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Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy - Adult Physical Disabilities
University of Puget Sound

Date Posted Mar. 21, 2020
Title Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy - Adult Physical Disabilities
University University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA, United States
Department Occupational Therapy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Fall 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Occupational Therapy

University of Puget Sound

Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy - Adult Physical Disabilities

Job ID: 5256

Location: Occupational Therapy

Full/Part Time:

Faculty Posting Details

Appointment: Full-time, ongoing occupational therapy clinical line position to begin Fall 2020


We are seeking a doctorally-prepared occupational therapist to teach in our entry-level Masters of Science and proposed Occupational Therapy Clinical Doctorate programs. Additionally, teaching in our Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program may be included depending on the expertise of the successful candidate.

Primary responsibilities will include teaching evaluation and treatment of adult physical disabilities and providing administration/supervision and teaching within our onsite occupational therapy clinic for adults, in collaboration with the faculty member who oversees the pediatric clinic. Ability to participate in teaching modules of any of the following would be valued: adaptation for ADL & IADL, wheelchair seating and positioning, functional mobility, and transfers. Standard teaching assignment is three units per semester. Other duties include professional development, student advising, supervision of student research and evidence-based practice projects (both entry-level and post-professional), and participation in departmental and university governance.

Qualifications: PhD (or equivalent research doctorate) or post-professional clinical doctorate (or equivalent), 5 or more years of clinical experience, supervisory experience, and a commitment to liberal arts education. Candidates close to completion of a doctorate will be considered. Candidates must have or qualify for a Washington State Occupational Therapist license. Teaching and research experience desirable.

Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than April 5, 2020 to ensure consideration, or until the position is filled.

Required Documents:

Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the 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.

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 and 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 sports. Puget Sound is a residential, undergraduate liberal arts college, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries, and is among only 40 institutions included in Colleges That Change Lives. Freshman and sophomore 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 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.

The US News and World Report ranks Puget Sound in the top of Best Occupational Therapy Schools. The School of Occupational Therapy recently celebrated its 75th anniversary as an OT program 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. Occupational therapy faculty have had the opportunity to provide input and expertise as Puget Sound seeks to prepare for future challenges in higher education and strategically add new graduate programs. Teaching load is 6 units total with 3 units in the Fall and 3 units Spring. Summers are generally open for research and professional development. Puget Sound provides a range of opportunities for faculty support including the ability to apply for research funds, release units, conference participation support, and sabbaticals.

Puget Sound has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy,

Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State

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 a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

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About Puget Sound

Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. 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. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA



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