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Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor & Program Director of Occupational Therapy

University of North Alabama
Florence, Alabama
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Posted Date
Sep 5, 2023

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The University of North Alabama’s Anderson College of Nursing & Health Professions invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level.  This position will also serve as Program Director and will coordinate and develop a new occupational therapy program per the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Standards.

The essential duties of this position will include management and administration of the program and writing policies, developing courses, and teaching various occupational therapy courses, including didactic and clinical. Additional responsibilities will include advising program students; maintaining office hours; serving on committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional program; participating in appropriate professional development activities; participating in scholarly activities and departmental/individual research; participating in service to the university and the community; and instructing and assisting in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methods, and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions.

The minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • A Master’s degree in occupational therapy or a related field that is accredited by a USDE-recognized institution is required;
  • Doctoral degree in occupational therapy or a related field that is accredited by a USDE-recognized institution is preferred;
  • Four years of teaching experience in an accredited Occupational Therapy program at the postsecondary level is required;
  • Eight years of clinical experience in the field of occupational therapy is required;
  • Two years of administrative experience in an accredited Occupational Therapy program is required;
  • Current occupational therapist credential by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is required;
  • Understanding of Occupational Therapy Assistant as well as Occupational Therapy practice;
  • Currently certified and licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Alabama in Occupational Therapy.

To apply for this position, please visit our Online Employment System at Applications will only be accepted via this system.  Please be prepared to upload a cover letter and resume at the time of application, as well as provide contact information for at least three professional/academic references.  In addition, this level of position requires the submission of a one-page diversity statement.  Details regarding the diversity statement may be found here. Transcripts for the highest degree attained are required for a complete application packet. Official transcripts for the highest degree attained are required of the successful candidate, but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process. If any of your graduate hours in the relevant teaching discipline are taken from a degree(s) that is not your highest attained, an official transcript of that degree(s) must also be submitted. Electronic copies, if available, of unofficial transcripts may be attached under the attachment headings of Unofficial Transcript 1, Unofficial Transcript 2, etc. Electronic copies of unofficial/official transcripts may also be requested to be sent to Official transcripts must be sent directly to HR from the issuing school via email to be considered official. Transcripts with a designation of “Issued to Student”, or with the student name listed as the recipient will not be considered official. Official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate prior to the start date of the appointment, but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process. 
The diversity statement and transcripts must be uploaded in the application section as SUPPLEMENTAL ATTACHMENTS. The supplemental attachment link will only appear after the required attachments have been uploaded.  If you have previously worked at UNA as an adjunct and your transcripts are already on file, please email and ask that they be moved to your completed application for this position.  Applications submitted without supplemental attachments will be considered incomplete. For questions, please email or call 256-765-4291 and select option #2. Selecting an option other than #2 will result in a delayed response.
UNA is an equal-opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. UNA seeks a wide range of applicants for this position so that one of our core values, ethnic and cultural diversity, will be affirmed. UNA is a smoke-free campus.


UNA is a regional, doctoral-level, state-assisted institution of higher education located in Florence, Alabama.  UNA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  UNA was named one of America's "Great Colleges to Work For in 2022 and 2022" by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation's premier publication for professionals in the academic world.  With an enrollment of over 10,000 students, UNA offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through four academic colleges: arts, sciences, and engineering; business and technology; education and human sciences; and nursing and health professions.  UNA is one of the most picturesque college campuses in Alabama, occupying a 140-acre pedestrian-friendly campus in Florence's historic district.  Florence is located within a four-city area on the banks of the Tennessee River known collectively as the "Shoals", which is steeped in arts, culture, and entertainment - and is home to the famous Muscle Shoals sound.  The University’s Athletics programs are Division I and compete within the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN). The University’s diverse faculty and staff enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package and are supported in their professional and career endeavors through encouraged participation in conferences, research opportunities, and various other types of professional development.

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