Physician Assistant Director of Didactic Education

South University West Palm Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America
Aug 16, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Apply Now Physician Assistant Director of Didactic Education South University West Palm Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States of AmericaReq #60 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Established in 1899, South University ( is a private, non-profit academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.

The University traces its heritage to 1899, when Dr. John Draughon established Draughon’s Practical Business College in Savannah, Georgia. Over the past century-plus, South University has experienced continued growth transforming from a two-year college into a university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. South University’s approach to higher education, and the resulting varied academic experiences, provides students with the pragmatic approach necessary to create the foundation for personal and professional fulfillment.

South University provides a learning environment, both on-campus and online, that helps students identify goals and the means to achieve them. With this philosophy in mind, students can learn by interacting with a community of faculty, staff and administration dedicated to South University’s academic purpose. South University offers more than 50 academic programs across its nine campuses and through online programs.

The University’s academics are organized across five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Health Professions, Nursing and Public Health, Theology – and a School of Pharmacy. With the introduction of South University, Online Programs, students can pursue both undergraduate degree and master’s degree programs ranging from the areas of Criminal Justice to Business – giving South University students more opportunities to make a difference, both personally and professionally.

The Director of Didactic Education is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the didactic phase of the Physician Assistant Program.It is expected that the Director of Didactic Education will provide effective leadership toward meeting program and Student Learning Outcomes related to the pre-clinical phase of the program.The Director of Didactic Education will work with the Program Director and other members of the PA Faculty to ensure that students consistently meet the program’s Student Learning Outcomes.The Director of Didactic Education will work to ensure that the program‘s didactic phase is compliance with all ARC-PA accreditation standards pertaining to didactic training. The Director of Didactic Education should work in synergy with his/her counteract at PA programs on other South University counterparts.


  • Performs Faculty responsibilities as outlined in the Faculty job description and the Faculty Supplement to the South University Employee Handbook.

  • Teaches 16 classes per academic year.

  • Designs and delivers instruction in alignment with the South University model.

  • Relates professional/life/industry experience to learning by continuing professional/ technical skills development, and introducing professional/industry perspective into courses.

  • Promotes student success by showing flexibility and exhibiting a passion for teaching and students.

  • Serves as an instructor in the PA program including coordinating a minimum of 8 courses per year, lecturing in areas of clinical and/or professional expertise, serving as a Small Group Facilitator.

  • Provides input to assist with ongoing program assessment and improvement.

  • Communicates consistently and effectively with Supervisors, University

  • Administrators, Faculty, and other South University Departments.

  • Manages the learning environment through keeping accurate records and enforcing academic policies consistent with the University, College/School, Campus, or Online Division.

  • Adheres to university policies as described in the Employee Handbook, the Faculty Supplement to the Employee Handbook, job description, or other separate guidelines.

  • Remains in compliance with South University’s academic policies and procedures, educational policies, both SACSCOC and programmatic accreditation standards, and state agency regulations.

  • Serves as an academic advisor.

  • Assists with the investigation of student problems requiring academic actions according to South University policies and procedures.

  • Assists with the curriculum development and revision/process regarding the program (as necessary).

  • Attends identified meetings with the Program Advisory Council (PAC), which meets at least twice per year.

  • Upholds Program/Department/College initiatives designed to achieve student outcomes, and Campus/community relations.

  • Serves as the Co-Chair of the PA Department’s Curriculum Committee in conjunction with counterpart(s) from other PA program(s) within the department.

  • Oversees the design and implementation of the program’s didactic phase.

  • Oversees evaluation of the didactic phase of the program to include didactic course, student, and teaching Faculty.

  • Works with the Program Director to coordinate recruitment of full time and adjunct Faculty for the didactic phase of the program.

  • Works with the Program Director to design and implement Faculty development initiatives for didactic instructional full time and adjunct Faculty.

  • Participates in the program’s admissions process to include application review, candidate interviews, and selection meetings.

  • Collaborates with the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Director of Didactic Education on ongoing assessment of student performance toward attaining the program’s Student Learning Outcomes.

  • Engages in scholarly activities that contribute to the field of study and enhance the learning environment.

  • Participates in service and/or scholarly endeavors appropriate to the role of Director of Didactic Education and PA Faculty.

  • Completes professional development and in‐service activities each year as outlined in the faculty supplement.


  • Terminal Degree as a Physician Assistant; Current NCCPA Certification; eligible for Licensure as a PA in Georgia.

  • Three (3) years academic experience (preferred); 5 years clinical experience (required).

  • Experience in PA/Medical classroom teaching and PA Education Administration highly (preferred).

  • Active, valid, and unencumbered state licensure or certification as applicable to the discipline.

  • Practical experience in the discipline of the program and knowledge of current best practices (in field).

  • Membership in a professional association tied to area of instruction (preferred).

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. South University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

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  • South University West Palm Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America
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