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Newman University Instructor - OTA Program in Wichita, Kansas

Founded in 1933, Newman University is a liberal arts institution grounded in Catholic values and traditions, yet is respectful of all faiths. At Newman you'll find people, programs, organizations and activities designed to educate the mind and inspire the spirit. Our low instructor-to-student ratio and collaborative faculty contribute to a positive learning environment. We are a sponsored ministry of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, US Region. We invite you to help us empower our graduates to transform society!

This is a Part-Time Faculty position with a 9-10 month contract length. Anticipated start date is August 2021.

Occupational Summary:

Serve as a core faculty member who instructs undergraduate courses in fundamentals of occupational therapy, develops Level I fieldwork, service learning experiences throughout Kansas, student advising and program evaluation. The teaching load is 12 contact hours per year with release time for Level I fieldwork, service learning development.

Faculty members contribute to the effectiveness of the University by working collaboratively on instructional policy, curriculum development, and staff development. They are models of educated persons, exemplifying the virtues they seek to inspire in students -- curiosity, tolerance, honesty, fairness, and respect for diversity.

Professional involvement is demonstrated by active participation in scholarly and professional organizations.

Student service relates to co-curricular activities that assist individual students and student groups beyond the classroom. Service to the institution involves activities that promote University well-being through program development, enrollment growth, resource acquisition, and committee involvement. Service to the community involves activities that contribute to the public welfare and represent the institution positively to the local, regional, national, or global community.

Stewardship Statement: This position is responsible to cultivate and maintain the institution’s Catholic identity and its mission to empower graduates to transform society. As a member of the Newman University community, the individual will join with the institution’s sponsors, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC Sisters), to witness God’s love in Mission to empower others, foster oneness, celebrate life, form right relationships, and walk as compassionate companions. The individual is responsible to uphold this mission in accordance with Ex Corde Ecclesiae, fostering an environment where Catholicism is present while encouraging an impartial search for truth across multiple disciplines engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue.

Work Performed:

  • Develop and maintain didactic and Level I fieldwork educational content for assigned courses. Current courses would include Introduction to OT, Biomechanics and Physical Agent Modalities.

  • Develop and coordinate Level I fieldwork, service learning experiences throughout Kansas.

  • Integrate mission values and the Strategic Plan of the University within individual courses and academic programs.

  • Create and maintain an optimal learning environment that attracts and retains students.

  • Teach assigned classes effectively and assess educational outcomes appropriately.

  • Maintain high standards as teachers and engaging students in classroom, studio, laboratory, clinical educational settings, and co-curricular activities.

  • Maintain high standards as scholars and demonstrating competency in their fields through both academic pursuits and professional involvement.

  • Advise and mentor students effectively.

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 office hours per week and posting specific hours on the office door.

  • Participate in collaborative governance of the University through involvement in department, school, and faculty meetings, and by serving on department, School, University.

  • Represent the University through service on campus and in the larger community.

  • Participate in Fall and Winter Institute, Convocations, Baccalaureate services, and Commencement exercises.

  • Assist the Library Director in curriculum-driven collection development and by promoting library involvement among students.

  • Promote the use of information technology through instructional activities and class assignments.

  • Complete all University-required trainings, including FERPA and Title IX.

  • Contribute to the overall success of the Occupational Therapy Program by performing all other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications/Education/Experience/Skills/Training:

  • Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant required.

  • Bachelor’s degree (degree not limited to occupational therapy) from an accredited institution complete or in progress, required.

  • One year of professional occupational therapy assistant experience with exposure to direct client interaction.

  • Experience in didactic and clinical education preferred.

  • Must hold a current Kansas occupational therapy assistant license.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

    Date Position is Available August 2021

    Application Procedure

    Applications will be reviewed in the order received and will continue until the position is filled.

    To apply, a candidate should submit, via the University website, a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest addressing their teaching/OTA background and how their professional experiences align with the desired characteristics for the position. A reference list with the names, phone numbers and addresses of three to five professional references, with an indication of the candidate's relationship to each must be supplied at the time of application. References will not be contacted without prior approval of the successful finalist. Transcripts will also be required further into the hiring process.

    Newman University is committed to hiring faculty and staff members that reflect the diversity of our region and to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees, according to all applicable equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, directives, and regulations of federal, state, and local governing bodies and agencies. In keeping this commitment, it is the policy of Newman University to base all employment decisions only on valid job requirements without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, marital status, familial status, public assistance status, local human rights commission activity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a qualified protected veteran.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Newman University will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with a disability in completing the application form or in the interview process. Please notify the Human Resources Office at (316) 942-4291, ext. 2202 or email hr@newmanu.edu in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.

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