The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program, based in the Department of Allied Health in the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven, is seeking to hire a full-time faculty member. This faculty member will serve as the founding Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of our new OTD Program. The position is non-tenure track. This is a position to be filled for Fall 2021.
The OTD program is second professional doctoral-level program in the School of Health Sciences and the fourth doctoral degree for the University of New Haven. The OTD program’s mission is to prepare diverse and innovated occupational therapists as healthcare leaders and clinicians dedicated to enhancing people’s participation in everyday occupations through excellence in implementing holistic evidence-based practice and innovative research to leadpurposeful and fulfilling lives in a global society. The University of New Haven’s Occupational Therapy Program utilizes experiential, collaborative, and discovery-based learning to engage students and faculty in an active learning community to advance human health and occupational performance in daily living through participation to meet the demands of a diverse and global society. The program offers an innovative curriculum through on ground and online instruction to best meet student needs.
The program is seeking a colleague qualified to direct the academic fieldwork process for the OTD program and collaborate with the program director as it grows and matures as a program seeking national recognition. The ideal candidate for this position will be effective at strategic planning, academic assessment, and student-focused leadership while meeting the following qualifications:
In Relationship to Fieldwork Sites:
Administer and oversee the fieldwork component of the OTD Program, including outreach to prospective sites, and formulating and overseeing contractual agreements.
Collect, compile and report pertinent fieldwork data and information required for program evaluation, accreditation, and curriculum decisions.
Provide guidance and support, as needed and requested, by the fieldwork setting and serve as a resource person for the fieldwork education community.
Communicate activities, news, and other relevant information from the academic program to the fieldwork setting.
Serves as an active member of any Regional and National Fieldwork Consortium of area AFWCs (includes attendance at general meetings, attending the annual meetings, develop
educational materials and sessions for clinical educators, committee assignments, and serving as an officer, as elected).
In Relationship to Students:
Interface with fieldwork educators supervising occupational therapy students regarding learning objectives and student performance in order to support quality educational experiences for students.
Assign students to fieldwork placements.
Visit as warranted fieldwork sites and/or communicate with fieldwork educators and
students during rotations to monitor and facilitate student performance and progress
(Level I and Level II Fieldwork).
Address specific problems at fieldwork sites to support students as well as maintain
collaborative relationship with sites.
Regularly evaluate fieldwork settings through student feedback and/or visits to ensure
quality fieldwork experiences.
Update and maintain OT Student Fieldwork Manual.
Participate in curriculum development.
Develop and teach courses in the OTD Program as negotiated with the Program Director
including at a minimum: all fieldwork related courses and any doctoral capstone and
experience courses and clinical competency courses as assigned.
Ensure courses and syllabi are current and available to all students.
Demonstrate and maintain competency in knowledge and skills in teaching both in class
and online as evidenced by supervisor, peer, and student evaluations.
Documentation of expertise in areas of teaching responsibility and content delivery
method (online or in class).
Participate in team and/or interdisciplinary teaching.
Use faculty development opportunities and teacher effectiveness tools to improve
Supervise students on special projects including being a Capstone Faculty Mentor for (4-
5+ students) per year.
Maintain regular office hours; guide or support students who reach out for assistance;
identify students who are struggling and need extra attention or support to be successful (through use of email, phone or other appropriate means of communication).
Attend all university academic events as required in faculty handbook
Attend all University, College, and Program faculty meetings.
Advise students in OTD program.
Assist in the accreditation process.
Participate in student recruitment and admissions activities including interview days.
Must demonstrate the ability to support the mission of University of New Haven as
evidenced by teaching and learning assignments, advising, and mentoring of students.
Participate in professional activities and service to the University, School, community,
and the profession.
Engage in scholarly/clinical work related to area of interest on a regular bases and as
required by expectations of the Program.
Conduct applied research as relevant.
Be assigned as a faculty mentor to doctoral capstone students as appropriate (4-5+ students/year).
Engage with students via co-curricular activities.
Any other functions as assigned by the OTD Program Director.
• The academic fieldwork coordinator must be licensed as an occupational therapist (or eligible for licensure) in the State of Connecticut hold an active NBCOT registration as an OTR. The academic fieldwork coordinator must also hold or be eligible to be an active member of AOTA and ConnOTA.
• Education (USDE) required.
recognized by the U.S. Department of
Doctoral degree (OTD, PhD, EdD, DHS, DHSc, etc.) from an institution that is
accredited by a regional accrediting body required
• The academic fieldwork coordinator must have a minimum of 5 years of documented experience as an occupational therapist. This experience must include:
Clinical practice as an occupational therapist with experience working with occupational therapy assistants and supervising occupational therapy students.
Administrative and supervisory experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, record-keeping, and marketing/promotion.
Volunteer service to a professional organization in the role of or relevant to occupational therapy.
Preferred qualifications include:
Academic appointment in adjunct/part-time or full-time capacity of 1+ at the post- baccalaureate/graduate level.
Evidence of scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning) through publication or presentations.
Employment is contingent upon successfully passing a background investigation. The hiring salary for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity.
Internal Number: 21-15F
About University of New Haven
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education.Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960 and opened its Orange Campus in January, 2014. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities.The University enrolls approximately 6,800 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 5,000 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and Tagliatela College of Engineering, UNH offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 500 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.