Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy


Location: Columbia, South Carolina

The Lenoir-Rhyne University College of Health Sciences seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy. Appointment begins August 2023.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Teaching responsibilities include coursework for graduate students in the fall and spring. Terminal degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field is required (ABD will be considered).

Preferred candidates will possess credentials and experience in all aspects of Occupational Therapy. Teaching may include courses in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Evidence-based Practice and Research in Occupational Therapy, and Health Systems. Evidence of exemplary college teaching experience and the ability to develop and deliver courses utilizing various pedagogies is required. Successful candidates will display a commitment and capacity for teaching excellence, student mentorship, collaborative work and scholarly and professional engagement. 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 three years of clinical experience.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusiveness are integral to the college’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement and education. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds and/or incorporating diverse perspectives in research and teaching.

Application Process

While completing the application, candidates will be prompted to submit a:

  • Letter of Application specifically discussing how one’s professional experiences and perspectives relate to the needs of the position
  • Curriculum Vitae, including the names and addresses of three references
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, which also includes a discussion of how collegiality is essential to the mission of teaching, scholarship, and service to the college and university
  • Statement of diversity, equity and inclusion detailing how you have supported DEI in your academic work and/or how you plan to at Lenoir-Rhyne University

The university’s mission, vision and values statements may be reviewed under the About section of the Lenoir-Rhyne University website. The position is open until filled; however, review of applications will begin on February 1, 2023. Any questions regarding the position or the search process should be submitted electronically to the search committee chair, Michael McGee, Ed.D., Dean of Health Sciences, at michael.mcgee@lr.edu.

About the College of Health Sciences and School of Occupational Therapy

The College of Health Sciences provides contemporary knowledge and practical skills that prepare students for a successful career in many health-related fields. The college offers four undergraduate degrees: Community Health, Exercise Science, Sports Management, and Nursing. At the graduate level, the college offers seven degrees: Doctor of Nurse Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner, M.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Nursing, M.S. in Nutrition-Dietetic Internship, MS in Occupational Therapy, M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies and the Master of Public Health.

The School of Occupational Therapy is accredited as one program with two locations: Hickory, North Carolina and Columbia, South Caolina. Program faculty work collaboratively to ensure the program vision, curriculum and student learning outcomes are identical for both sites, incorporating strategic use of interactive video networking for dynamic learning to promote the achievement of student success.

About Lenoir-Rhyne University

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, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. 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 55 undergraduate majors and more than 20 master’s degree programs. The institution enrolls approximately 2,500 students at its three locales, and it anticipates continued managed enrollment growth over the coming years as it expands upon its mission. 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.

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