Occupational Therapy Assistant / Associate Professor


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program

Position Description

Rocky Mountain College, Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program invites applications for a full-time, 12-month faculty position to begin in November / December of 2018. Rank will be commensurate with academic credentials, experience in graduate education, and overall preparation for an academic faculty role.


The faculty member is primarily responsible for teaching graduate-level courses, advising and mentoring students for research and doctoral experience; facilitating experiential/community-based components of the OTD curriculum; participating in program and institutional committees and other service activities that support the mission of the college. Faculty members are encouraged to engage in clinical practice, if applicable, and must develop an agenda relative to research and / or scholarly activity.

Skills / Requirements

  • All full-time faculty teaching in the program must hold a doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a USDE-recognized regional accrediting body. The doctoral degree is not limited to a doctorate in occupational therapy.
  • Possess documented expertise in the content area he or she teaches
  • Licensed/eligible for Montana OT licensure, if an occupational therapist
  • Knowledge/experience in OT education, scholarship, and research, strongly desired
  • Clinical experience in a pediatric setting, mental health setting and/or orthopedics is preferred
  • Previous experience as a full-time faculty with teaching responsibilities at the post-baccalaureate level is desired
  • Desired content expertise: Early Intervention/Pediatrics; Research and Evidenced-based Practice; Mental Health/Psychosocial Practice; Hippotherapy

Important Notes

Rocky Mountain College OTD Program is a 100% face to face program. Applicants who are interested in distance teaching will not be considered for this position.

Interested persons should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Electronic submission of all materials should be directed to jobs@rocky.edu.

Please contact Dr. Twylla Kirchen, Director of the Rocky Mountain College OTD Program, with any inquiries about the position at the above-mentioned e-mail address.

Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently. Possess strong inter-personal, verbal, and written communications skills. Skill at using computers for email communication, word processing, Talon ETA software, and spread sheet applications.

About Billings

Bound on the north and east by the 400-foot sandstone cliffs known as the Rimrocks, Billings boasts a climate that is mild year-round. The population is estimated at just over 140,000, which is large enough to offer plentiful entertainment, cultural, and employment options and small enough to maintain the safe, friendly, small-town feel that is its trademark. There are plenty of nearby towns and attractions that are well worth the drive:

  • Red Lodge is a 50-minute drive from Billings and is known for its great skiing and downtown shopping
  • World-famous Yellowstone National Park is a 2 hour and 35-minute drive
  • The Beartooth and Pryor Mountains are both within an hour's drive and are perfect for hiking, fishing, and camping
  • Big Sky Ski Resort and Moonlight Basin are both 3 hours from Billings
  • Bridger Bowl Ski Resort is 2 hours from Billings.

For more information about Rocky Mountain College and the OTD program, please visit our website and marketing video (below):