Assistant/Associate Professor of Orthotics and Prosthetics
East Tennessee State University
Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
Internal Number: 19260
Posting Number: F00439P
The Department of Rehabilitative Sciences seeks an experienced faculty member to work as a member of a team to develop curricular content and teach courses and supervise student management and fitting of patient models in the inaugural Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics (MSOP). Online teaching responsibilities for courses in the summer session are also required.
The position is a 12-month clinical or tenure-track appointment beginning January 01, 2022. Faculty rank commiserate with education and experience. Clinical track appointments may be convertible to tenure-track no later than the end of year three of the appointment.
The position reports to the director of the Orthotics and Prosthetics program and the department chair. The Orthotics and Prosthetics program anticipates completion of modern and innovative facilities and admission of its first cohort in the summer of 2022. Rehabilitative Sciences is a growing multidisciplinary department with over 20 faculty and staff offering undergraduate and graduate programs in Nutrition and Dietetics, an undergraduate program in Rehabilitative Health Sciences, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. The Department recently added programs including a Graduate Certificate in Sport Nutrition, Undergraduate Minor in Nutrition, Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics (starts 2022), and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (starts 2022).
The department is located within the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, which includes numerous programs including Speech and Language Pathology, Audiology, Social Work, and Allied Health Sciences. The College is part of the University's Academic Health Sciences Division, which also houses the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Public Health, and the College of Nursing. The new faculty will join a dynamic and growing department focused on interprofessional education and training for the next generation of scholar-practitioners.
The successful candidate is expected to participate as a full member of the faculty with all relevant duties, responsibilities, and benefits. The faculty member is expected to be responsible for the development, organization, implementation, coordination, and assessment of curriculum and a wide variety of courses within the didactic and clinical portions of the Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics (MSOP) degree. The core and specific administrative, management, evaluation and service duties of the position are listed below. Academic rank commensurate with experience.
Candidates considered for a tenure-track position must possess a terminal academic doctoral degree by the start date and demonstrate the potential for research productivity.
Click here to view the department's website and construction of new O&P and Occupational Therapy facilities.
The successful candidate should be willing to embrace the spirit of innovation and advancement of O&P education and research. In addition, the successful candidate should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer.
As a core faculty member of the O&P Program, the Principal Faculty Member will participate in all of the following activities in the implementation of his or her duties:
Assisting the director in continuous quality improvement of the program
Participating as a full member of the faculty with all relevant duties, responsibilities and benefits
Collaborating with the O&P laboratory coordinator/instructor and additional program faculty in device design and development
Serve as a student advisor providing guidance and mentorship to students in all phases of training regarding their academic performance and professional development.
Serve as a primary or secondary mentor for students working to fulfill the Capstone Research requirement.
Develop and deliver lecture, laboratory, and small group interactive sessions based on program needs and individual faculty experience and expertise.
Demonstrate clinical methods, supervise student management and fitting of patient models
Participate in assessment of O&P students' didactic and clinical competency.
Recruit, screen and evaluate candidates for admission to the O&P Program.
Participate in continuous and periodic self-study activities to maintain O&P program accreditation.
Participate in appropriate professional development activities to maintain clinical competence, licensure, and to improve personal skills as an educator, clinician and researcher.
Participate in grant proposals, monitoring and reports.
Engage in original research, including presentations and publications.
Serve on Department, College and/or University Committees as requested.
Engage as the primary faculty lead in one of four areas: O&P Student Admissions Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, Research Coordinator, or Fieldwork Coordinator
The administrative duties of the Principal Faculty member include the following relative to the didactic and clinical phases of the curriculum:
Serve as Course Director of between four to eight (4-8) Courses, provide oversight and supervision of technical fabrication projects, patient models, evidence-based practice concepts, and supplement clinical education through the implementation of on-ground and/or online/distance education.
Coordinate with the Curriculum Coordinator the scheduling, collection and analysis of all student and course assessment activities.
Coordinate with the Fieldwork Coordinator the scheduling, collection and analysis of all student and rotation assessment activities.
Assist Program Director in the analysis and maintenance of student, course, and program evaluation data to evaluate quality on an on-going basis.
Coordinate with the Research Coordinator, the scheduling, collection and analysis of all students' research capstone assessment activities as well as data analysis, data interpretation, report writing and formulation of the presentation.
Coordinate with the O&P Laboratory Coordinator and additional program faculty in O&P device and demonstration device design, development, fabrication, testing and implementation of use in teaching, research and clinical practice.
The evaluation functions of the Principal Faculty Member include the following:
Evaluate small group sessions for the purpose of quality control and evaluation, as needed.
Attend lectures and small group sessions for purposes of quality control, as needed.
Assess quality of student fabrication projects and provide constructive feedback.
Assess quality of student patient model interaction and provide constructive feedback
Along with the above responsibilities, it is expected that the Academic Faculty Member will
Provide service to the Department, College and/or University as requested, i.e. committee and task force assignments.
Participate in the activities of local, state, and national professional organizations.
Exceptional candidates may be considered for the role of Program Director. The Program Director will be responsible for all aspects of the program, including the organization, administration, continuous review, planning, development, and general effectiveness of the program. Candidates considered for the role of Program Director will have a proven record of teaching at the university level as well as administration and leadership experience in the field of orthotics and prosthetics. The role of Program Director would be compensated as a stipend in addition to the faculty salary.
Job Category: Faculty
Education Required: Master's degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics or a related field from an accredited university.
Certification/Licensure: Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. and eligible for professional licensure as is required by the state of Tennessee
Experience Required: Minimum of two years of experience in Orthotics and Prosthetics
Possess a strong commitment to graduate interprofessional rehabilitation education
Founded in 1911 (as East Tennessee State Normal School), East Tennessee State University serves over 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. ETSU has eleven colleges and schools, including health sciences, liberal arts, education and business & technology. ETSU is centered on a warm and friendly residential campus nestled in the secure and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of northeast Tennessee. As part of the ETSU community, you will enjoy all the region has to offer, including snow-skiing, various festivals, numerous golf courses and lakes, popular national and state parks, whitewater rafting, the Appalachian Trail, and much more.