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Director, Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program

Rochester Institute of Technology

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Director, Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
CHST Wegmans School of Health & Nutrition

Detailed Job Description
The College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is initiating an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program and invites applications and nominations for the full-time, 12-month, tenure-track or non-tenure track position of Program Director and an academic rank commensurate with experience in teaching and scholarship at the Associate Professor level or higher, or Professor of Practice (non-tenure track). The OTD program will be housed in the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, joining the Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Science undergraduate programs, and graduate programs in Dietetics and Nutrition and Health and Well-being Management. The program is planned to meet Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) accreditation requirements.

The Director of the OTD Program is responsible for developing and implementing the program, attaining and maintaining ACOTE accreditation. This includes curriculum planning and development, designing and management of facility resources, recruiting and hiring faculty and staff and working on the Application for Candidacy. Excellence in teaching and scholarship activities is expected in addition to program leadership and the detailed management of clinical experiences and student progress required to retain ACOTE accreditation. Confidence of incorporating technology into occupational therapy to establish the OTD program that addresses the current and emerging issues of occupational therapy as an expanding discipline is expected. Experience with college pedagogical methods including online course delivery is anticipated. As the Director of a new program, significant collaboration with university offices and involvement in enhancing program visibility and student recruitment and retention are expected.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT's core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description
RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology is poised to transform the quality, safety, and affordability of health care. By combining technology and medicine, the college seeks to educate 21st-century healthcare professionals, develop new patient-focused programs and systems, effectively assess community needs, and develop and apply innovative healthcare delivery practice. The College of Health Sciences and Technology will build on a foundation of liberal arts and basic sciences. Students will gain advanced knowledge in theoretical science and practical applications in experiential learning environments. These experiences will prepare students to serve humanity as practitioners, scientists, and leaders through their contribution to, and the provision of, high-quality patient care, healthcare service, and/or applied translational biomedical research.

Envisioned as an opportunity to develop new approaches to better enable and prepare healthcare practitioners to take advantage of the future of technology embedded care and support, the College of Health Sciences and Technology consists of 3 academic units: the Department of Clinical Health Professions, the Department of Medical Sciences, Health and Management, and the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition and offers BS degrees in Biomedical Sciences, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Exercise Science, Nutritional Sciences, and Physician Assistant (BS/MS) and graduate degrees in Dietetics and Nutrition (MS), Health Systems Management (MS), Health and Well-Being Management (MS), Medical Illustration (MFA) and a PhD internship program in Clinical Psychology. Rochester Institute of Technology has an affiliation with Rochester Regional Health. The program director will be the liaison with Rochester Regional Health to manage the program and for collaborations in teaching, research, and clinical practice.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Academic doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, DSc, and OT, or OTD)
  • Licensed or eligible for occupational therapy licensure in New York state;
  • Knowledge of occupational therapy accreditation criteria from ACOTE and state agency regulations;
  • Administrative experience related to program planning, implementation, assessment, and management, preferably an OTD program;
  • Demonstrated competence with fiscal and facility planning, personnel recruitment and management, arranging and monitoring clinical collaborations including related contractual negotiations;
  • A record of excellent teaching skills in a higher education;
  • Scholarship/research/publication experience and record appropriate for appointed academic rank;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills to apply to inter-professional education development;
  • Commitment to diversity and equity practices in all aspects of the OTD program.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

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How to Apply
Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 8348BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:
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Additional Details

Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit and

As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employee’s pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RIT’s Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at:

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov

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