TEACHING AND FACILITATION OF LEARNING:
It is the responsibility of the faculty to teach courses in the occupational
therapy curriculum in accordance with the approved course descriptions,
learning objectives, and evaluative processes of the College of Health
Sciences programs. Such teaching responsibility includes conducting class
sessions and designing learning activities that will lead to student mastery
and success in their professional and personal development. While the faculty
member's primary responsibilities are to plan, develop, and teach courses
within the curriculum in a manner that facilitates student learning, this role
also encompasses the general areas of academic advising and student
development. Participation in activities and continuing education
opportunities to ensure and maintain currency in one's course content areas is
required. Participation in curricular activities such as colloquia, seminars,
and curriculum development is also expected. While teaching and student-
related activities are primary, additional responsibilities include personal,
scholarly, and professional development, and both institutional and community
Teaching -- Essential Job Functions :
Teach assigned courses in accordance with the course syllabus and College policy.
Develop and use a syllabus for each course consistent with the guidelines of the College and the Occupational Therapy Program.
Demonstrate skill and knowledge in teaching content pertinent to occupational therapy practice and science.
Make continuous efforts to improve the quality of instruction by reviewing and utilizing innovative methodologies, techniques, and delivery methods in order to maintain currency and relevance.
Plan, develop, and use a variety of teaching methods and materials that assist students in meeting course objectives and which are appropriate for students with differing educational and experiential backgrounds and learning styles.
Evaluate students using a variety of valid and reliable means to measure their progress toward achievement of course objectives, and inform them in a timely manner of their progress in the course.
Review, evaluate, and recommend student learning materials, including current texts, teaching techniques, and technology relative to courses within occupational therapy.
Maintain professional relationships with students, colleagues, and the community.
Teach courses at a variety of times and locations in response to institutional and programmatic needs.
Provide access to students through regular office hours, electronic communication, and other appropriate methods.
Pursue on an ongoing basis the continuance of scholarly growth in the academic
profession. Engage in scholarly/creative activity and make results available
for critical peer review. Examples may include but are not limited to
development of experimental programs; delivering papers at professional
association meetings at regional and national levels; regional and national
awards, holding office in professional organizations; participating in panels
at regional and national meetings of professional organizations; grants
acquisitions; editorship of professional journals; participation in juried
shows; program related projects; consulting; research project and publication
record; additional graduate work; and contributing to the scholarly growth of
one's peers. Mentoring of student research projects consistent with course
administration and teaching is also considered to be part of both teaching and
scholarship responsibilities. Each faculty's scholarship will be considered on
an individual basis and will be dependent upon his or her research agenda.
Such research agenda will encompass a strategic, long-term plan with
obtainable steps toward accomplishment of select research outcomes and
dissemination of new knowledge and application relevant to the profession of
INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Participate in scheduled institutional service activities which include student orientation and commencement exercises.
Provide advice and/or assistance to students regarding instructional or program-specific issues.
Actively participate in Program, College, or University meetings and committee meetings.
Participate in College- and Program-related activities such as community education, health career fairs, recruitment of students, student activities, and special programs.
Actively participate in activities required to maintain Program accreditation standards.
Review and evaluate Program curricula and practices to assure compliance with professional standards and requirements of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education and the Higher Learning Commission.
Assist in the curriculum and program development.
Perform other duties as determined in consultation with the Program Director.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Establish annual objectives, including personal and professional development plans in consultation and mutually determined with the Program Director.
Maintain professional standards of competence in the discipline and teaching methodology through professional development activities.
Maintain professional standards of ethical behavior consistent with the American Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Midwestern University faculty handbook.
Participate in the evaluation process for self, Program, and College.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Full-time faculty must hold a master's or doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by USDE–recognized regional accrediting body.
Experience working with OT students in a classroom/ fieldwork setting
A record of sustained professional leadership and professional service
Thorough knowledge of:
Occupational therapy content in areas of teaching responsibility.
Knowledge of learning theory – motivational, perceptual, and emotional forces present in the learning process and the conditions which affect individual and group learning and change.
Knowledge of theories of leadership – alternative techniques and styles for guiding, motivating, and directing individuals under various situational conditions to achieve effective performance.
Knowledge of current development in related fields of specialization with the ability to keep current with new developments in education and practice.
Maintain required continuing education credits required to maintain licensure and certification according to state and national guidelines. Continuing education credits should include updates in area of clinical expertise as well as educational and research areas.
Skills and ability to use current technology.
Ability to contribute and present innovative ideas for new curricula and programs that combine traditional and nontraditional dimensions of “best practice”.
Demonstrate consideration and respect for others (i.e., students, peers, colleagues).
Ability to manage time effectively in professional and scholarly responsibilities.
Ability to clearly and effectively present ideas in written, oral, and discussion formats.
Ability to meet deadlines for reports and other required paperwork.
Ability to present a positive and professional image when representing the Program and the College.
Ability to safeguard confidential information from intentional or unintentional disclosure.
Residence in Arizona is required, and in person teaching is a requirement.
Perform additional duties as assigned
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