Assistant Dean of Fieldwork and Doctoral Capstone Education

The Assistant Dean of Fieldwork and Doctoral Capstone Education will be responsible for recruitment, retention, and education of partner fieldwork educators, capstone faculty and mentors while assuring compliance with Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) standards.  While teaching, advisement, scholarship, and service activities are responsibilities of this position, sufficient release time will be maintained to support and ensure the needs of the fieldwork and doctoral capstone programs. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSBILITIES

  • Ensure the fieldwork and doctoral capstone programs reflect the sequence and scope of content in the curriculum design; in collaboration with faculty so the experiences strengthen the ties between didactic and experiential components of the program.
  • Develop and uphold policies and procedures related to fieldwork and doctoral capstone programs are in accordance with ACOTE standards.
  • Communicate fieldwork and doctoral capstone policies and procedures to appropriate audiences.
  • Establish and maintain the necessary communication (including memorandum of understanding) between the occupational therapy students, fieldwork and doctoral capstone sites, ACHE School of Occupational Therapy, and accrediting bodies.
  • Follow all conditions outlined in the memorandum of understanding with each site/educator.
  • Serve as a resource to fieldwork and doctoral capstone educators/mentors/sites in order to establish and maintain an experience consistent with the ACHE School of Occupational Therapy mission, philosophy, and curriculum design.
  • Assign all eligible students to fieldwork and doctoral capstone experiences.
  • Provide information to students, fieldwork, and doctoral capstone sites prior to beginning of the experience.
  • Schedule and perform regular on-site and one-on-one visits.   
  • Coordinate continuing education for fieldwork educators and doctoral capstone mentors on topics related to supervision, clinical education, and occupational therapy practice.
  • Serve as a resource to occupational therapy students to enable student success including, but not limited to orientation to purpose, policies, and procedures, advisement, assignment of students with placements, and communication during fieldwork and doctoral capstone experiences.
  • Ensure students receive proper assessment and supervision during fieldwork and doctoral capstone experiences.
  • Assign grades for fieldwork and doctoral capstone experiences in accordance with ACHE guidelines.
  • Conduct regular evaluations of fieldwork and doctoral capstone experiences, disseminate findings, and incorporate plan of action.
  • Conduct teaching, advisement, scholarship, and service activities as assigned consistent with ACHE School of Occupational Therapy guidelines and as appropriate for position requirements.
  • Participate in curriculum development, assessment, and modification as part of the school’s ongoing program development and evaluation program.
  • Maintain and uphold a professional development plan consistent with ACOTE requirements.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS

Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Post-professional doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a USDE-recognized regional accrediting body.
  • Initially certified occupational therapist and licensed or eligible for license by the Arkansas State Medical Board.
  • Two years of clinical practice experience as an occupational therapist.
  • Documented experience in an area of teaching responsibility and knowledge of content delivery method (e.g. documentation of continuing professional development, relevant experience, faculty development plan reflecting acquisition of new content, incorporation of feedback from course evaluations).
  • Expertise necessary to ensure appropriate curriculum design, content delivery, and program evaluation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and/or Doctoral Capstone Coordinator.
  • Experience with curriculum design, content delivery, and program evaluation.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Display professionalism for the college in all communication and interaction.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and privacy.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize numerous and varied assignments.
  • High-energy, versatile, self-directed.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer skills, i.e. Microsoft Office.

If you need assistance in the application process because of a disability, or for any other reason, please contact Barbara Jetton, director of Human Resources, at 479.308.2291 or barbara.jetton@acheedu.org.