Clinical Assistant Professor Occupational Therapy

Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

Job description

Posting Number: F393P

Department: Health, Human Performance, & Recreation

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

The University of Arkansas- Fayetteville (UAF) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have partnered to develop this clinical OTD. The program will prepare graduates:

  • To challenge the boundaries of current occupational therapy practice through purposeful exploration of new models of care
  • To be innovative practitioners, identifying needs in their clinics & communities and designing interventions & programs to meet those needs
  • Who are prepared to work at the top of their license in integrated interprofessional teams to best meet societies’ needs
  • To be active global citizens and advocates for occupational justice and improved quality of life for all people
  • To promote health, wellness, and participation through the intentional use of occupation

Twenty four students will be admitted to the program in the 2019-2020 academic year, and the program will grow to 32 students per three-year cohort by 2024. There will be learning spaces on both campus (1 mile apart) and in an OT House.

Job Type: Faculty

Faculty Status
Non Tenure Track

Appointment Percent: 100

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Salary: Commensurate with Education and/or Experience

Campus, Office Location
Fayetteville Campus – Graduate Education Building

Summary of Job Duties

The Clinical Assistant Professor will work with the program director and OT faculty in this developing OTD program to design the curriculum, develop course content and lab activities, and establish relationships with community partners. This is a 12-month non-tenure faculty position with significant teaching, student advisement, and mentoring responsibilities. Service, participation in student projects, and some scholarship are also required.

All faculty in this program will be expected to participate in practice and in the supervision of students in the clinic or the community. All faculty will participate in the fieldwork process and may do site visits. Travel may be required for this position.

Students will not be admitted into this program until 2019-2020 academic year so this is a rare opportunity for a forward thinking individual to have dedicated time to collaborate with a core group of incoming faculty to create an OTD program grounded in occupation and innovation, to build or further a scholarship agenda, and engage in faculty practice.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

  • Doctoral degree from an accredited institution (must be conferred by date of employment)
  • Licensed/eligible for Arkansas OT license
  • At least three years of clinical experience
  • Experience teaching at the graduate level
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively in a team setting
  • Evidence of scholarly activity

Preferred Qualifications

  • More than five years of clinical experience
  • Experience as a full-time faculty with teaching responsibility
  • Evidence of scholarly publications/presentations
  • Previous applications for grant funding

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Balancing
  • Crawling
  • Crouching
  • Driving
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Pushing
  • Sharps
  • Stooping


  • Feeling
  • Grasping
  • Pulling
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Talking

The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Types of Background Checks Required
Criminal felony and misdemeanor and national registered sex offender check

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Open Until Filled

Anticipated Start Date: 04/01/2018

Recruitment Contact Information

Sherry Muir, Ph.D., OTR/L
Program Director

How to apply

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by March 9, 2018, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. To be considered for the position, applicants should submit: a letter of interest (demonstrating how your strengths match the duties and qualifications listed above); complete curriculum vitae; the names, titles, addresses, and contact information of three references and a statement of Teaching Philosophy. Transcripts will be required from Finalists.

Hiring Location: 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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