Carroll University
Director, Occupational Therapy Program
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Carroll University seeks a collaborative and innovative Director to foster academic excellence, assure currency, cultivate relationships, and prepare the Occupational Therapy Program for its eventual transition to the doctoral level. The Director will play an integral role in the continued development of interprofessional education initiatives within the College of Health Sciences.

Experienced ... Innovative … Supportive … Relationship Builder … Enthusiastic
Collegial … Flexible … Forward-Thinking … Collaborative … Self-Motivated
Creative … Effective Communicator … Problem Solver … Organized … Honest

Hard Working … Positive … Team Player … Consensus Builder ... Results-Oriented

The Position

Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Health and Medicine, and working closely with other Program Directors, faculty, and College of Health Sciences leadership, the Director serves as the academic leader of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program and provides management and direction for the development, operation, and evaluation of all teaching, assessment, and multidisciplinary resources. The Director supports and stimulates innovative applications of instruction, scholarship, service, and outreach; provides leadership in program assessment and accreditation; facilitates a collective vision and strategic direction; demonstrates creativity in the development and shaping of curriculum; and establishes a caring, inclusive, and motivating work and learning environment.

Position responsibilities:

  • Management and administration of the Program, including planning, evaluation, budgeting, maintenance of accreditation, and commitment to strategies for professional development.

  • Oversight and supervision of Program faculty, ensuring that expectations in teaching, scholarship, professional activity, and program service are met.

  • Administration of Program accreditation processes and assurance of compliance with all applicable state and accreditation requirements, and assurance that professional standards are implemented based on best practices.

  • Collaboration with other Directors and Chairs to promote the continued development of interprofessional education.

  • Communication of the vision and goals of the Program to the College, University, and professional communities.

  • As a 12-month appointment, participation in teaching, scholarship, and service as appropriate. Opportunities also exist for participation in local and international service learning initiatives.

The Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree, including a post-professional OTD, PhD, EdD, or equivalent; a documented history of scholarship; a minimum three years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post secondary level; and administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting. A minimum eight years of experience in the field of occupational therapy and clinical practice experience as an occupational therapist are essential. The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader with strong interpersonal and team-building skills. Teaching, scholarship, and service accomplishments as a faculty member, are also essential.


The Program

The Master of Occupational Therapy Program annually enrolls a 30-student cohort to its full-time, 24-month, 88-credit curriculum designed within the context of the Carroll University mission and ACOTE standards. The curriculum includes a unique three-course series in medical humanities consistent with the University’s liberal arts heritage and a three-course service learning series that focuses on culturally appropriate care and service to underrepresented populations. Additionally, the Program currently has a Health Resources and Services Administration Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant, which focuses on integrative health, interprofessional experiences, and health literacy.

The Program is housed within the Department of Health and Medicine and is located in a 55,000 square foot interdisciplinary graduate teaching and research facility. This facility provides comprehensive teaching and laboratory space specifically designed for the Occupational Therapy Program. In addition, the Program utilizes the newly built Michael and Mary Jaharis Laboratories for its state-of-the-art cadaver lab and Anatomage Dissection table and has access to a recently opened 15,000 square foot nursing simulation laboratory in the Douglas and Nancy Hastad Hall.

The Department of Health and Medicine includes the Master of Occupational Therapy and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies graduate programs, as well as majors in Health Sciences—Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Sciences—Radiologic Technology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Public Health; and minors in Health Education and Health and Human Experience. The Department also includes a robust interprofessional initiative with Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Human Movement Sciences departments.


The College

With its students accounting for approximately 60% of total enrollment, the College of Health Sciences has been a primary engine for growth at the University over the past decade. As the institution completes a new strategic plan that will drive its success over the next decade, the continued growth and development of outstanding academic programs, and key partnerships that serve the current and emerging healthcare needs of the University’s communities, will remain a strong priority.

The College of Health Sciences prepares health care professionals for clinical practice in evolving delivery systems, health care education, and integrative research in a diverse society. The College includes the Departments of Health and Medicine, Human Movement Sciences, Nursing, and Physical Therapy; with graduate programs in Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. Undergraduate programs include Nursing, Health Sciences, Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Public Health, Physical and Health Education, and Sports and Recreation Management.

College faculty participate in the University’s general education program and are recipients of multiple federal and private foundation grant awards, as well as teaching and research awards. A strong staff of support personnel and laboratory coordinators collaborate with faculty and College administration to create a strong culture focused on academic excellence and ongoing success. Recent achievements of the College include: a Nursing program currently ranked #1 in the nation in terms of graduate NCLEX pass rates, and an inaugural Master of Occupational Therapy program class earning a licensure exam 100% pass rate. Other programs within the College demonstrate similar excellence


The University

Carroll University, a highly regarded, medium-sized private university, was the first institution of higher learning in Wisconsin. Founded in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became a state, and grounded in the liberal arts tradition, Carroll is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and affirms a mutual commitment to encourage intellectual curiosity, demonstrate excellence in education, and seek relevance in the quest of knowledge and its application in a complex global society.

A new President, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, assumed office in July 2017. She is leading the development of a new strategic plan that will drive the institution’s ongoing progress in program growth and academic quality enhancement.

The University’s educational philosophy is sustained by four pillars: integrated knowledge, gateway experiences, lifelong skills, and enduring values. These pillars support the “Carroll Experience” and the vision for students to achieve a lifetime of potential. With an Ethos that embraces respect, integrity, and stewardship; Carroll values the diverse cultural, multi-national, religious, and ethnic composition of the entire University community.

Over the past decade, the University has grown significantly in programs and enrollment. With approximately 3,500 full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students, Carroll is comprised of the College of Health Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Business. The University offers more than 95 areas of study and awards 12 degrees, including five bachelor’s degrees, six master’s degrees, and one doctorate degree. Carroll is home to 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams and competes in the nationally-recognized College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

For additional information about the University, please view the website links below.


Fast Facts

Occupational Therapy Program

College of Health Sciences

Health Science Facilities Photos

Mission and Purpose Statements


The Location

The University is located in suburban Waukesha, 16 miles west of Milwaukee. Waukesha County annually ranks as one of the most highly educated, healthiest, fastest-growing, and wealthiest counties in the state of Wisconsin. The campus is nestled in a residential neighborhood within a 12-minute walk to the historic downtown. This charming riverfront city is filled with art galleries, boutique shops, and many unique restaurants and coffee shops. In 2012 the city was ranked in the top 100 for “Best Communities in the United States for Young People” by America’s Promise Alliance and “100 Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine.

The city is a short distance from Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee, and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Milwaukee was rated one of the top 15 emerging downtowns in the United States in 2013 by Forbes. The convenient access to urban life provides a multitude of opportunities for the arts, dining, shopping, museums, and sports. Wisconsin’s state capital, Madison, is located 60 miles to the west, and the world-class city of Chicago is located 90 miles to the south. Both are easily accessible by car or train.

The Invitation

Application, confidential conversation, nomination


To apply, please submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of application. The letter should summarize your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Successful applicants will provide specific examples of past work experience as it relates to the position responsibilities and qualities listed above. Send your application materials to me at the email address below. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, October 5, 2018.

To arrange a day and time for a 
confidential conversation, please contact me at the email address below.

If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your 
nomination. Please forward your nomination to me at the email address below or contact me by phone.


Thank you for your consideration,

Gary R. Rhoads
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Carroll University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or veteran's status in administration of programs or in the employment of faculty and staff.

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