College of Health Sciences
School of Occupational Therapy
Faculty: Occupational Therapy Faculty and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
The School of Occupational Therapy at Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks applications for a full-time 12-month Faculty/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator position in Occupational Therapy, beginning June 1, 2022.
In addition to a reduced teaching load, the position is devoted to coordinating all aspects of fieldwork for the OT program with the Columbia, SC cohorts. Candidates who possess a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy or related area by the time of the appointment will begin with rank of assistant professor on a tenure-track line. Otherwise, the position will begin at the rank of Instructor on a term appointment. Candidates must be licensed or eligible for licensure in South Carolina and North Carolina, certified nationally as an Occupational Therapist, and have a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience. Familiarity with fieldwork involvement is required. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment and capacity for teaching excellence, student mentorship, scholarly and professional engagement, and campus citizenship.
In pursuit of the development of the whole person, Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lenoir-Rhyne promotes a diverse campus open to people from all religious backgrounds. It is an EOE/AA employer under all applicable civil rights laws. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply
Lenoir-Rhyne University and the College of Health Sciences are committed to providing an environment for learning, working and living that promotes equal opportunity, inclusion, and non-discrimination for its faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors.
In our work, all are welcome regardless of race/ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, disabilities, health status, religion, regional background, Veteran status, citizenship status, nationality and other diverse identities that we each bring.
The success of an inclusive environment relies on the participation, support, and understanding of all. We encourage diverse views, and understand that we expect all to engage respectfully and with regard to the dignity of all others.
While completing the application, candidates will be prompted to submit
- Letter of Application
- The application letter should discuss specifically how one’s professional experiences and perspectives relate to the needs of the position and of Lenoir-Rhyne University
- Curriculum Vitae (including the names and addresses of three references)
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1891, with its traditional campus located in Hickory, North Carolina, a town of over 40,000, and additional campuses in Asheville and Columbia, SC. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir-Rhyne is about an hour drive from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and/or Asheville. By combining the liberal arts with professional studies, the University joins a rich foundation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, religion, and natural sciences with over 50 undergraduate majors and nearly 30 master’s degree programs. With record enrollments each of the last nine years, the institution now enrolls nearly 2600 students at its three locales, and it anticipates continued managed enrollment growth over the coming years as it expands upon its mission.
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) Role
The Lenoir-Rhyne Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the level I and level II fieldwork experiences. It is the role of the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to act as a liaison between the student and the Fieldwork Educator at the facility. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator determines the most appropriate Fieldwork placement that will meet the student's needs. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is responsible for communicating with prospective fieldwork sites, establishing relationships with facilities, assuring a formal contract is in place, educating Fieldwork Educators, preparing essential documentation for experiences, and communicating essential information to all involved pertaining to the Lenoir-Rhyne Occupational Therapy program.
The students should not negotiate dates, contracts, or schedules with any fieldwork site or educator.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is responsible for the following:
- Following all conditions outlined in the Cooperative Agreement
- Implementing and following all fieldwork related ACOTE standards.
- Establishing and maintaining the necessary communication between the fieldwork site and Lenoir-Rhyne, including ensuring (with the assistance of responsible staff) all written cooperative agreements between Lenoir-Rhyne and the fieldwork placement sites are signed and reviewed every five years.
- Serving as a resource to the fieldwork sites in establishing and maintaining a suitable clinical education program.
- Maintaining current information files in Typhon on each fieldwork placement.
- Communicating to ensure students’ health information is up to date and meets requirements of Lenoir-Rhyne and clinical site
- Orienting all students to the purpose and to the procedures for fieldwork education.
- Advising students in regards to fieldwork placement planning
- Assigning all eligible students to fieldwork experiences.
- Providing information (that is not accessible by student) to the fieldwork site at least 4 weeks prior to the student’s arrival.
- Communicating with students while they attend fieldwork through Canvas coursework, email, and text messaging as needed.
- Ensuring that students receive proper assessment and supervision during the fieldwork experience by communicating with supervisors as needed.
- Serving as a liaison to the Occupational Therapy Program throughout the students’ fieldwork experiences. Performing on-site visits scheduled on an as needed basis.
- Coordinating continuing education for fieldwork educators on topics related to supervision, clinical education, and OT theory and practice.
- The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator may actively supervise fieldwork students.
- The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator enters grades for fieldwork after receiving student evaluations from fieldwork educator. The Academic fieldwork coordinator has ultimate authority in student grade over the fieldwork educator and might, in a rare instance, pass or fail a student based on individual situation even if the fieldwork educator has a differing opinion.