Pfeiffer University, in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Occupational Therapy Program Director and Associate Dean for Applied Health Sciences. Pfeiffer University desires to identify a dynamic, motivated and innovative leader to fill the role of Director of the new Master of Occupational Therapy Program and Associate Dean for the Division of Applied Health Sciences. The division includes Health and Exercise Science, Nursing, Health Administration, Marriage and Family Therapy, Occupational Therapy and the Physician Assistant program. It is the largest division of the University with an enrollment of over 600 students. The program director/associate dean will support the overall mission and vision of Pfeiffer University through excellence in teaching and advising students. A commitment to the principles of servant leadership, working with graduate/adult students, and involvement in university and community service is required.
A private liberal arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Pfeiffer University’s mission is to prepare servant leaders for lifelong learning. Its regional network of campuses includes a traditional undergraduate campus in Misenheimer, North Carolina, approximately 40 miles northeast of Charlotte, a Charlotte campus and a Raleigh-Durham campus.
Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, regional university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs at its campuses in Misenheimer, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and online.
Vested in its history as a United Methodist-related university and propelled by an innovative faculty and staff, Pfeiffer prepares its students for a lifetime of achievement, scholarship, spirituality and service.
Pfeiffer recognizes the value of real-world experience and offers experiential learning opportunities for every major to help students get a leg up in today’s competitive job market. Internships and similar hands-on experiences enhance student’s resumes and skills. Most importantly, students get a realistic look at what it’s like to work in their chosen field.
The program director for occupational therapy will oversee the development, management and administration of the program; including planning, development, delivery, evaluation, budgeting, and selection of faculty and staff. The program director ensures compliance with the NC Board of Occupational Therapy and the Accreditation Council for Occupation Therapy Education (ACOTE), and represents the university to those entities. The program director is responsible for overseeing the development and appropriate management of all experiential learning sites, relationships, policies and procedures. Participates in fiscal administration; curriculum development and coordination; determination of teaching assignments; supervision and evaluation of program faculty; design and operation of program facilities; and selection/coordination of any program-specific external facilities and instruction. Provides professional leadership and support for teaching faculty, serves as a mentor and facilitator for faculty, and enables an environment that fosters creativity.
As Associate Dean, the program director will have the opportunity to be mentored by the current Dean as part of an intentional succession plan leading to deanship in 2020. The candidate will help shape the future of this dynamic and well positioned division. Opportunities as the Program Director will include developing the curricular philosophy, hiring departmental faculty, obtaining ACOTE accreditation, and creating a strategic plan for the program that is reflective of the mission of the University.
All graduate faculty members are expected to be active participants in the professional and community life of the University. They advise and mentor graduate/adult students and contribute to a vibrant and growing academic program through participation in professional/scholarly activities, curriculum planning and development.
The Associate Dean will spend part of his/her time in shared responsibilities. This will include oversight of curriculum and program development, encouraging and enhancing faculty scholarship and professional development, cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with alumni, external and internal constituents. He/she will also collaborate with the Office of Advancement to secure external funding to support and enhance the division’s development as a regional leader in health professions. He/she will help to monitor progress toward the division’s strategic plan and overall University strategic plan; partner with Admission’s Office to develop long range recruitment and enrollment strategy for the division; and ensure that all academic programs within the division comply with accreditation standards, policies and procedures.
Provides leadership to faculty, administrative staff and students within the program. Facilitates communication, clarification and implementation of university and department policies and procedures. Provides leadership through planning, implementation and evaluation of the Occupational Therapy Program and through support of the program, department, and institution’s mission.