Program Director/Associate Chair, Occupational Therapy
School of Health Professions
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) – Galveston, Texas


University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
UTMB opened in 1891 as the nation’s first public medical school and hospital under unified leadership. What began as one hospital and medical school building in Galveston is now a major academic health sciences center of global influence, with medical, nursing, health professions and graduate biomedical schools; a world-renowned research enterprise; and a growing, comprehensive health system with hospitals on four campuses and a network of clinics.


The UTMB School of Health Professions
For over a century, UTMB has dedicated its efforts toward improving people’s health in Texas and beyond. In addition to designing and implementing innovative ways to deliver instruction to students at distant locations, the school continuously explores opportunities to expand its program offerings and interprofessional learning. The UTMB School of Health Professionals offers certifications, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral health profession programs. In addition to classroom lectures, our programs offer clinical training opportunities in a variety of settings to ensure our students have exposure to a multitude of professional opportunities.


The UTMB Department of Occupational Therapy
The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy is to foster a community of educators, scholars, evidence-based practitioners, and leaders in the profession of occupational therapy who will generate, apply, and disseminate innovative knowledge about participation in everyday life for individuals, groups, and populations.


Program Director/Associate Chair of Occupational Therapy – The University of Texas Medical Branch is actively seeking a Program Director/Associate Chair of Occupational Therapy.  The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Department Chair in fulfilling the vision and mission of the department.  A mid-career Occupational Therapy faculty candidate at the rank of Associate Professor with full-time experience in an academic setting is strongly preferred.  Experience in innovative education, including creating blended learning courses, would also be an asset.


The Associate Chair is a 50% administrative role that reports directly to the Occupational Therapy Department Chair, and provides effective leadership for the OTD programs including, but not limited to:


·       Communication with faculty and students.

·       Works closely with E-OTD site coordinator for additional location program.

·       Program assessment and planning, including accreditation preparation.

·       Primary and secondary teaching assignments.

·       Resource management, student success and implementation of teaching and learning best practices.

·       Participation in faculty evaluation related to the education mission.

·       Teaching and advising.

·       Research and scholarly work.

·       Serving on departmental, school, and university committees.

·       Faculty practice (optional).


Position Requirements:

·       An Academic Doctorate Degree is preferred.

·       PhD degree in foundational discipline related to Occupational Therapy, such as Psychology, Rehabilitation Sciences, Movement Sciences, or another related discipline is preferred.

·       Eligible for an appointment at the Associate Professor level.

·       Has a minimum of six (6) years of full-time higher education experience, with a minimum of three (3) years of full-time experience as a core faculty member in a ACOTE accredited entry-level occupational therapist education program.

·       Should possess experience in mentoring junior faculty in development, teaching, and education research.

·       Should have excellent communication skills including the ability to resolve conflict and transparency.

·       An Occupational Therapist (OT) eligible for licensure in the state of Texas.


Preferred Skills/Qualifications: 

·       Established record of administrative responsibilities and scholarly accomplishments.

·       Evidence of extramural funding, supervisory abilities, and leadership roles.

·       A solid record of clinical mastery.


Income Package:  Salary will be commensurate with Academic rank, qualifications, experience, and educational background.  In addition, UTMB offers a superior benefits package, an excellent retirement program, a relocation allowance as well as many other potential incentives.


Living in South Houston and Galveston, Texas:  Galveston Island is home to approximately 50,000 residents and is known for its 32 miles of Gulf Coast beaches, temperate climate, wide array of leisure and cultural activities, and affordable cost of living – all just south of Houston, the 4th largest city in the US.  More information about UTMB and Galveston can be found on the UTMB Living Website:  http://www.utmb.edu/utmbliving/


Interested candidates should submit a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae (CV) to Skott Harrington via email, [email protected]. Please be sure to include a preferred contact method. 



UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veteran’s and individuals with disabilities.

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