Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy

University of Missouri - Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 10, 2023

Job Description

Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
College of Health Sciences
University of Missouri - Columbia

The College of Health Sciences (fka: School of Health Professions) – Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri (MU) - Columbia is seeking applicants for a full-time, 9-month, assistant professor, tenure track position to pursue an aggressive research agenda and engage in teaching and program development activities. Specifically, applicants will be expected to pursue a clinical research program focused in an area of occupational therapy practice. Teaching responsibility for this position will include teaching courses in the occupational therapy curriculum relevant to the individual’s area of clinical experience and/or research interest/expertise. This position will also include mentoring PhD students through the School of Health Professions’ Rehabilitation Science PhD Program.


Licensed Occupational Therapist (licensure in Missouri is expected by the time the faculty appointment starts)
PhD or equivalent research training in a field relevant to occupational therapy
Prior experience with publication and grant writing

Candidates will be evaluated on:
  • Post-doctoral fellowship training
  • NIH grant writing experience
  • prior experience/training/expertise in functional cognition intervention methodologies
  • prior teaching experience.
Application Materials

Applications should be submitted on-line through the University of Missouri website along with curriculum vita and letter of interest at: ( search for Job Opening 46923 ).

The names and contact information for three references, and any additional supporting information should be emailed to Aerin Melvin at .

Other Information

The MU College of Health Sciences (CHS) is the University of Missouri system’s only school of health professions and the state’s only public health program located on a health sciences campus. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of others. Every day, CHP faculty, staff, and students work towards changing lives through the integration of teaching, service and discovery.

With programs in rehabilitation, diagnostic and imaging sciences, public health. and social work, graduates of the School of Health Professions fill critical roles in health care. The school is comprised of eight departments and 14 disciplines, each with their own specialized accreditation processes. The school also hosts a satellite program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Pharmacy.

Health professions account for more than 60 percent of the total U.S. health care workforce. Jobs in health professions are projected to grow at least through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The school is an important member of the University of Missouri Health System. Other members include the Sinclair School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, University Hospitals and Clinics and University Physicians.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience for the applicant.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.

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Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Vaccination Statement

After careful consideration of COVID-19 virus trends and the overwhelming evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, the School of Medicine, along with MU Health Care, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions, recently announced the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 1, 2021, for all employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

All new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you must do so upon acceptance of employment so our team has time to review prior to your scheduled start date. You will not be allowed to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved medical or religious exemption.

Thank you for helping us to create the safest environment possible for our colleagues, students and our patients by protecting yourself and others through COVID-19 vaccination.


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