Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Ther
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Lewiston, ME 04240
Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy Program/Program Director
LAC Academic Programs – PACPLA
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Statement of Job:
The University of Southern Maine’s (USM) Lewiston Auburn College seeks candidates to join the current seven member occupational therapy faculty team for a nine month, tenure track appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. Depending on qualifications and interest, the successful candidate may also serve as Program Director for our ACOTE accredited Masters in Occupational Therapy. The department is also in the application phase of an additional entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctoral (pending candidacy approval) program. Thus, depending on qualifications and interest, the candidate may also be considered for leadership in the anticipated entry level OTD program. Rank will be determined based on prior teaching, scholarship, and service activities in higher education.
The occupational therapy department, located on USM’s Lewiston campus, takes an integrative and holistic approach in educating students to become occupational therapists. Classes place heavy emphasis on writing, student participation, and experiential learning. Graduates of this program are prepared to succeed in the health and community care contexts as ethical, socially responsible, life-long learners. We live our USM Service Promise Student Focused Every Day and we are looking for a faculty member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.
The major responsibilities of this position include: teach in the occupational therapy department in the area of his/her expertise, student advising, maintain an active scholarship agenda, and engage in professional and university service. In addition, depending on qualifications and interest the candidate may assume leadership and administrative responsibilities within the program to support accreditation and management of the occupational therapy department. Other major responsibilities include: engaging in experiential/service learning, research, supervision of evidence based practice projects, and serving on program, college, and university committees. While the programs are located on the Lewiston campus and most of our courses are taught there, you will be required to use distance education or other alternative delivery systems and potentially teach courses at any of the three geographical locations of our campus. For more information on our program:
We are the University of Everyone – committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
- Doctoral (e.g. PhD, EdD, ScD) or post professional OTD degree, by time of appointment.
- Occupational therapist licensed in the state of Maine or eligible for licensure in the state of Maine.
- Experience working in a collaborative, student centered, team-oriented environment.
- Minimum of eight years of experience in the field of occupational therapy including clinical practice in occupational therapy.
- Administrative experience including program planning & implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting.
- History of scholarship productivity consistent with Lewiston Auburn College promotion and tenure criteria.
- Knowledge and understanding of the role of the occupational therapy assistant.
- Minimum of three years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level. Candidates with three years of experience at the post baccalaureate level will be considered for leadership in the anticipated entry level OTD program.
- Experience with ACOTE accreditation at the program director level.
The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.
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Materials must be submitted via “Apply for position.” You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of the names and contact information for three references. If applicable, in the cover letter please express you interest in serving as the Director of the MOT and/or OTD programs. Pursuant to USM’s vision for cultivating an inclusive community, the search committee also asks candidates to write a description of how they would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at USM through their teaching, research, and service.
This position is open until filled.
Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.
Work Year Calendar:
Academic Year (Sept-May)
Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Diversity Statement, References
The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).