Recreational Therapy Program Director

Temple College of Public Health
Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Sep 17, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Physical Therapy, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Recreation & Leisure Studies
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Recreational Therapy Program Director


The past year has magnified the ways that inequities—whether due to race, gender, sexuality, or income—contribute to health disparities. These inequities are a major public health threat and demand a concerted, interdisciplinary effort. At the College of Public Health, we dedicate ourselves to public health in all its parameters, from epidemiology to nursing, from social work to rehabilitation sciences. Social justice has always driven our work, understanding that individual outcomes are intricately tied to the larger systems we inhabit, is the foundation of our college.


The Temple University College of Public Health’s interprofessional culture fosters collaboration both within and outside the College.  We value differences among our faculty and believe that we can better serve and understand our Philadelphia community and beyond through the diversity of our individual faculty and our disciplines. Join us in our mission to develop progressive, compassionate researchers, practitioners, and clinicians to build a better tomorrow, grounded in creating the environments and health infrastructure that will make us the healthiest nation.


Qualifications. Qualified candidates will have an earned doctorate as well as a current certification at the professional level by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (CTRS®) with at least 5 years of higher education experience. Candidates should demonstrate a successful record of leadership, teaching (undergraduate and/or graduate levels), and scholarship. We seek a passionate professional committed to academic leadership in training the next generation of practitioners and leaders in recreational therapy. We value diversity and seek individuals committed to inclusion in education and professional practice.


Responsibilities. The Program Director has responsibility for developing and finalizing course schedules, working with undergraduate advisors and Graduate Program Director in recruiting students and facilitating student progress, leading undergraduate program review and annual reporting, coordinating CAAHEP/CARTE accreditation activities, work with department chair in annual faculty review and professional development, facilitate professional development opportunities for students, attend monthly Program Director and Undergraduate Council meetings, recruiting, training and supervising adjunct instructors (as needed), teach relevant courses, engage with regional/national RT networks, and conduct other duties as needed.


The Department. The Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Department is unlike any other department in the country. Located on a single urban campus in Philadelphia, the Department’s faculty provide instruction in 10-degree programs such as Doctor in Athletic Training, Doctor in Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Philosophy in Neuromotor Science, Bachelor of Science in Health Professions, and other undergraduate and graduate programs.   The Department also works closely with other disciplines including public health, nursing, social work, and communication sciences disorders.  The department is at the forefront of developing innovative academics, research, and programs aimed at both preventing injury and disability and helping those who have illnesses, short-term injuries, or long-term physical, psychological, or cognitive disabilities, lead full, satisfying, and meaningful lives.


The College. Devoted to an interprofessional environment for education, research, and practice, the CEPH-accredited College of Public Health consists of academic units in the public health disciplines, health professions, and the School of Social Work, enrolling approximately 4,200 students. The College’s research aims to understand the fundamental factors that affect the health and well-being of individuals and populations by examining health problems through foundational research, policy and practice, and the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions. We focus on social determinants of health and social justice with strengths in cancer, obesity, HIV, substance abuse, mental illness, mobility research, cognition and language, developmental disabilities, organ transplantation and aging. CPH research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, Gates Foundation, and other major private foundation, state and federal agencies. The College is home to an Office for Community Engaged Research and Practice, the Center for Obesity Research and Education, and the Collaborative on Community Inclusion. The Office of Clinical Affairs and Interprofessional Education leads our clinical activities, including the COVID-19 RapidVax effort and forward-looking IPE within the College and throughout the university. The college is staffed by a robust complement of seasoned professionals including robust offices of Communications and Marketing, Information Technology, Sponsored Research, and Academic Affairs.



The University. Temple is an urban, research-intensive Carnegie R1 university located in historic and culturally rich Philadelphia, the nation’s 6th largest city. The city was ranked 3rd by the New York Times as a world tourist destination. The National Science Foundation ranks Temple among the top 100 universities in the country for research expenditures. Temple is the 6th largest provider of professional education in the nation and includes Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Law, and Dentistry and research centers. It also is the home of the Fox Chase Comprehensive Cancer Center.


For more information about this position or to make nominations, contact Dr. Bryan McCormick, Interim Recreational Therapy Program Director, at apply, submit a detailed CV, a cover letter explicating your qualifications and experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion, a teaching statement, and a list of 3-5 references to Application review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.


Temple University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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