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Full Time Faculty: Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Occupational Therapy

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Work type: Faculty, Full-Time
Location: Marion, IN
Categories: Faculty

Job Title: Full Time Faculty: Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Occupational Therapy

Reporting Relationship: Program Director for Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Unit: National & Global

Department: SHS-Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Campus Location: Ott Hall of Sciences & Nursing

Summary of Position:    The position is a full-time, 12-month administrative status position responsible for the development, compliance, and ongoing management of all aspects of Level I and II Fieldwork for the Occupational Therapy Doctoral program. This position involves identifying and scheduling academic coordination for clinical education program sites in the education, practice, and preparation of OTD students. This individual will also be engaged in teaching, research, and service assignments as well as assessment and reporting duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as a member of the OTD Admissions Committee, which includes conducting interviews of students applying for OTD Program admission 
  • Select and coordinate clinical fieldwork sites and track student performance 
  • Able to travel, as needed 
  • Ensure clinical work is congruent with the OTD curriculum design 
  • Ensure that faculty collaborate to design clinical educational experiences 
  • Developing, monitoring, and refining the clinical fieldwork education component of the curriculum 
  • Communicate knowledge about the curriculum and standards to Clinical Fieldwork Educators, facilitating quality learning experiences for students during clinical fieldwork
  • Coordinates and/or provides leadership of a Clinical Education or Program Advisory Committee consisting of area clinical educators, employers, or other persons, where feasible 
  • Participates in academic program meetings, institutional governance, and/or community service activities as appropriate to the mission of Indiana Wesleyan University 
  • Manages administrative responsibilities consistent with ACOTE/AOTA, federal/state regulations, FERPA, institutional policy, and practice setting requirements; participates in the preparation of accreditation documentation and outcome performance assessment of students in the OTD program 
  • Maintain clinical contracts and current data for sites in databases 
  • Maintain student requirements and ensure students are up-to-date with all fieldwork requirements 
  • Create syllabi and timeline of classes for students per trimester as required 
  • Provide meetings and times for students to communicate progress and performance during clinical fieldwork 
  • Submit book orders of required textbooks 
  • Assists the Program Director in the development of a program budget by providing input on items related to the CE program and overall program budget, including managing fiscal allocations budgeted for clinical education 
  • Abide by all relevant university and/or departmental procedures and policies 
  • Advise and consult student’s professional behaviors and clinical performance 
  • Analyze and present clinical work findings by trimester and annual report to Dean, Program Director, and faculty as indicated
  • Active in professional organization activities at local, state, and/or national levels (i.e., ACOTE, AOTA, and so forth) 
  • Plan and conduct clinical competency skills testing, including remediation activities as needed 
  • Participate in recruitment-related activities for the OTD Program
  • Provide supervision to support staff assisting the management of clinical education data
  • Collaborate with OTA faculty for clinical education and contracts 
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Physical requirements may include lifting, handling, manipulating, and moving, and may include moving or transferring humans from one place to another as well as utilizing hand tools that are used as part of the assistive technology process.
  • Lays out materials for student’s use and cleans, maintains and/or repairs teaching equipment, tools or supplies at end of sessions.
  • Exerting 25-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must be a licensed driver and have transportation to and from clinical sites

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Doctoral degree (e.g., Entry-level, post-professional doctorate, or PhD) awarded by an institution that is accredited by a USDE-recognized institutional accrediting body and a graduate of a regionally accredited occupational therapy program
  • Occupational therapist candidates must have been initially certified by NBCOT and must be eligible for licensure in Indiana.


  • A minimum of 2 years clinical practice experience as an occupational therapist is expected.
  • Commitment to teaching excellence is required. A minimum of one-year teaching experience is preferred.

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and current developments in the field of OTD study. Expertise in the clinical areas of advocacy, pediatrics, occupational analysis, assistive technology, management, leadership, gerontology, orthopedics, and/or research although those with other areas of expertise will be considered.
  • Knowledge of clinical OTD and community settings in Indiana as well as a network across the country.
  • Knowledge of instructional strategies and techniques.
  • Knowledge of ACOTE standards
  • Able to work with students/individuals with special needs based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession of occupational therapy.
  • Identification of clinical needs of students based on the academic curriculum design and accreditation standards
  • Skills for evaluating the impact of clinical teaching on the teaching-learning process and implementing modifications as appropriate
  • Skills to coordinate with clinical instructors in constructive and cooperative working relationships with community-based therapists, clinics, and community agencies
  • Skills in entry or maintenance of information in written or electronic form
  • Skills in logical and critical thinking to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Skills in flexibility and openness to change
  • Skills in interpreting and acting upon recommendations identified in course and program evaluation
  • Skills in the use of computers, Internet resources, MS Office, Outlook/email, and Fieldwork-related software
  • Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Oral Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
  • Written Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
  • Written Comprehension – The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
  • Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
  • Deductive Reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  • Inductive Reasoning – The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
  • Information Ordering – The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern, according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations)
  • Speech Clarity – The ability to speak clearly, so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition – The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person
  • Ability to teach seminars
  • Maintenance and distribution of a clinical education manual.
  • Ability to advise, instruct, manage, motivate and evaluate students for clinical placements.
  • Design and conduct independent and/or collaborative research.
  • Ability to integrate technology into the teaching and learning process
  • Ability to successfully interact with students, clinical instructors, other educators and institution representatives, and the public in a professional matter
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Knowledge of the programs and services offered by Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Interest and ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary clinical settings.
  • Knowledge of current trends in areas of OTD practice
  • Adherence to the AOTA guidelines, and the ACOTE Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.



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