Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy

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Job Title: Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy
Location: Occupational Therapy
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 5552
Faculty Posting Details Appointment: Full-time, ongoing clinical line position to begin Fall 2021


We are pleased to announce that the University of Puget Sound is seeking a doctorally-prepared occupational therapist to teach in our dual track entry-level Masters’ of Science and Doctorate occupational therapy programs. Additionally, teaching in our Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program may be included depending on the expertise of the successful candidate

Primary teaching responsibilities will include adult related content areas. Knowledge and expertise in the following topic areas would be valued: functional anatomy, evaluation and treatment of adult physical disabilities, wheelchair seating and positioning, functional mobility, and the use of physical agent modalities.

The standard teaching assignment is three units per semester. Additional duties beyond classroom teaching include professional development, student advising, supervision of student research and evidence-based practice projects (both entry-level and post-professional), and participation in departmental and university governance.


PhD (or equivalent research doctorate) or post-professional clinical doctorate, 5 or more years of clinical experience, supervisory experience, and a commitment to liberal arts education. Candidates close to completion of a doctorate will be considered. Candidates must have or qualify for a Washington State Occupational Therapist license. Teaching and research experience is highly desirable.

Application Deadline:

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than January 15, 2021 to ensure consideration, or until the position is filled.

Required Documents:

Please submit the documents listed below. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Diversity statement (see prompt below)
  • Three letters of reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.

Applicant's Diversity Statement:

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant’s diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicants can express their qualification:

  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university’s DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one’s effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.
Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Clinical Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

About Puget Sound and the School of Occupational Therapy:

The University of Puget Sound is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and known for its mild climate and easy access to the water as well as to mountains. The area is popular for many summer and winter sports. Puget Sound is a residential, undergraduate liberal arts college, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries, and is among only 40 institutions included in Colleges That Change Lives. Freshman and sophomore students live on the 97-acre campus and the remainder typically live within a mile in the surrounding neighborhood. A low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The mission of the University of Puget Sound is to develop in its students the capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence.

The US News and World Report ranks Puget Sound in the top ¼ of Best Occupational Therapy Schools. The School of Occupational Therapy recently celebrated its 75th anniversary as an OT program and we believe that the liberal arts emphasis at the university serves to enhance the study of occupational therapy. Nurtured in a collaborative yet academically rigorous environment, our students learn to think critically and analytically, develop professional values and goals, and become intellectually autonomous. Students benefit from innovative project opportunities, comprehensive fieldwork experiences, and a curriculum designed to develop professional reasoning skills, build exceptional documentation skills, and prepare them to exceed the minimum requirements for entry-level practice. Both the campus and the School of Occupational Therapy value community partnerships and experiential learning. Occupational therapy students participate in unique fieldwork I experiences through community and onsite clinical experiences in mental health, adult physical disabilities and pediatrics.

Occupational therapy faculty work as part of a supportive community and have the advantage of working collaboratively both within the School of Occupational Therapy as well as with other departments across campus. Occupational therapy faculty have had the opportunity to provide input and expertise as Puget Sound seeks to prepare for future challenges in higher education and strategically add new graduate programs.

Teaching load is 6 units total with 3 units in the Fall and 3 units in Spring. Summers are generally open for research and professional development. Puget Sound provides a range of opportunities for faculty support including the ability to apply for research funds, release units, conference participation support, and sabbaticals.

Puget Sound has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy,

University Diversity Statement

    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.




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Posted: 10/13/2020
Application Due: 9/11/2021
Work Type: Full Time