Occupational Therapy Professor Jim Hinojosa Wins NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Jim Hinojosa, a professor of occupational therapy, has been selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, given annually to faculty members who have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of NYU through their teaching.

Hinojosa, one of seven faculty members selected this year, is a professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Occupational Therapy. Hinojosa’s work in the field, which spans more than two decades, includes expertise inpediatrics and a research focuses on therapist collaborations with families.

Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, Hinojosa has examined these complex relationships from both the parent and therapist perspective. Working with graduate students on a national survey to identify occupational therapists’ attitudes and values in their working relationships with parents of preschool children with developmental disabilities, Hinojosa found that efforts to foster family-centered intervention in occupational therapy educational programs are increasing therapists’ confidence and skills in working with parents of children with disabilities.

Hinojosa has also involved graduate students in researching what happens when parents of school-aged children assist their children so that they can complete their homework. Examining homework as activities that occur within the context of family life, he and his students conducted intensive interviews with parents of children with and without disabilities, which provided rich data on the challenges families face with regard to homework.

In nomination letters, students, faculty, and alumni remarked on their teacher’s ability to “professionally inspire, motivate, and inspire others.”  The author and editor textbooks that have reached occupational therapy students nationwide, Hinojosa has developed courses in research and inquiry, and has been instrumental in creating the department’s doctor in professional studies program.

“Dr. Hinojosa is a truly gifted educator whose talent, love of learning, and endless generosity is truly felt by his students in the classroom,” said Jane Bear-Lehman, department chair.

Hinojosa is the recipient of American Occupational Therapy Association’s Award of Merit, its highest honor. He also received the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award in 2006.

Photo: Jim Hinojosa (Brady Galan photos).