Department of Physician Assistant Studies Elon, North Carolina
Elon University, a national university renowned as a model for engaged learning, is seeking a visionary and innovative chair/program director to lead the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. The seven principal faculty members welcomed the eighth class of 39 students in January 2020. The program received Accreditation-Continued from the Accreditation Review Commission for the Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) in 2016 and has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to grant the MSPAS degree. The systems-based curriculum is 24 months with 12-month didactic and 12-month clinical phases. The PA program is part of the Elon University School of Health Sciences, which also includes the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program established in 1998. Elon offers a salary commensurate with qualifications, an excellent benefits package and generous retirement plan.
Provides the essential leadership necessary to ensure the growth and development of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Participates in various committees within Elon University and at a state and national level that assist in the growth of the PA profession.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for the organization, administration, continuous review/analysis, and planning and development of the Supervises the medical director, faculty, and staff in all activities related directly to the program.
Responsible for all activities related to ARC-PA
Responsible for departmental budgets and ensure adequate funding to meet departmental goals and objectives.
Conducts annual performance appraisals of all staff and annual
Responsible for assigning and monitoring faculty
Responsible for faculty recruitment and retention within the
Assists in student recruitment and
Serves as spokesperson for the department and participate in public relations/development office activities at the local, state, and national
Serves on Elon University committees based on policies described in the Faculty
Serves on the School of Health Sciences leadership team, creating shared vision and commitment to strategic planning and institutional
Provides leadership and support for faculty
Creates expectations and opportunities to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and the School of Health
Coordinates the maintenance and review of program
Participates in the maintenance and review of all materials on the Elon University Department of
Physician Assistant Studies web site, brochures, and student handbooks.
Plans and participates in student orientation. Clinical
Maintains clinical certification at the national
Maintains state Miscellaneous
Maintains record of ongoing scholarly
Participates in community service
The Department chair/program director reports directly to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and supervises the medical directors, faculty, and staff.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three (3) professional references. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in their cover letter. Review of applications will begin immediately with a deadline date of August 1, 2020. Anticipated start date is early 2021.
E-mail application information and direct questions to: Search Committee Chair Cynthia Bennett, MD
Must possess a graduate-level Physician Assistant degree. A doctorate level degree is
Current or emeritus NCCPA
Hold or eligible for a PA license in North Carolina.
Three years of full-time higher education experience, preferably in a PA
Previous successful experience required includes:
academic program administration
ability to establish a curriculum which emphasizes engaged learning
exceptional communication skills
experience with budget development and management
knowledge of the ARC-PA accreditation process
strong support for faculty development
a demonstrated commitment to students
About Elon University
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered environment for experiential learning, with an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon students are ambitious, curious and compassionate, inspired to be big thinkers and creative problem-solvers.
Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional programs. The 446 full-time faculty members teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Elon’s four-year graduation rate of 79 percent ranks in the top six percent in the nation.
Elon’s 6,277 undergraduate and 811 graduate students come from 48 states and 47 other countries. About 24 percent are from North Carolina, with strong enrollment numbers from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and other states across the country.
Elon is ranked among the top-100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #11 for innovation. Elon is the only university in the nation recognized by U.S. News for excellence in all eight academic programs “Focused on Stud...ent Success.” Included are #1 rankings for study abroad and learning communities and #2 rankings for first-year experiences and service learning.
Global engagement is central to Elon’s experience and 78 percent of students have at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research or service. Elon is among the nation’s top universities for producing Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. In addition, Elon’s Study USA program includes opportunities to study in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Alaska and other locations.
The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law, which is located on a campus in downtown Greensboro, N.C.