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Clinical Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

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Job no: 495125
Work type: Faculty
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Faculty

Clinical Assistant Professor-Physician Assistant Studies

Job Description-Principal Faculty

Position Overview:

The Clinical Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies will play an integral role in development, execution, and evaluation of the program curriculum and administrative aspects. Duties include course design, laboratory design, instruction, data collection for accreditation, committee assignment, and community outreach. This is a full-time principal faculty position on a team of medical providers and educators working to continue the development of the program in order to achieve Accreditation-Continued status and maintain good standing with all monitoring bodies. Time of instruction totals an equivalent of 6 credit hours total for each semester. Faculty in this position is also expected to coordinate with other principal faculty in course development and instruction, evaluation by students, and meeting accreditation Standards. This position will primarily be involved in co-instruction of the Clinical Medicine course series as well as a Behavioral Medicine course and a Community Health course. Additional supportive instruction in other courses is expected of all faculty.

This position reports directly to the Physician Assistant Program Director.


The primary responsibilities of this position are to manage and coordinate various aspects of program education to include:

  • Coordinating horizontal and vertical instruction between didactic courses and assistance with facilitation of clinical instruction when requested.
  • Willingness and ability to teaching/collaborate across multiple courses
  • Creating effective student assessment tools
  • Clinical case development
  • Clinical simulation coordination and facilitation
  • Curriculum and syllabus development
  • Assignments and grading, evaluation of courses
  • Maintaining required documents for accreditation
  • Program assessment and data collection/analysis
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours per semester of instruction, including lab support and co-instruction of courses. This equates to approximately 12 hours of classroom contact per week.
  • Providing academic counseling as a faculty advisor to assigned PA students.

This position will work closely with all course directors to ensure synchronous instruction with the didactic courses, as well as collaborating with the Clinical Education Coordinator to ensure appropriate skills are taught to prepare students for their clinical phase of training.

This faculty position will also be required to participate in a variety of service responsibilities including:

  • Providing support with student research projects as needed
  • Participating in committee appointments for program and college
  • Performing community outreach on behalf of Canisius University and the program
  • Organizing and participating in community service with students
  • Participating in the process of selecting potential students for the program
  • Participating in continuing education and professional development programs
  • Contributing to the administration and evaluation of the program as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.

Faculty member is entitled to (encouraged) up to 20% release time per week to maintain PA skills through clinical employment. Faculty in this position will also be required to provide evidence of acceptable scholarly and service activity. This may vary based on faculty academic rank and professional track but should include areas such as evidence of application of clinical practice to classroom instruction, conducting and reporting on research as appropriate to promotional track, presenting scholarly work, and involving graduate students in activities that develop research skills and lead to presentations and publications. Detailed guidance on faculty requirements for teaching, scholarship, and service based on rank/promotion can be found in the program faculty handbook which will be provided at time of hire or upon request.

Position Requirements:

  • Current New York State Physician Assistant licensure and continued maintenance throughout duration of employment
  • Graduate of physician assistant program and a minimum of master’s degree in physician assistant studies or related field
  • NCCPA certification and current registration is required and must be maintained throughout the duration of employment.
  • Minimum of 5 years of clinical experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years as a faculty member/instructor in a PA program or comparable experience
  • Experience with and passion for data analysis
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability, curriculum development, teaching, an administration.
  • Strong local ties to the medical community
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly and service activity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Dedication to the academic priorities of Canisius College and the PA program mission
  • Previous experience with ARC-PA accreditation procedures and articulation processes
  • Experience in activities that focus on assessment and student learning outcomes
  • Evidence of a commitment to service and social justice.

The Office of Human Resources at Canisius University utilizes an online recruitment management system. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the office of human resources at (716) 888-2240. To apply, go to Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please include your cover letter and resume with your application.

Canisius, a Catholic and Jesuit University, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice. Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity. The university is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary: $90,000.00 – $100,000.00 annually

Please note that the compensation information is a good faith estimate of the base pay for this position. The selected candidate’s actual base pay will be based on job-related, non-discriminatory factors including experience. Information about the total compensation package for this position will be provided during the interview process.

This is a full-time, 12-month position. Benefits are available the first of the month after the full-time employee’s date of hire and include – health, dental and vision insurance, life and long term disability insurance, and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees with contribution from the University after one year. Tuition benefits are also available for full-time employees and their qualified dependents.

Advertised: 13 May 2024 Eastern Daylight Time Applications close: Open until filled

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