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Director of the Occupational Therapy Program

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Position Information

Working Title Director of the Occupational Therapy Program
Position Number 2615
Posting Number F1074
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Health and Behavioral Studies
Department 100720 - Department of Health Professions
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
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Is this a JMU only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

About James Madison University

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

To be the national model for the engaged university: engages with ideas and the world.

Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information

The Department of Health Professions, College of Health and Behavioral Studies, James Madison University, is seeking a visionary individual with academic leadership experience for the position of Director of the Occupational Therapy Program. The Occupational Therapy Program is one of five programs within the Department of Health Professions. The Program Director will work collaboratively with others in Athletic Training, Dietetics, Health Services Administration, and the Physician Assistant Studies program within the department, as well as with other departments and schools within the College. The successful candidate will join a strong and engaged faculty at one of the nation’s outstanding public universities.

This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant / Associate Professor rank. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2018.

The JMU Occupational Therapy Program is a vibrant OT program located in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. The program has strong existing partnerships with groups both on and off campus that allow for interprofessional collaboration. Additionally, JMU has its own OT clinic on campus that provides multiple opportunities for student and faculty research and practice.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will manage day-to-day activities in the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program, lead program and curriculum development, oversee the ACOTE accreditation process, and develop/transition to OTD. The successful candidate will collaborate with program faculty in teaching, evaluating student performance, advising and engaging in scholarly work.


A doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy or related area with a minimum of eight years of documented experience in OT and at least 3 years in a full time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post-secondary level are both required.

A track record of excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, professional development and service to the profession are required. The successful candidate should also possess a commitment to interprofessional education and student engagement, adapt to the trends and forces facing the OT profession and have a dynamic vision for preparing OT professionals. The successful candidate will have held NBCOT certification as an Occupational Therapist and will be eligible for Virginia licensure.

Preferred Qualifications include documented experience in adult and geriatric practice, a research based doctorate, and continued NBCOT certification.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 11/14/2017
Beginning Review Date 01/08/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 07/01/2018
EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

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Additional Posting Information

Review of applications will begin January 8, 2018 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply go to, reference posting number F1074, submit the faculty profile and upload a cover letter that addresses relevant administrative and leadership experiences, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a current curriculum vitae.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Jamie Frye, Director of the Athletic Training Program and Search Chair, 540-568-8836 or

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  3. Curriculum Vitae
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