Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor & Doctoral Capstone Coordinator


Position Title

Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor & Doctoral Capstone Coordinator


Occupational Therapy

Position Reports to (Position Title)

Department Chair, Program Director,and SAHS Associate Dean

Effective Date

June 8, 2024


Full Time/Exempt

Job Summary

The Department of Occupational Therapy within the Brooks Rehabilitation College of  Healthcare Sciences invites applications for a 12-month, Clinical Assistant/Associate faculty position to serve as Doctoral Capstone Coordinator (DCC) for the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at Jacksonville University.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None.


  • Identify and secure sites for Doctoral Capstone education.
  • Review the quality and appropriateness of Doctoral Capstone sites in collaboration with other academic faculty.
  • The Doctoral Residency Coordinator will have sufficient release time from academic 
    teaching responsibilities in order to ensure that fieldwork and residency program needs are met. ACOTE A.2.5
  • Develop Doctoral Capstone objectives in collaboration with students and sites.
  • Specifically responsible for the program's compliance with the capstone requirements of Standards Section Acorn D.1.0
  • Ensure that the doctoral capstone reflects the sequence and scope of content in the curriculum design so the doctoral capstone can allow for development of in-depth knowledge in the designated area of interest. Acorn 0.1.1
  • Ensure that the doctoral capstone is designed through collaboration of the faculty and student, and provided in setting(s) consistent with the program's curriculum design, including individualized specific objectives and plans for supervision. ACOTE 0.1.
  • Ensure that preparation for the capstone project includes a literature review, needs assessment, goals/objectives, and an evaluation plan. ACOTE 0.1.3
  • Ensure that there is a valid memorandum of understanding for the doctoral capstone experience, that, at a minimum, includes individualized specific objectives, plans for supervision or mentoring, and responsibilities of all parties. ACOTE D.1.4
  • Require that the length of the doctoral capstone experience be a minimum of 14 weeks (560 hours). ACOTE D.1.5
  • Document and verify that the student is mentored by an individual with expertise consistent with the student's area of focus prior to the onset of the doctoral capstone experience. ACOTED. 1.6
  • Document a formal evaluation mechanism for objective assessment of the student's performance during and at the completion of the doctoral capstone experience. ACOTE 0.1.1
  • Ensure completion and dissemination of an individual doctoral capstone project that relates to the doctoral capstone experience and demonstrates synthesis of in-depth knowledge in the focused area of study. ACOTE O.1.s
  • Initiate and maintain communication and correspondence between the academic and 
    doctoral capstone sites, students, and report to faculty.
  • Communicate with doctoral capstone mentors regarding the doctoral curriculum model, course content, and doctoral capstone expectations.
  • Oversee the administrative aspects of the doctoral capstone program including agreements with experience sites.
  • Assign students to residency settings.
  • Orient students to responsibilities and protocols for residency and maintains the Doctoral Capstone Manual.
  • Monitor the facilitation of clinical reasoning and reflective practice in doctoral capstone 
    settings and provide feedback to the department.
  • Counsel and arbitrate with students and doctoral capstone mentors on matters of concern.
  • Collaborate with the doctoral capstone mentors in assigning the final appraisal (grading) of the student.
  • Participate in appropriate doctoral capstone educational support groups (e.g. local experiential consortiums, etc.)
  • Supervise any support personnel carrying out administrative aspects of doctoral capstone programs.
  • Facilitate the development of doctoral capstone programs and related student supervision skills.
  • Maintain an assigned teaching workload within the Department of Occupational Therapy curriculum and develop necessary syllabi, assessments and course maintenance material.
  • Actively participate in scheduled Department of Occupational Therapy meetings and provide constructive suggestions/feedback for program improvement, program evaluation and strategic planning.
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary and mutually agreed-upon by the Doctoral Residency Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.
  • Assist with ACOTE Self-Study and other Accreditation activities where appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary and mutually agreed-upon by the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.
  • Engage in work and professional responsibilities consistent with the objectives and mission of the Department, School, College and University. ACOTE A.2.3., 2.s
  • Prepare for and engage in professional development activities according to established yearly goals as part of the Department Professional Development Plan (Form F) mutually agreed-upon by the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.
  • Adhere to Departmental, School, College and University Policies and Procedures (e.g. HIPPA, FERPA, etc.).
  • Functions according to AOTA Code of Ethics (AOTA, 2015), Standards of Continuing Competence (AOTA, 2015), and Standards of Practice (AOTA, 2015) of the profession.
  • Teaching and Instruction: Time Allocated 50-75%

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Academic and clinical expertise in occupational therapy.

Education, Certificates, Licenses, & Experience

  • The Doctoral Capstone Coordinator shall be a Licensed Occupational Therapist in the State of Florida, initially certified by NBCOT, or its predecessor, hold a doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a USDE-recognized regional accrediting body.
  • Have at least three years of practice experience with experience supervising and advising fieldwork students, and have documented or developing expertise in area of teaching responsibility and knowledge of content methods. ACOTE A. 2.5., A.2.6. & A.2.7.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, and reach.
  • Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines.
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone.

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three current written letters of recommendation, and a completed Jacksonville University Faculty Application to:

Jacqueline Reese Walter, PhD, OTR/L, Search Chair
Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences/School of Applied Health Sciences