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Academic Fieldwork Coordinator - Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

Trine University
Angola, Indiana
The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Posted Date
Sep 19, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Occupational Therapy
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The position of Assistant Professor / Academic Fieldwork Coordinator requires an individual who can provide excellence in teaching, interested in both their students and their subjects.   Must be committed to the centrality of a Trine University education. The Assistant Professor / Academic Fieldwork Coordinator should have a broad understanding of appropriate academic programs and potential future directions; be flexible, visionary, creative and energetic; and want students to excel and take pleasure in their success. Attention to duty and desire for self-improvement are expected traits of Trine University faculty members. The role of Assistant Professor /Academic Fieldwork Coordinator holds faculty rank.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities During Program Development:

  • Assist with fieldwork program design and ensure compliance with ACOTE accreditation, specifically related to fieldwork standards.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop student evaluation tools and manage outcome data related to fieldwork success.
  • Collaborate with the OTD Program Director to assess effectiveness of the fieldwork program to improve relationship between instructional quality and fieldwork objectives.
  • Support the progression and growth of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program.
  • Develop and secure positive working relationships with fieldwork sites in the local, regional, and national community.
  • Manage affiliation agreements for all level I and level II fieldwork sites.
  • Collaborate with other Trine University graduate programs clinical coordinators.
  • Assist in the development and integration of course content related to fieldwork education.
  • Develop long-term plans for the growth and sustainability of fieldwork education for the OTD program.
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team regarding OT opportunities for pro-bono occupational therapy services.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities During Program Delivery: Continue addressing ongoing duties and responsibilities listed in the development phase as warranted.

  • Implement and manage the policies and procedures of the fieldwork program.
  • Communicate with OTD students for placement and fieldwork advising.
  • Establish and carry out procedures for remediation related to fieldwork placements.
  • Secure clinical sites and preceptors in sufficient numbers to allow all students to meet the program’s learning outcomes for supervised fieldwork experiences.
  • Ensure that preceptors meet the qualifications set forth in the ACOTE standards.
  • Place students into fieldwork sites
  • Troubleshoot clinical student concerns and issues.
  • Orient preceptors to the learning outcomes and competencies the program requires of students
  • Review student evaluations of preceptors and clinical sites to develop recommendations based on findings.

Faculty Duties:

  • Teach the standard faculty load of nine (9) semester hours per academic year with nine (9) hours of course release time to develop, assess, and maintain the doctoral capstone program.
  • Provide each student with a course syllabus.
  • Record class attendance
  • Submit absentee and deficiency information to Academic Support Services via the Intranet site.
  • Post and maintain a regular schedule of at least ten (10) office hours per week—one office hour shall be scheduled per week for each credit hour of instruction.
  • Assist students with academic deficiencies.
  • Assist the program director in departmental functions.
  • Participate in developing or implementing the department strategic plan.
  • Advise prospective and current students about curriculum and career opportunities.

Education and/or Experience

  • A minimum of an earned, doctoral degree from an accredited university
  • Preferred, an earned, post-professional doctoral degree from a USDE recognized institutionally accredited university (PhD, EdD, DSc or equivalent)
  • An occupational therapist licensed in the state of Indiana with an understanding of and record of excellence in contemporary clinical practice.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years documented experience as an occupational therapist.
  • Teaching experience in occupational therapy education is preferred.
  • Documented scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning) is preferred.
  • Understanding of the role of the occupational therapy assistant

Outstanding Benefits

Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Some benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, flex spending, HSA accounts
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with an employer paid employee life policy valued at 1½ times annual salary
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for an employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service, undergraduate education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children

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