Assistant Clinical Professor/Fieldwork Coordinator-Occupational Therapy

Flagstaff, Arizona
Salary is commensurate with academic credentials and experience.
Jun 08, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

Northern Arizona University’s entry level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program invites applications for a full-time, 12-month clinical faculty appointment to serve as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. The position could start as early as July 1, 2018.

The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is directly responsible to the Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy. He/she is responsible for overall development, management and documentation of Level I & II fieldwork education including:

  • support a leading program in fieldwork education that exemplifies best practices in fieldwork education.
  • oversight and continual assurance of compliance of all fieldwork activities with the current Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) educational standards and the Department’s strategic plan.
  • congruence between course and fieldwork content that ensure readiness for entry-level practice upon graduation and certification examination success.
  • fieldwork site and fieldwork educator recruitment and development reflecting supervision and learning activities congruent with curriculum philosophy and model.
  • fieldwork student placement and advisement including negotiation and conflict resolution, site contract negotiation and record maintenance.
  • oversight & leadership of the department’s student learning outcomes assessment program and curriculum assessment related to fieldwork education.
  • exemplify and promote the curriculum’s mission and learning outcomes through the delivery of the fieldwork education program.
  • engagement in NAU's faculty role in teaching, scholarship and service

Clinical faculty workload activities vary based on department need and annual performance goals for each faculty member. Workload typically reflects 80% teaching, 10% scholarly activities and 10% service.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Eligible for occupational therapy licensure in Arizona
  • An earned doctoral degree from an institution regionally accredited by the USDE.
  • 3 years or more of experience as an occupational therapist in a clinical setting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in establishing a scholarship of practice and/or teaching/learning agenda
  • Certified practice-related specialization as recognized by the AOTA or other nationally-recognized certification process
  • Completion of the AOTA Fieldwork Educator Certificate Workshop
  • Record of teaching at the university-level
  • Experience working with occupational therapy students in a classroom and/or fieldwork setting
  • Record of professional service
  • Record of professional leadership
  • Current NBCOT Certification
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds

General Information

Northern Arizona University (NAU) has an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctoral program on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC), located in downtown Phoenix. The inaugural cohort graduated in May of 2017 and is currently enrolling a cohort of forty-five students to start in the fall of 2018. The program successfully obtained accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) for a seven year period of time.  Students are being prepared to be transformative practice scholars with entry-level doctoral competencies for practice and leadership.

This program joins NAU’s Physician Assistant Studies, Athletic Training and Physical Therapy-Phoenix extension 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.  The department is establishing programs with indigenous Native American groups.

Northern Arizona University is a 30,368-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

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 the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report.  The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.  The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing. 

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website at:  A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


Salary is commensurate with academic credentials and 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

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

Submission Deadline

 This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on May 21, 2018.

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' links, locate vacancy 603718, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the new page.

 Application must include an attachment that contains: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) names and contact information for three references.  Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word document.

If you have problems submitting application attachments in the form of a Word or PDF document please contact [email protected] for assistance.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at 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.