Bay Path University — Director of Occupational Therapy Programs

Bay Path University located in Longmeadow, Massachusetts is pleased to invite nominations and applications for the position of Director of Occupational Therapy Programs (title flexible). Preferred starting date of January 2017.

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac with a total enrollment of 3,107 students, with 1,856 Undergraduate and 1,251 Graduate Students. Committed to undergraduate education for women and graduate education for men and women, Bay Path has responded to changing demographics locally and nationally by creating innovative programming and intentionally structuring a one-of-a-kind experience that supports students to realize their full potential. Graduate programs focus on preparing students for professions that are in demand via delivery modes that acknowledge the complex lives students lead and the dynamic nature of the world of work.

Bath Path is an innovative and fast-moving institution with a presence across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the main campus in Longmeadow, MA and three additional instructional locations, each offering undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees and professional certificates.

The Director will lead a rapidly expanding Occupational Therapy department of 21 faculty and staff and more than 400 students in occupational therapy degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The degree mix presently includes the Bachelor of Science in Pre-OT Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Studies and the Master of Occupational Therapy, which includes a five-year undergraduate to graduate degree, a two- or three-year Master’s degree and a bridge program for OTA/PTA to MOT. The University is also in the approval process with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its first doctoral program, the Post-Professional Occupational Doctorate (OTD). The new state-of-the-art 57,723 square foot Philip H. Ryan Graduate Health Science Center is home to Bay Path’s programs in Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Education, Special Education, Psychology (graduate only) and Genetic Counseling. The University’s OT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The total number of graduates from the Bay Path University Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 310, with an overall graduation rate of 92.5%. The average NBCOT pass rate from 2013-2015 is 95%.

Bay Path looks forward to welcoming a new Director of Occupational Therapy Programs to build on the program’s success and to contribute to the University’s considerably strong future. The following are required for applicants to be considered:

  • a doctoral degree;
  • a licensed occupational therapist;
  • a minimum of 8 years of experience in Occupational Therapy including: clinical practice, administrative experience in program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, budgeting and scholarship; and
  • a minimum of 6 years’ experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post-secondary level that would meet Bay Path University criteria for the rank of Associate Professor, at a minimum.

The ideal candidate will also possess the following preferred qualifications:

  • a Ph.D;
  • Oversight of a program with a large number of students;
  • A commitment to increasing enrollment by adding new programs and new locations;
  • A commitment to furthering the research agendas of current faculty by promoting and supporting research opportunities and working collaboratively with other faculty at the university on interdisciplinary research projects;
  • A track record in obtaining external funding;
  • A track record in building community partnerships;
  • An experienced skill set in online teaching;
  • A desire to mentor faculty members;
  • An extensive background in overseeing the fieldwork/clinical department within OT and in developing new fieldwork models;
  • In-depth knowledge of ACOTE and ACOTE requirements;
  • Experience overseeing clinical sites at a distance;
  • Well-developed skill set in co-teaching;
  • Experience in a fast paced higher education setting with the ability to manage many personalities; and a
  • Commitment to fostering diversity in the student body, faculty and staff.

Additional information about Bay Path University may be found at: A complete search profile can be found at

Applications and Nominations
Academic Search is assisting with the recruitment and selection of this position. Required materials include a cover letter addressing the preferred qualifications, a C.V., philosophy of teaching statement, and a list of 5 references, none of whom will be contacted without the approval of the applicant, should be sent as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word to Nominations, expressions of self interest, and requests for confidential conversations about the position are welcome and should be directed to Jerry Israel, Senior Consultant, Academic Search, Inc. The position is open until filled but only applications received by November 1, 2016 can be assured full consideration.

Bay Path University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer.