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Full-Time Term-Tenure Track: Occupational Therapy Program

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Position Information

Position Title Full-Time Term-Tenure Track: Occupational Therapy Program
Position Type Faculty
School Graduate Studies
Department Graduate Studies: Occupational Therapy (2770)
Discipline Occupational Therapy
Level Graduate
Time Status Full-Time
Campus Winding Hill

Position Description

Position Summary

The School of Graduate Studies at Messiah College invites applications for a 12 month Faculty of Occupational Therapy, term-tenure track, rank based on qualifications. The faculty member will be responsible for teaching courses in the area of Adult Practice and/or Neuro Rehabilitation.


The faculty member will be responsible for teaching courses in the area of Adult Practice and/or Neuro Rehabilitation. The faculty member is expected to participate in curriculum development, admissions, community-based education/service learning experiences, OT program initiatives, and student advising. In addition, the faculty member will also engage in service to the college, the OT profession, and the community. Other responsibilities include serving as research faculty advisor and participation in scholarly work, such as research, grant writing, publications, and presentations at local, regional, national, and international meetings.


A doctoral degree in occupational therapy (OTD or DOT from a US regionally accredited college or university) is preferred. Candidates who possess a PhD in a field related to Occupational Therapy (OT), who also hold a master’s degree in OT will be considered. The successful applicant must have a license or be eligible for licensure as a registered occupational therapist in the state of Pennsylvania and have a minimum of 6 years of experience in occupational therapy practice. One to three years of teaching experience in a college or university is preferred. However, clinicians in transition to academia will be considered. A qualified applicant with clinical experience in Adult Physical Rehabilitation and/or Neuro Rehabilitation is preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills are required. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with leadership and community-based service and/or volunteer experiences. The successful candidate should be able to articulate a statement of faith and teaching philosophy that is in alignment with the mission of Messiah College.

Preferred qualifications include teaching experience in an ACOTE accredited occupational therapy program and experience with ACOTE accreditation standards and procedures. Research experience is desired.

The Program

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Messiah College will prepare competent occupational therapy practitioners with a focus on leadership and service. The MOT is a full time 80-credit hour program. The Occupational Therapy Program at Messiah College is housed in a 32,000 square foot facility with spacious teaching-learning spaces including state of the art Anatomy Lab, Pediatric Lab and an apartment with universal design /ADL Lab, as well as many other exceptional teaching labs.

The Department

The Occupational Therapy program is committed to Messiah’s values of academic excellence and deepening Christian faith. The OT program seeks to prepare occupational therapists who are compassionate, ethical, and competent practitioners, equipped to serve and lead as agents of change in a global society.

The College

Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of approximately 2,800 undergraduate students including 13.9% of under-represented and 5.0% international students from 32 countries and over 600 graduate students including 11.8% of students from under-represented populations.

The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah College is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.


The College seeks to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflects and appreciates the uniqueness that the individual brings to the workplace while striving to provide an atmosphere of success. Messiah’s strategic plan includes a commitment to community engagement in diverse settings and the development of cross-cultural competencies as well as a commitment to developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to global engagement. As such, Messiah College is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. Successful candidates will evidence similar commitments.

Starting Date for Position Fall 2018

Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide a current curriculum vitae or resume as well as a letter of interest that clearly explains how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah College, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.

Vitae Instructions to Applicants

Curriculum Vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publication, recitals, showings), (4) membership in scholarly, professional, or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  2. College/University Transcript(s)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Personal Statement - Faith
  5. Personal Statement - Teaching
Optional Documents
  1. Personal Statement – College Mission