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Program Director and Associate/Full Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Chatham University is accepting applications for the position of Program Director and Associate/Full Professor of Physician Assistant Studies for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program.

Chatham University strives to promote a campus environment that understands and embraces multiculturalism while increasing individuals’ intercultural competence. We actively work to build and sustain a diverse and culturally vibrant campus, which promotes employee and student success and retention. Learn more at:

Position Summary:

The Program Director position shall meet ARC-PA requirements and the University requirements for an academic rank of a Full Professor or Associate Professor. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, the Program Director is a 12-month position who is responsible for leadership and the overall management of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program to ensure quality educational experience for its students, efficient delivery of the program offering, and compliance with accreditation standards and institutional policies and procedures. The position has the responsibility of teaching, providing service to the university, and engaging in scholarship as outlined in the Chatham University Faculty Manual. This position requires the applicant to be prepared to begin at the start of the academic year 2024-2025.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program graduated its first cohort in 1997 and is a leader in problem-based learning pedagogy. The program is committed to graduating exceptional clinicians dedicated to compassionate care and cultural humility. A link to the program’s mission, vision, and goals can be found here: Chatham Physician Assistant Program Vision and Mission.

The MPAS Program is housed within Chatham University’s School of Health Sciences along with physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, athletic training, exercise science, and counseling psychology. Within the school, all programs collaborate with a well-established, robust interprofessional education curriculum.

Primary Administrative Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises the implementation and assessment of the curriculum according to best practices, institutional, and accreditation requirements.
  • Ensures compliance with accreditation ARC-PA Standards.
  • Provides strategic and operational leadership to the program to assure quality and efficiency.
  • Hires principal and associated faculty and staff, evaluates their performance, and supports their ongoing professional growth and development.
  • Plans and manages program budget and fiscal resources, as well as faculty and staff workload; and
  • Contributes to advancing the institutional mission and strategic plan.

Other Faculty and Professional Responsibilities:

  • Delivers classroom and/or laboratory instruction in accordance with University course load requirements.
  • Maintains a scholarly agenda that leads to invited or peer-reviewed dissemination as required by rank and appointment.
  • Serves on School and University committees and participates in academic governance.
  • Actively pursues continuing education activities as required for maintaining professional qualifications; and
  • Other duties as assigned by Dean.


  • Must be a Physician Assistant and hold current or emeritus NCCPA certification status.
  • A minimum of master’s degree required.
  • At least three years of full-time higher education experience at the time of appointment; prior leadership experience in higher education is strongly preferred.
  • A record of scholarship (i.e., publication, presentation, and/or grants) is expected commensurate to rank.
  • A record of service leadership (i.e., professional organization, university committees) is expected commensurate to rank.

How to Apply:

Applications accepted only via (direct link is and follow the instructions to complete the application process. To ensure full consideration, please include:

  • Cover Letter outlining your qualifications for the position and teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the relationship of this commitment to healthcare education and practice
  • Contact information for three professional references

All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application. The system will not allow applicants to make edits to their applications after submission.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Persons of color, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.