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University of Utah Assistant/Associate Professor DOQ in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Position/Rank Assistant/Associate Professor DOQ

Department 00204 - Occupational/Recreational Therapy

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2023


The Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies at the University of Utah invites applications for a Tenure Track occupational therapy faculty position at the assistant/associate professor level. We are seeking a faculty member with an established line of research, or promising potential for developing such a line, in any area of occupational therapy or related to occupational therapy practice that has promise for external research funding. This faculty member will contribute to the advancement of the Occupational Therapy degree programs with expertise that will complement and expand our philosophy and mission of teaching, scholarship and service to the university, community, and profession.

The applicant will join a group of dynamic occupational therapy and recreational therapy faculty with diverse teaching and research interests, and numerous research and teaching interdisciplinary collaborations across the University of Utah campus. In addition, we have strong partnerships with many of the state’s community agencies and have established global health programs, such as working with refugees and underserved people around the world. Additionally, our Life Skills Clinic provides opportunities for research, service learning, and occupation-based practice in the Salt Lake Area.

We have strong partnerships with many of the state’s health care and community agencies. In addition to the university’s academic medical center, there are four other major medical centers that provides unique opportunities for practice, student placement, and research.

The Department offers an accredited Bachelors of Recreational Therapy degree, Master’s Degrees in both Occupational Therapy and Recreational Therapy, and is developing an entry level Occupational Therapy Doctoral degree. These programs have a national reputation for successfully preparing future educators and practitioners to work in traditional, non-traditional, and emerging practice areas. Faculty also participate in the Rehabilitation Science Doctoral program to prepare the next generation of rehabilitation scientists. Ph.D. students come from several health care professions.

The University of Utah is the state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education, offering over 100 undergraduate and more than 90 graduate degree programs to over 28,000 students. The University of Utah is dedicated to both its teaching and research missions and is ranked as one of the top public research universities in the nation. The area is a haven for all those who love the great outdoors. Enjoy recreation and the wonders of nature in five national parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas, one national historic site, and six national forests, all located within a day’s drive of campus. Skiing and other winter sports are available at eight world-class resorts, as well as year- round hiking, camping, climbing, biking, fishing, rafting, and other pleasures in the mountains and canyons of numerous forests and wilderness areas. Our location affords easy access to professional ballet, modern dance, opera, symphony, theater, and art galleries. You will also enjoy a wide diversity of restaurants and cafes, bars, live music venues, nightlife, shopping, and other such services. Opportunities to enjoy professional and collegiate sports, including basketball, football, baseball, hockey, gymnastics, and soccer are abundant.

Position Available: Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor in the College of Health, Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies. The position is a full-time 9-month position starting July 1, 2023.

Qualifications: The applicant must have a research doctoral degree from an accredited institution. The applicant must have NBCOT certification and must be eligible for a State of Utah occupational therapy license. Candidates should demonstrate a record of research with established externally-funded research program or promising potential to establish an externally-funded research program. Experience teaching entry-level occupational therapy students and having external funding is preferred. The candidate will also demonstrate a personal commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in healthcare and health-related professions with an understanding of how personal backgrounds and identities contribute to that effort within the context of an academic position. Expectations of this candidate include the ability to demonstrate this commitment in all aspects of the job responsibilities.

Responsibilities: Engage in research/scholarly pursuits with external funding in an area of, or related to, occupational therapy, teach in innovative MOT and entry level OTD curricula; engage in curriculum development; and provide university and professional service. Providing some clinical service may be negotiated

To apply for this position, please visit:

Please attach a CV, a list of 3 references (all references must be outside of the University of Utah and its affiliates), and a copy of the last awarded degree or diploma as a pdf file under the “Applicant Document – Other” category.

Additional questions may be addressed to Dr. Alex Terrill, Search Committee Chair, at

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

To apply for this position, please visit:

Please attach a CV, a list of 3 references (all references must be outside of the University of Utah and its affiliates), and a copy of the last awarded degree or diploma as a pdf file under the “Applicant Document – Other” category.

Additional questions may be addressed to Dr. Alex Terrill, Search Committee Chair, at

Open Date 03/21/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN03227F

Type Faculty