Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Faculty Position in Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple

From Catherine Coyle, Ph.D, CTRS, via the ATRAnet Listserv:

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University in the vibrant city of Philadelphia invites applicants for a full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor rank. This groundbreaking Department is uniquely focused on conducting cutting edge academic research and providing education that promotes occupation, community participation, and active living of individuals with disabilities or at-risk for long-term disabilities.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced investigator with a defined program of research that contributes to the knowledge base in the promotion of occupation, health, leisure, and community participation of individuals with disabilities or at-risk for long-term disabilities. Populations of interest include children, adolescents, and older adults with physical, sensory, psychiatric and/or developmental disabilities. We are specifically seeking individuals with expertise in the following areas or populations: 1) The influence of occupation, leisure engagement, or participation on neurocognitive functioning and health in persons with disabilities; 2) Aging with a disability; 3) Transitions to adulthood among persons with disabilities; 4) health promotion and the prevention of secondary health conditions among persons with disabilities, including obesity, through recreational or occupational therapy approaches; 5) influence of environment on occupation, leisure activity, or participation; and 6) development of evidence-based occupational and/or leisure interventions.

In addition to establishing a fundable program of research, the successful candidate will advise graduate students at both the master and doctoral level, and contribute to innovative curricular advances and teaching excellence at all degree levels. This first of its kind interdisciplinary Department includes nationally recognized programs in occupational therapy (M.O.T. and D.O.T. degrees) and therapeutic recreation (B.S. and M.S.). The Department also has a new health ecology Ph.D. program. Successful candidates can be in occupational or recreation therapy, as well as other relevant disciplines, including psychology, sociology, rehabilitation, social work, public health, special education, disability studies, and nursing. Preference will be given to candidates with backgrounds in the respective academic units within the Department.

Rank, salary, and tenure status will be commensurate with experience and credentials. The search committee will review applications in strict confidence beginning immediately, and will continue to do so until the position is filled. Candidates should forward a cover letter, CV, sample publications, and personal statements summarizing: 1) two-page research background and interests that explicitly states which population they work with and the specific area of expertise they believe their work falls into out of the six that are listed in this announcement, and 2) teaching philosophy and interests, electronically to

Temple University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to excellence through diversity.

Catherine Coyle, Ph.D, CTRS
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Health Professions & Social Work
1700 N. Broad St., Suite 304
Philadelphia, PA 19122
215.204.6731 (office)
215.204.1386 (fax)


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