Major Duties: Western Michigan University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy. The chair is the department's chief academic and executive officer and reports to and advises the dean of the College of Health and Human Services regarding the department. The incumbent will hold rank as a tenured professor. The director also serves on the College Administrative Council, which addresses college-wide policy and planning issues. This position is located on main campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Expected start date is July 1, 2016.The Chair promotes shared governance and provides overall management and leadership for the department and all of its functions and activities in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Michigan, including but not limited to:- Recruiting, retaining, and evaluating faculty and staff- Strategic planning including program planning, implementation and assessment - Financial and resource management- Fostering scholarship and externally funded grants and contracts with continued growth in these areas- Fundraising and development of pertinent external constituencies- Outreach activities consistent with the duties of chair including community relations- Promoting university goals and policies as well as strong advocacy for Western Michigan University and its faculty, staff, and students- Communicating effectively with all constituents- Adhering to all university policies and practices as well as ensuring compliance with all state and federal regulations and laws as related to the College of Health and Human Services- Managing student enrollment and retention with emphasis on academic excellence and diversity- Management and administration of the program, including planning, assessment/evaluation, budgeting, selection of faculty and staff, maintenance of accreditation, and commitment to strategies for professional development, consistent with ACOTE standards - Engage in teaching, research, and clinical activities as needed by the department - Serve as Managing Editor of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy
Minimum Qualifications: - Earned doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The doctoral degree is not limited to a doctorate in occupational therapy - Certified as an Occupational Therapist, credentialed, or eligible for credentialing, as an occupational therapist in the State of Michigan- Minimum of eight years documented experience in the field of occupational therapy, including practice as an occupational therapist; administrative or supervisory experience- At least three years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities- Record of excellence in teaching, scholarly activities (research, grant funding, academic or clinical publications, etc.), and professional/clinical service sufficient to merit appointment as tenured Professor
One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. Founded in 1903, what was once Western Michigan College became Michigan's fourth public university in 1957. Since then, WMU has undergone dramatic growth in size and stature. Today, the University offers more than 240 academic progr...ams to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree.