Doctoral Capstone Coordinator (DCC)

Doctoral Capstone Coordinator (DCC)

Position Title: Doctoral Capstone Coordinator (DCC)/Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy

Department:  Developing Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

Employment Status: Full Time (12-month on-campus appointment)

FLSA Status: Exempt

Organizational Relationship: Reports to OTD Program Director

Job Purpose: The developing Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at Wagner College is seeking a core faculty member to serve as its Doctoral Capstone Coordinator (DCC). The position includes the development and ongoing administration of the OTD program’s doctoral capstone component, teaching, contributing to overall curriculum development, and assisting with the ACOTE accreditation process. Additional expectations will include scholarship and service to the college, community, and/or profession.

Located on Staten Island in New York City and overlooking the Manhattan skyline, Wagner College is a private, non-sectarian 80% residential college of 1800 traditional-aged undergraduates and 300 graduate students in selected professional programs. The college has been widely recognized for its innovative curriculum, The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, which integrates a core curriculum, required learning communities, experiential learning, diversity, and civic education, as cited by Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, the educational media and several higher education associations. Wagner College is committed to scholarship and community outreach relevant to the needs of New York City. Wagner values campus diversity (domestic and international) and in keeping with this initiative, welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity and internationalization efforts.

Wagner College is fully accredited by the Regents of the University of the State of New York and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). It is a member of the American Council on Education, The Council of Independent Colleges, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. Further information about the College can be found on the Wagner website,


Working in collaboration with the program director, the DCC will develop the program’s doctoral capstone component in compliance with applicable ACOTE Standards and reflecting the program’s curriculum design. Essential components of the initial capstone development phase will include securing appropriate sites for in-depth student capstone experiences as well as coordinating the memorandum of understanding (MOU) process, establishing related policies and procedures, and developing capstone-related courses. The DCC will be afforded sufficient release time for the ongoing management of the doctoral capstone that will include collaborating with community partners, clinical and professional organizations, capstone mentors, and program faculty to facilitate significant student capstone learning and success. The DCC will also play a key role in overall curriculum development and the initial accreditation processes, teach capstone and research related courses, mentor students including supporting their scholarly work, maintain a scholarly/professional development agenda, and engage in service to the program, college, and/or community. Additional duties that do not interfere with the administration of the doctoral capstone component may be assigned.

Nothing in this job description restricts Management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Minimum Qualifications: A minimum of 5 years of full-time practice experience as an occupational therapist. Demonstrated record of teaching, scholarship, and/or service to the profession

Education Qualifications: Doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., Sc.D., OTD, or equivalent as recognized by ACOTE)

Certificates, Licenses, Registration: Initial NBCOT certification; New York State occupational therapy licensure (or eligible)

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Research experience
  • Experience with ACOTE accreditation
  • Clinical supervision of occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant students
  • Previous faculty appointment

Technology Skills: Competency in Windows operating environment using MS Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, E-mail and internet programs and have the aptitude to learn and efficiently utilize the College’s software platforms and systems, including its learning management system (LMS).

Position Specifications: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

To apply:

Application Packet
1. Cover letter
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. Statement of teaching philosophy (one page)
4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement outlining how you approach diversity, equity, and inclusion in your work
5. Reference list containing the name and contact information of three to five potential professional reference sources (references will not be contacted without candidate consent)

Prior to hire: Official copies of transcripts for all higher educational institutions attended; copies of professional licenses, certificates, and registrations.

Interested candidates should submit their application packet materials via PDF email attachment to:

David Pallister, JD, OTR/L
Chair, Search Committee
Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
Wagner College
One Campus Road
Staten Island, NY 10301

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Search Committee Chair at

No phone calls please

The review of applications will begin immediately.

Additional Information

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $85,000 - $95,000. Wagner College considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

Wagner College achieves this mission through the implementation and enhancement of The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, which was formally launched in 1998. This innovative and bold curricular methodology is predicated on a method of integrated learning. It builds upon Wagner’s history of combining liberal arts and focused professional programs, coupled with our unique location and requires experiential learning for all students. The Plan has thus ushered in a new vision of engaged student learning that is at once reflective and integrated, theoretical and practical. Our goal has been, and continues to be, to provide a transformative college experience which best prepares our students for positions of effective and responsible leadership and citizenship in their chosen professions, and in their personal and public lives. From the outset, our faculty have eagerly led this learning centered endeavor.

Preparing all students for such leadership requires a coherent, efficient, effective and universal educational program and a focused Faculty and Administration, supported by an equally committed Board of Trustees.

Wagner College prepares students for life, as well as for careers, by emphasizing scholarship, achievement, leadership, and citizenship. Wagner offers a comprehensive educational program that is anchored in the liberal arts, experiential and co-curricular learning, interculturalism, interdisciplinary studies, and service to society, and that is cultivated by a faculty dedicated to promoting individual expression, reflective practice, and integrative learning.

Wagner College offers a generous benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, pension and paid time off benefits to all full-time employees. The Wagner College Office of Human Resources partners with all members of the College community to cultivate a work environment that values equal opportunity, diversity equity inclusion and access, professional development and individual excellence.

Wagner College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wagner College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.