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Utica College Professor of Practice - Occupational Therapy & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in Utica, New York

Professor of Practice - Occupational Therapy & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Posting Number F00756

Position Type Faculty - Non-Tenure Track

Unionized Position Code AAUP

Hours/Schedule Standard campus business hours: 8:00am -5:00pm Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Campus Main Campus, Utica NY

Date Position Available 08/01/2023

Posted Salary

FLSA Status Exempt

Benefits Eligible Yes

If yes, please select: All Benefits

Position Summary Information

Position Summary

This position is a full-time core faculty position responsible for teaching pediatric contents of the curriculum and responsible for the program compliance with the ACOTE standards for fieldwork experiences. Primary fieldwork responsibilities as detailed below to include responsibility for developing and maintaining fieldwork sites, preparing and placing students at designated fieldwork sites, monitoring, and advising students during fieldwork placements. Serves as a liaison between the sites, students and the program, collaborates with the additional Academic Fieldwork Coordinator regarding accreditation compliance, and with faculty for curriculum development and program evaluation/implementation. Other duties assigned as deemed appropriate by the Dean and chair.

Location Utica, NY

Application Deadline

Full consideration by:

Open Until Filled Yes

Major Responsibilities

A. Teaching: Teaching duties will be established in consultation with the chair of the Occupational Therapy department and the Dean of Health Professions & Education and the. Establishing productive and engaging on-campus and online learning environments is essential. This includes significant curricular design as well as delivery. Teaching load consistent with American Association of University Professors – Utica University contractual agreement.

B. Creative Accomplishment/Research: Continue active development of scholarly and/or creative agenda in a manner congruent with ACOTE standards and the AAUP -UC contractual agreement and professional interests.

C. Service: Service to the department, School of Health Professions and Education, Utica University, and the profession is expected.

D. Develops and maintains fieldwork sites

· Identifies and develops potential fieldwork sites through consultation, collaboration, and education with field work educators;

· Evaluates proposed student programs and approves new fieldwork sites

· Develops and maintains relationships with existing fieldwork sites;

· Collaborates with fieldwork sites on site-specific learning objectives and development of student programs;

· Negotiates and obtains contractual agreements with new and existing sites offering placements;

· Carries out site visits for the purpose of monitoring student performance and consulting with fieldwork educators to ensure quality of the fieldwork experience;

· Monitors the quality of occupational therapy education offered at sites through telephoning, correspondence, virtual meetings with students and or supervisors and review of student feedback;

· Engages in a regular schedule of virtual or on-site visits to ensure quality of fieldwork education at both new and ongoing sites;

· Provides continuing education for existing and potential fieldwork educators;

· Maintains close liaison with other occupational therapy programs through active membership in the Upstate NY Fieldwork Consortium and organize necessary training for fieldwork sites;

· Documents all actions related to site development and student placement;

· Ensures the program’s compliance with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education ( ACOTE ) requirements related to fieldwork (Standards Section C.1.0 – 2018 ACOTE Standards for Accreditation). As part of this responsibility, the academic fieldwork coordinator will monitor those Standards for changes and inform the program chair should revision of this job description be required to remain in compliance; and

· Collects, collates and analyzes data related to fieldwork performance and satisfaction as assigned by program chair.

E. Places students at fieldwork sites

· Contacts fieldwork sites and makes arrangements for individual student placement

· Provides liaison and promotes communication between fieldwork sites, students and the school

F. Prepares students for fieldwork education

· Meets regularly with students and informs them of fieldwork procedures and expectations

· Advises and counsels students in the planning of fieldwork experiences and throughout FW experiences

· Provides students with required pre-fieldwork information

· Ensures students are covered with appropriate liability insurance

· Shares, with other faculty, the responsibility or organizing group meetings of students to gain feedback regarding their academic preparation and experiences gained on initial fieldwork experiences.

G. Monitors students while on fieldwork

· Maintains communication between school and students engaged in fieldwork education;

· Manages student’s problems in fieldwork by consulting with fieldwork educator, student and faculty via telephone, virtual and/or in person; and

· Informs students of policies and procedures to follow if/when fieldwork placement results in unsuccessful performance.

H. Enhances the program

· Networks with other occupational therapy programs in order to identify trends impacting fieldwork education, collaborates in planning activities and gains information regarding ways in which to improve our program;

· Contributes to curriculum development and ongoing evaluation of the program based on feedback from the field;

· Attends/participates in recruitment activities in the community;

· Maintains relationships with community agencies both locally and globally to provide fieldwork placements; and

· Works with faculty to identify innovative solutions to fieldwork concerns/issues.

I. Engages in professional development

· Participates actively in professional association concerned with occupational therapy education, to include the Council on Education of AOTA and the Education Special Interest Section;

· Participates in continuing education for personal growth and to maintain NY licensure; and Contributes to educational innovations and scholarly agenda of the occupational therapy program.

J. Other expectations

· Provides students with information regarding procedures for licensing and certification;

· Directs clerical support in completion of tasks related to fieldwork;

· Takes an active role in the development and implementation of the department’s strategic and operational plans as required by department leadership; and

· Works with program chair and faculty to achieve successful results on all established individual and departmental goals and key performance indicators.

Driving Responsibilities

This position does require routine travel using a University-rented vehicle.


Supervises N/A

Education Required

Certification Required

Education & Experience Qualifications

· Doctoral degree required in occupational therapy or closely related field ( ABD candidates are encouraged to apply)

· five years of occupational therapy practice experience with children from birth to young adulthood. Areas of specialization are open.

· Teaching experience preferred, including documented experience in on-ground and online formats.

· Research experience and evidence of publication history preferred.

· Interest and expertise in theory development, leadership, advanced practice, and/or advocacy are also desired.

Minimum Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to meet people both on personal and professional levels;

  • Interest, ability and freedom to travel;

  • Counseling skills;

  • Awareness of the practice of occupational therapy in a variety of areas related to children;

  • Able to independently manage multiple tasks in a time-efficient manner; and

  • Able to adapt to changing demands of fieldwork education.

    Applicant Documents Instructions

To apply, submit a letter of application, CV, a separate diversity statement, and three reference letters. Since Utica University strives to be a diverse and inclusive community, it is essential that you include in your diversity 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 University, 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.

Reference letters will be solicited

EEO/AA Statement

Utica University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the

diversity of its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive

consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex,

pregnancy, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, age, sexual

orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status,

disability, citizenship status, genetic predisposition, domestic violence

victim status, or protected status under applicable local, state, or

federal law.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Our community of students, faculty and staff reflect a diversity of

experiences, opinions, and cultural backgrounds shaped by biology, society,

history, and choice. Our community includes members who are diverse by

virtue of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability,

religious and/or spiritual affiliations, and socio-economic status, as well

as the number of other ways in which who we are influences how we see the

world. Furthermore, we value and celebrate diversity, and this results in

a commitment to multiculturalism. We believe that within the community of

human persons, all cultures, perspectives, and beliefs about faith, ideals,

taste and lifestyles are of equal value. Our diversity deepens our

commitment to nurture a multicultural environment in which we engage with

others and blend perspectives, to learn about diverse cultures, to explore

who we are and where we come from and to accept one another without

prejudice. The Utica University Mission and Values Statement includes a

commitment to fostering diversity in perspective, background, and

experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of

expression and the open sharing of ideas.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Utica University is a comprehensive, independent, private institution founded in 1946 to offer options for higher education study to veterans returning from the Second World War. More than seventy years since veterans returned from WWII , this tradition of serving veterans is still held in high regard here at Utica University, and we are proud to welcome veterans as students and as valued members of our faculty and professional staff.

Posting Specific Questions

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  • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?

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  • Ithaca Journal

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  • Elmira Star Gazette

  • Utica University Online Employment Website

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  • Current Utica University Employee

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(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • "Contributions to Diversity" Statement

    Optional Documents

  • Letter of Reference #1

  • Transcripts