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Physician Assistant Department Chair and Program Director

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Physician Assistant Department Chair and Program Director


The Department of Physician Assistant Education at Saint Louis University (SLU), in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications for the position of Department Chair and Program Director. This is a full-time, 12-month faculty position. The position may be tenure or non-tenure track at the rank of Associate Professor/Professor depending upon the candidate’s qualifications.  Reporting directly to the Dean, the successful candidate will be responsible for all administrative and curricular aspects of the PA program. Anticipated start date is Fall, 2018, but the position can be available earlier for the appropriate candidate.


Ranked # 27 in the country by U. S. News and World Report, SLU’s physician assistant program offers a strong, established didactic and clinical curriculum. In addition to the principal faculty members, the program draws from a network of experts in their respective fields. The classroom and clinical experiences in the program will foster intellectual curiosity and develop personal and professional responsibility.


SLU’s PA program accepts 46 students each year and is a 27 month, full-time graduate program.  Students completing the curriculum earn the Master of Medical Science degree. Since graduating its first class in 1973, the SLU PA program has maintained excellent pass rates on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). The average first-time PANCE pass rate for the last five years is 99 percent.


The Saint Louis University PA program is comprised of an experienced and dedicated faculty with 80 plus years of PA education experience. The department is supported by a full-time staff of three.


Position Overview:

The chairperson and program director will:

  • Serve as the academic leader of the Department of PA Education and the PA program;
  • Develop a vision and long-range plan as it relates to both the college strategic map and university strategic plan while appropriately reflecting the future of the department;
  • Promote excellence in teaching, research, and service;
  • Appropriately allocate resources and determine priorities as an advocate for the department and in a manner consistent with college and university practices;
  • Select, cultivate and retain the most qualified faculty and staff;
  • Make recommendations to the dean regarding faculty appointments, tenure, leaves of absence consistent with college and university policy;
  • Manage faculty workload and assign teaching schedules to meet student needs consistent with college and university policy;
  • Teach, conduct research, and pursue scholarly activities as administrative demands allow;
  • Actively participate in the recruitment, admission, and retention of students;
  • Provide guidance for the evaluation and development of curriculum;
  • Administer the accreditation process and compliance with professional organization requirements;
  • Serve as a member of the Dean’s Coordinating Council;
  • Facilitate effective communication with the department faculty and staff, as well as administrators from the college and university;
  • Delegate authority and responsibility consistent with faculty and staff strengths and interests within the context of department needs and available resources.


Leadership Responsibilities:

Provides leadership to PA faculty, staff, and students within the program; Facilitates communication, clarification, and implementation of university and department policies and procedures; provides leadership through planning, implementation, and evaluation of the PA Program.


Doisy College of Health Sciences:

The Saint Louis University Doisy College of Health Sciences has provided students with the tools and education to become well-prepared health care professionals since 1929. Doisy College offers health care education at the baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional levels in a variety of areas.


Whether studying to become a physician assistant, athletic trainer, physical therapist, nutritionist, occupational therapist, medical laboratory scientist, health information specialist, speech-language pathologist, or medical imaging professional, Doisy College offers many opportunities for hands-on experience through clinical education. Modern features of the school include a gait lab, culinary lab, diagnostic lab, mock medical office, radiation therapy simulation lab, and media labs for students to gain practical experience and develop research.

Doisy College of Health Sciences is located at Saint Louis University’s Medical Center campus which is home to Saint Louis University School of Medicine, College for Public Health and Social Justice, School of Nursing, Center for Interprofessional Education and Research, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.


Saint Louis University:

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.


Guided by our enduring Jesuit mission, we offer our nearly 13,000 students a highly rigorous and deeply transformative education that helps them develop into bold, confident leaders. Rated among the nation’s top 100 research universities, SLU boasts more than 20 graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top 100 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


Academics, ethics, spirituality and compassion take center stage, while outside the classroom, members of the SLU community provide more than 1.6 million service hours each year — just one reason we’re consistently known as a character-building college. In fact, more than 80 of SLU's courses integrate service into academics.


The Successful Candidate Should Meet the Following Qualifications:

  • Current NCCPA certification and Masters degree required for PA candidates, doctoral degree preferred;
  • Board certification required for MD and DO candidates;
  • Five years of clinical experience as a PA, MD, or DO;
  • Five years of faculty experience in a PA program;
  • Eligibility for PA licensure in Missouri or Illinois;
  • Experience with ARC-PA accreditation
  • A record of participation in research/scholarship;
  • Leadership and management experience in a PA Program;
  • Involvement and/or knowledge of program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, development and participation in accreditation processes.


All correspondence relating to the position of Physician Assistant Department Chair and Program Director at Saint Louis University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates

[email protected]


Applicants must apply electronically by submitting the following:

  • Cover letter outlining their experience and success in all the areas indicated in the Position Overview;
  • Complete and up-to-date CV;
  • List of five professional references with title, institutional affiliation, e-mail address and direct telephone numbers.


Applications submitted by June 4, 2018, will receive priority consideration. 


Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans.




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Posted: 4/18/2018
Application Due: 6/17/2018
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