2428 Program Director, Occupational Therapy Program


TITLE Program Director, Occupational Therapy Program


GRADE Unclassified


IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Head, Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Health and Human Services


The Program Director, Occupational Therapy Program is responsible for the management and administration of the Occupational Therapy Program, including planning, evaluation, budgeting, selection of faculty and staff, maintenance of accreditation, and commitment to strategies for professional development. The Program Director, Occupational Therapy Program has the leadership authority and accountability to administer the daily operations of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program and assures compliance with the Standards and Guidelines established by the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.


Education: An earned doctorate (PhD, EdD, OTD, or equivalent in a related field) awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is required.

Experience: A minimum of eight years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy is required. This experience must include: clinical practice as an occupational therapist; administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting; scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning) consistent with appointment as a tenure-track faculty member; and at least three years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level. The program director must possess the academic and experiential qualifications and backgrounds that are necessary to meet program objectives and the mission of the institution.

Certifications/Licensure: Certification as an occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and eligibility for licensure in the state of Missouri are required. A current unencumbered license to practice as an occupational therapist in the state of Missouri must be obtained by the date of employment and maintained throughout employment.

Skills: Effective verbal and written communication skills are required. Effective interpersonal and organizational are required. The ability to prioritize effectively is required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. Understands and supports the mission of the University and the mission and values of the College of Health and Human Services to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

2. Assures compliance with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education’s Standards and Guidelines.

3. Documents, validates, and coordinates educational activities of the Occupational Therapy Program by developing student clinical assignments and the associated schedule, managing the didactic schedule, reviewing teaching and exam schedules, assigning and evaluating didactic and clinical instructors, reviewing student transcripts and assisting in the preparation of the semi-annual student status list, and serving as administrative advisor for all occupational therapy students.

4. Teaches courses and supervises projects and research in the Occupational Therapy Program, engages in scholarship appropriate to the field of occupational therapy, and provides service to the department, college, university, and community.

5. Provides information about the program, reviews applications to the program, interviews applicants, communicates with applicants regarding application status, provides applications for admission to the Admission Committee, and participates in Admission Committee meetings as needed.

6. Coordinates with appropriate University offices for providing information and processing applications for various student loan programs, Pell grants, federally and state insured loans, veterans’ educational assistance programs and provides necessary signatures.

7. Communicates as needed with the Department of Education, the Missouri Department of Secondary Education, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

8. Serves as chair or ex-officio member of all committees and boards related to the occupational therapy program and holds regular meetings of occupational therapy program faculty.

9. Completes ACOTE reports and attends the annual AOTA meeting as well as state occupational therapy meetings.

10. Develops and maintains a current student handbook.

11. Prepares and manages the program budget.

12. Supports inter-professional education to incorporate joint courses and learning experience into the curriculum of programs in the college.

13. Facilitates an environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

14. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, attending training and/or courses as directed, demonstrating knowledge of environmental issues that may influence the program and occupational therapy practice by engaging in professional development, and completes an annual written professional growth and development plan as required by ACOTE.

15. Supports the Occupational Therapy Program by performing all other duties as assigned and is full-time.


The Program Director, Occupational Therapy Program is supervised by the Head, Athletic Training and Sports Medicine and supervises the program’s full- and part-time faculty and administrative support staff.