Director of Clinical Education

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Director of Clinical Education, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Position# 50345787

The Physician Assistant Department at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, College of Health, Education and Professional Studies invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position as Director of Clinical Education beginning in the Spring of 2019. The Director of Clinical Education serves as a full-time with rank appropriate to the applicant’s experience. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Physician Assistant Program is a developing program implemented in partnership with Erlanger Health System with the projected start date of Fall 2021.

The Director of Clinical Education will perform tasks as a principal faculty member as well as will work alongside the Program Director to provide exceptional leadership and academic instruction to the faculty and staff in the clinical curriculum of the program. The Director of Clinical Education will have one day of release time to support involvement in clinical practice or scholarship.

Job Description:

  1. Clinical curriculum design, mapping, competency, and implementation in coordination with the Program Director and clinical faculty.
  2. ARC-PA documentation and implementation of superior quality within the clinical courses to assure exceeding accreditation standards. Annual review and update of the Student Handbook as it pertains to clinical education.
  3. Assignment of faculty and students to courses and rotations assuring high quality instruction, review and feedback of course instruction and outcomes to the faculty instructors through mentorship. Oversight of clinical preceptors and sites to assure high quality clinical instruction in accordance with ARC-PA standards.
  4. Communicate effectively with faculty from other departments within the university in the instruction of courses taught in an interdisciplinary setting to ensure NCCPA blueprint and ARC-PA standards are being met.
  5. Course instruction as appropriate.
  6. Leadership and mentorship of the faculty and non-faculty clinical team in oversight of clinical site, preceptor, and student monitoring of scheduling, rotations, site management, and performance with student SCPE’s.
  7. Chair of the Clinical Curriculum committee with responsibilities in course quality, student grade monitoring, remediation design and implementation, and coordination with the Director of Didactic Education to ensure student competency and preparedness for clinical rotation instruction.
  8. Manage the clinical team to include the non-PA clinical coordinator and other faculty and staff to provide all PA students with SCPE’s.
  9. Coordination and oversight of instruction of clinical call back days with curriculum, end of rotation examinations, PANCE preparation, summative examination, and capstone project.
  10. Assigning and monitoring of adequate student advising and mentoring.
  11. Scholarly activity, participation in departmental, college, university, state, and national organizations, research, grants, or other interests where necessary.
  12. Assist in reviewing and interviewing applicants to the program as a part of the admissions process.
  13. Assuring personal clinical competency and evidence based medicine knowledge.

Candidates are required to have at least a Master’s degree as a physician assistant from an accredited physician assistant program and be NCCPA certified and currently licensed (or eligible for licensure) as a physician assistant in Tennessee. Candidates should have at least three years of clinical experience as a physician assistant. Previous faculty experience in a PA Program is preferred, but not required.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should prepare to submit the following information within our online application system for consideration:

  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • CV including up-to-date, personal contact information (email, phone, etc.)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Work samples of curricula
  • 3 References to include names, titles, and email addresses for confidential letters of recommendation

Review of applicants will begin on May 10th. Preference will be given to those qualified candidates who apply before May 10th.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career site by visiting:

Salary will be commensurate with applicant’s credentials and qualifications.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second-largest school in the University of Tennessee System and serves a diverse student body of more than 11,600 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions with a commitment to achieve excellence, embrace diversity and inclusion and offer experiential learning opportunities for students. As an urban university, we also are dedicated to inspiring positive change and enriching our community. Each day, we strive to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Our definition of student success is a graduate who has the knowledge required to succeed in the workplace and the personal development to show up on time, how to collaborate and work with others and to execute the steps to complete a project. We have held the line on the cost of education with record low tuition increases over the past four years. But we still have $325 million invested in eight ongoing renovations to campus buildings and construction of new facilities.

Chattanooga, the fourth-largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee on the Georgia state line and only a few miles from the state line of Alabama. Because of our location, UTC enrolls students from those states as well as Tennessee. The city itself has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront on the Tennessee River. For two straight years, Outside magazine has twice named Chattanooga as the Best Town Ever, the only city to achieve that distinction. Lonely Planet magazine says we are one of the Top 10 U.S. destinations, and Money Inc. calls us one of the nation’s most underrated cities.

Chattanooga also is home to the first 10-gig internet network in the United States, the fastest internet service in the Western Hemisphere. The city’s ongoing dedication to advancing technology has attracted dozens of startups to join companies already here such as Volkswagen, Amazon, Unum, McKee Foods, U.S. Xpress, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, Civil War battlefield sites and the African American Museum in the Bessie Smith Cultural Center bring thousands of people to the area, as do events such as the Southern Writers Conference and the musical festivities of Riverbend, Nightfall and Jazzanooga. People who love the outdoors are coming to Chattanooga in vast numbers for its multitude of offerings such as hang-gliding, kayaking, rock climbing, biking, fishing and caving expeditions. The world-famous Ironman Triathlon and Ironman 70.3 half-marathon have contracted to take place in Chattanooga until at least 2023.

In short, Chattanooga is internationally recognized as a forward-thinking city that’s rich in tradition, history and wide-ranging activities. We are an exciting and vibrant place to live and work. Whether you’re raising a family or single, Chattanooga has something for you.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.




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Posted: 5/1/2019
Application Due: 6/30/2019
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