Tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy

September 1, 2020
Priority Deadline to Apply:
November 13, 2020
Boston University

Position Description

Tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy - The program retained the #1 ranking in 2020 by US News and World Report

Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the Tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.  This is a full-time, tenured position with a 9-month appointment plus summer over-base pay.  Academic year requirements include teaching, research, and service. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and level of experience. 

Leadership Responsibilities:

Provides leadership to faculty, administrative staff, and students within the program; facilitates communication, clarification and implementation of university and department policies and procedures; provides leadership through planning, implementation and evaluation of the Occupational Therapy Program and through support of the program, department, and institution’s mission.


  • Earned doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) with a funded research program in or relevant to occupational therapy;
  • Experience teaching at the graduate level, preferably including entry-level professional students;
  • Experience mentoring others in the development of their programs of research and scholarship;
  • A record of professional engagement;
  • Clinical background as an occupational therapist strongly preferred;
  • Demonstration of a strong research background and a successful record of external support for research.

About The Institution

The Department of Occupational Therapy:

The department is housed on the main campus of Boston University.  It offers an undergraduate degree in Behavior and Health, both entry-level and post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate programs, and participates in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences. The internationally recognized Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is also affiliated with the department. This world-class program is again ranked #1 by US News & World Report in 2020, and the faculty is internationally known for its contributions to occupational therapy research and scholarship and leadership in education and professional service. BU has a highly collaborative environment that also includes faculty from diverse interest areas within Sargent as well as across the University.  For more information on the program, please visit www.bu.edu/sargent/ot.

Boston University:

Boston University is a leading private research university that enrolls more than 33,000 graduate and undergraduate students in 17 schools and colleges located on the Charles River, Medical, and Fenway Campuses in Boston. With more than 10,000 international students from over 140 different countries, BU ranks among leading universities in international students in the United States and embraces the richness that diverse cultures and ideas bring to a global research institution. It has attained its leadership status by focusing on attracting world-class faculty, by offering the highest-quality undergraduate and graduate programs to an increasingly academically qualified and diverse student body, and by strategically focusing resources to maximize the impact and the quality of the research, scholarship, creative work, and outreach of the University.  To review the BU strategic plan, please click the following link - Boston University Strategic Plan

Mission Statement:

Boston University is an international, comprehensive, private research university, committed to educating students to be reflective, resourceful individuals ready to live, adapt, and lead in an interconnected world. Boston University is committed to generating new knowledge to benefit society. 

Boston University remains dedicated to these founding principles: that higher education should be accessible to all and that research, scholarship, artistic creation, and professional practice should be conducted in the service of the wider community—local and international. These principles endure in the University’s insistence on the value of diversity, in its tradition and standards of excellence, and in its dynamic engagement with the City of Boston and the world. 

Boston University comprises a remarkable range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs built on a strong foundation of the liberal arts and sciences. With the support and oversight of the Board of Trustees, the University, through the faculty, is continually innovative in education and research to ensure that BU meets the needs of students in an ever-changing world.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Tenured Associate/Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant: 

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

Applicants must apply electronically by submitting a cover letter outlining their experience and success in all the areas indicated in this profile, a complete and up-to-date CV, and a list of five professional references with title, institutional affiliation, e-mail address and direct telephone numbers. Applications submitted by November 13, 2020, will receive priority consideration.  The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.