Occupational Therapy Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Valparaiso University invites applications for the position of Occupational Therapy Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Valparaiso University (“Valpo”), a community of learning grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve both church and society. Located one hour southeast of Chicago on a 310-acre campus, Valpo is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Valpo is consistently recognized as one of the best private universities in the Midwest and is located in Valparaiso, Indiana, a county seat of 30,000 residents with high quality schools and an active social community.
This position is a full-time 12-month non-tenure track appointment beginning October 15, 2020. The AFWC is primarily responsible for coordinating the clinical education portion of the OTD curriculum, in collaboration with the OTD Program Director. This is a faculty position with teaching, scholarship, advisement, and service responsibilities in addition to the administration of clinical education. This position requires significant contact with students, outside constituents, professional consortiums, and AFWC faculty so teaching responsibilities have been significantly reduced in order to ensure that the needs of the fieldwork program are being met.
Candidates should be interested in working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds. In addition to strong academic qualifications and excellence in teaching, the University highly values experience in working across cultural and other significant differences.
Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES SUPERVISED BY THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
- Course management
- Clinical Education Program Planning, Implementation, and Assessment
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN COLLABORATION WITH THE OTHER CLINICAL COORDINATORS IN THE COLLEGE
- Communicates between the Academic Institution and Affiliated Clinical Education Sites
- Clinical Site Development
- Fieldwork Educator Development
- Works collaborative with the Clinical Education Coordinators within the College: Nursing, PA, Public Health
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Other responsibilities as assigned by the Academic Program Director
POSITION IN ORGANIZATION
Reports to: Academic Program Director
Collaborates with: Clinical Education Associates (Preceptors)
TECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL & PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIRED
To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Occupational Therapy Program
- Full-time core faculty teaching in OTD programs must hold a doctoral degree awarded by a ISDE-recognized regional accrediting body. The doctoral degree is not limited to a doctorate in occupational therapy. All degrees must be awarded by an institution that is accredited by a USDE-recognized regional accrediting body.
- Terminal academic degree preferred. Post professional master’s degree or clinical doctorate with demonstrated clinical expertise with plans to obtain a terminal academic degree will be considered.
- Experience with distance learning is preferred.
- A minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in the area of course content required.
- Experience in scholarly activity preferred.
LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATION
Must be currently licensed as an occupational therapist in campus specific state.
Travel is an expectation and requirement of the position. Site visits to clinical and doctoral capstone locations are often required to assess the suitability of the site and to monitor student’s performance. Visits to sites may be initiated by the site or the AFWC.
Submit application, including cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts, names and contact information of three references, teaching statement, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/78704. For specific questions or additional information about the search, contact Dr. Amanda Scott, Program Director at [email protected] Preference will be given to applications received by September 20, 2020.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support a diverse community. Its entire EEO policy can be found at http://www.valpo.edu/general-counsel/policies/equal-opportunity-policy/ .