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27 Feb 2023

Full-Time Assistant/Associate/Professor-School of Occupational Therapy

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences – Posted by samantha Yakima, Washington, United States

Job Description

Assistant/Associate/Professor-School of Occupational Therapy

Yakima, WA • School of Occupational Therapy


Recruitment Period: 02/10/2023 – Until Filled

Status: Full Time

Salary Information:

Assistant Professor: Annual Minimum Salary-$79,200-Annual Maximum Salary-$126,700

Associate Professor: Annual Minimum Salary-$95,100-Annual Maximum Salary-$152,200

Professor: Annual Minimum Salary-$117,700-Annual Maximum Salary-$211,900

Applicants for all positions will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 during the hiring process. Valid medical or religious exemptions will be considered.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) was founded as a 501(c) (3) non-profit medical institution in 2005 aimed at increasing access to health care in medically underserved areas of the Pacific Northwest.

The University currently offers the degrees of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Master of Arts in Medical Science enrolling over 550 students annually with plans to develop other programs and/or colleges. Interprofessional education partnerships with other universities adds another 100 students to the population. The campus includes 300 employees with academic programming spread over a five state region.

PNWU is located in Yakima, WA, a city of approximately 95,000 located in the south central part of the state near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a major agricultural region replete with wineries, vineyards, and opportunities for outdoor recreation. It is approximately 140 miles from Seattle, 170 miles from Portland, and 200 miles from Spokane. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

General Summary:

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) is recruiting for an open-rank faculty position within the developing School of Occupational Therapy (SOT). Applications are particularly encouraged from candidates with prior experience in mental health, and who have a passion for collaboration with interprofessional colleagues and community partners. The SOT offers formal mentoring for clinicians interested in transitioning to work in the academic setting. The SOT will offer a residential Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program and will matriculate the inaugural cohort in fall, 2023. The entry-level MSOT program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This is a unique opportunity to be part of a new and innovative SOT that joins the successful College of Osteopathic Medicine and new School of Physical Therapy in preparing practitioners to serve rural and medically underserved populations and to be leaders in transforming occupational therapy practice.

Essential Job Functions:

Clinicians with experience in mental health are encouraged to apply. The SOT provides formal mentoring for candidates without prior academic experience so they may be successful in meeting the essential job functions described below.

Scholarship of Teaching

• Developing course materials in the area of psychosocial processes including writing course syllabi and developing appropriate instructional methods

• Teaching courses assigned in content area of expertise and meeting program standards for student and peer evaluations

• Enhancing expertise in teaching content areas through continuing education, practice, and using current literature in teaching content

• Participating in ongoing curriculum and program assessment

• Maintaining licensure in the state of Washington and certification as appropriate

University and Community Service/Clinical Practice

• Advising students

• Assisting in the recruitment and admissions of students

• Attending school/college events including student orientation and commencement exercises

• Performing committee assignments at the school/college and university level

• Performing community service

• May be required to maintain clinical practice as appropriate

Professional Growth, Scholarly, and Creative Activities

• Engaging in scholarly activity

• Supervise and mentor student research

• Maintaining professional development in area of research

University-wide Essential Functions

• Understands accreditation standards and expectations specific to the department and adheres to policies and procedures to meet or exceed such standards

• Conducts self appropriately and consistently in accordance with the philosophy and mission of PNWU

• Other duties as assigned (perform and report on any other reassigned duties for the program)



• Required:

– Be licensed or eligible for licensure as an occupational therapist in the state of Washington

– Have earned a minimum of an occupational therapy master’s degree. All degrees must have been awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE)

– A minimum of 3 years of clinical experience

– Record of scholarly productivity commensurate with rank sought

– Record of institutional, community, and/or professional service commensurate with rank sought

– Documented expertise in area of assigned teaching as well as delivery method

• Preferred:

– Additional professional qualifications (e.g., other specialty certification, or additional degree)

– Prior experience in working with rural and underserved populations preferred

– Prior experience in interprofessional education or practice preferred

– Excellent interpersonal, communications, and presentation skills


• Prior experience working with rural and underserved populations, experience in interprofessional education and simulation experience is preferred. Excellent interpersonal, communications, and presentation skills

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Strong organization, interpersonal, and planning skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to work in a team and flexibility to work with others in a variety of circumstances; ability to problem solve by analyzing issues and creating action plans; ability to manage projects and people and prioritize and self-direct workflow; ability to work with and manage different computer programs and databases; ability to schedule activities and/or meetings; and ability to use new technologies

To ensure full consideration submit:

• A letter of introduction outlining background and qualifications for the position

• Detailed curriculum vitae

• Contact information for three professional references

The job announcement above is not the full job description, but represents the job responsibilities and requirements. A full job description can be provided upon request.

PNWU offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees first of the month following date of hire and competitive salary.

For information about life in Yakima visit our PNWU page.

PNWU is a drug-free workplace, equal opportunity employer and educational institution. To request this publication in an alternative format, or to apply in an alternative format, please call Human Resources, 509.452.5100.

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