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Instructor Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Parker University
Texas, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
May 26, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Health & Medicine, Occupational Therapy
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Parker University is seeking full-time campus-based faculty in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program to teach pediatric specialty didactic, laboratory and clinical courses in the OTA program.


JOB OBJECTIVES:  To provide students with core knowledge in the applicable program of study. This includes educating them to successfully complete appropriate licensing exams, participate in wellness promotion, health assessment, diagnosis, and case management of a patient's health care needs.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED FROM: Appropriate Program Director and Dean within the College of Health Sciences 


STATUS: Exempt


 Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Course Management:  Faculty members are responsible to design, deliver and manage their course in accordance with the guidance provided to them by their direct supervisor.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Prepare and adhere to a syllabus in Parker’s required format.
  • Clearly communicate course requirements, means of evaluation, deadlines, and policies to students.
  • Hold classes and laboratories as scheduled; take attendance and submit it timely.
  • Develop high-quality means of evaluating student learning outcomes and apply them fairly and consistently in accordance with Parker policies, as well as methods and timelines set forth in the syllabus.
  • Submit final grades and required course documentation timely.
  • Follow Parker policies and procedures in all elements of course management.
  • Address student concerns identified in course evaluations.


  • Student Interaction:  Faculty members generally have more direct contact with students than any other institutional employee and are responsible to manage that contact consistent with the highest ethical and professional standards.  
  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with students.
  • Respond timely to student e-mails and voicemails.
  • Provide advising and additional academic support including maintaining required office hours to review examinations and other graded work and directing student towards appropriate resources.
  • Monitor student performance and attendance, contact students at risk, submit early alerts when appropriate.
  • Fairly and consistently apply Parker academic and student conduct policies.


  • Curricular and Programmatic Quality, Integrity, and Review:  The faculty, within the framework provided by programmatic accreditation standards and institutional vision and mission, has responsibility for curricular maintenance and improvement.
  • Assist in vertical and horizontal integration of curriculum.
  • Participate in Quality Enhancement Plan, OSCE exams, and other activities designed to evaluate student learning outcomes.
  • Contribute to maintenance and/or improvement of programmatic outcomes such as National exam scores, Student Satisfaction Surveys, Graduate Exit Surveys, etc.
  • When applicable, the Lead Faculty in a discipline, within the framework provided by accreditation standards and institutional vision and mission, is responsible for leading curricular maintenance and improvement with direct involvement of the other faculty in the discipline.


  • Professionalism and Scholarly Activity:  Faculty members are part of the overall institutional team and are expected to not only contribute to the success of their individual courses and/or program, but also to the success of the University as a whole.
  • Engage with all Parker stakeholders in accordance with Parker values, policies and procedures.  
  • Respond timely to requests from direct supervisor, as well as other University offices.
  • Attend and participate in University events, including scheduled faculty meetings and three commencements per year.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development in discipline(s) taught and educational methods.
  • Contribute to scholarly works.
  • Participate in service activities.


All faculty:

  • Bachelors and/or Master’s degree in Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant awarded by an institution that is accredited by a United States Department of Education (USDE) - recognized regional or national accrediting body required.
  • Must hold a current Texas license in Occupational Therapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant, license in good standing (or be eligible for licensure in Texas) and Certification from the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). 
  • Initial practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant a plus
  • Knowledge of ACOTE accreditation standards
  • Experience/Expertise in area of instruction, curriculum development/design, course outcome assessment/evaluation, and academic advisement highly preferred. 
  • One (1) year of college level teaching experience preferred. 

Pediatrics Specialty

  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy Assistant in Pediatrics (Acute Care, NICU, In-patient Rehabilitation, School based, Homecare, and Outpatient) setting, required. 



  • Ability to conduct normal classroom and hands on lab courses; This may include lifting, pulling, pushing, bending or squatting.
  • Requires ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand and walk. 
  • Ability to occasionally lift, carry and/or move medium weight up to twenty-five (25) pounds and/or exert up to twenty-five (25) pounds of force. 
  • Gross and fine motor skills; Visual acuity to use a keyboard and view a computer terminal.  Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp required to assist students with providing safe and effective procedures. 

  • Competence in their respective field of study.
  • Must show promise as an effective teacher.
  • Effective communication in the English language, both verbal and written. 
  • Proficiency with appropriate lab equipment.
  • Proficiency in software applications common in higher education environments, such as the Microsoft Suite student information systems, and Learning Management Systems
  • Organizational skills
  • Compliance with the applicable state and federal laws and regulations and accepted industry standards as associated with courses taught in their respective discipline.
  • Professional dress and demeanor; positive attitude and willingness to work with other faculty as part of a team and be supportive of the University.
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