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Program Director and Associate/Full Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Chatham University
Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Program Director and Associate/Full Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Chatham University is accepting applications for the position of Program Director and Associate/Full Professor of Physician Assistant Studies for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program.

Chatham University strives to promote a campus environment that understands and embraces multiculturalism while increasing individuals' intercultural competence. We actively work to build and sustain a diverse and culturally vibrant campus, which promotes employee and student success and retention. Learn more at:

Position Summary:

The Program Director position shall meet ARC-PA requirements and the University requirements for an academic rank of a Full Professor or Associate Professor. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, the Program Director is a 12-month position who is responsible for leadership and the overall management of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program to ensure quality educational experience for its students, efficient delivery of the program offering, and compliance with accreditation standards and institutional policies and procedures. The position has the responsibility of teaching, providing service to the university, and engaging in scholarship as outlined in the Chatham University Faculty Manual. This position requires the applicant to be prepared to begin at the start of the academic year 2024-2025.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program graduated its first cohort in 1997 and is a leader in problem-based learning pedagogy. The program is committed to graduating exceptional clinicians dedicated to compassionate care and cultural humility. A link to the program's mission, vision, and goals can be found here: Chatham Physician Assistant Program Vision and Mission.

The MPAS Program is housed within Chatham University's School of Health Sciences along with physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, athletic training, exercise science, and counseling psychology. Within the school, all programs collaborate with a well-established, robust interprofessional education curriculum.

Primary Administrative Duties and Responsibilities:

    Supervises the implementation and assessment of the curriculum according to best practices, institutional, and accreditation requirements.Ensures compliance with accreditation ARC-PA Standards.Provides strategic and operational leadership to the program to assure quality and efficiency.Hires principal and associated faculty and staff, evaluates their performance, and supports their ongoing professional growth and development.Plans and manages program budget and fiscal resources, as well as faculty and staff workload; andContributes to advancing the institutional mission and strategic plan.

Other Faculty and Professional Responsibilities:

    Delivers classroom and/or laboratory instruction in accordance with University course load requirements.Maintains a scholarly agenda that leads to invited or peer-reviewed dissemination as required by rank and appointment.Serves on School and University committees and participates in academic governance.Actively pursues continuing education activities as required for maintaining professional qualifications; andOther duties as assigned by Dean.


    Must be a Physician Assistant and hold current or emeritus NCCPA certification status.A minimum of master's degree required.At least three years of full-time higher education experience at the time of appointment; prior leadership experience in higher education is strongly preferred.A record of scholarship (i.e., publication, presentation, and/or grants) is expected commensurate to rank.A record of service leadership (i.e., professional organization, university committees) is expected commensurate to rank.

How to Apply:

Applications accepted only via (direct link is and follow the instructions to complete the application process. To ensure full consideration, please include:

    Cover Letter outlining your qualifications for the position and teaching philosophyCurriculum VitaeStatement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the relationship of this commitment to healthcare education and practiceContact information for three professional references
All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application. The system will not allow applicants to make edits to their applications after submission.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Persons of color, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.


About Chatham

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: health & sustainability; business & communication; and the arts & sciences. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science & Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Accreditation The University is accredited by the:

· Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

· Pennsylvania Department of Education

· Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Certification Program

· Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

· Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

· American Chemical Society

· American Psychology Association

· Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

· Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

· Council for Interior Design Accreditation

· Council on Social Work Education

· International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

· Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council


Mission Statement Chatham University prepares its students to build lives of purpose, value, and fulfilling work. Through professional skill development and liberal arts learning, Chatham prepares its graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.

Student Life Students at Chatham University immerse themselves in academics, co-curricular activities, and city life here in Pittsburgh, PA. At Chatham University, you’ll find an academic and social environment where everyone, from professors in the classroom to strong alumnae/alumni networks to fellow students, cares about your future. The Office of Student Affairs at Chatham is committed to assisting students in becoming active members of the campus community through a variety of programs and services. Student Affairs staff members are here to help Chatham students stretch their imaginations, learn about themselves, discover the world, and achieve their aspirations. Chatham University has a lot in store for students outside the classroom.

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