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Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 1, 2024

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University of Puget Sound

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy
Job ID: 7756
Location: Occupational Therapy
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Faculty Posting Details

Appointment: Full-time position to begin fall 2024

The University of Puget Sound is seeking a doctorally-prepared occupational therapist to teach in our dual track entry-level Masters' of Science and Occupational Therapy Doctorate programs.

Responsibilities: Primary teaching responsibilities will include at least two of the following areas: general occupational therapy practice, wheelchair seating and positioning, work hardening, and pediatric-related content. The ability to teach applied human anatomy or topics related to using research for evidence-based practice is desirable. Frequent and effective communication and collaboration with the faculty team is essential to ensure cohesive implementation of the curriculum to our student cohorts. The standard teaching assignment is three units per semester. Teaching load is 6 units total with responsibilities in both the Fall and the Spring. Teaching methods should incorporate applied methods such as active student participation in experiential learning activities and application of content to practice-based scenarios. Implementation of the SCIL-OT model is expected in some courses; mentoring will be provided as necessary. Additional duties beyond classroom teaching include participation in departmental meetings and activities, professional development, and possible supervision of student research and evidence-based practice projects which requires supporting student teams throughout the summer months.

  • Five (5) or more years of clinical experience
  • A commitment to liberal arts education
  • PhD (or equivalent research doctorate) or post-professional clinical doctorate. Candidates near completion of a doctorate will be considered.
  • Have or qualify for a Washington State Occupational Therapist license
  • Teaching and research experience is highly desirable

Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than May 15, 2024.

Required Documents:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • Diversity Statement
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.

Applicant's Diversity Statement:

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicant's can express their qualification:
  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one's effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Faculty salaries at the University of Puget Sound are based on a common salary scale based on experience. Assistant Professor salaries for 2023-24 begin at $71,492 annualized in their first year of full-time post-doctorate teaching through $80,003 annualized based on experience. This position is currently offering an over scale payment of $10,000 annually at the level of assistant professor.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package for eligible faculty members, including:
  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Life insurance and long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement plan options and 403(b) contributions
  • Education benefits, such as full tuition for eligible employees and their families
  • Access to university facilities and entertainment (fitness center, pool, library, concerts, lectures) and more!

For more information on Puget Sound's faculty benefits package, visit: 2024 Benefits for Faculty Members.pdf (

For the Campus Holiday and Bonus Day Schedule, visit:">

About Puget Sound:

The mission of the University of Puget Sound is to develop in its students the capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, residential, national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries. 65% of students live on the 97 acre campus and the remainder typically live within a mile in the surrounding neighborhood. A low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The university offers 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.

University Diversity Statement
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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