St.  Catherine University

Assistant Professor - Occupational Therapy (OT) / Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Oct 01, 2021
Jan 31, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time
The Occupational Therapy Department at St. Catherine University invites applications for an on-campus, full time, 12-month rolling contract for an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator faculty position is split between teaching and administrative responsibilities.

St. Kate's occupational therapy (OT) department has a 75+ year history of excellence in occupational therapy (OT) education and leadership in the profession. Our graduate programs offer an occupation-based curriculum that is interwoven with the University's liberal arts education, and provides students with a foundation in four major populations and practice areas: pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, and rehabilitation. We strive to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to live out the principles of social justice to support the occupational participation of clients in all aspects of their lives. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator ( AFWC ) creates field opportunities for students to hone their clinical knowledge and skills and deepen their understanding of populations and cultures in order to have a positive impact. This role is split between fieldwork administration and teaching.

Responsibilities include:
  • Manage student fieldwork experiences including policy and practice development, site development, student placement and support, compliance with ACOTE standards, and ongoing evaluation.
  • Establish and maintain fieldwork processes with students, faculty, and sites, ensuring adequate and appropriate level of supervision of students on fieldwork.
  • Locate, confirm, and match students to fieldwork sites and collaborate with fieldwork sites while students are on those rotations.
  • Teach three to four course loads at the graduate level, establishing relationships of trust and respect with students of all cultures and perspectives in order to promote student success.
  • Develop and demonstrate learner-centered strategies, carrying out scholarly activities in collaboration with faculty, students, and the community in an area of interest.
  • Provide prompt, quality feedback and advising to students surrounding course performance.
  • Ensure fieldwork placements are in alignment with the curriculum design.
  • Design, teach, evaluate, and revise course content to reflect evidence-based practice and most current knowledge in the field and to promote student learning.
  • Engage in scholarship and professional development activities to keep current on fieldwork research and best practices.
  • Share scholarly work with external audiences through publication and/or presentations on a University or local level.
  • Participate in University wide activities such as commencement ceremonies, convocations, faculty meetings and hearing, and faculty development events, leading the department fieldwork team.

St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation's largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for all genders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree
  • Two (2) years clinical practice with knowledge of current occupational therapy (OT) practice.
  • Experience working with students as a fieldwork educator, lab instructor, doctoral capstone mentor, etc.
  • NBCOT certified
  • Licensed as an OT in state of residence and, if state of residence is not Minnesota, eligible for licensure in Minnesota

Preferred Qualifications
  • Post baccalaureate level teaching experience.

We seek creative, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university's commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

Application instructions for FACULTY

Visit St. Kate Careers to apply. Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. For information, contact Stephanie de Sam Lazaro at . Applications will be considered as they are received.

Given the way campus life inherently puts people in close proximity to each other, including residence and dining halls, classrooms, and gatherings, the University has determined that a vaccination requirement is the best way to keep our community safe and prevent potential outbreaks as we return to more regular, in-person operations. St. Catherine University is requiring all students, faculty (including adjuncts contracted for the fall semester and beyond), staff, and residents age 12 and older to complete their COVID -19 vaccination series unless the University approves a medical or religious accommodation or other accommodation/exemption as required by applicable law. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exemption/accommodation before beginning work. For more information, visit .

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
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