Director of the Occupational Therapy Program

November 19, 2018
Priority Deadline to Apply:
January 7, 2019
Depaul University

Position Description

DePaul University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time Director of the Occupational Therapy Program.  The director will lead the development of the OT program, oversee the ACOTE accreditation process, and cultivate partnerships with healthcare providers in the Chicago area. The director will be the academic and administrative officer of the OT program and play a major role in shaping DePaul’s health science initiatives. This is a 12-month faculty and administrative appointment (eligible for tenure depending upon qualifications).  Initially the position will be in a department that matches the applicant’s area of expertise and involve teaching 2 courses per year in the applicant’s area of expertise. Reporting to the AVP for Health Programs, the director will be responsible for hiring faculty to staff the program and working with DePaul’s facilities team to properly build out instructional space.


The ideal candidate should have/be:

  • An earned Doctoral Degree in Occupational Therapy or related field (PhD, ScD, EdD, etc.);
  • A credentialed and licensed Occupational Therapist with eligibility in Illinois and minimum of 8 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy;
  • Demonstrated record of excellent scholarship and teaching;
  • Demonstrated aptitude in the ACOTE accreditation procedures;
  • Five or more years' progressive levels of leadership, responsibility and expertise in teaching, preferably in higher education;
  • At least 3 years of full-time teaching experience in a post-baccalaureate or graduate program with ACOTE accreditation;
  • Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, scholarship, service and administration, in an institution of higher education;
  • Success as a creative leader and in generating external resources.

About The Institution

DePaul University

Founded in Chicago in 1898, DePaul University has grown into the largest Catholic university in the United States. With over twenty-two thousand students in 10 colleges: DePaul has nationally ranked programs in several fields and prides itself on the connections with the city of Chicago, including connections to Fortune 500 companies and healthcare systems.

The university derives its title and fundamental mission from Saint Vincent de Paul, the founder of the Congregation of the Mission, a religious community whose members, Vincentians, established and continue to sponsor DePaul. Vincent DePaul led his contemporaries in serving urgent human needs and taught about the God-given dignity of each person. The DePaul community reflects this teaching with a special concern for the disadvantaged members of society.   DePaul University emphasizes the development of a full range of human capabilities and appreciation of higher education as a means to engage cultural, social, religious, and ethical values in service to others.  One in three DePaul undergraduates are first-generation students and our students complete over 3,400 service learning courses annually.

The DePaul University College of Science and Health

The College of Science and Health is the third largest college at DePaul, enrolling 3,226 students. The college includes programs in psychology, physics, mathematics, environmental science and studies, chemistry and biochemistry, biology, neuroscience, health sciences and DePaul’s School of Nursing. The College of Science and Health provides high quality, personalized, and accessible science and health education to a diverse student body. While the university maintains our strategic Alliance with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, the successful applicant will help DePaul develop its own presence in health professions education.  The College is located on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus.

About The Community


With 2.7 million residents in the city limits—and nearly 10 million people in metropolitan Chicagoland—this is the third largest city and metro in the nation, and a destination for 55 million visitors each year from all over the world. Chicago is a global city; it is culturally and ethnically diverse, has a dynamic arts scene, excellent restaurants, nightlife and recreational activities. Excellent public transportation connects Chicago’s many neighborhoods and attractions. DePaul has campuses in the thriving economic center of the Loop and in Lincoln Park. The iconic skyline and world-renowned architecture can be seen from places across the campus, reminding viewers of the businesses, industries, and people that have built Chicago into the world-class city it is today.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at DePaul 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.

Applications submitted by January 7, 2019 will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.