The past year has magnified the ways that inequities—whether due to race, gender, sexuality, or income—contribute to health disparities. These inequities are a major public health threat and demand a concerted, interdisciplinary effort. At the College of Public Health, we dedicate ourselves to public health in all its parameters, from epidemiology to nursing, from social work to rehabilitation sciences. Social justice has always driven our work, understanding that individual outcomes are intricately tied to the larger systems we inhabit, is the foundation of our college.
Consisting of 20 disciplines, including a focus on Occupational Therapy, Temple University College of Public Health’s interprofessional culture fosters collaboration both within and outside the College. We value differences among our faculty and believe that we can better serve and understand our Philadelphia community and beyond through the diversity of our individual faculty and our disciplines. Join us in our mission to develop progressive, compassionate researchers, practitioners, and clinicians to build a better tomorrow, grounded in creating the environments and health infrastructure that will make us the healthiest nation.
Qualifications. We seek candidates with a doctoral degree (e.g., OTD, PhD, DsC, EdD) who have experience in teaching in a newly developed entry-level OTD program within basic clinical skills, adult skills, health & wellness and mentoring entry-level OTD capstone projects. Applicants should have professional experience as licensed occupational therapists and a successful record of teaching in occupational therapy programs. Applicants must be certified by NBCOT and eligible for licensure as an occupational therapist in Pennsylvania. All faculty are active in the local community and contribute to the curriculum and the Department’s committees. We value diversity and seek individuals committed to inclusivity in collaborative education and practice, prepared to join us in our commitment toward prioritizing sustainable, inclusive, and anti- oppressive practices. Rank and salary depend on experience and qualifications. COVID-19 vaccinations are required for employment at Temple University unless granted a religious or medical exemption (see www.temple.edu/coronavirus).
The Program. Occupational Therapy at Temple is nationally recognized for its educational programs and research, based on the philosophy that humans are occupational beings able to maximize their health and quality of life when engaged in meaningful activity. Our faculty are recognized for leading scholarship in the areas of accessibility and inclusion, person-environment interactions, telehealth, and trauma informed care. The program is in the process of transitioning from an entry-level masters to an entry-level doctoral program. The program admits 60 students annually in June.
The Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. We are unlike any other department in the country. Located on a single urban campus in Philadelphia, the Department’s 38 full-time faculty provide instruction in 10-degree programs across all levels of education to approximately 1,300 students. In addition to Occupational Therapy, the Department includes degrees in Health Professions (BS), Athletic Training (MSAT, DAT), Neuromotor Science (MS, PhD), Physical Therapy (DPT), and Recreation Therapy (BS and MS). In addition, the Department offers 2 certificate programs (Health Outcomes and Measurement Science, Post-Professional Certificate in OT) and an Orthopedic PT Residency. Additionally, the Department works closely with other professions including public health, nursing, social work, and communication sciences.
Priority focus areas for the Department include interprofessional education/research, service learning and teaching excellence. Current research emphases are child health outcomes and patient-reported measures of health status for children, physical activity feedback technology for people with disabilities, community access for children with diverse sensory abilities, field-based interventions including recreation for adults with mental health disorders, measurement of environmental interactions for persons with autism spectrum disorders, and the development of devices using virtual environments to manipulate visual input for persons with traumatic brain injuries.
The College. Devoted to an interprofessional environment for education, research, and practice, the CEPH-accredited College of Public Health consists of academic units in the public health disciplines, health professions, and the School of Social Work, enrolling approximately 4,200 students. The College’s research aims to understand the fundamental factors that affect the health and well-being of individuals and populations by examining health problems through foundational research, policy and practice, and the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions. We focus on social determinants of health and social justice with strengths in cancer, obesity, HIV, substance abuse, mental illness, mobility research, cognition and language, developmental disabilities, organ transplantation and aging. CPH research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, Gates Foundation, and other major private foundation, state and federal agencies. The College is home to an Office for Community Engaged Research and Practice, the Center for Obesity Research and Education, and the Collaborative on Community Inclusion. The Office of Clinical Affairs and Interprofessional Education leads our clinical activities, including the COVID-19 RapidVax effort and forward-looking IPE within the College and throughout the university. The college is staffed by a robust complement of seasoned professionals including robust offices of Communications and Marketing, Information Technology, Sponsored Research, and Academic Affairs.
The University. Temple is an urban, research-intensive Carnegie R1 university located in historic and culturally rich Philadelphia, the nation’s 6th largest city. The city was ranked 3rd by the New York Times as a world tourist destination. The National Science Foundation ranks Temple among the top 100 universities in the country for research expenditures. Temple is the 6th largest provider of professional education in the nation and includes Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Law, and Dentistry and research centers. It also is the home of the Fox Chase Comprehensive Cancer Center.
To Apply. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, cover letter detailing their teaching and leadership interests with specific attention to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of 3-5 references via email to Ms. Brenda Browning, Assistant Director of Administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or to make a nomination, contact Dr. Kimberly Gargin, OT Program Director, at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Temple University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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Temple University's College of Public Health is a global leader in the discovery, dissemination and integration of health-related research and practice. Our extraordinary faculty members work collaboratively on innovative designs and delivery solutions for healthcare, disease prevention and social welfare. We are generating new knowledge and training a new generation of clinicians and researchers.
It is an exciting time at the College of Public Health—we are experiencing tremendous growth and are actively designing a new physical space with an intentional focus on building a unique learning environment. This environment will nurture interprofessional collaborations among students, faculty and researchers across our many disciplines.
At a time when public health has never been more important, Temple University’s College of Public Health is working to solve health’s complexities for a better tomorrow. As one of the largest colleges of public health in the country, we are home to faculty who specialize in 17 health disciplines and conduct novel research and prepare researchers, practitioners and educators to collaborate across disc...iplines to understand community needs, create evidence-based solutions, and deliver effective, compassionate care.