Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Department of Occupational Therapy; Roanoke Campus

Radford University (RU) invites applications for a full-time Academic Fieldwork Coordinator position in the Department of Occupational Therapy on the Roanoke campus, beginning August 2019. This is a 9-month position with an additional stipend for fieldwork coordination and/or summer teaching available.

Applicants for this position must hold a master’s degree, though work towards a doctoral degree (PhD, Ed.D, OTD) or completed doctoral degree is preferred. The candidate must be certified by the NBCOT, and be eligible for a license to practice occupational therapy in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A minimum of three years of clinical experience in occupational therapy practice is required. The successful candidate will manage the Roanoke site’s fieldwork program, teach one course each semester in an area of interest or expertise, and participate in professional leadership activities, scholarship, and departmental and university service. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with professional and academic experience. Review of applications for the position will begin August 16th and continue until the position is filled. For more information and to apply visit

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of approximately 9,400 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment, and vibrant student life on a beautiful 204-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The University offers 70 degree programs in 41 disciplines and four certificates at the undergraduate level; 22 master’s programs in 17 disciplines and four doctoral programs at the graduate level; and 12 post-baccalaureate certificates and one post-master’s certificate.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences brings 35 years of history as an accredited institution and has grown from 200 students to about 1,150 students in that time. This merger will increase the size and scope of Radford University’s Department of Occupational Therapy by adding an additional location and cohort in Roanoke for the MOT program, acquiring an OTA program that will be developed into a BSOTA program, and acquiring an online post professional OTD program.

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Ensures the program’s compliance with ACOTE’s fieldwork standards by coordinating systems, policies and procedures for selecting fieldwork education sites, developing and maintaining contractual agreements between the university and fieldwork sites, complying with site health and safety requirements, documenting fieldwork activities, maintaining student records, and evaluating the outcomes of the fieldwork program.
  2. Provides resources and training to fieldwork educators, collaborates with them to develop learning objectives and experiences, and communicates with them regarding student performance and progress.
  3. Assigns students to fieldwork experiences, and mentors and advises them throughout the placement process.
  4. Maintains credentials for the practice of occupational therapy (national certification, state licensure and advanced/specialty certifications), in order to incorporate knowledge and skills into teaching.
  5. Teaches a didactic and/or clinical graduate course each semester in area(s) of expertise and interest, and serves as instructor of record for fieldwork courses.
  6. Develops course objectives and teaching/learning experiences for students which reflect the program’s philosophy of education.
  7. Continues development of proficiency in teaching through investigation, formal education, continuing education, and self-investigation.
  8. Participates in the organizational, admissions, curriculum development, strategic planning, and accreditation activities of the department.
  9. Participates in scholarly activities such as program evaluation, literature review, grant development, presentation, or publication.
  10. Participates in national, state, and/or local professional and community organizations.
  11. Promotes a positive image of occupational therapy and educates others about the profession both internally and externally.


  1. Nationally certified and state licensed occupational therapist.
  2. Master’s degree required; progress towards, or completion of a doctorate (Ph.D., OTD, Ed.D.) is preferred.
  3. Minimum of three years clinical experience as an occupational therapist.
  4. Teaching experience (in an academic setting or as a continuing education provider) is preferred.
  5. The capacity to create a positive environment and to work collaboratively with fieldwork sites, administrators, other faculty, staff, and students to achieve the goals and objectives of the department, college, and university.