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Department Chair, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Job no: 492401
Work type: FT
Location: Des Moines
Categories: Clinical Faculty and Staff, Faculty

Department Chair, Doctor of Occupational Therapy


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Des Moines University (DMU) seeks a dynamic, creative, and engaging leader to serve as its inaugural Occupational Therapy Department Chair. This is a unique opportunity to join the university during a time of significant transformation and change. The university is preparing to break ground on a brand new medical and health sciences campus on an 88-acre parcel of Iowa farmland in West Des Moines. The new campus is scheduled to open in 2023, celebrating the 125th anniversary of DMU.

Reporting to the College of Health Sciences Dean, the Department Chair is responsible for executing functions related to the administrative, educational, research, and accreditation functions of the Department; managing all faculty, including full-time, part-time, adjunct, emeritus, volunteer, and guest faculty; providing leadership for the department in supporting curriculum instruction and scholarly activity, including research, publications, and funding. The Chair also manages non-faculty positions assigned to the department. This leader is responsible for obtaining and maintaining the accreditation of programs sponsored by the department, and for supporting accreditation and evaluation processes within the College and the University.

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising of three colleges offering eight graduate degrees. The programs share a collective strength — a collaborative campus community where students and faculty come together in pursuit of knowledge and innovation. Des Moines University creates opportunity by building on its long legacy of providing an outstanding education to the nation’s health care professionals and excellent patient care in the DMU Clinic.

DMU’s Occupational Therapy Department Chair will bring at least eight years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy. Academic rank as a senior faculty, at the level of Associate or Full Professor with a minimum of three years full-time academic appointment is required, preferably five years of faculty experience. Candidates not at Associate or Full Professor or with less than five years faculty experience may be considered. The Chair will have the highest appropriate professional degree earned from an accredited professional program, as allowed per accreditation requirements or an earned doctorate from an accredited university in a relevant field.

Required Documents/Other Requirements:

Please direct all nominations and CVs to Diane Smith, preferably via email, to

Diane Smith, RN, BSN



Phone: 267-766-0410

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