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Founding Program Director/ Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD)

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Founding Program Director/ Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD)


Presbyterian College, in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as their Founding Program Director of their Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.  Presbyterian College invites applications and nominations for this exciting opportunity to build the new doctoral program from the ground up.  Reporting to the Provost, the program director will lead the OTD program in supporting the advancement of OT practice within the institution, local community, and region. The program director will supervise and maintain responsibility for the fieldwork coordinator, instructional faculty, and staff in all activities that directly relate to the program. The program director will direct the development and ongoing revision of the mission, vision, and key goals for the program. The Program Director will have a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment.


Presbyterian College (PC)

Presbyterian College (otherwise known as PC) was founded in 1880 by Dr. William Plumer Jacobs, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, South Carolina. The institution is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA through the Synod of the South Atlantic, which also provides both support and trustee responsibility for the College. South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida serve as the primary geographic service area, and today PC is an institution that enrolls more than 1200 students. It offers 42 majors in its College of Arts and Sciences and School of Pharmacy. A Physician Assistant Studies program is under development and pending review by ARC-PA and SACSCOC. PC actively supports professional development, and the college offers numerous grant opportunities for research and teaching.


PC has had six CASE South Carolina Professors of the Year between 1981 and 2015, twice as many as any other school in the state. 100% of its students participate in either an internship or a study abroad program, and a majority of students is active in either intercollegiate athletics,  intramural sports, or a wide variety of service activities. Visit www.presby.edu for further information.


Mission and Strategic Plan

The compelling purpose of Presbyterian College, as a church-related college, is to develop within the framework of Christian faith the mental, physical, moral, and spiritual capacities of each student in preparation for a lifetime of personal and vocational fulfillment and responsible contribution to our democratic society and the world community.


PC has adopted a new strategic plan, effective November 2017, called The Promise of PC. This strategic plan highlights the importance of growing undergraduate and graduate programs, assuring student success, valuing faculty and staff, and sharing the benefits of the PC experience with different communities. The development of a School of Health Professions is an integral objective of the strategic plan, for PC is committed to extending its portfolio of graduate opportunities based on the work done to date in Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies.


The South Carolina Upstate

Located in Clinton, South Carolina, near the intersection of Interstate 26 and Interstate 385, the College is approximately 40 minutes from the Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C., metro area and about one hour from Columbia, S.C. The area offers abundant opportunities for social and recreational activities in one of the fastest growing regions of the country with easy access to Charlotte, N.C., Asheville, N.C., and Atlanta, GA.


The Upstate is in the northwestern part of South Carolina, and the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson MSA was ranked seventh in the nation by site consultants considering the top markets for economic development and serves as home to BMW's only North American manufacturing plant, Michelin North America's headquarters, and Walgreens Southeast Distribution Center.  Microsoft, Milliken Company, and Bank of America are just some of the more than 25 corporations that also have a major presence in the Upstate.  The Upstate is also home to more than 20 colleges and universities, including PC.


Downtown shopping with a latte! Viewing beautiful waterfalls!  Fine cuisine! No matter what your style, the Upstate is the place for you. Historic sites dating back to the start of our country await you along with world-class entertainment in state-of-the-art venues. So whether it’s mountain biking, golfing, fishing or exploring history with your family, the Upstate has it all.


Broadway productions, world-class art exhibits and local theater productions provide plenty of entertainment choices for everyone. Our museums are recognized nationally and highlight the art, technology, history and culture of the region. The area has more than 500 sites of historic significance that include noteworthy American Revolution battlefields and sites. From tumbling waterfalls to scenic lakes, the Upstate’s natural beauty is sure to inspire you.


The Position

The program director will lead the OTD program in supporting the advancement of OT practice within the institution, local community, and region. The program director will supervise and maintain responsibility for the fieldwork coordinator, instructional faculty, and staff in all activities that directly relate to the program. The program director will direct the development and ongoing revision of the mission, vision, and key goals for the program. 


The program director will oversee the ACOTE accreditation process, develop policies and procedures for the program, recruit, hire, and evaluate the fieldwork coordinator, instructional faculty, and staff, support the design, evaluation, and enhancement of the curriculum, establish and manage the program budget, work with the fieldwork coordinator and others at the College to recruit student placement sites, promote the interests of the program within local and regional medical and academic communities, approve selection of potential applicants to the program and develop criteria for acceptance into the program. The program director will serve on or lead relevant committees that shape the future of OT and other health professions programs at the College. The program director will have a 12-month appointment (tenure-track) that will also include teaching in the program, professional development, and development of local and regional partnerships. The program director will also perform other responsibilities as assigned and will represent the program both internally on campus and at external functions.



The program director must meet the following qualifications.

  • The program director must be an initially certified occupational therapist who is licensed according to regulations in South Carolina;
  • The program director must hold a doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The doctoral degree is not limited to a doctorate in occupational therapy;
  • The program director must have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy;
  • This program director’s experience must include clinical practice as an occupational therapist; administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting; scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning); and at least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post-baccalaureate level;
  • The program director will work in the occupational therapy program on a full-time basis;
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate detailed understanding and ability to manage accreditation procedures outlined by ACOTE;
  • The successful candidate will also demonstrate superior expertise in teaching, scholarship, and service in higher education, with organizational and communication skills that highlight engaged leadership and creativity in working with others on campus to assemble a team and develop resources for programs.


Application Process

All correspondence relating to the OTD Program Director position should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Associate Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates

[email protected]

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  1. A cover letter outlining your experience and interest in Occupational Therapy and/or in related fields in higher education.
  2. A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health - related areas. 
  3. The names of five professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.


Applications submitted by June 8, 2018, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled. 


Presbyterian College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College seeks to hire the most qualified candidate and does not discriminate against any legally protected class.




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Posted: 5/3/2018
Application Due: 7/2/2018
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