Doctoral Coordinator – Assistant Professor (OT)

  • Full Time
  • Dallas, TX

Doctoral Coordinator – Assistant Professor (OT) – Dallas, TX


The Doctoral Coordinator has an essential role in ensuring the consistency and quality of the doctoral projects for students enrolled in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. The Doctoral Coordinator will review all project proposals and help OTD students select their doctoral committee, which will include the coordinator, a content expert, and the doctoral experience mentor.

The Coordinator will organize the student’s defense of their proposal, review IRB submissions when necessary, and establish appropriate doctoral experiential goals in collaboration with the student and the committee. The Coordinator will be the person in communication with the site mentor, the program director, and the AFWC about the student’s performance concerning their residency and their doctoral project.

The Doctoral Coordinator is a hybrid role and requires an on-campus presence a minimum of 5 days per month to support students in all aspects of the doctoral preparation and project.

Teaching: provides student-centered learning through best-practice teaching activities

  • Optimizes class/lab/online environment that is conducive to student learning by developing creative, challenging, and evidence-based learning opportunities
  • Collaborates with students to create objectives for the capstone project as well as goals for project development and mentorship
  • Uses learning assessment information to improve teaching and curriculum; participates in quality improvement initiatives to meet program and institutional goals
  • Provides current, organized, error-free instructional materials
  • Maintains all components of the learning environment including online course portal management
  • Teaches at a significantly reduced teaching load; no more than a 0.5 FTE faculty member with no more than 148 hours per term.

Scholarship: actively engages in scholarship to advance knowledge

  • Establishes and implements an approved scholarship plan/faculty development plan as required by accreditation and university standards
  • Demonstrated aptitude in the research process
  • Expertise in developing, managing, and overseeing research and/or doctoral projects
  • Stays current with clinical practice and evidence that support content area expertise and professional growth
  • Disseminates scholarly work consistent with University policies and accreditation expectations

Service: supports shared governance and promoting one’s profession

  • Serves on programmatic and university committees as assigned
  • Actively participates in his/her professional association
  • Serves as university liaison in community and/or professional activities
  • Establishes experiential mentorships consistent with the proposed student project
  • Act as an intermediary between students, the mentor, and the program
  • Uses release time that enhances the program (e.g. – clinical practice, consultation, advanced degree, research, service) as approved by the program director
  • Participates in university governance, curriculum planning, and functions to support the development and growth of the institution

Administration: supports efficient and consistent practices across all programs

  • Performs course coordinator and lead instructor roles as assigned; works collaboratively with members of the team
  • Reviews all proposals for doctoral projects while facilitating the consistency and quality of these projects
  • Advises students on academic, professional, and/or personal issues while providing referrals when appropriate
  • Provides other administrative duties as assigned
  • Completes annual self-evaluation of faculty performance and sets goals for the next year in collaboration with the program director; is actively engaged in faculty development opportunities to meet performance goals

Professionalism:  displays the behaviors of a professional academician and follows the expected discipline-specific Code of Ethics

  • Promotes professionalism by modeling and encouraging such behaviors inside and outside the classroom setting
  • Supports and exemplifies the University’s core values
  • Actively engages in interprofessional collaboration activities
  • Upholds and enforces student and faculty handbook policies and University policies/procedures

Other responsibilities as assigned by the Academic Program Director

Reports to:  Academic Program Director/Assistant Academic Program Director
Positions Supervised:   Contributing Faculty, Lab Assistants when assigned to courses

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on the performance of each essential function.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • Doctoral degree required. Post-professional doctorate is preferred, but candidates currently enrolled in post-professional program will be considered.
  • A minimum of 2 years of teaching experience at the college/university level.
  • A minimum of 2 years of clinical experience is required.
  • Eligible for state practice license (if applicable)
  • Experience with distance learning preferred.
  • Experience in scholarly activity preferred.
  • Knowledge of IRB requirements
  • Exceptional communication, administrative, and management skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators, faculty members, and students, as well as external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated aptitude in the research process.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Valid driver’s license for State of residence and at least minimum liability insurance required by State.

Faculty Members must be appropriately credentialed, possess an earned degree from an accredited institution or recognized by a country’s ministry of education in occupational therapy, and be licensed or license-eligible in the state in which the program is located, in order to teach in specific programs.


  • This position is a hybrid working model and can be performed remotely with a minimum of 5 days per month required on the assigned campus.
  • The on-site campus schedule in support of the student experience will be coordinated with the Academic Program Director on a monthly basis.
  • Some travel may be requested up to 20% of the time.