Faculty Members, Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

February 15, 2023
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 20, 2023
Keck Graduate Institute

Position Description

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for three Faculty Positions in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program. Each position is a ranked faculty role, commensurate with experience:

  1. Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy – Program Development & Advocacy, Occupational Justice, and Therapeutic Occupation
  2. Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy – Lifestyle Medicine & Research
  3. Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy – Assistive Technology and Community-Based Practice

About the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program:
KGI’s budding Occupational Therapy Doctorate program emphasizes occupation-centered practice, innovation, leadership and advocacy, cultural responsiveness, lifestyle medicine for whole person care, research and evidence, and optimized service delivery throughout the curriculum. The KGI OTD program offers a supportive and dynamic academic work environment with an emphasis on teamwork, innovation, and active learning.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential function of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions may be performed, with or without, reasonable accommodations, using some other combination of skills and abilities:


  • Provide active, innovative, and high-caliber learning experiences in relevant areas of expertise for one of the following, depending on position: 1) program development, advocacy, occupational justice, and therapeutic occupation, 2) lifestyle medicine and research, or 3) assistive technology, practitioner as an educator, and community-based practice.
  • Fulfill SPHS teaching load requirements.
  • Serve as course coordinator or contributing faculty, as assigned.
  • Participate in mentorship of student research and capstone projects.
  • Ensure compliance with ACOTE standards through course design and assessment.
  • Provide documented expertise in areas of teaching responsibility and demonstrate knowledge of the content delivery methods.


  • Develop and carry out a scholarship plan supporting OTD program initiatives, student research, or other relevant professional needs.
  • Disseminate scholarship through professional presentations, publications, or other relevant avenues.
  • Demonstrate evidence-based approaches to support expertise in content areas.


  • Serve on OTD program, SPHS, and KGI committees, as assigned.
  • Provide student advisement and mentorship.
  • Participate in professional association activities or leadership.
  • Support clinical and capstone program and site development and relationships.
  • Engage in Institutional governance and community activities.


  • Support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all interactions and work.
  • Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills that support the mission, vision, and values of the OTD program, SPHS, and KGI.
  • Support professional, interprofessional, and clinical collaborations through developing collegial relationships within and outside the Institute.
  • Demonstrate commitment to working as a team through innovative problem-solving and flexibility.


This list of qualifications applies to each of the faculty positions:

  • Doctoral degree from a United States Department of Education recognized and accredited program;
  • Post-professional OTD, PhD, ScD, or EdD degree preferred;
  • Registered and certified as an occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT);
  • Licensed occupational therapist in the state of California or eligibility for licensure in CA;
  • At least two years of clinical practice experience as an occupational therapist; and
  • Previous experience with tertiary teaching and scholarship in relevant areas preferred (depending on position-specific specialty).

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Individuals in any of the faculty positions must possess knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential function of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions may be performed, with or without, reasonable accommodations, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • Strong attention to detail in course planning, implementation, and assessment.
  • Proficient computer, online, and learning management system skills.
  • Strong work ethic and team-based approach to working in a dynamic environment.
  • Superior writing skills grounded in professional knowledge.
  • Positive, welcoming personality for working with colleagues, students, community and clinical partners, and others.
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to work comfortably, respectfully, and competently with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Available for occasional work on evenings and weekends, as event schedules may require.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and a driving record (as maintained by the DMV) that is acceptable to the Institute’s insurance carrier.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds/participate in light set-up for recruitment and on-campus events.

Special Requirements:
Keck Graduate Institute has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program covering all employees and students. Employees must submit proof of vaccination or an Institute-approved exception or deferral to comply with the policy.

About The Institution

About Keck Graduate Institute:
Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) was founded in 1997 as the first higher education institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to education and research related to the applied life sciences. KGI offers innovative postgraduate degrees and certificates that integrate life and health sciences, business, pharmacy, engineering, and genetics, with a focus on industry projects, hands-on industry experiences, and team collaborations. KGI employs an entrepreneurial approach and industry connections that provide pathways for students to become leaders within healthcare and the applied life sciences. 

Located in beautiful Claremont, California, Keck Graduate Institute is a member of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and The Claremont Colleges Services, which provides shared institutional support services. The Claremont Colleges consistently place at the top of national college rankings, including Forbes, MoneyU.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Each nationally recognized college has its own campus, students and faculty, and distinctive mission, and each offers top-notch curricula, small classes, distinguished professors and personalized instruction. To learn more about KGI, please visit: https://www.kgi.edu/about/

About The Community

About the Claremont, CA Community:
Located approximately 30 miles east of Los Angeles, Claremont is a prestigious community consisting of 35,000 residents and 140 acres of developed parks and tree-lined streets. The City’s development has always been closely associated with the academically acclaimed Claremont colleges: a consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate higher education institutions. The community takes pride in its rich cultural, educational and architectural heritage, as well as its small-town atmosphere. Known throughout the region for its stately and beautiful single-family homes (many of historical significance), Claremont also offers condominiums, townhouses, and apartment living to meet varied needs and lifestyles.

In balance with residential development, there are thriving commercial and major industrial centers in Claremont as well as the historical downtown "Village." The City has a well-educated, professional, and skilled labor force; quality and diversified residential areas; and excellent educational and recreational facilities. These attributes—along with progressive, well-managed City government and intense interest in community and cultural activities—make Claremont an ideal place to live and to conduct business.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to these Faculty Member Positions in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at Keck Graduate Institute should be directed in confidence to the Institute’s executive search consultant:

Cathryn Healy, Assistant Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest in, and qualifications for, the specific position/positions;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)

All applications and nominations will remain strictly confidential. A public phase of the search will commence for finalists, who will be pre-notified of this phase.

The search will remain open until the positions are filled.

Keck Graduate Institute is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Equal employment opportunity will be extended to all persons in all terms and conditions of employment. KGI strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.