Program Director, Physician Assistant Program - School of Medicine

The Physician Assistant Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine seeks to fill a faculty position as Program Director of the PA program.

The Program Director is responsible for the organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, development, and continued accreditation of the PA program. Additionally, the Program Director is responsible for serving as an instructor in the program and ensuring the program remains in compliance with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in these areas. The Program Director reports to the Vice Dean for Medical Education and supervises the Medical Director, principal faculty, and staff. 

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine is a multi-affiliate medical school that does not own or operate any clinical entities. Therefore, the clinical activities of the PA faculty must be supported in a dual-pay model with 0.8 FTE paid by CWRU for the faculty role and 0.2 FTE (one full day per week) paid by the clinical entity. In this model, PA teaching faculty are eligible for full-time CWRU benefits if the CWRU effort is 0.5 FTE or greater. This position is a non-tenure faculty position that includes a faculty appointment in the Center for Medical Education.


1.    Develop short and long-range planning objectives for the PA program, including program growth, employee retention, and development of new relationships with clinical partners.
2.    Advise the Vice Dean for Medical Education on matters concerning the program's administration, educational policies, and decisions related to the well-being of the program’s faculty, staff, and students.
3.    Prepare ARC-PA related reports and accreditation documents, including self-study materials. Lead program update processes specific to the ARC-PA.
4.    In support of the Director of Clinical Curriculum, oversee the program's clinical component to include managing clinical curriculum and those faculty supporting this curriculum
5.    In support of the Director of Didactic Curriculum, oversee the program's didactic component to include managing didactic curriculum and those faculty supporting this curriculum
6.    Develop an annual self-study report with a review of goals, achievements, and outcomes for the Vice Dean's review.
7.    Oversee the preparation of all program policies, documents, handbooks, assessment and remediation tools, and surveys.
8.    Review and revise the PA curriculum as necessary to comply with the ARC-PA Standards.
9.    Provide effective leadership, guidance, and academic support to the PA program.
10.    Facilitate communication between the PA program, the School of Graduate Studies, the School of Medicine, and the university.
11.    Chair PA program-specific committees or assign these roles to PA faculty and serve on university committees and advisory councils.
12.    Participate in professional, university, and departmental service activities.
13.    Work with the Business Manager; provide fiscal management of the program budget. 


1.    Actively collaborate with the School of Medicine Enrollment Services team to develop strategies for program promotion and national recognition, including the promotion of highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff, their initiatives, activities, and successes.
2.    Work in concert with the Business Manager and Academic Affairs Manager to develop strategies for the recruitment of highly qualified and diverse student candidates and to provide responsive and proactive communication with prospective students.
3.    Cultivate relationships with clinical partners and community service partners as we collaboratively educate our students.


1.    Schedule and participate in orientation seminars for current and prospective students.
2.    Advise students on their individual plan of study and academic program requirements.
3.    Maintain close contact with students and evaluate their general welfare and response to program instruction.
4.    Address student concerns as needed. If systematic, communicate student problems to the Vice Dean for Medical Education and recommend appropriate resolutions.
5.    Mentor and advise students on scholarly research projects that lead to their capstone presentation and peer-reviewed publications.
6.    Facilitate communication between the students and the PA program.


1.    Develop new curricula and courses, course syllabi, and outlines; revise courses, evaluate curricula, and make recommendations to the Vice Dean for Medical Education for expansion and/or terminations of program components as appropriate with the program faculty.
2.    Implement appropriate program revisions and online course catalog updates.
3.    Maintain appropriate records and conduct annual data-driven reviews of program processes and student progression.
4.    Teach or co-teach at least one course in the program each semester.
5.    Foster interprofessional and interdisciplinary scholarly endeavors and collaboration.


1.    Supervise all program faculty and staff.  Prepare annual performance reviews, helping facilitate individual goals and growth with appropriate professional development opportunities and recommendations.
2.    Recruit program faculty and staff as needed, including reviewing applications, participating in the interview process, and making recommendations for employment.
3.    Liaison with faculty to ensure communication of their responsibility for providing administrative support to the program by administering student evaluations, completing and submitting grades, rosters, rubrics, and timely submission of activities specific to program, peer, and student assessment.
4.    Create and encourage a team-based work environment where collaboration is common.
5.    Implement and maintain good record keeping regarding all facets of the program (course, student, faculty, staff files)


1.    Must be a graduate of an ARC-PA accredited physician assistant program and hold current NCCPA certification.
2.    Five years experience in a clinical discipline.
3.    Two years of management experience. 
4.    Three years of full-time higher education experience.
5.    Experience in curriculum development, evaluation, instruction, program administration, academic advising required.
6.    Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of students, faculty, and staff's diverse academic, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds.
7.    Commitment to a team-oriented, student-centric environment.
8.    Strong interpersonal abilities with excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate with students, staff, faculty, preceptors, clinical site staff, and leadership. 

The Director will be eligible for a full-time appointment to the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine at the appropriate faculty rank in the Center for Medical Education or another relevant academic unit. The Director will be expected to maintain an established scholarly presence in the field. Rank and salary commensurate with experience and prior accomplishment. The candidate should be committed to working with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students and remain active in service to our wider Cleveland community. 
Application materials should include 1) a letter of interest; 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) a concise statement of teaching philosophy, remediation, and educational interests and 4) contact information for three professional references. In addition, applicants are asked to submit a statement explaining how their research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to the diversity, equity, and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please email applications to: 

Chair, Search Committee for Physician Assistant Program Director
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program
Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine
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