Chairperson - Physician Assistant Education Program

Morgantown, West Virginia
May 22, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Health & Medical
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

West Virginia University is seeking an energetic and visionary leader with strong academic credentials and leadership skills to serve as the founding Chairperson for the Physician Assistant (PA) education program at West Virginia University. Concurrent with new initiatives within the academic Health Sciences Center and its affiliated health system, university leadership is committed to fulfilling the WVU land grant mission of addressing the healthcare needs of West Virginia citizens. WVU is committed to the education of a health care workforce prepared to address population health needs, including the preparation of Physician Assistants as part of an inter-professional team. The founding chairperson will build upon an educational infrastructure for health professionals; to develop an entry level Physician Assistant program which we aspire to be regionally recognized for its excellence.


The program will be administratively housed within the School of Medicine’s Professional Programs unit; which is home to over 1,000 students enrolled in degree programs including exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical laboratory sciences, immunology, pathologists’ assistant and health information management. The PA program Chairperson represents a division within the Department of Human Performance and as such will report directly to the Vice Dean for Professional Programs.

West Virginia University conducted a PA program feasibility study in 2014 and obtained the Intent to Plan approval by university leadership in 2015. In early 2016, the program was entered into the provisional accreditation process of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. [ARC-PA]. The program is scheduled for a site visit in February, 2019 and ARC –PA review in September, 2019. Matriculation of first year students is planned for January, 2020.


The Chairperson will serve as leader of the academic program and as such will be responsible for the development and the initial accreditation process. Program development will include curriculum approval via the university process both for individual courses and the full curriculum. The Chairperson will prepare the initial accreditation report to be submitted in fall 2018. The Chairperson will also be responsible for recruitment of a medical director and the principal faculty with ongoing responsibilities including the appointment, evaluation, and development of faculty. The Chairperson is also responsible for the administration of the education program, including budget, oversight of admissions, curriculum, academic and professional standards, quality of the student experience and program assessment.






The Chairperson must meet the following criteria for consideration:

• Hold a BS or MS degree as a Physician Assistant [must be eligible for WV licensure and must hold current NCCPA certification] OR hold an MD/DO degree [must be eligible for WV licensure and must be certified by an ABMS-or AOA-approved specialty board] 
• Have an academic record consistent with appointment at the Assistant Professor Rank orhigher within the WVU School of Medicine Professional Programs Promotion and Tenure guidelines [ 16]

• Have demonstrated experience in physician assistant education at least some of which is didactic in nature.

• Five (5) years of experience in clinical practice

• Demonstrate cultural competence and a commitment to a socially just community of students and educators.

In addition to the required qualifications listed above, candidates with the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:

• Post-professional doctorate in education or related field 
• Previous positions in academic leadership 
• Demonstrated leadership through professional organizations

West Virginia University is a land grant Carnegie-designated Doctoral Research/Extensive institution, with approximately 32,500 students, including 27,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate/professional students. The WVU Health Sciences Center includes the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health and Nursing. Patient care facilities include a 575-bed teaching hospital, a Level I trauma center, and a 70-bed psychiatric hospital. Morgantown is within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, PA., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. Morgantown has 55,000 residents and is rated as one of the best small towns in the U.S., with affordable housing, excellent schools, a picturesque countryside and many outdoor activities.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The appointment date is negotiable, but the goal is to have the position filled no later than September 1, 2017. To inquire about the position please contact the chairperson of the search committee, Dr. Randy Bryner, EdD, Vice Chairperson and Director of Undergraduate Education in the Division of Exercise Physiology

Applicants should apply at: with a cover letter of interest, current CV and contact information, including e-mail addresses, for three professional references. If you have any questions regarding this position/process, please feel free to contact Carol Smith, Executive Recruiter at or 304-293-4512.


WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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