Full-Time Faculty: Department of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Indiana Wesleyan University
Marion, IN

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Job no: 492398
Work type: Faculty, Full-Time
Location: Marion, IN
Categories: Faculty

Job Title: Full-Time Faculty: Department of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Reporting Relationship: Program Director of Occupational Therapy

Unit: National & Global

Department: SHS-Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Campus Location: Ott Hall of Sciences & Nursing

Summary of Position: All faculty members of the Occupational Therapy Program at Indiana Wesleyan University support and actively contribute to the mission of the institution by seeking to create a Christ-centered academic community committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.
Position is a full-time, 12-month faculty appointment. Faculty in the occupational therapy program are responsible for teaching graduate students, mentoring graduate research projects, advising students, and providing service to the department, the School of Health Sciences, Indiana Wesleyan University and our surrounding community.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • ACOTE Standard A.2.3: Core faculty who are occupational therapists possess the academic and experiential qualifications and backgrounds that are necessary to meet the program objectives and the mission of the institution.
    • Core faculty can document expertise in their area of teaching responsibility and knowledge of the content delivery method.
    • Core faculty are expected to contribute to ongoing curriculum design/improvement and program evaluation.
  • ACOTE Standard A.2.6: Core faculty who are occupational therapists are currently licensed in the state of Indiana.
  • ACOTE Standard A.2.7: All full-time teaching in the program must hold a doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a USDE-recognized regional accrediting body. The doctoral degree is not limited to a doctorate in occupational therapy.
  • Teach graduate School of Health Sciences course(s) as assigned
  • Select teaching and evaluation strategies appropriate to the students and setting
  • Present ideas clearly
  • Create a climate and culture that is conducive to learning
  • Engage in curriculum development related to current and new courses
  • Educate occupational therapy graduate students with a focus on occupation and evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrate proficiency in face-to-face teaching and the use of the Indiana Wesleyan learning management system for distributing course materials to traditional on-campus students
  • Teach courses in foundations as well as a specialty practice areas
  • Collaborate with fellow faculty members within the School of Health Sciences to develop and participate in courses, research projects and community service
  • Engage in scholarly activities within and outside the department
  • Advise students
  • Participate in department and college-wide committees and meetings
  • Serve on program, school and university committees
  • Participate in state and/or local community service that is recognized form of career development
  • Maintain a personal professional development plan, which may include research and/or other creative activities, to assure growth and currency within the academic field
  • Display behavior consistent with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) professional standards and ethics
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Terminal degree (PhD, EdD, OTD or equivalent in a field related to Occupational Therapy).
  • Must also be licensed or eligible for licensure as an Occupational Therapist in the state of Indiana and have a current NBCOT certification.


  • A minimum of three (3) years clinical experience in occupational therapy is required
  • A commitment to teaching excellence is required.
  • A minimum of one (1) year of post-secondary teaching experience preferred.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrates a mature personal faith in Jesus Christ and willingly embraces the theological and lifestyle commitments of the Wesleyan Church
  • Capable of exercising mature spiritual leadership in all aspects of teaching, scholarship, and service to the Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) program
  • Possesses the interpersonal qualities and skills to work effectively as a member of the Indiana Wesleyan University Health Sciences faculty team
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and current developments in the field of OT study, including the ability to document expertise in area(s) of teaching responsibility and knowledge of the content delivery method
  • Knowledge of instructional strategies and techniques
  • Identification of needs of students based on the academic curriculum design and accreditation standards
  • Skills for evaluation of the impact of teaching on the teaching-learning process and implementation of modifications as appropriate
  • Capable of inspiring a shared vision for the OTD program among internal and external stakeholders
  • Skills in interpreting and action upon recommendations identified in course and program evaluation
  • Skills in the use of computers, internet resources, and MS Office software
  • Oral Comprehension-the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Oral Expression-the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
  • Written Expression-the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
  • Written Comprehension-the ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
  • Problem Sensitivity-the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
  • Deductive Reasoning-the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  • Inductive Reasoning-the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (include finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
  • Speech Clarity-the ability to speak clearly so others can understand the content conveyed
  • Speech Recognition-the ability to identify and understand the speech of another person
  • Ability to advice, instruct, manage, and motivate students for excellence in their academic pursuits
  • Ability to utilize relevant computer application in Indiana Wesleyan University's online integrated database system for student advising, grading, and online instruction
  • Ability to integrate appropriate technology into the teaching and learning process
  • Ability to successfully interact with students, fieldwork educators, residency mentors, other educators and institution representatives, and the general public in a professional manner
  • Knowledge of the student support programs and services offered by Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Interest and ability to work collaboratively in inter-professional, educational, and clinical settings
  • Adherence to the AOTA Code of Standards and Ethics


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

Advertised: 31 Aug 2021 US Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 24 Sep 2022 US Eastern Daylight Time


Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church, which has its world headquarters in Indianapolis. The University was founded in 1920 and is committed to liberal arts and professional education.

With a current enrollment exceeding 15,000, IWU is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as "one of the best Master's universities in the Midwest." IWU is the largest institution in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the largest private university in the state of Indiana.indiana_wesleyan_university1.jpg

IWU is organized into five principal academic units:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences: Founded on a traditional, residential educational model enriched by innovative instructional programs, the College of Arts and Sciences serves more than 2,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students in over 80 liberal arts, pre-professional and professional major fields.
  • The College of Adult and Professional Studies: Providing educational opportunities for working adults through instruction at locations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio and across the globe through online instruction, the College of Adult and Professional Studies serves more than 6,000 undergraduate and almost 4,000 graduate students, primarily in the fields of business and education.
  • The Graduate School: The Graduate School establishes faculty and curricular standards for graduate education at IWU, facilitates the professional development of over 4,700 graduate students and leads strategic planning for the development of additional graduate programs.
  • The School of Nursing: With more than 1,800 undergraduate students in pre-licensure and post-licensure educational programs and over 380 graduate students, the IWU School of Nursing is accomplishing our world-changing mission in the field of health care, carrying the model of whole-person care into hospitals and health care settings around the world.
  • Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University: With more than 150 students in the Master of Divinity program and over 90 Master of Arts in Ministry students, the first seminary of The Wesleyan Church is impacting congregations throughout the country. The Master of Divinity program provides on-the-job ministry training in an innovative format both onsite and online. Wesley Seminary has also recently launched an accredited Spanish Master of Divinity program, with most of the coursework completed online.

The University offers educational programs in three student-focused formats: On the traditional residential campus in Marion; at regional education centers; and through IWUOnline, the University's innovative internet-based delivery system, which currently serves more than 7,000 degree-seeking students.

The University's visually striking 365-acre campus in Marion is located near Interstate 69, about an hour from both Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Adult education classes are taught at other Indiana education centers in Columbus, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis (north and west), Kokomo, Merrillville, Shelbyville and Greenwood. The University also five education centers in Ohio (Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland East and West) and three centers in Kentucky (Louisville, Lexington and Florence.)

During the past two decades, new construction and renovation have transformed IWU's Marion campus into a debt-free, ultra-modern, student-focused facility. IWU also offers adult and professional studies programs and conference services at 18 regional sites in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Each leading-edge education center, designed to meet the needs of busy adults, is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms, computers, electronic library access, study rooms and break areas.

Several buildings on the Marion campus represent the University's commitment to holistic student formation. Those facilities include:

  • Jackson Library, the academic heart of the University, houses more than 110,000 bound volumes, 200,000 micro formats and 650 journal subscriptions. The library's impressive two-story rotunda houses the "Society of World Changers" where busts of honorees are displayed.
  • Williams Prayer Chapel, the spiritual soul of the University, provides a peaceful, aesthetically appealing sanctuary for personal prayer.
  • A multi-purpose Recreation and Wellness Center, the physical core of the University, features multiple gymnasiums, weight rooms, a swimming pool climbing wall and other personal and corporate conditioning amenities.
  • The Barnes Student Center, the largest building on campus, is the social hub of the University. The center offers a full range of student life services including a cinema, coffee house, health center, student-operated businesses and various dining options.
  • The Phillippe Performing Arts Center, the cultural center of the University, seats 1,200 people for concerts, recitals and theatrical performances. This acoustically engineered building was awarded the Gold Citation for exceptional architectural design.
  • A 3,800-seat Chapel Auditorium opened in January 2010. Student chapel services, concerts and convocations area held in the facility, which also serves as a large gathering space for both the University and the community.


The University's mission is to change the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership. IWU employs a well-credentialed faculty that annually receives national and international recognition for teaching, research and creative performance. Many hold national leadership positions in their respective fields.

IWU's Center for Life Calling and Leadership has earned a national reputation for excellence rooted in groundbreaking research and innovative application. The Center provides counseling, testing and mentoring at key transition points during the college experience to help students identify their unique sense of calling, purpose and career fit.

The College of Adult and Professional Studies is one of the nation's premier Christian adult higher education organizations, having been at the forefront of innovation in adult higher education for over two decades. The College of Adult and Professional Studies is home to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Center for Research in Adult Learning.

IWU was one of 12 independent colleges chosen nationally to receive the Foundation of Excellence Award from the Policy Center on the First Year of College. As a result, IWU is helping develop programs and best practices that many institutions across the country will view as the standard for outstanding first-year programming.

The academic quality of IWU students is commendable. The grade-point average of the incoming freshman class in the College of Arts and Sciences is 3.55, first to second year retention stands at 75 percent, and the six-year graduation rate is 69 percent. All of these numbers are above average relative to peer institutions. Additionally, the John Wesley Honors College helps attract and retain academically gifted students.

IWU faculty members have received awards from Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Student Advocate.

IWU has 17 intercollegiate sports teams and participates in the Mid-Central Conference (MCC), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Recent teams have won national championships in men's golf, women's tennis, women's basketball and women's indoor track.

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