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Research Article  |   January 1999
Academic Juggling Act: Beginning and Sustaining an Academic Career
Author Affiliations
  • Elizabeth Blesedell Crepeau, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, University of New Hampshire, Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, New Hampshire 03824-3563
  • Louise Thibodaux, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Related Professions, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Article Information
Education of OTs and OTAs / Special Issue on Faculty Development / Terrie Nolinske, Guest Editor
Research Article   |   January 1999
Academic Juggling Act: Beginning and Sustaining an Academic Career
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 1999, Vol. 53, 25-30. doi:10.5014/ajot.53.1.25
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 1999, Vol. 53, 25-30. doi:10.5014/ajot.53.1.25
Abstract

Rapid expansion in the number and size of occupational therapy academic programs has resulted in a crucial need for faculty recruitment and retention. To encourage occupational therapy practitioners to consider academia as a career option, and to support those who choose this option, this article reviews higher education literature related to socialization into academia, the different types of academic institutions, the tenure system, and the process of entering into and sustaining an academic career. This literature is then correlated with issues in occupational therapy education. The article closes with specific literature-based suggestions for creating and sustaining an academic career through development of teaching skills, research agendas, and support systems.