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Program at Yeshiva University

I would like to notify your members about an opportunity at Yeshiva University. We are excited to share that we are hiring a Program Director to oversee the development and launch of a new Doctorate Level Program in Occupational Therapy. The Program Director will spearhead all efforts, including program design and curriculum development, faculty recruitment, as well as establishing an on-campus clinic, and affiliations for external clinical placements.

This is an exciting time to join the Katz School, which was established just 2 years ago and will have 8 graduate programs by Fall 2018, and almost double that by 2020. Additionally, the Occupational Therapy Doctorate level program will anchor the School’s Health Sciences cluster along with the already established MS in Speech Language Pathology, which is one of just a few medically focused programs. The Katz School is part of Yeshiva University, a Top 100 school in USNews rankings.

If interested you can find more information via the link on our Careers Site: https://faculty-yeshiva.icims.com/jobs/9943/occupational-therapy-program-director/job

Thank you,

Karin Rosenthal
Director, Talent Management/HR Partners
Department of Human Resources
Yeshiva University

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University is seeking a dynamic clinical faculty member to teach and advise students in our programs. Primary responsibilities will include teaching theory and practice courses and advising in the entry-level graduate professional program (OTD). Additional responsibilities may include mentoring post-professional doctor of occupational therapy (OTD) student doctoral projects and teaching in the undergraduate Behavior and Health (BSBH) program. Engagement in research and/or scholarship is required and supported.

The Department of Occupational Therapy is part of a vibrant academic and research community that includes the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, other academic units of Boston University, and the metro Boston area. In addition to the entry-level professional OTD program, we offer an undergraduate program in Behavior and Health, a post-professional OTD program via distance education, and we participate in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences. The Department has a strong tradition of excellence in professional education and active involvement in national and international professional activities, as well as the development and dissemination of knowledge that contributes to the health and well-being of individuals and society.

Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree, current certification as an occupational therapist, and eligibility for Massachusetts licensure. A minimum of four years of experience in any area of occupational therapy is required. The ideal candidate will have experience with teaching either in an academic or practice setting and will have an established program of scholarship.

The appointment begins in Fall 2018, for a term of 3 years, renewable. This is a 9-month appointment at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor, non-tenured. Salary is commensurate with experience. For more information, please visit bu.edu/sargent.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:

Ellen S. Cohn, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA (Email: ecohn@bu.edu )
Search Committee Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy

Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College 635 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Review of applications will commence upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled.

Boston University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.

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OJOTC OT's in the News


Reflexes Seminar Draws Big Crowd

A 4-hour seminar on "The impact of Primitive Reflexes on Development, Sensory Processing, and Academic Achievement" held Sunday, January 26 presented by OJOTC member Paul Stadler MS, OTR/L, NDP (INPP) drew a full house.

The in-service program was a joint effort of Trinitas Children’s Therapy Services of New Jersey and OJOTC.

It was held at the TCTS offices in Springfield, NJ


Presentation at Yeled V Yelda

Shoshana Shamberg OTR/L, MS, FAOTA (president of Abilities OT Services and Irlen Visual Learning Center) presented a well attended one day seminar sponsored by Yeled V Yelda in Brooklyn , NY for therapists and educators - "How Sensory Processing Disorders Affect Learning, Working, Behavior and Attention" focusing on Brain Gym and Irlen Method.  Practical strategies were presented for handwriting, self regulation, motor coordination, visual/auditory processing, brain injury, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia,  and much more.  For more information call Shoshana Shamberg at 410-358-7269 or visit www.irlenvlcmd.com and www.aotss.com

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...and an article on our OJOTC Shabbat Program in Indianapolis
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Have You Read This Article in the August 31, 2009 Issue of OT Practice?
"Evidence-Based Practice Resources - Health and Wellness" was written by OJOTC Member Marian Arbesman and Deborah Lieberman.
The article explores the role that health and wellness have played in the OT profession and how the focus has shifted slightly over time into two new paths.
It is interesting and informative reading for all OT's and OT students.
Congratulations to Marian for her efforts in adding to the base of information as part of AOTA's Centennial Vision.
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..Or This Issue of OT Practice?


Yes, that’s Jennifer Tamar Kalina with one of her Multiple Sclerosis clients on the cover.

Inside is a fascinating article written by Jennifer on “The Role of Occupational Therapy in a Multiple Sclerosis Center

Jennifer is one of the original members of OJOTC and has been with us at every AOTA National Conference since we began.


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How We Got Started....


January 20, 2006

Tamar Fromm had planned to spend Shabbat in her hotel room. Friday night dinner would entail little more than a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich. An Orthodox Jew, Fromm, who keeps kosher, brought sandwich ingredients from home in New York to Long Beach, Calif., where she was attending the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

By Friday afternoon, however, Fromm, an occupational therapist who treats people with multiple sclerosis, had met several other observant Jews attending the conference in May.  Fromm, 25, scrapped her plans for a sandwich dinner, in favor of a makeshift celebration with about ten Shabbat-observant OTs. They lit candles on the hotel pool deck, and then gathered in a conference room for dinner. There was schnitzel from a local kosher restaurant, salad prepared by one conference-goer, and a jar of gefilte fish picked up by another.

The dinner launched Orthodox Jewish Occupational Therapy Chavrusa (www.ojotc.org). The caucus advocates on behalf of observant Jews working in occupational therapy, a field that in the past decade has become increasingly populated by Orthodox women. Though this particular group has long been a presence in the profession, Orthodox women now account for more than a third of students pursuing master’s degrees in OT at several New York-area universities, including Columbia University, State University of New York-Downstate, and Touro College, according to anecdotal evidence.

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