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Assistant/Associate Professor (83046)

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

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Assistant/Associate Professor (83046)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Sep 24, 2021

The Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position to join a dynamic,  expanding and leading department in the USA. The successful applicant will serve as faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy, with primary responsibilities in research and teaching and secondary responsibilities in service activities as assigned. Research-related duties include all aspects of scholarship such as proposal development and submission; implementing and executing existing and new grants; scientific dissemination including conference presentations, manuscript publications, knowledge translation activities, and scientific report writing; and mentoring graduate students.

The Department of Occupational Therapy ( ) is a top-ten ranked Department in the USA according to the 2020 U.S. News and World Report and a national leader in occupational therapy education and research. The Department has active and federally funded research programs targeting assessment and intervention in the areas of driving rehabilitation and community mobility, learning and developmental disabilities, and aging. The Department is also home to the Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation. The Department offers outstanding academic programs that include a Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program, a BHS-OTD accelerated program and a post-professional certificate in Driver Rehabilitation Therapy.  As a national leader in occupational therapy clinical and research training, the Department offers an inter-professional U.S. Department of Education training grant for Doctor of Occupational Therapy students and is a co-leader in the NIH-funded K12 Rehabilitation Research Career Development consortium.

The University of Florida, ranked 5h for public universities in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report, is a comprehensive doctoral research-extensive university that includes a full range of academic departments and programs ( It has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service and is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. The College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP; is part of the University’s Health Science Center, which also includes the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine.  PHHP and the Health Science Center provides a wealth of opportunities for research collaboration including the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Healthstreet, the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment, Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health, Evelyn and William L. McKnight Brain Institute, Institute for Child Health Policy, and OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium. The Department has a longstanding partnership with the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center.

Gainesville ( and is a mid-sized vibrant college town located in North Central Florida halfway between both coasts of Florida. Gainesville is a progressive university community with art/cultural institutions, small local businesses, multiple active spiritual communities, community policing models, and a diverse school district with K-12 Magnet programs.  Natural areas surround the city, offering many opportunities for outdoor recreation.


Minimum Requirement: Applicants must have a research doctorate in occupational therapy, rehabilitation science, occupational science, public health, or other rehabilitation science discipline or comparable area of specialization.  

Preferred:  Preferred candidates are licensed/license-eligible as an occupational therapist in the state of Florida. Successful applicants at the assistant professor level will have clearly defined expertise in their area of scholarship with initial success securing pilot funding, a record of peer-reviewed publications in credible journals, and experience with teaching and mentoring. Successful applicants at the associate professor level will have a strong record of federal grant funding in order to contribute to our vibrant research portfolio and demonstrated excellence in teaching, mentorship, and service. Preferred candidates are also those with experience teaching anatomy and kinesiology.

The University of Florida’s Department of Occupational Therapy seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Florida, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The Department of Occupational Therapy is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, research, and/or service.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants must submit an application packet, which includes a CV, letter of interest, and list of references. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable applicant pool has been established.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.



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