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Asst/Assoc/Full Clinical Professor - Occupational Therapy

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Other Health & Medicine, Physical Therapy
Employment Type
Full Time
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Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Job Description

Northern Arizona University’s entry-level Occupational Therapy (OT) Doctorate Program invites applications for a full-time, 12-month open rank clinical faculty appointment. This position will also include an administrative assignment as the Site Coordinator for a weekend OT program and will be responsible for the development and implementation of the program. The OT Department expects all applicants to 1) demonstrate excellence in student-related activities of teaching, advising and scholarly mentoring; 2) be engaged in scholarly activities that develop and expand the knowledge base of OT and transform practice; and 3) provide service to the OT profession, the community, the university, college and/or department.

Initially, the primary function of the Site Coordinator will be to create and manage the accreditation requirements to obtain approval for the program expansion to offer a weekend OT program. During this time period, the Site Coordinator will also teach in the traditional OT program. Once accreditation approval is received to implement the weekend OT program, this position will be responsible for the administration of the program and implementation of the curriculum.

Additional duties include :
  • Meet deadlines, follow directions, and have ongoing communication with the Department Chair.
  • Develop a strategic plan in collaboration with faculty and leadership to design the weekend OT program.
  • Prepare accreditation documents to gain approval for the program expansion in accordance with current Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
  • Teach assigned courses and tasks in accordance with the program's approved course description.
  • Ensure uniform implementation of the traditional program and weekend program.
  • Exemplify and promote the curriculum’s mission and learning outcomes through the delivery of the curriculum.
  • Adhere to professional and ethical standards of conduct.
  • Maintain current professional certification and licensure requirements.
  • Maintain professional practice knowledge base and clinical expertise needed to help learners prepare for contemporary occupational therapy practice.
  • Use current research findings and scholarly works to improve OT education and practice.
  • Promote professionalism by modeling and encouraging professional behaviors inside and outside the educational setting.
  • Complete all required faculty role functions to meet NAU standards for teaching, scholarship and service.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.
Clinical faculty workload activities vary based on department needs and annual performance goals for each faculty member. Workload for the first year of this position will be 40% administrative, 40% teaching and student related activities, 10% scholarship and 10% service.

Minimum Qualifications

For the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor :
  • 3 years or more of experience as an occupational therapist
  • Eligible for OT licensure in Arizona
  • An earned doctoral degree in OT or related field from an institution regionally accredited by the USDE
  • Experience with administration and management of a team and/or organizational initiatives (experience can be at any level including project-based initiatives)
  • Experience with accreditation agencies (academic, hospital, clinic, or other types of accreditation agencies and processes)
  • Evidence of developing a scholarly agenda
For the rank of Associate Clinical Professor : All of the above, and
  • Prior appointment as Associate Clinical Professor or similar role; OR
  • 6 or more years full-time experience as a faculty in the Assistant Clinical Professor role and documented experience that aligns with NAU OT promotion criteria for Associate Clinical Professor
For the rank of Full Clinical Professor : All of the above, and
  • Prior appointment as Full Clinical Professor or similar role; OR
  • 6 or more years full-time experience as a faculty in the Associate Clinical Professor role and documented experience that aligns with NAU OT promotion criteria for Full Clinical Professor
Preferred Qualifications
  • Current NBCOT Certification
  • Clinical expertise in one or multiple of the following areas: mental health, leadership, administration, and older adults
  • Record of effective teaching and advising at the university-level
  • Record of effective fieldwork supervision and/or student mentoring
  • Record of sustained professional service and professional leadership
  • Substantial experience with curricular development or enhancement
  • Experience with the development or expansion of program initiatives
  • Experience with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
  • Significant scholarly or creative work and/or professional achievements in area of specialization
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity-minded practices in teaching, scholarship, service
  • Record of successful mentorship of junior faculty and/or clinicians
  • Certified practice-related specialization as recognized by the OATA or other nationally recognized certification process
General Information

The Northern Arizona University (NAU) Occupational Therapy (OT) Doctoral program is located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC), an expansive award-winning and progressive urban Phoenix campus. Currently, 135 students are enrolled in this highly respected program. In 2017, the program successfully obtained accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

The program’s graduates exemplify NAU OTD’s practice-scholar model, with a combination of excellence in clinical practice coupled with a track record of outstanding scholarship activities. It’s ten full-time and numerous adjunct faculty are known for student-centric education, and successful research, publication and activism in the OT field. The OT department is recognized for its high level of collaboration with the community and its extensive outreach toward underrepresented populations.

This program joins NAU’s Physician Assistant Studies, Athletic Training and Physical Therapy-Phoenix programs. This campus also houses the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine – Phoenix, the UA College of Pharmacy, the UA Eller MBA and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. In addition, the health programs for Arizona State University schools are nearby in downtown affording excellent academic collaborations and interprofessional educational opportunities.

Northern Arizona University is a 29,569-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU’s emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage .

NAU affirms the importance and critical need for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in higher education and we seek to hire individuals with a strong commitment to DEIJ in their professional endeavors. We are committed to our shared mission , vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence. NAU is committed to enhancing campus diversity and creating a more inclusive and diverse institution.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement .

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report . The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service . Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to , follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605824, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a 1-page statement demonstrating your commitment to DEIJ initiatives; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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