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Job Title: Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Organization: Lenoir-Rhyne University

Job Description: The School of Occupational Therapy at Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks applications for a full-time 12-month Academic Fieldwork Coordinator position in Occupational Therapy, beginning August 1, 2020. The position is devoted 100% to coordinating all aspects of fieldwork for OT program with both the Hickory, NC and Columbia, SC cohorts. Candidates who possess a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy or related area by the time of the appointment will begin with rank of Assistant Professor on a tenure-track line. Otherwise, the position will begin at the rank of Instructor on a term appointment. Candidates must be licensed or eligible for licensure in South Carolina and North Carolina, certified nationally as an Occupational Therapist, and have a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience. Familiarity with fieldwork involvement is required. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment and capacity for teaching excellence, student mentorship, scholarly and professional engagement, and campus citizenship. To complete the online application process (required), candidates are directed to http://www.lr.edu/employment. While completing the application process, candidates will be prompted to submit a Letter of Application, a Curriculum Vitae (including the names and addresses of three references), and a Statement of Teaching Philosophy. The application letter should discuss specifically how one’s professional experiences and perspectives relate to the needs of the position and of Lenoir-Rhyne University. (The University’s mission, vision, and values statements may be reviewed at http://www.lr.edu/about.) A review of applications will begin on January 15, 2020, and the search will continue until the position is filled. Any questions regarding the position or the search process should be submitted electronically to Dr. Toni Oakes,  Search Committee Chair, at toni.oakes@lr.edu.

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Role: The Lenoir-Rhyne Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the level I and level II fieldwork experiences. It is the role of the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to act as a liaison between the student and the Fieldwork Educator at the facility. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator determines the most appropriate Fieldwork placement that will meet the student’s needs. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is responsible for communicating with prospective fieldwork sites, establishing relationships with facilities, assuring a formal contract is in place, educating Fieldwork Educators, preparing essential documentation for experiences, and communicating essential information to all involved pertaining to the Lenoir-Rhyne Occupational Therapy program. The student should not negotiate dates, contracts, or schedules with any fieldwork site or educator. 

The Lenoir-Ryne Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is responsible for the following: 

  • Following all conditions outlines in the Cooperative Agreement. 
  •  Implementing and following all fieldwork related SCOTE standards. 
  • Establishing and maintaining the necessary communication between the fieldwork site and Lenoir-Rhyne, including ensuring (with the assistance of responsible staff) all written cooperative agreements between Lenoir-Rhyne and the fieldwork placement sites are signed and reviewed every five years. 
  • Serving as a resource to the fieldwork sites in establishing and maintaining a suitable clinical education program. 
  • Maintaining current information files in Typhon on each fieldwork placements. 
  • Communicating to ensure students’ health information is up to date and meets requirements of Lenoir-Rhyne and clinical site. 
  • Orienting all students to the purpose and to the procedures for fieldwork education. 
  • Advising students in regards to fieldwork placement planning. 
  • Assigning all eligible students to fieldwork experiences. 
  • Providing information (that is not accessible by student) to the fieldwork site at least 4 weeks prior to the student’s arrival. 
  • Communicating with students while the attend fieldwork through Canvas coursework, email, and test messaging as needed. 
  • Serving as a liaison to the Occupational Therapy Program throughout the student’s fieldwork experiences. 
  • Performing onsite visits scheduled on an as-needed basis. 
  • Coordinating continuing education for fieldwork educations on topics related to supervision, clinical education, and OT theory and practice. 

The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator may actively supervise fieldwork students. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator enters grades for fieldwork after receiving student evaluations from fieldwork educator. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator has ultimate authority in student grade over the fieldwork educator and might, in a rare instance, pass or fail a student based on individual situation even if the fieldwork educator has a differing opinion. 

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private, comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1891, with its traditional campus located in Hickory, North Carolina, a town of over 40,000, and additional campuses in Asheville and Columbia, SC. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir-Rhyne is about an hour drive from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and/or Asheville. By combining the liberal arts with professional studies, the University joins a rich foundation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, religion, and natural sciences with over 50 undergraduate majors and over 30 master’s degree programs. With record enrollments each of the last eight years, the institution now enrolls over 2,700 students at its three locales, and it anticipates continued managed enrollment growth over the common years as it expands upon its mission. In pursuit of the development of the whole person, Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lenoir-Rhyne promotes a diverse campus open to people from all religious backgrounds. It is an EOE/AA employer under all applicable civil rights laws. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

Contact Information: Dr. Toni Oakes, toni.oakes@lr.edu

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