Employment Opportunity: Temple University Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Studies

Temple University, a Carnegie I research university with more than 35,000 students and based in Philadelphia, PA ,is enjoying a renaissance in its academic mission of research, teaching and service to the national community.  We are seeking an experienced, dynamic, and visionary leader for the position of Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Studies, which is a newly formed department in a dynamic College of Health Professions.   We are especially interested in a candidate who will bring a program of research and scholarship that might include, although not limited to, disabilities, health service delivery, community participatory research, health psychology, chronic illness, gerontology, pediatrics, cultural competence, health promotion, spinal cord injuries or rehabilitation. The area of research is not as importance as its potential for national recognition and funding.  A working knowledge of the federal funding agencies and a history of grant funding are imperative.  The candidate must also have prior leadership experience in a federal agency, hospital, health sciences center or university.

Faculty from programs in Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation comprise this newly formed Department.  The current departments have strong graduate and undergraduate clinical programs, and the faculty excels in the University’s teaching and service missions.   An interdisciplinary doctoral program in the area of health ecology also has been formed, and there is opportunity for doctoral level training.  Current funded research focuses on autism, mental health outcomes, and leisure behaviors and these could be potential research areas for the new chair.  A new chair is expected to enhance the research vision of the Department and will have the opportunity to hire additional research faculty to make it a complete department.

Candidates must be eligible for tenure at the senior level (Associate or Full Professor).   Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and credentials.  The search committee will review applications in strict confidence beginning November 1, 2009, and will continue to do so until the position is filled. Applicants should forward a cover letter, CV, samples of published research, personal statements summarizing teaching philosophy, leadership efforts, and contributions to diversity electronically to jkurz@temple.edu and by US mail to:

J.M. Kurz, PhD
3307 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Temple University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (Minorities, Women, Disabled, Veterans).