Job Description Summary
The School of Health Sciences (SHS) at Oakland University (OU) in Rochester, Michigan invites qualified persons to apply for the position of founding Director of the Physician Assistant Program. This is an exciting opportunity for a visionary, collaborative, and energetic leader to develop, launch, and successfully earn accreditation status for our exciting new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program. This is a 12-month, academic administrator position with a teaching requirement. Academic rank and tenure are dependent upon qualifications.
The Physician Assistant (PA) program will reside in the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (CDS) Department. One of four departments in SHS, the CDS department, serving the sciences of clinical determination, is ideally prepared to launch and support the PA program through robust undergraduate programming in histotechnology, medical laboratory science, nuclear medicine, radiologic technology, and a pre-clinical professions option. In collaboration with other OU health/medical programs, and the broad resources of the university, the department provides students with strong academic foundations in the natural and clinical sciences, and this includes opportunities for interprofessional education and leadership experiences.
The Director of the PA program will receive guidance and support from the Chair of CDS and the Office of the Dean. The Director of the PA program shall provide effective leadership:
- Leading curriculum development, assessment/mapping and revision, and the development of clinical sites
- Overseeing recruitment of all PA personnel including the medical director, clinical director, staff support, and principal and instructional faculty
- Planning and managing program budgets and resource needs
- Leading and maintaining strategic planning with continuous refinement
- Initiating pursuit of accreditation and compliance with Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
- Overseeing student admissions process (through CASPA) and collaborating with the Office of Admissions on admissions policies, recruitment of students
- Maintaining vibrant marketing and communications of the PA program
- Managing primary operations including budgeting and enrollment
- Managing all personnel, responsive to faculty and staff employment contracts
- Leading accreditation and compliance cycles with ARC-PA
- Directing and preparing program outcome information and reports as needed
- Developing and maintaining collaborative clinical and community partnerships, including alumni and developmental relations.
- Serving collaboratively as a key member of the CDS and SHS leadership teams
- Leading and inspiring faculty, student, and community engagement in classroom, laboratory, clinical and interprofessional education
- Overseeing student advisement, advancement and remediation
- Leading curricular revision, and continuous pursuit of educational best practices
- Strong interpersonal ability, time management, and self-motivation
- Demonstrated success working with diverse populations
- Strong leadership, organization, budget development, communication, and technology literacy
Preferred qualifications include a doctoral degree relevant to graduate health/medical education, a demonstrated record of scholarly pursuits and accomplishments, previous ARC-PA accreditation experience, previous experience in PA education leadership role (e.g. Director, Coordinator), HLC or other regional accreditation knowledge and experience.
Minimum requirements for the position of Director include: attainment of a Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant from an ARC-PA accredited program, or MD/DO; minimum of five years of experience in a clinical practice setting; at least two years higher education experience in a Physician Assistant Master’s program. Applicants must be eligible for licensure in the State of Michigan as a Physician Assistant (PA-C) with current NCCPA certification, or as an MD/DO eligible for licensure as an allopathic or osteopathic physician with certification from an ABMS or AOA approved specialty board.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application Information: Preferred start date of July 1, 2020. Review will begin April 15, 2020 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries are strongly encouraged. Contact the search chair, Dr. Dale Telgenhoff, by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Internet: https://www.oakland.edu/shs/. Candidates will provide a Diversity Statement demonstrating their interest and efforts in furthering diversity and inclusion, e.g., through mentoring, pedagogy, activism, faculty recruitment/retention, or research on issues related to diversity and social inequality.
School/College & Department/Program Summary
The School of Health Sciences serves over 2000 undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and post-professional students through a singular model of advancing community-engaged translational relationships, connecting theory to best practices in four thematic areas. Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences – programs include medical laboratory science, histotechnology, radiologic technology, nuclear medicine, pre-clinical professions, with future graduate programming. Human Movement Science – the doctor of physical therapy, and the master of exercise science programs offer post-professional certificates and support a rigorous undergraduate exercise science degree with a pre-PT concentration. Public and Environmental Wellness – comprehensive programs consist of undergraduate wellness and health promotion, undergraduate and graduate environmental health and safety, and the master of public health. Interdisciplinary Health Sciences – undergraduate programs include BS degrees in: nutrition, with a dietetics technician option; health sciences offering concentrations in holistic health and pre-health professions; and the applied health sciences program offers degree completion opportunities for health specialized associate degree holders. Our beautiful platinum LEED-certified campus facilities and broad clinical and community-based opportunities offer an ideal supportive environment for students, faculty, staff and partners to create and enjoy innovative learning, meaningful service, and vibrant research pursuits – in purpose for health.
Oakland University Standard Language
Oakland University is a nationally recognized doctoral university of high research activity located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in Oakland County, Michigan. The University has 142 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.