Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Northern Arizona University
1 - 2 Years Experience
$ Not Disclosed
Occupational Therapist
Master's Degree
Job Type

Job Description

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy


Location: PHX - Occupational Therapy


Regular/Temporary: Regular


Job ID: 607537


Full/Part Time: Full-Time


Workplace Culture


NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.


About NAU


Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.


Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members. Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU's faculty members promote learning and help students reach academic milestones.


Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses 70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.


For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the


About the Department/College


The Department of Occupational Therapy is located on NAU's Phoenix Bioscience Core campus, where students have access to cutting edge technology, facilities, and labs. The department offers the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree in a Traditional or Hybrid path, preparing students to work with clients across all stages of life in a wide range of settings. This accredited degree is the only public and non-profit graduate program in the Southwest United States.


The 30-acre Phoenix Bioscience Core (PBC) is in the heart of Downtown Phoenix where NAU, UA, and ASU are co-located. The PBC offers more than six million square feet of research, academic, and clinical facilities for students earning advanced degrees in medical professions with access to cutting edge technology. The urban environment presents numerous opportunities for interprofessional education with other NAU programs on campus including the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, the Master's in Physician Assistant Studies program, and Master of Athletic Training program.


NAU's program is known for its emphasis on service learning and community interaction. The program connects with community agencies to give the students experience with people in their natural context. Students see people in their lifelong journey adapting to disability, chronic illness or social conditions so that they can choose strategies that will be meaningful in the long term examples of this emphasis is serving as one of the primary members of the award-winning and nationally-recognized Community Health Mentor Program (CHMP), where students from various programs learn from their community mentor and from each other.


About the Position


Northern Arizona University's entry level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program invites applications for a full-time,12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment at the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include teaching courses related to area expertise and/or one or more of the following topics: mental health, research, administration, leadership, and health policy. In addition, academic faculty will conduct original research, apply for external grant funding, and disseminate scholarly products. Other expectations include student advisement, applied scholarly activities and service to the department, college, university, and profession.


Responsibilities Include:


  • Varying based on department need and annual performance goals for each faculty member. Workload typically reflects 60% teaching, 30% scholarly activities and 10% service.


This position is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.


Position is located in Phoenix, Arizona.


Full-time,12-month, tenure-track faculty position.


Minimum Qualifications


  • An earned PhD or research doctorate in occupational therapy, rehabilitation sciences or a related healthcare field from an accredited institution (ABD may be considered, but the doctorate must be completed by the start date).

  • Experience working with students in a classroom and/or mentoring students in research.

  • One year or more of experience in an academic setting.

  • Record of publications and/or grant writing.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Record of mentoring and/or collaborating with novice researchers.

  • Additional certification(s) that indicates area of expertise.

  • Extensive record of publications.

  • Record of successful grant-funded projects or demonstrated potential.

  • Record of successful university level teaching experience or demonstrated potential.

  • Record of professional leadership to the profession.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities




  • Knowledge of Canvas learning management system.

  • Knowledge of instructional design, effective pedagogy, team teaching, and innovative learning methodologies.

  • Knowledge of current trends in higher education, occupational therapy practice and education, and demographic trends.

  • Knowledge of research process including grand writing and dissemination.




  • Effective leadership.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Effective collaboration and communication skills.




  • Communicates effectively.

  • Develops and maintains good working relationships.

  • Facilitates learning in multiple modalities.

  • Advocates for faculty, staff, and students in the department.

  • Promotes a diverse, including environment.


Compensation & Benefits


Salary range begins at $70,000. Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU


Pre-Employment Check


Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


FLSA Status


This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


Submit Your Application


Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before December 11, 2023 will receive full consideration.


To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description (if viewing this position through the NAU HR website). Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Current Openings' link, locate vacancy 607537, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.


Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):


  • a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;

  • a curriculum vitae; and

  • names and contact information for three references.

Please do not include any other documents.


If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.


If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.


Equal Employment Opportunity


Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


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