GENERAL SUMMARY: The part-time faculty position must be filled by a registered or certified therapist. This faculty member will carry an academic and administrative load to equal no more than 9 load hours per semester and will contribute to the functioning of the Therapy assistant program through a variety of mechanisms including, but not limited to, teaching, advising, and committee work. Adjunct/Part Time load is not to exceed 9 hour per semester or the equivalent in the term structure.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Plan and deliver learning experiences for OTA students to make maximum use of class time.

  • Advising and Committee Work:
    • Working with the Program Director and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the development and review of the OTA program curriculum, assessment, appropriate clinical standards, coursework and milieu for an OTA educational program that meets ACOTE accreditation standards.
    • Participate in the accreditation process and on-site visits.
    • Developing, integrating, evaluating and reviewing student learning outcomes in support of the University’s ongoing accreditation.
    • Participate in the development and review of OTA program courses and instructional methods and with the delivery of courses, as necessary, in conjunction with advisory committee(s) as appropriate.
    • Participate in departmental/institutional operations and program review.
  • Teaching:
    • Faculty member will be responsible for delivery/teaching of one class per semester. 
    • Functioning as the lead instructor for assigned OTA courses.
    • Design learning experiences for the unique characteristics of individual adult students through lecture, SIM lab or onsite guest lectures, and service learning projects. Candidate must be comfortable with online teaching delivery methods.
  • Participate in professional development and remain current in discipline.
  • Faculty member must be available on-site for a minimum of 2x per academic calendar.




A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy is required. Must be currently licensed or able to obtain licensure in Missouri as an Occupational Therapist. Must have a minimum of three years full-time, post-licensure clinical work experience in Occupational Therapy.

Faculty member must have experience with the OT/OTA relationship and experience supervising students in the OT clinical education environment. In addition, the ideal faculty member will have contemporary expertise in assigned teaching areas. 


Frequently stand for at least one hour consecutively.

Operate classroom audio-visual equipment.

Can negotiate computer and online programs to include the educational platform utilized by CMU.

Speak loudly and clearly enough to be understood by students.



Communication: The faculty member must be able to utilize effective communication with peers, students, clients and their families, and other healthcare providers. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ability to read at a competency level that allows one to safely carry out the essential functions of an assignment (examples: handwritten documentation, printed policy and procedure manuals, clinical guidelines and instructions, course syllabi).
  2. Ability to effectively interpret and process information.
  3. Ability to effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) with students, peers, clients/families, healthcare professionals, and others within the community.
  4. Ability to access information and to communicate and document effectively via computer.
  5. Ability to recognize, interpret, and respond to nonverbal behavior of self and others.

Behavior: The faculty member must be capable of exercising good judgment, developing empathetic and therapeutic relationships with students, clients and others, and tolerating close and direct physical contact with a diverse population. The will include people of all ages, races, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, as well as individuals with weight disorders, physicals disfigurement, and medical and mental health problems. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ability to work with multiple clients/families and colleagues at the same time.
  2. Ability to foster and maintain cooperative and collegial relationships with students and peers.

Critical Thinking: The faculty member must possess sufficient abilities in the areas of calculation, critical problem solving, reasoning, and judgment to be able to comprehend and process information within a reasonable time frame as determined by the profession. The faculty member must be able to prioritize, organize, and attend to talks and responsibilities efficiently. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ability to collect, interpret and analyze written, verbal and observed data about students.
  2. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, integrate information and make decisions.
  3. Ability to apply knowledge of the principles, indications, and contraindications for nursing interventions.
  4. Ability to act safely and ethically in the classroom, simulation/skills lab, and in the community.




CMU employees provide collegial, collaborative contributions to their areas and the University as a whole. They should stimulate a harmonious, productive and inviting work environment that is customer service oriented. Each must maintain a commitment to the mission and purposes of Central Methodist University. Contributes to monitoring and evaluating of students.

  1. Supports the work and efforts of colleagues in achieving the programmatic, departmental, and institutional mission and vision.
  2. Contributes creatively and helpfully to setting and meeting goals.
  3. Communicates innovative, cost-effective solutions to programmatic, departmental, and institutional challenges.
  4. Sets and meets timelines; prioritizes own work and that of students.

Refer to the CLAS Faculty Handbook, available from the Program Director, for additional information about faculty responsibilities.

Demonstrates an understanding of substantial higher education issues.

Participates actively in appropriate state, regional and national professional organizations, as well as community groups.

Candidates should submit an application, cover letter, and resume to Human Resources.  Applications and instructions are located on the website at 


CMU Employees provide collegial, collaborative contributions to their areas and the University as a whole.  They should stimulate a harmonious, productive and inviting work environment that is customer service oriented.  Each must maintain a commitment to the mission and purposes of CMU.   Central Methodist University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.