Associate Professor, Occupational Therapist (OT)
When you join our faculty at West Coast University, you’ll become part of a team that always puts students first. And that means you’ll have the tools, technologies, resources and support you need to make a real difference in their lives, empowering new generations of healthcare leaders. Get ready to learn and grow in an energized environment with year-round curricula, collaborating with talented colleagues and reimagining healthcare education as we know it.
- Minimal Travel (if any)
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“If you are looking to work at a university that takes care of its students, faculty, and staff and allows you to live a prosperous, fulfilling, and healthy life, this is the place for you.”Paul P. Instructor ii, Gen Ed Non-sci, orange county
associate since 2013
We offer a generous benefits package with a wide range of the plans, programs and support you need to thrive.
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Our Mission & Culture
At WCU, the work you do empowers our future nurses, therapists, dental hygienists and more — propelling them into our communities where they can do the most good. As part of our dynamic, energized culture, you’ll contribute to our unique mission that always puts students first. You’ll collaborate with incredible people, grow in your profession, and transform healthcare education. Discover what it means to truly believe in the work that you do.
Reporting directly to the Dean/Program Director, Occupational Therapy supports the University in fulfillment of its mission, purpose and goals. Provides program-specific expertise and is actively engaged in relevant department initiatives. Supports University, Campus, and/or departmental goals in order to assure compliance with programmatic accreditation and/or licensure, internal consistency, and graduate outcomes that meet student learning, workplace and placement expectations. Provides professional leadership and support, and serves as an educator, role model, mentor and facilitator. Facilitates the academic and fieldwork faculty to: develop, monitor, and refine the fieldwork education component as part of the curriculum; ensure quality learning experiences for students during fieldwork education; evaluate students’ performance and their ability to integrate didactic and fieldwork learning experiences and to progress within the curriculum; educate students, fieldwork and academic faculty about fieldwork education; ensure that the fieldwork learning environment demonstrates characteristics of sound patient management, professional behavior , and is current with occupational therapy practice; ensure that the fieldwork education program maximizes available resources. Serves as a liaison between the Occupational Therapy program and the fieldwork education sites and is responsible for the establishment of fieldwork site and fieldwork faculty standards, implementation, selection, orientation, and evaluation of fieldwork sites, and fosters the ongoing development of fieldwork education programs and their faculty.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (as outlined in the West Coast University Faculty Handbook): (Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.)
To provide the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator with sufficient release time to fulfill the duties in this role, the AFWC will not teach more than an average of 4 credits per trimester.
Fulfills assigned teaching load.
Participates in and contributes to assessment activities of courses/curriculum and program via a continuous improvement plan as set forth by the University.
Regularly contributes to improvement or upgrading of class materials and syllabi within prescribed shared governance culture.
Utilizes a variety of teaching methodologies to instruct students, always with intent to facilitate observable evidence of student fulfillment of prescribed learning outcomes.
Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching and the teaching/learning process and for individual students.
Keeps regular approved office hours (for FT faculty).
Follows established University protocols for providing timely feedback and/or academic advising (student Letters of Concern, etc.).
Demonstrates advanced teaching skills as demonstrated by:
- student evaluations
- peer evaluations (if assigned)
- administration reviews
- evidence of student achievement of course student learning outcomes
Mentors students and mentors faculty as assigned by department/program dean/chair.
Explores scholarly research to improve teaching and instruction.
Begins to explore cross-disciplinary approaches to instruction.
Attends professional development activities each year as agreed upon with supervisor in associate development plan.
Selects a minimum of one of the following activity areas: publishing & writing, acting as contributor to textbooks, presenting at conferences or educational trainings, attending test-writing or accreditation activities, serving on thesis dissertation committee or other agreed upon professional activity.
Identifies and applies specialized research or activities related to teaching, assigned teaching area(s), or may contribute to the scholarly community/knowledge of the discipline.
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND SERVICE:
Attends Department, College and University meetings/councils as arranged/approved by supervisor.
Demeanor reflects collegiality; behavior demonstrates professional and ethical conduct.
Maintains membership in a professional organization.
Develops connections within professional community both inside and outside the University/Occupational Therapy program.
Actively and substantively participates in University initiatives as assigned.
Assists with assessment, critique and evaluation of overall Occupational Therapy curriculum and may lead the process of revisions to program and syllabi (if necessary) while ensuring quality.
Contributes/demonstrates ongoing service in at least one of the following areas:
- Community or Public Service
- Profession (member of professional organization)
- University/Occupational Therapy program
Contributes to service of the University by serving on a minimum of one University-wide Committee or Council.
Demonstrates an active leadership role in University.
Active leader in the Community or Profession by demonstrating a leadership role in one of the listed areas.
May assist with program analysis to ensure best practices and optimal student outcomes.
The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator has sufficient release time to:
Develops and maintains qualified fieldwork sites recruitment and retention needed for entry-level job preparation. Maintains contracts between Occupational Therapy program, Compliance department and quality fieldwork sites, including obtaining renewal signatures, explaining unique requirements of a fieldwork site, and terminating contracts with fieldwork sites unable to provide appropriate fieldwork education.
Identifies fieldwork sites which support the student fieldwork requirements. Maintains accurate fieldwork site information database, including contact information and specific contractual agreement termination and expiration dates, and initiates renewal process timely. Evaluates insurance and liability issues related to clinical sites, and provides appropriate documentation.
Develops and maintains professional working relationships with hospitals, and medical offices. Maintains on-going contact with existing contracts and ensures positive long-term relationships with fieldwork sites.
Arranges for the placement and assignments of students enrolled in Level I (students within their first semester who do not work with patients) and Level II (students in final semester who work with patients under supervision) fieldwork courses. Develops fieldwork objectives in collaboration with the fieldwork sites.
Supervises students completing fieldwork rotations, including phone or on site visits, mediating conflicts, establishing specific learning objectives, grading of assignments, determining and recording attendance, and assigning grades.
Maintains communication with established fieldwork sites and clinical instructors through visits, telephone calls, e-mail and written correspondence to monitor student’s progress and fieldwork needs. Coordinates a plan to best observe, instruct, and evaluate students learning and fieldwork practical skills which include a direct observation fieldwork assessment of skills in applicable setting for related area of instruction.
Serves as a liaison between the fieldwork facilities and Occupational Therapy program. Works in a collaborative manner with ACOTE accrediting agency (Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education).
Apprises fieldwork clinical instructors of student objectives. Works with fieldwork clinical instructors to clarify policies and procedures specific to facility. Validates with fieldwork clinical instructors the effectiveness of student placement and progress in meeting mutually established objectives. Identifies key fieldwork clinical instructors to be utilized as role models/mentors.
Collaborates with the clinical instructors at the fieldwork sites on assignment of final grades for students. Plans and coordinates annual/biannual clinical instructors’ meeting to be held on campus.
GENERAL SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works with students and/or clinical sites to resolve problems related to students’ skills, knowledge and level of professionalism. Considers the students’ needs, college policies, accreditation guidelines and profession’s standards.
Determines that students have completed all clinical pre-requisites which include proof of liability insurance, child abuse clearance, immunizations, health insurance or waiver, and CPR course.
Provides the fieldwork clinical instructors with concurrent lecture component for the fieldwork courses and maintains office hours for consultation with students.
Works with the West Coast University Occupational Therapy faculty to review and revise curriculum and fieldwork requirements as needed to reflect current employment and clinical practices in compliance with the accrediting agency (ACOTE).
Collaborates with the West Coast University Occupational Therapy faculty to provide learning opportunities and continuing education to prepare and enhance fieldwork educators’ knowledge and skills.
Participates in fieldwork educational support groups at both the state and national level such as annual AOTA Program Director/Fieldwork Coordinator networking, CA Fieldwork Coordinator Council, National Fieldwork Coordinator list serve.
Maintains an up-to-date clinical database and student fieldwork records.
Participates in professional, volunteer organizations which include membership in AOTA.
Attends all occupational therapy faculty department meetings as requested.
Assists with program activities to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accrediting bodies, and University policies and procedures in concert with other West Coast University campus programs.
Reviews and recommends improvements and enhancements to the consistency and quality of course offerings, course/program development, and curriculum.
Participates in student success activities such as engaging in student academic counseling and/or establishing a point of contact for internal resource/access for student issues.
Assures students are provided instructional support services within the subject area taught to maintain the highest level of student achievement while safeguarding the integrity of the educational process.
Records and posts daily class attendance and grades as required, completes and submits assignments in a timely manner, and grades tests, quizzes, lab assignments promptly, returning constructive feedback to students as soon as possible. Engages in systematic collection of student’s work for University outcomes assessment purposes.
Serves as a mentor, role model and facilitator and provides guidance and academic support for students.
Attends meetings as required to share information, guidelines and procedures, coordinates activities, and to further disseminate information across the assigned department.
Regularly attends and participates in program Learning Communities.
Follows proper procedures/channels of communication.
Maintains and uses West Coast University officially approved syllabus template.
Maintains regular and timely attendance, reports to work as scheduled and assures time worked and/or time-off is recorded properly.
Participates in professional development and organizations in order to remain current in the field.
Maintains professional appearance for position and is courteous and approachable to students.
Adheres to University policies and procedures and conducts job responsibilities in accordance with the standards set out in the University’s Code of Ethical Conduct, Compliance Agreement, Sexual Harassment Policy or any of its policies and procedures, applicable federal and states laws, and applicable professional standards.
Maintains confidentiality of all student, associate, and/or University information as required.
Exercises care, proper use and maintenance of department equipment and supplies and identifies unsafe conditions and makes appropriate adjustments.
Maintains order, cleanliness and safety at work.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited university required.
Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited university preferred.
Should provide a documented background in educational methodology consistent with teaching assignments including but not limited to education theory and practice, or current concepts relative to specific subjects he or she will be teaching, or current clinical practice experience, or distance education techniques and delivery.
Certified by NBCOT (The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy) as an OTR (Registered Occupational Therapist) required.
Licensed as an Occupational Therapist in the State of Texas required.
Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by any accreditation body that West Coast University is accredited by or in process of obtaining accreditation from, for area of expertise and expectations of faculty member as set forth in regulatory documents and any professional certifications deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the teaching role.
Four or more years of full time documented (a minimum of 60 units; e.g. 20 3-unit course or their equivalent) teaching experience in an ACOTE accrediting agency (Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education) Occupational Therapy program. Instructional experience must be at institutions which are Title IV funding eligible.
Six or more years teaching in a University (or College) setting.
Working with online learning management systems to further engage the student learning process desirable.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Products, especially Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and other MS office products as needed.
Minimum 3 – 5 years prior experience working with or in clinical sites, placing students, and coordinating related documents in an accredited school of occupational therapy or a comparable leadership position outside academia.
Minimum of two years of experience in clinical practice and experience in supervising fieldwork students.
Knowledge of medical community and established relationships with professional memberships.
Knowledge of education standards such as WASC, ACOTE and other accreditation standards preferred.
Experience with MS Office.
qualifications/Skills: (Every effort has been made to identify the essential skills/qualifications of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only skills/qualifications you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of skills/qualifications does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential skill/qualification of the position.)
Ability to travel/drive locally at least 40% of the time on a weekly and daily basis to different fieldwork sites.
Ability to demonstrate clear criminal background history.
Ability to demonstrate clinical competency.
Ability to speak before public groups, committees and meetings.
Ability to manage projects and people, and participate in group meetings
Ability to maintain academic standards.
Ability to work independently with general supervision.
Ability to demonstrate a thorough, accurate and practical knowledge of their field or discipline.
Ability to interpret and evaluate the theories of their field or discipline.
Ability to effectively operate related equipment and machines for instructional purposes.
Ability to operate a variety of office equipment and machines such as computer terminal, calculator and copier.
Ability to engage in data entry via a computer.
Ability to manage and work effectively in a highly ethnic and culturally diverse student and associate community.
Ability to use effective communication skills, both oral and written, including presentations and effective listening skills.
Ability to communicate effectively before public groups, committees and in meetings.
Ability to effectively use interpersonal skills, follow through with duties, provide attention to detail, and demonstrate the ability to motivate others.
Ability to use creative facilitation and conflict resolution skills to resolve difficult and sensitive issues.
Ability to demonstrate excellent analytical and organizational skills.
Ability to self-direct, self-pace, multi-task and function well under pressure of deadlines and conflicting priorities in a fast paced environment.
Ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organization.
Ability to exercise good judgment.
Ability to interpret rules, regulations, policies and procedures and assure compliance.
Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Willingness to work a flexible schedule.
Ability to communicate using bilingual skills is a plus but not mandatory.
For over 100 years, West Coast University has been educating and preparing students for professional careers across our six campuses located in Southern California, Dallas, Miami, and Online. As part of our unique student-centric approach to advanced healthcare education you will be empowering future healthcare professionals. At West Coast University our students are Ahead of the Curve. Our Mission is to embrace a student-centric learning partnership that leads to professional success. We deliver transformational education within a culture of integrity and personal accountability.
Our benefited faculty and associates are offered a comprehensive benefit package including:
- Health & Wellness
- Financial & Retirement
- Family & Parenting
- Vacation & Time Off
- Perks & Discount
- Professional Development
West Coast University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we seek candidates who desire to work in and serve an ethnically-diverse population.
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