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Instructional (Open Rank) Faculty in Recreational Therapy
Temple University College of Public Health

Date Posted Nov. 27, 2019
Title Instructional (Open Rank) Faculty in Recreational Therapy
University Temple University College of Public Health
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Department Recreational Therapy
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date Spring 2020
  • Lecturer/Instructor
    Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation
    Occupational Therapy
    Health Sciences - General

Temple University’s College of Public Health is leading a new movement to reimagine the future of public health. Through transdisciplinary research and interprofessional education, our students, staff and faculty embrace public health as a catalyst for individual and community change in pursuit of the common good. We invite applications for non-tenure instructional track faculty to begin Spring 2020 to teach in our Recreational Therapy program.

Position and Qualifications. We seek candidates with academic teaching experience. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a strong background in Recreational Therapy (RT) service provision. Responsibilities include teaching at the Bachelors and Masters levels. We are also interested in candidates with skills in online education. Duties for this position will be assigned to reflect the selected candidate’s strengths in teaching and service. Successful applicants will have at least a doctoral level degree (ABD applicants will be considered), experience in the profession of RT, and certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with credentials and experience. Rank is open with faculty hired at the rank of instructor, assistant, associate, or full professor on the nontenure instructional track. We value diversity and seek individuals committed to inclusive practices in education.

The Department. Our nationally recognized academic programs in Recreational Therapy (B.S. and M.S.) are joining Occupational Therapy (M.O.T and D.O.T.), Physical Therapy (D.P.T.), and Athletic Training (M.O.T. and D.A.T.) and the B.S. in Health Professions program in a newly formed Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences on July 1, 2019. The RT program is one of the largest in the country with 9 full-time RT faculty and approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students. With the largest number of full-time, CTRS-certified faculty, the Temple RT program is a recognized leader in translational research and evidence-based practice, maintaining the only free online database focused in this area. Faculty have funded research and are professionally engaged at international, national, and local levels. With a large network of health and human service agencies, the RT program enhances service provision to persons with disabilities though the provision of continuing education, program development and evaluation services. Student performance on the NCTRC certification exam is dramatically higher than the national average. Several RT faculty conduct research with the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (, an internationally recognized research and training center.

The College. Devoted to an interprofessional environment for academic programming and research, the College of Public Health, a CEPH-accredited school of public health, is a constellation of academic units of public health, health profession and social work disciplines, enrolling 4,300 students. The College’s research focuses on social, behavioral, and environmental inquiries, medical/health interventions, and basic science and is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and other major funders. The College has recently launched a new Center focused on Community Engaged Research and Practice.

The University. Temple is an urban, research-intensive Carnegie R1 university located in historic and culturally rich Philadelphia, the nation’s 6th largest city. The city was ranked 3rd by the New York Times as a world tourist destination. The National Science Foundation ranks Temple among the top 100 universities in the country for research expenditures. Temple is the 6th largest provider of professional education in the nation and includes Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Law, and Dentistry and research centers including the NCI-designated Fox Chase Cancer Center and CPH’s Center for Obesity Research and Education.

To Apply. Interested applicants may contact Dr. Alexis McKenney, RT Program Director, at For full consideration, applications must submit their curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of teaching interests, and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of 3-5 professional references. All material should be submitted via email to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.

  • Temple University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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  • Alexis McKenney
    Recreational Therapy
    Temple University College of Public Health
    Philadelphia, PA 19122


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