1+ months

Department Chair, Assistant, Associate or Professor in Physician Assistant Studies

Lexington, KY 40507
Job Title Department Chair, Assistant, Associate or Professor in Physician Assistant Studies
Requisition Number FE02501
Working Title Physician Assistant Studies Chair and Program Director
Department Name 7N660:Physician Assistant Studies
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
Required Education

An earned doctoral degree

Required Related Experience

Must have a minimum of 5 years of full-time higher education experience (preferred- in an accredited PAS program)

A record of accomplishments in education, research, and/or extramural funding, at a level commensurate with earning tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor

A national and/or international reputation at a level commensurate with earning tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

Required License/Registration/Certification

Must hold a current or emeritus status of PA-C

Job Summary

The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences is currently seeking a Department of Physician Assistant Studies Chair and Program Director. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to provide innovative leadership to propel the department to a new level of excellence in education and scholarship that advances the mission of the University, College of Health Sciences and PAS Department. This 12 month, tenure track position reports directly to the Dean and is an integral part of the college’s administration. The chair is responsible for the overall direction and administrative leadership for educational, research, accreditation, and engagement activities, as well as for the management of human resources and budgetary and fiscal resources in the department.

Our well-established and nationally respected program offers an entry-level Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies and enrolls 56 students annually on two campuses in Morehead and Lexington, KY and recently launched a 12-month post-graduate residency program in cooperation with UKHealthcare and another tertiary hospital community partner. The program is currently accredited by the ARC-PA with next review expected in 2027. Initially accredited in 1974, this is the longest running program in Kentucky. A well-balanced, collaborative and dedicated team of 16 faculty and staff implement the 29-month curriculum to prepare highly skilled PA graduates to achieve the mission of improving the health and well-being of the people in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The position comes with a competitive salary, as well as a generous benefits package. The successful candidate will be assigned 80% of their effort to academic and administrative responsibilities in support of the program. PA-C faculty have an option to participate in the practice plan to provide direct evidence-based patient care as a licensed PA-C in a clinical setting. Additional information about the departments and degree programs are available at: https://www.uky.edu/chs/academic-programs.

Established in 1966, the College of Health Sciences is located in the Charles T Wethington Building and includes five academic departments (Physician Assistant Studies, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training & Clinical Nutrition & Health & Clinical Sciences), offering programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The College also has a Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program— a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional Ph.D. program—and serves as the academic home of innovative research centers.

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community in which people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can fell secure and welcome. The University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences seeks qualified applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society.

To learn more about this exceptional leadership position, contact Mary Beth Bracken (marybeth.bracken@uky.edu). Applications will be reviewed beginning January 31, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should submit an application, and include a current Curriculum Vitae and letter summarizing relevant experiences in leadership, administration, education, mentorship, and research. In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the application. Please note that references will only be contacted for finalists and will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Proven ability to provide effective leadership including strong communication skills, proactive problem-solving, personnel management, and the building of collaborative relationships with community and university/healthcare partners.

Demonstrated ability as necessary the mission statement, goals and competencies of the program) and ensure the design, implementation, coordination, assessment and modification of the curriculum in accordance with accreditation standards.

Ability to foster a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to attract, recruit, and retain top faculty, staff, and students.

Demonstrated experience in mentoring and supporting the professional development of faculty in the areas of instruction, scholarship/research, and service.

Experience with admissions (holistic preferred) and assessment of student progression/remediation processes.

Record of inspiring innovative thinking about new ways to deliver education, use technology, prepare students to provide patient care, as well as allocate faculty resources to ensure success.

Preparedness to provide instruction, student advising and support (experience as a course instructor preferred).

Commitment to build postgraduate education program for the department of PAS.

Excellent interpersonal skills that enhance collaborative activities.

Knowledge of the PAS program accreditation standards, process and related reporting requirements and formats.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
Preferred Education/Experience
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.


Posted: 2020-12-14 Expires: 2021-03-19

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