Department Chair, Occupational Therapy

West Long Branch
Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Monmouth University

Department Chair, Occupational Therapy

Department: School Of Nursing And Health Studies

Position Summary:

Monmouth University invites applications for the inaugural position of Department Chair for the Occupational Therapy (OT) Program.

The Chair will play a key role in the development of a new Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program for which we are seeking a 2019 start date, including responsibility for the overall planning, direction, and management of the OT program. We are seeking a high-energy academic leader to develop and lead the M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program. The Chair will need to be an enthusiastic and experienced leader who embraces the challenges of building a new graduate program.

The Chair will oversee the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) accreditation process, development curriculum; oversee laboratory space and coordinator daily operations; maintain ongoing collaboration with faculty to cultivate excellence in research/scholarship, teaching, and service and will have some teaching responsibilities. The Chair will play a key role in the design of the space for the occupational therapy program. For the Associate Professor position rank, preference will be given to individuals with an established national reputation and scholarly/research agenda, and history of grant-funded research.

Monmouth University grants master's degrees in fields of study from six academic schools and offers a doctorate in nursing practice. Currently approximately 1700 graduate students are enrolled in over 20 different degree programs. Graduate courses are offered at the main campus and the Monmouth University Graduate Center at Monmouth Park Corporate Center in West Long Branch, NJ. The Monmouth University Strategic Plan ( places an emphasis on growth in graduate education, expansion of graduate offerings, and continued reputation enhancement through graduate studies. We are aggressively seeking growth in graduate programs within the health sciences.

Growth in the School of Nursing & Health Studies over the past decade has included additional programs in Health Studies, Health and Physical Education, and Pre-licensure Nursing at the undergraduate level, and graduate programs in nursing a the master's and doctoral levels were joined by a master's Physician Assistant Program, and a program in Speech-Language Pathology offered through the School of Education. A similar search is being conducted for a Department Chair, Athletic Training, another new masters program to be initiated by the University.

The campus is ideally located just one mile from the ocean, offering everyone involved with the university a beautiful backdrop to study and practice in desired disciplines.

Required Degree, License or Certifications:
Doctoral degree

Required Skills or Software:
Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills

Required Years of Experience: 4

Other Requirements:

Doctoral degree in occupational therapy or a closely-related field.

Initial certification by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Current certification as an occupational therapist in New Jersey or license-eligible.

Four years of academic experience, including two years of teaching in a college or university, ACOTE accredited program.

Experience as a Program Director, Department Chair, Clinical Coordinator or similar administrative assignment.

Ability to teach in area of clinical /research experience. ACOT experience with accreditation standards and process.

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated experience with the ACOTE accreditation standards and process, team building, experience securing external funding in support of programmatic or research initiatives. Demonstrated evidence of scholarship productivity. One year experience with mentoring student research and a history of peer-reviewed publication.

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Posting Date: 03/28/2017
Closing Date:

Monmouth University is a private, mid-sized, residential university that is comprehensive in scope, supported by a broad commitment to the liberal arts. Founded in 1933, Monmouth offers 32 undergraduate and 23 graduate degree programs, and a doctoral program in Nursing Practice. Students benefit from a rigorous academic experience, small classes, and professors who meet the highest standards for scholarship and teaching. They participate in more than 90 active clubs and organizations including 14 fraternities and sororities, six media organizations, and an NCAA Division I athletics program fielding 21 teams, expanded to include swimming in 2015.

Monmouth's beautiful coastal campus is convenient to New York City and Philadelphia, in a vibrant economic region with dynamic arts programming, American Revolution history sites, and nationally recognized parks and golf courses. The 159-acre campus features 54 buildings, which include a blend of historic landmarks and state-of-the-art facilities.

Through its academic offerings in liberal arts, science, and professional programs, Monmouth provides a highly personalized education that prepares students to realize their potential and to become engaged citizens in a diverse and increasingly interdependent world. Within its student body, 29 states and 28 foreign nations are represented.

Five centers of distinction work to promote awareness of specific issues and meet the needs of local and global communities. Our Centers, run by top experts and professors, provide important services in areas including the environment, global affairs, public policy, the arts, and real estate.

For an eleventh consecutive year Monmouth University has been included in The Princeton Review's roster of "Best 380 Colleges," and "Best 296 Business Schools," and recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a top-40 school (Master's North) in U.S. News & World Report's list of "Best Colleges" rankings. Monmouth regularly receives top rankings in veteran-friendly schools and was recently included in Money magazine's list of "Best Colleges for Your Money."

Monmouth University is deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. The University's policy is to afford equal employment opportunities for all persons without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, protected veteran status, or mental or physical disability, including AIDS and HIV related illnesses. Additionally, Executive Order 11246, as amended, protects applicants and employees from discrimination based on inquiring about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees.


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