record that shows substantial evidence of effectiveness in teaching, advisement, and other student-related responsibilities

For the rank of Clinical Professor: all of the above, and
  • At least 6 years or 12 semesters at the rank of Associate Clinical Professor at the university level
  • A sustained pattern of high-quality teaching, advisement, and other student- related responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current NBCOT Certification
  • Clinical expertise in one or multiple of the following areas: mental health, gerontology, fieldwork, pediatrics, leadership, administration, and lifespan populations
  • Record of teaching at the university-level in traditional or hybrid formats
  • Record of successful mentorship or training including junior faculty and/or clinicians
  • Record of professional service and professional leadership
  • Record of scholarship products, creative work, and/or professional acheivements in area of specialization (respectively higher levels of scholarship are required for upper ranks)
  • Experience with the development or expansion of initiatives
  • Certified practice-related specialization as recognized by the AOTA or other nationally recognized certification process
  • Evidence of working and interacting with people from a wide variety of culturally diverse background
  • Contribution to curricular development and/or enhancement (respectively higher levels of curricular experience are required for upper ranks)

General Information

The Northern Arizona University (NAU) Occupational Therapy (OT) Doctoral program is located on the Phoenix Bioscience Core (PBC), an expansive award-winning and progressive urban Phoenix campus. Currently, 135 students are enrolled in this highly respected traditional program. In 2014, the program successfully obtained accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Beginning fall of 2023 the program will expand the traditional program to a weekend program. The weekend program cohort will enroll up to 30 students.

The program's graduates exemplify NAU OTD's practice-scholar model, with a combination of excellence in clinical practice coupled with a track record of outstanding scholarship activities. Its ten full-time and numerous adjunct faculty are known for student-centric education, and successful research, publication and activism in the OT field. The OT department is recognized for its high level of collaboration with the community and its extensive outreach toward underrepresented populations.

Positions within both programs (traditional and weekend) require significant contact with students, outside constituents, professional consortium, and faculty. Residence in Arizona is required, and in person teaching in downtown Phoenix is a requirement of this position.

This program joins NAU's Physician Assistant Studies, Athletic Training and Physical Therapy-Phoenix programs. This campus also houses the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine - Phoenix, the UA College of Pharmacy, the UA Eller MBA and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. In addition, the health programs for Arizona State University schools are nearby in downtown affording excellent academic collaborations and interprofessional educational opportunities.

Northern Arizona University is a 29,569-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU's emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with rank and experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606714, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position, as well as your preference for type of faculty position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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