Founding Program Director for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

July 16, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
September 3, 2021
Bradley University

Position Description

Bradley University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for a dynamic and experienced Founding Program Director for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program.  This residential program will join several successful graduate programs in nursing, counseling, and physical therapy housed within the College of Education and Health Sciences.  We seek a strong and innovative leader who will assemble a team of high-quality educators and develop a strong OTD curriculum.  The program director will oversee curriculum development; strategic planning and partnerships; fiscal management of personnel and faculty resources; collaboration and innovation for interprofessional education; application for initial accreditation that meets all standards of Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE); ongoing maintenance of accreditation; and the recruitment for and promotion of the program.  This 12-month position may include teaching in areas of clinical expertise and program need, and scholarship/professional development, as appropriate.  The founding director will collaborate with faculty and administrators in the College of Education and Health Sciences, but also across the greater institution.  Together, these health leaders will assist with the design of teaching and research areas in a technologically advanced space, and ultimately form cohesive programs that expand the University’s mission-driven approach to student centered learning.

The Program Director will report to the Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences, and will hold the appropriate academic rank, preferably at the level of associate or full professor.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Doctoral degree (PhD preferred in any related field, including biomedical sciences) or a post-professional occupational therapy doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE);
  • Current certification as an Occupational Therapist who is licensed or credentialed according to regulations in Illinois;
  • At least eight years of experience in the field of Occupational Therapy. This experience must include clinical practice with supervision of occupational therapy assistants, administrative or supervisory experience and scholarship; and
  • At least three years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the graduate level.

About The Institution

The College of Education and Health Sciences:

The College of Education and Health Sciences (EHS) is advancing with the times and technology. When Bradley Polytechnic Institute opened its doors in 1897, Westlake Hall was home to the horology program, where students learned the art of making clocks and watches. Now, Westlake Hall and our other college buildings have mediated classrooms and advanced technology. For example, nursing faculty use technology to help students practice techniques with lifelike human simulators. These modern facilities and technologies have allowed the college to expand into online programs for graduate students in nursing and counseling. With students hailing from 44 states and several foreign countries, the college of EHS has grown in terms of the number of departments, programs, and students. Online programs have seen exponential growth since their inception, leading to a 36 percent jump in our enrollment in two years. The future of the college will include an expansion of graduate programs and online courses to meet the demands of today’s students and workforce. Experiential learning also is a significant focus in the college, with 91 percent of our students gaining exposure to their fields of interest through internships, clinicals, study abroad opportunities, student teaching, and more. This quality education leads to an impressive career outcomes rate for our students of 95 percent over a 10-year average. This includes students employed or continuing their education in graduate school. Learn more about this dynamic college at College of Education and Health Sciences.

Bradley University:

Bradley University is a top-ranked, prestigious, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experience of a smaller university.  Bradley offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology. The University is located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in Central Illinois.

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Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Founding Program Director for Occupational Therapy Program at Bradley University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as an occupational therapist in higher education.  Special attention will be paid to those applicants who have started, developed, and/or expanded a Masters or Doctoral program for OT;
2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas;
3) The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission;
4) A Statement of Diversity and Inclusion, describing previous experiences as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Applications submitted by September 3, 2021, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from groups currently underrepresented on our campus. Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.