Assistant Program Director/Principal Faculty - Physician Assistant Program

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Assistant Program Director/Principal Faculty - ...

About Westfield State University:

Westfield State University is a public, teaching-centered, liberal arts college located in Western Massachusetts approximately 90 miles from Boston, two hours to New York City, and 30 minutes from the Northampton, Amherst, and Springfield areas. With an undergraduate and graduate student population of 6,200 students, the institution is ranked #32 among public universities in the Best Regional Universities-North section of the latest U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" list.

Westfield State was founded in 1839 by Horace Mann as the first public co-educational college in America without barrier to race, gender, or economic class. A Chronicle of Higher Education "Great Colleges to Work For" designee in 2011, the University is dedicated to and continues to live its tradition of providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. Faculty responsibilities include advising students, service to the University, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, the department, and the community, and an active research agenda.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Assistant Program Director/Principal Faculty - Physician Assistant Program

State Job Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Health Sciences
Job Code: HA3200
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: 7107-0029
Bargaining Unit: MSCA
Job Type: Full-Time Permanent
Timeframe: Academic Calendar
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Supervision Received: Reports directly to the Program Director
Salary: $120,000.00

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:

  • Engage in teaching, scholarship, and service activities as defined in the MSCA contract.
  • Participate in the data collection, analysis and program modifications to achieve and maintain compliance with ARC-PA standards.
  • Maintain accurate and appropriate records, assist the Program Director with periodic accreditation reports, accreditation site visits, and ongoing program evaluation.
  • Provide leadership and management of all clinical related activities as designated by the PA Program Director.
  • Participate in teaching selected classroom and laboratory classes.
  • Ensure the development of core knowledge, skills and attitudes requisite to the development of competencies required for the successful completion of board examinations and safe practice at the time of entry to the profession.
  • Assist with the development of individualized learning outcomes intended to facilitate each student's potential to achieve while enrolled in the PA program.
  • Participate in curriculum design and program development to include, but not limited to, program manuals, instructional materials and learning objectives.
  • Provide supervision, instruction, advice and counsel to students assigned to the didactic and clinical phase, and thereby facilitate the students' successful completion of all learning outcomes.
  • Participate in the identification and recruitment of qualified applicants, the admissions process, and promote enrollment of students in the PA Program in collaboration with the CGCE Admissions Office.
  • Serve as an "ambassador" for the PA Program through participation in service activities of the program.
  • Identify sources for and participate in the preparation and implementation of grants and contracts supportive of the activities of the College and PA Program.
  • Serve on University-wide and PA Program faculty committees when appointed or elected.
  • Participate in the search process activities of the University and PA Program.
  • Participate in local, state, and national professional organizations for own professional development and to ensure program excellence and appropriateness of curriculum and instruction and its application to clinical instruction.
  • Attend trainings as required.
  • Perform any other job-related functions as assigned by the Program Director


Required Qualifications
  • Master's Degree required, doctoral degree strongly preferred or in progress,
  • Current board certification, eligible for licensure as a Physician Assistant, MD, NP in the State of Massachusetts.
  • A minimum of three years clinical experience (preferred)
  • A minimum of three years Higher Education experience required
  • Must have experience with Microsoft Office suite
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail, be able to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, and be able to handle confidential information
  • Current driver's license

Additional Information:

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Application Instructions:

An online application is required. A complete application includes:
  • Cover Letter*
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts of highest degree
  • Statement of teaching philosophy with areas for continuing scholarship
  • Contact information for three reference letter providers**


* In your cover letter please include the ways in which you would advance diversity and inclusion in your classroom and at the university.

** Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g. [email protected]).

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin May 5, 2021. The job will remain open until finalists have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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Posted: 4/26/2021
Application Due: 4/26/2033
Work Type: Full Time