Assistant Professor - Occupational Therapy - Tenure Line

University of Puget Sound
Occupational Therapy

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Job Title: Assistant Professor - Occupational Therapy - Tenure Line
Location: Occupational Therapy
Full/Part Time:
Job ID: 5858
Faculty Posting Details Appointment: Full-time, tenure track position; rank appointment at assistant professor; or earned academic rank considered.

Responsibilities: We are seeking a doctorally-prepared occupational therapist to teach in our entry level MSOT and OTD occupational therapy programs. Teaching in our post-professional clinical doctorate (DrOT) program may be included, depending on the interest and expertise of the successful candidate.

Primary expertise desired in neuroscience, OT intervention and ideally low vision.

The mission of the School of Occupational Therapy is to prepare culturally sensitive graduates who provide client-centered, evidence and theory informed occupational therapy to diverse individuals, groups, and populations: enhancing clients’ participation in meaningful, everyday activities. Graduates use critical analysis of theory and multiple sources of evidence to make sound professional judgments resulting in science-based and creative solutions to the challenges of professional practice.

As such, we seek applicants who value experiential learning and have a strong grounding in the use of occupation-based theory to guide the occupational therapy process. Interest in and experience with assessment/measurement, research and evidence-based practice will ensure that the right candidate will be successful teaching and mentoring students in our programs.

Previous experience teaching in an established entry-level OTD program and mentoring doctoral capstone projects would also be highly valued.

Standard teaching assignment is three units per semester and may include instruction in our student-led clinic. Other duties include continuation of scholarly work; advising students; supervision of student (MSOT and OTD) collaborative evidence projects, doctoral capstone projects, and post-professional doctoral research projects (on the years we have a DrOT cohort); participation in the admissions process, and participation in department and university governance.

Qualifications: PhD (or equivalent research doctorate), five or more years of professional clinical experience and a commitment to liberal arts education. Candidates who are near completion of a research doctorate will be considered. Candidates must have or qualify for a Washington State Occupational Therapist license. Teaching, research experience, and an established record of scholarly activities are desirable.

Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than July 9, 2021 to ensure consideration. To apply, please submit the required documents outlined below.

Required Documents:

Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Diversity statement
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • 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 applicant's 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: Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

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

About Puget Sound:

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. Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, residential, national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries. 65% of 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 university offers 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.

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

Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State

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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The University of Puget Sound is an independent residential undergraduate liberal arts college with selected graduate programs building effectively on a liberal arts foundation. The University, as a community of learning, maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interaction.

The mission of the University is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning, preparing the University's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

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