OT Program Director, Professor/Associate Professor

January 21, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
May 20, 2022
A. T. Still University of Health Sciences

Position Description

A.T. Still University's Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS), in partnership with the executive search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to invite applications and nominations for a full-time Program Director of the accredited masters (MSOT) and doctoral (OTD) graduate programs in the Department of Occupational Therapy. We are seeking a vibrant and innovative leader to continue the strong legacy of success in the well-established Department of Occupational Therapy. The Program Director reports directly to the Chair of the Department. The two entry-level graduate programs are residential on the Mesa, Arizona campus.

The program director is a 12-month, full time, dual academic leadership and tenure-track faculty role. The program director will meet teaching, scholarship and service goals required of faculty as identified in the annual professional development plan. The Arizona School of Health Sciences has a flexible workload policy which allows for reduced teaching loads for research and administrative activities. Rank and salary will be commensurate with academic credentials and experience.

Skills Requirements:

  • Evidence of the ability to provide leadership for the standing programs and services.
  • Evidence of excellent management and administration of academic programs.
  • Evidence of excellent planning, evaluation, and budgeting skills.
  • Evidence of the ability to maintain accreditation standards for masters and doctoral programs.
  • Experience in hiring, mentoring and professional development of faculty and staff.
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty and staff to inspire their energy and creativity.
  • Ability to work with community partners to develop and execute shared long-range goals and plans.
  • Serve as a visible and effective spokesperson for the program with the profession, relevant state agencies, and professional associations.
  • Administer and manage all fiscal, data recording, and data reporting processes for faculty, staff, and graduate students.
  • Provide oversite of clinical programs including all fiscal, clinical, data recording, and data reporting processes for clients, faculty, staff, and student clinicians.
  • Implement strategic planning initiatives for the program.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, ACOTE, and university policies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Required Qualifications:

  • 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).
  • Minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy. This experience must include clinical practice as an OT and a minimum of three years of experience in an academic setting.
  • Certified as an OT and eligible for OT licensure in the state of Arizona.
  • Experience with the ACOTE accreditation process.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, scholarship, and administration, in an institution of higher education.
  • Exceptional leadership, communication, and management skills.
  • Peer reviewed research and grant writing experience.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators and faculty members and students, as well as external constituencies.
  • Advanced certifications and specialty expertise will be an asset.
  • Eligible for the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure.

About The Institution

About the Department of Occupational Therapy:
The mission of the Occupational Therapy program is to prepare highly competent, entry-level occupational therapy practitioners committed to holistic, client-centered, science-informed practice who value health equity, diversity, team-based healthcare, and community-based practice designed to enhance the life participation and social inclusion of individuals, families, groups, and vulnerable populations across the lifespan.

ATSU’s entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is a 27-month, full-time residential program and the entry-level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy is a 36-month, full-time residential program. Graduates of these programs will be prepared to practice in traditional settings as well as trained for innovative and visionary practice to meet society’s occupational needs. They will be equipped to not only work with individuals, groups, and populations but will be prepared for leadership, activism, and advocacy with program development as a focus area of study.

About A.T. Still University:
A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the founding institution of osteopathic healthcare, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. As a leading health sciences university, ATSU is comprised of two campuses (Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz.) on more than 200 acres with six prestigious schools. The culturally rich learning environments include residential and online healthcare related graduate degrees as well as community-based partnerships worldwide. ATSU has more than 1,300 employees dedicated to its not-for-profit mission and an average annual enrollment of over 3,100 students from 35 countries. 

ATSU is renowned for its preeminence as a multidisciplinary healthcare educator. The University is focused on integrating the founding tenets of osteopathic medicine and the advancing knowledge of today's science. ATSU continually earns distinctions as the graduate health sciences university with best-in-class curriculum and a community outreach mission to serve the underserved. The University has a rich history of leadership in both healthcare education and correlated research.

ATSU instills within students the compassion, experience and knowledge required to address the whole person and shape healthcare in communities where needs are greatest. Inspired to influence whole person healthcare, ATSU graduates contribute to the future of integrated care while also leading with a selfless passion in the communities they serve.

About The Community

About Mesa, AZ:
Faculty and staff at ATSU find a vibrant and dynamic urban lifestyle as part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Known as the Valley of the Sun, with more than 300 days of sun each year, the area offers major league football, baseball, hockey, and basketball, two national parks, 25 state parks, and 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The symphony, opera, art festivals, museums, and restaurants provide a diverse night life.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan
Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

 Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three professional references with contact information.

Applications received by May 20, 2022 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status in admission to or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Harassment and retaliation are forms of discrimination prohibited by the university.