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Whitworth University seeking Doctoral Capstone Coordinator

Jun 11, 2023 | Job Postings

$96,885.00 – $108,284.00 Annually

300 W Hawthorne Rd. Spokane

Job Type
Faculty (tenure track)

Job Number

School of Health Science

Occupational Therapy

Opening Date

Closing Date



Founded in 1890, Whitworth has consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. Whitworth University has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With strong liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs, Whitworth unites a robust commitment to Christian mission and service, academic rigor and care for students.

Whitworth University’s 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More than $125 million in campus improvements have been made in recent years.

A community of committed Christian faculty and staff employees carries out the university’s mission “to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart,” equipping its graduates “to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.”

Position Summary

Since 1890, Whitworth University, a private, residential, comprehensive, master’s-level, liberal-arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian church, has held fast to its founding mission to provide its students an education of mind and heart characterized by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and the integration of Christian faith and learning. Anchored in the Reformed tradition and enriched throughout its history by strong evangelical and ecumenical currents, Whitworth’s mission is carried out by a diverse community of dedicated Christian scholars and staff members who are called to a variety of vocations to serve and support students. Whitworth believes the best learning occurs in the context of relationship – inside and outside of the classroom – where professors and staff members alike invest in the lives of students. Whitworth is committed to modeling the highest standards of integrity and fairness and being a trusted and valued member of the community.

The Doctoral Capstone Coordinator is a faculty appointment in the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program who has administrative reassigned time to coordinate doctoral capstone placements for students in Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program. The faculty member also advises and teaches in the Occupational Therapy Program. Reporting to the Director of Occupational Therapy, the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator is a full participant in the success and fulfillment of the entry-level Occupational Therapy doctorate program. Qualified candidates should have experience in the design and coordination of experience in the design and coordination of student evidence-based projects and research.

Core Responsibilities

The Doctoral Capstone Coordinator candidate will be responsible for compliance with ACOTE capstone requirements in standards section D.1.0, including but not limited to: (1) the doctoral capstone reflecting curriculum design and program development, (2) designing of doctoral capstone in conjunction with the student, content expert, and faculty, (3) preparing for doctoral capstone project via teach in classes, online, and hybrid capstone preparation, (4) negotiating, securing, maintaining and implementing site contract and MOU and for doctoral capstone experience, (5) ensuring consistency in rigor and length of doctoral capstone experience, (6) coordinating and mentoring students, and faculty for doctoral capstone, (7) evaluating doctoral capstone experiences, and 8) ensuring completion and dissemination doctoral capstone projects.


Specific assignments are dependent upon program needs and may involve teaching or co-teach additional classes within the individual’s subject matter expertise. Candidates must be committed to transformational student-centered education and community practice, as well as working supportively with faculty and staff in the program, college, and university.


• Guides curriculum design, planning, and ensures implementation, and outcome measures related to the Doctoral Capstone component that promote in-depth knowledge, reflective reasoning, theory use, evidence-based practice, skill development and ethical practice in area of interest.

• Guides the design of doctoral capstone in collaboration with the student, organization, patient population, content expert, and faculty in setting(s) consistent with the program’s curriculum design, including individualized specific objectives and plans for supervision.

• Ensures preparation for doctoral capstone experience and project via teaching online and hybrid preparation for conducting literature review, needs assessment, goals/objectives, and an evaluation planning.

• Negotiates, secures, maintains and implements valid site contracts and MOUs for understanding the doctoral capstone experience, individualized specific objectives, plans for supervision and mentoring, and responsibilities.

• Ensures consistency in rigor and length among all doctoral capstone experiences and projects.

• Coordinates, mentors and communicates directly with students and an individual with expertise consistent with the student’s area of focus prior to the onset of the doctoral capstone experience.

• Evaluates and documents using a formative and summative evaluation mechanism for objective assessment of the student’s performance during and completion of the doctoral capstone experience.

• Ensures completion and dissemination doctoral capstone projects demonstrating synthesis of in-depth knowledge in the focused area of study.

• Supervise, mentor and communicates directly with students to establish high quality Doctoral Capstone experience and project and integrated curricular experience.

• Establishes, communicates, and enforces Doctoral Capstone policies and procedures.

• Collaborate and coordinate with students, clinical experts, and faculty to evaluate student performance and assigns grades for all Doctoral Capstone courses.

• Assists with recruitment of highly qualified clinical experts, supervisors and organizations who represent diverse, quality practices and diverse populations.

• Manages fiscal resources associated with the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator education program, under the supervision of the OT Program Director.

• Guides strategic planning related to Doctoral Capstone experiences and projects.

• Teaches or co-teaches didactic courses related to his/her areas of expertise.

• Establishes and implements a personal scholarly agenda.

• Promotes and supports faculty and staff professional development, especially as it relates to Doctoral Capstone experiences and projects.

• Serves on assigned committees and participates in university governance.

• Promotes departmental involvement and service within the community.

• Supports and helps plan collaborative and inter-professional education and service activities among faculty and students within the university and local community.

Minimum Qualifications

• Earned clinical or post-professional doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy or related field required; academic research degree preferred (OTD, DrOT, DSc, EdD, ScD, or PhD)

• Occupational Therapist with NBCOT certification

• Licensed and eligible to practice occupational therapy in the State of Washington

• Minimum of 3 years of post-licensure clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist.

• Evidence of advanced credentials or expertise in an area of occupational therapy practice is preferred

• Demonstrated growth in cultural competence, awareness of societal and structural inequities and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, or religious perspectives

• A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning

• A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Excellent communication, conflict management and problem-solving skills.

• Strong leadership skills and a vision for excellence

• Demonstrated skills in instructional technology

• Demonstration of ethical behavior in personal and professional life

• Evidence of active involvement in community and professional service

• Commitment to lifelong learning

• Evidence of promise in effectiveness at college-level teaching (demonstrated effectiveness preferred) 

• Strong potential for an on-going stream of research in the candidate’s area of specialization

Looking for resources to help with writing a faith statement? Check out our https://www.whitworth.edu/cms/administration/human-resource-services/faculty-faith-essay/ for more information.

Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our Christ-centered commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.

To apply: https://apptrkr.com/4261297