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Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy (Tenure-track) - Utica College

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy position. This position is a 10-month, tenure-track faculty appointment in the Utica College Department of Occupational Therapy, which includes an entry-level Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy and a post-professional OT Doctoral (OTD) program. While the full complement of duties is determined in consultation with the Dean of Health Professions and Education and the chair of the Occupational Therapy department, the duties of this position are based primarily on the needs of the specific Occupational Therapy courses and personnel being served.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.

Primary responsibilities include:


• Teaching duties will be established in consultation with the Dean of Health Professions & Education and the chair of the Occupational Therapy department. Establishing productive and engaging on-campus and online learning environments is essential. Teaching load consistent with American Association of University Professors – Utica College (AAUP-UC) contractual agreement. Creative Accomplishment/Research:

• Continue active development of scholarly and/or creative agenda in manner congruent with American Association of University Professors – Utica College (AAUP-UC) contractual agreement and professional interests.


• Report directly to the Dean of Health Professions & Education.

• Attend on campus meetings and events as outlined by the AAUP-UC contract.

• Attend department and School meetings.

• Make recommendations to the faculty regarding updating curriculum in the areas of course oversight.


• Service to the department, School of Health Professions and Education, Utica College and the profession is expected.


•A terminal doctoral degree in occupational therapy (Ph.D, EdD, DSc) or related field is preferred. However, candidates with an OTD and a strong research history, teaching experience and clinical background are encouraged to apply. ABD candidates will be considered as well.

•At least five years of occupational therapy practice experience with children or adults. Areas of specialization are open.

•Teaching experience preferred.

•Research experience and evidence of publication history preferred.

•Interest and expertise in theory development, leadership, community practice and/or advocacy also desired.

•Applicants must be eligible for occupational therapy licensure in New York.

Utica College:

Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.

Application Information:

To apply, submit a letter of application, CV, and two references. Candidates are asked to submit an additional reflective statement about teaching in the required applicant document titled “diversity statement”. Since Utica College strives to be a diverse and inclusive community, it is essential that you include in this statement a reflection on the kinds of experiences you have had, and the kinds of approaches you would take, teaching and working with a diverse student body. (For the definition of diversity that we use at Utica College, please see the following web page: http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/diversity/aboutus.cfm.)

Applications that do not address diversity will be considered incomplete.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf

All application materials must be submitted online at the following link: https://uc.peopleadmin.com/postings/3101

For full consideration, complete applications must be received by March 26, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. References letters will be solicited for on campus interviews.

Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.