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Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

University of Tennessee
Chickamauga, TN
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Department of Occupational Therapy

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a national model for metropolitan universities. In collaboration with our many regional partners, we offer our students an experiential learning environment graced with outstanding teaching scholars. The Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is seeking dynamic candidates for a 12-month tenure track assistant professor beginning August 1, 2023.


  • Teach in the clinical entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program
  • Teach, advise, and engage in scholarship activities
  • Mentor student research
  • Engage in the Occupational Therapy Department university service, professional service, community service and/or inter-professional activities
Required Qualifications:
  • An earned terminal degree (i.e., PhD, Ed. D, DSc, DHS, or OTD) in occupational therapy or related discipline
  • Minimum of five (5) years of clinical experience
  • Teaching or clinical experience in the area of mental health
  • Must be initially certified by NBCOT and be eligible for OT licensure in the state of Tennessee.
  • Experience in and ability to teach courses focusing on research.
  • An active research program or demonstrated potential for scholarship
  • Demonstrate an ability to present a positive and professional attitude when dealing with students, clinical staff and clients, the local community, and the national professional community
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years of teaching experience
  • Desire to teach in an interprofessional setting
  • Ability to work effectively
  • Ability and willingness to teach courses in his/her area of clinical or research experience
Application Process:
  • Submit a letter of interest,
  • A current curriculum vitae,
  • Copies of transcripts,
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • A statement on diversity

Additionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, and email addresses of three (3) references for confidential letters of recommendation to be requested.

Application reviews begin immediately and continues until the position is filled.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second-largest campus in the University of Tennessee System and serves a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has established a reputation for excellence built on a unique blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. Today, UTC brings a passion for excellence in all pursuits and is dedicated to making a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

At UTC, we welcome and cultivate diverse perspectives and populations-whether shaped by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, intellectual diversity, political beliefs and other life experiences and ideologies-and embrace equity and inclusion.

UTC is a university distinguished by respect for the dignity, uniqueness, and value of every individual. We foster a campus community that is welcoming and inclusive of all. We value diversity in our workplace and learning environments, benefiting from the varied backgrounds and abilities of our campus community. The diversity of our voices and experiences is vital to our pursuit of excellence and fulfillment of our mission.

UTC is in the heart of Tennessee's fourth-largest city, located in the southeastern part of the state near the border with Georgia and at the junction of four interstate highways. Conveniently situated within just a two-hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville and Birmingham, Chattanooga offers the opportunity to live and learn in an exciting and enchanting environment. Dubbed the 'Scenic City,' and endowed with incredible vistas and popular area attractions, the city has been recognized nationally for its downtown renaissance and a revitalized riverfront that has become the blueprint for other cities to emulate. Chattanooga achieved the first gig internet capacity in the country, and today has the nation's fastest internet service with a 100% fiber network that links every residence and business in a 600-square mile area.

The city is home to companies such as Unum, McKee Foods, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United, and Amazon, and a number of tech startups attracted to its blazing fast internet and low cost-of-living. Thousands of visitors are drawn yearly to the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center-Chattanooga African American Museum, Creative Discovery Museum for Children, Riverbend Festival, and the weekly Nightfall Summer Concert Series held in the heart of downtown. Chattanooga also has a long and rich history interwoven with the Civil Rights movement and Native American heritage. The Trail of Tears National Historic Route runs through the city and is on the traditional territory of Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East).

Whether it's Chattanooga's ideal geographical location with comfortable temperatures year-round to suit an active lifestyle, its cultural and culinary diversity, reasonable cost of living, world-class healthcare facilities, reputable educational institutions like UTC, or countless other reasons, it's no wonder more and more people are choosing to make Chattanooga their home.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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