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Research Article  |   January 1999
Career Transition From Clinician to Academician: Responsibilities and Reflections
Author Affiliations
  • Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Chairperson and Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Duquesne University, 227 Health Sciences Building, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282-0001
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Special Issue on Faculty Development / Terrie Nolinske, Guest Editor
Research Article   |   January 1999
Career Transition From Clinician to Academician: Responsibilities and Reflections
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 1999, Vol. 53, 14-19. doi:10.5014/ajot.53.1.14
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 1999, Vol. 53, 14-19. doi:10.5014/ajot.53.1.14
Abstract

Being an educator is just as much an art and a science as is being a clinician. This article describes the faculty role and its basic responsibilities for occupational therapy practitioners who are considering the transition to academic educator positions. The faculty role has unique characteristics. Differentiating therapy activities from academic activities is an essential part of a career transition from clinician to academician. This article also describes the various features of the academic context and its impact on individual performance, how to assess readiness for the faculty role, and the typical application process.