Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy

University of Puget Sound
Occupational Therapy

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Four-Year Institution

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Job Title: Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy
Location: Occupational Therapy
Full/Part Time:
Job ID: 6367
Faculty Posting Details

Occupational Therapy Positions for Fall 2022

The University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy, which is ranked by The US News and World Report in the top ¼ of Best Occupational Therapy Schools, is pleased to announce openings for three full-time (non-tenure track), clinic line positions to teach in our dual-track MSOT and OTD entry-level programs. These positions include opportunities for building an academic career that includes teaching, mentorship, professional growth and scholarship, and curriculum development. Opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration are also available.


These positions carry primary responsibility for teaching required courses in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) and Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) programs. Additional duties include graduate student advising, mentoring of student-practitioner collaborative evidence projects and/or doctoral capstone projects, ongoing curriculum evaluation and development, continuation and dissemination of one's own scholarly work, participation in admissions processes, and participation in department and university service. Opportunities for teaching and/or administration in the on-site clinics and/or community-based clinics as well as multi-disciplinary collaborations with other programs may also be available. Teaching in our post-professional clinical doctorate (DrOT) program may be included in the years that the program is offered, depending on the interest and expertise of the successful candidate(s).

Consistent with the mission of the School of Occupational Therapy to “prepare culturally sensitive graduates who provide client-centered, evidence and theory informed occupational therapy to diverse individuals, groups, and populations and enhance clients’ participation in meaningful, everyday activities” 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. Teaching in a manner that supports students in developing the ability to “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” is a priority within our program.

Collaboration in teaching is highly valued in the School of Occupational Therapy thus, teaching assignments may include independent or co-teaching in various courses. Specific teaching responsibilities will be determined according to the interest and expertise of the successful candidates. Primary expertise is desired in some combination of the following areas:

  • functional anatomy,
  • biomechanics,
  • applied neuroscience,
  • foundations of occupational therapy,
  • intersection of sociocultural factors, diversity and health,
  • ergonomics,
  • work hardening,
  • assessment/measurement,
  • OT practice with geriatric populations,
  • pediatric mental health,
  • research methods,
  • evidence-based practice, or
  • knowledge translation

Standard teaching assignment is six units, primarily assigned during the academic year. Summer teaching, where applicable, is focused mainly on mentoring student projects.


  • A post-professional doctorate, professional practice experience and a commitment to liberal arts education are foundational to success in these positions. Candidates who are near completion of a post-professional doctorate will be considered.
  • A minimum of five years of professional clinical experience are preferred, however candidates with three or more years of clinical experience will be considered.
  • Candidates must have or be eligible for a Washington State Occupational Therapist license.
  • Previous experience teaching in an established entry-level MSOT and/or OTD program and mentoring student projects are highly valued.
  • Research experience and a plan for scholarly activities are desirable.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin March 17, 2022 and continue until positions are filled.

Required Documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter indicating ability to teach at least 2-3 areas of primary expertise from the list specified above
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Diversity statement (see prompt below)
  • Names and email addresses of three (3) professional references. The electronic application system will email these providers on the next business day

Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.

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: 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 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 outdoor leisure and sports activities. Puget Sound is a primarily residential, liberal arts university, with select graduate programs that align with the university’s mission. Drawing students from virtually every state and several countries, Puget Sound is among only 40 institutions included in Colleges That Change Lives. 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.

As a nationally ranked program, The School of Occupational Therapy recently celebrated its 75th anniversary 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.

Puget Sound provides a range of opportunities for faculty support including the ability to apply for research funds, conference participation support, and sabbaticals. Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State. See the following link:

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. More information on faculty resources can be found here:

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 all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.


Working at University of Puget Sound

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.

The University of Puget Sound campus offers a unique blend of ingredients for immersing yourself in learning: the unparalleled scenery of the Pacific Northwest, traditional Tudor-Gothic architecture, leafy enclaves for quiet study, and common areas infused with an indisputable energy. The campus is just minutes away from downtown Tacoma, with its revitalized waterfront, thriving arts and culture scene, and an eclectic mix of retail shops and restaurants.

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