Associate Professor/Professor in Occupational Therapy

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 18 Jun 2024

  • $160,672 to $176,649 pa (Level D), $205,952 pa (Level E)
  • Ongoing, Full-time, Joondalup Campus
  • Open to candidates with relevant work rights

$205,952 PER ANNUM (ALEVE)
$160,672 - $176,649 PER ANNUM (ALEVD)

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a leading multi-campus university in Western Australia serving communities nationally and internationally. For 17 years in a row, ECU has achieved a 5 (out of 5) star rating for teaching quality in the 2024 Good Universities Guide (GUG). ECU is ranked in the worlds Top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, and in the Top 400 THE World University Rankings 2024.

The ECU Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) program equips students with the knowledge and skills to make a meaningful impact on peoples lives. Accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Limited (OTC) and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA), this program ensures graduates meet the highest professional standards. Practical experience begins in the first year, allowing students to integrate their learning in real-world settings. Fieldwork placements throughout the four-year course provide valuable exposure to diverse populations and needs. ECU occupational therapy graduates enjoy excellent employment outcomes. Registered occupational therapists work in various settings, including acute care, rehabilitation, long-term care, private practice, and community roles. Employers value ECU graduates for their practical skills, critical thinking abilities, and commitment to improving clients' quality of life. ECU emphasises research and scholarly development. Students have opportunities to engage in research projects, explore evidence-based practices, and contribute to the field. The program fosters creativity, communication, and scientific inquiry, preparing students to address complex occupational challenges.

The occupational therapy team pride themselves on excellence in teaching and research, working closely with local, national, and international health care organisations to provide undergraduate and postgraduate education. With campuses in both Joondalup and Bunbury and a new City campus on the horizon, along with contemporary digital learning technologies, our team produce excellent clinicians and future health leaders through higher education.

The Role
The occupational therapy discipline is seeking to appoint a teaching and research focused Associate Professor (ALEVD) or Professor (ALEVE).

The successful appointee will demonstrate capability in leading high-quality, engaging research that meaningfully contributes to practice and creates a positive societal impact. They will have an excellent track-record of providing a learner-centred pedagogy that is supportive and inclusive of diverse groups of people, with a focus on advancing work-integrated learning and job-ready skills. Academics within the School and Discipline hold the legacy, achievements and values of Edith Dircksey Cowan close to their heart. They embody a warm spirit of collegiality, rational inquiry, personal excellence, respect for all people, and courage to pursue ambitious and impactful goals. In return, we offer an engaging and dynamic role as part of a committed and collegial team. Our collaborative and supportive environment provides many benefits, including a competitive salary, a dynamic team, and further research opportunities.

Associate Professor
Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline and be teaching and research active with a demonstrable track record of external research funding, publications in top-tier international journals as well as having timely completion of supervised HDR students. Candidates will also need to demonstrate their strive for excellence, their growing reputation in the field and their innovative and inspiring scholarship approach. The successful applicant will have a flexible attitude and the ability to adapt to circumstances, by consulting and liaising confidently with senior-level stakeholders. Demonstrable experience in liaising with external bodies, both nationally and internationally, ensuring compliance with numerous frameworks and policies is also highly desirable. 

In addition to the criteria at Associate Professor’s level, to be appointed at Professor level (ALEVE), candidates need to demonstrate international leadership in the discipline with a reputation of being a recognised expert in the field; relevant service on editorial boards of top-tier international journal(s); a track record of substantial external research funding with successful project completion and impactful outcomes; relevant experience of building national and international research teams as well as mentoring junior academics in the discipline. Reporting to the Executive Dean SMHS, the successful applicant will lead and encourage an environment of creativity and innovation in the discipline, by engaging with the broader academic and professional community, and promote and enhance the national and international profile of the discipline, School, and the University. 

Benefits & Remuneration
This full-time, ongoing position attracts a salary of $160,672 - $176,649 (Level D), $205,952 (Level E) plus 17% University superannuation contribution. 

Visa sponsorship and/or a relocation package may be negotiated for suitably qualified international and interstate candidates. 

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements are available for negotiation to meet your circumstances. 

ECU has an award-winning health and wellness program, and an extensive range of staff benefits across entertainment, financial, health, travel and consumer goods and services. 

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our Employment Opportunities website .

If you wish to discuss the role and its expectations, you can address your queries to Professor Moira Sim, Executive Dean, at [email protected]

How to Apply
Please upload your academic CV and a concise expression of interest (maximum five pages) addressing the appropriate Selection Criteria.

Closing Date:
Applications close on Tuesday 18 June 2024 at 11.30pm AWST.

ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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