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Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies Program

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Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies Program


Fairleigh Dickinson University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time Program Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program.  The Program Director will serve as the leader and chief academic officer of this program, and will be responsible for the effective day-to-day communication, program assessment and planning, fiscal management and evaluation of faculty.  This person will serve to develop and implement the strategic plan, education, research and clinical education programs and will provide guidance and oversight through the initial and ongoing accreditation process as the school prepares to seat its first class of students.  This includes the hiring of additional program faculty, recruitment of the student class, management of the budget and development of clinical affiliation agreements.  This position reports to the Dean, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the incumbent will receive academic rank as appropriate.


The Program Director will be responsible to:

  • Serve as the chief administrator for the physician assistant program, representing the program at events within the university and the surrounding community;
  • Develop and manage, in collaboration with other stakeholders, the strategic planning process for the program;
  • Serve as the chief budgetary officer of the program;
  • Provide leadership throughout the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) accreditation process;
  • Oversee facilities and personnel planning for the program in consultation with the Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the University Provost and other key stakeholders;
  • Work to build and expand relationships with regional academic health sciences institutions for the purposes of enhancing the academic standing of the program.
  • Develop and establish collaborative relationships with the surrounding healthcare community;
  • Represent the University and the program at external health care events, including conferences, symposia, and other planning events within the local, regional and national communities;
  • Work closely with the Office of University Advancement to develop and maintain relationships with the philanthropic community for the purpose of obtaining scholarships, endowed faculty positions, equipment, and monetary donations to the program;
  • Coordinate marketing and communications planning and activity for the program;
  • Build and maintain relationships with the University’s existing health sciences programs;
  • Oversee faculty status review for the faculty of the School;
  • Maintain appropriate scholarly engagement;
  • Teach within the program.


The ideal candidate should have/be:

  • A master’s degree in physician assistant studies with current NCCPA certification, or an earned doctorate from an accredited university. An M.D., Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a related field preferred;
  • Licensed as a physician or physician assistant or eligible for licensure within the state of New Jersey;
  • Proven leadership ability in the field of physician assistant studies;
  • Substantial experience within higher education, including a minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience and three years of full-time experience in a physician assistant program, experience equivalent to grant appointment of senior academic rank (Associate Professor or above);
  • Knowledge of the physician assistant program accreditation process and familiarity with the details of experiential education and site establishment within the healthcare community;
  • Ability to locate and secure external funding for the program;
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, service, and fostering empirical research;
  • A vision and interpersonal skills to build partnerships inside and outside the program in physician assistant studies, the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and University-at-large.


Fairleigh Dickinson University:

The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956.  The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada.


FDU's 11,500 full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs -- days, evenings and weekends.  The curriculum reflects a mission of global education and a foundation of a world-renowned University Core.


The Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences:

The mission of FDU’s School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is to create a values-based, student-centered learning experience that prepares graduates who are committed to improving the health of individuals and populations through leadership roles in pharmacy practice, healthcare research and related healthcare fields.

The Community:

In Madison, NJ, the Florham Campus is a friendly small-college environment on picturesque grounds near historic Morristown. The campus is dedicated to giving students an exceptional learning experience, including residential and honors programs.



All correspondence relating to the position of Program Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates

[email protected]


The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  1. A cover letter outlining your experience as a physician assistant in higher education.  Special attention will be paid to those applicants who have started or developed a Masters program.
  2. A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas. 
  3. The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.


Applications submitted by May 13, 2019, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.




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Posted: 4/3/2019
Application Due: 6/2/2019
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