Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program



Job description

Dallas, TX

Reporting directly to the Dean and/or Department Chair of the program, the Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant supports the University in fulfillment of its mission, purpose and goals. Provides program-specific expertise and is actively engaged in relevant department initiatives. Supports University, Campus, and/or departmental goals in order to assure compliance with programmatic accreditation and/or licensure, internal consistency, and graduate outcomes that meet student learning, workplace and placement expectations. Provides professional leadership and support, and serves as an educator, role model, mentor and facilitator. Creates an educational environment which fosters innovation, responsiveness, and accountability. Focuses extensively on facilitating student learning associated with prescribed course and program learning outcomes. Actively and substantively participates in assessment of student learning activities to maximize the potential for students to learn what is necessary to meet prescribed outcomes. Vigorously upholds a culture of academic integrity.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.)

  • Assists the Program Chair in the organization, administration, continuous and periodic review, planning, development, and general effectiveness of the program
  • Assists the DAE and DCE in the preparation of administrative reports as requested and assigned by the Program Director
  • Assists in development, review, and revision of the mission statement
  • Participates in the design, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the curriculum
  • Course Director for assigned courses
  • Simulation instruction and curriculum design
  • Participate in Clinical Skills and Preparation Lab course with skilled instruction (if applicable)
  • Assists the DAE in the coordination and scheduling of all didactic courses and classes
  • Reviews the MPA Student Handbook annually
  • Schedules and assists with student remediation as needed
  • Assists in the interview and selection of faculty members
  • Provides for the continuous review and update of all didactic course materials and learning objectives
  • Provides security for all course and examination materials
  • Assists the DAE with the maintenance and coordination of the didactic schedule with the Administrative Assistant
  • Provides assistance with the ongoing assessment and review of the didactic curriculum each trimester
  • Reviews instruments for student and faculty course evaluations
  • Assists in other duties as assigned by the Program Director
  • Attends all scheduled staff and faculty meetings
  • Assists DAE with coordination and assessment of the function of all adjunct faculty
  • Teaches courses with which he/she has demonstrated competence and/or experience
  • Assists the DCE with coordination, site visits, and maintenance of clinical sites
  • Assists the DCE with end of rotation exams and “return to campus” Days
  • Responsibilities within the Master’s Project course series
  • Responsibilities within the Art of Care course series
  • Provides and facilitates counseling and advising for PA students
  • Reviews didactic/academic performance with students as needed
  • Provides remediation for students with sub-standard performance as needed and appropriate
  • Advises the DAE and/or DCE of any problems related to student behavior, academic performance, or professionalism
  • Member of the Admissions committee
  • Member of the Student Progress Subcommittee
  • Member of the Curriculum and Assessment Committee
  • Upholds values and mission of West Coast University


  • Engages in scholarly activity appropriate to faculty rank as identified in Faculty Handbook.
  • Attends professional development activities each year as agreed upon with supervisor in faculty development plan.
  • Attends all faculty meetings twice per year (for full time faculty attendance is required, for adjunct faculty attendance is strongly recommended).
  • Selects a minimum of one of the following activity areas: publishing & writing, acting as contributor to textbooks, presenting at conferences or educational trainings, attending test-writing or accreditation activities, serving on thesis dissertation committee or other agreed upon professional activity. OR Identifies and applies specialized research or activities related to teaching, assigned teaching area(s), or may contribute to the scholarly community/knowledge of the discipline.


  • Attends Department, College and University meetings/councils as arranged/approved by supervisor.
  • Demeanor reflects collegiality; behavior demonstrates professional and ethical conduct.
  • Maintains membership in professional organization.
  • Networks within professional community both inside and outside the University.
  • Actively and substantively participates in University initiatives as assigned.
  • Assists with assessment, critique and evaluation of overall curriculum and may lead the process of revisions to program and syllabi (if necessary) while ensuring quality.
  • Contributes/demonstrates ongoing service in at least one of the following areas:
    • Community or Public Service
    • Profession (member of professional organization)
    • University
  • Contributes to service of the University by serving on a minimum of one University-wide Committee or Council.
  • Demonstrates an active leadership role in University.
  • Active leader in the Community or Profession by demonstrating a leadership role in one of the listed areas.
  • May assist with program analysis to ensure best practices and optimal student outcomes.
  • Collaborates with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the clinical or field experience. If applicable to the program, this collaboration allows for students to be placed promptly in their clinical rotations/assignments as necessary.
  • Collaborates with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the clinical or field experience.


  • Assists with program activities to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accrediting bodies, and University policies and procedures in concert with other West Coast University campus programs.
  • Reviews and recommends improvements and enhancements to the consistency and quality of course offerings, course/program development, and curriculum.
  • Submits accurate grade-in-progress report(s) as required during the term/semester in accordance with the posted syllabus to the campus program Dean or Chair.
  • Posts accurate points and final course grades earned throughout the term/semester in accordance with the posted syllabus as per teaching assignment(s).
  • Participates in student success activities such as engaging in student academic counseling and/or establishing a point of contact for internal resource/access for student issues.
  • Assures students are provided instructional support services within the subject area taught to maintain the highest level of student achievement while safeguarding the integrity of the educational process.
  • Records and posts class attendance and grades as required, completes and submits assignments in a timely manner, responds to student inquiries within 24 hours and grades tests, quizzes, lab assignments promptly, returning constructive feedback to students as soon as possible. Engages in systematic collection of student’s work for University outcomes assessment purposes.
  • Serves as a mentor, role model and facilitator and provides guidance and academic support for students.
  • Attends meetings as required to share information, guidelines and procedures, coordinates activities, and to further disseminate information across the assigned department.
  • Regularly attends and participates in program Learning Communities or departmental committees (e.g. curriculum committee) as assigned.
  • Follows proper procedures/channels of communication.
  • Maintains and uses West Coast University officially approved syllabus template.
  • Participates in professional development and organizations in order to remain current in the field.
  • Maintains professional appearance
  • Courteous and approachable to students.
  • Adheres to University policies and procedures and conducts job responsibilities in accordance with the standards set out in the University’s Code of Ethical Conduct, Compliance Agreement, Sexual Harassment Policy or any of its policies and procedures, applicable federal and states laws, and applicable professional standards.
  • Maintains regular and timely attendance, reports to work as scheduled and assures time worked and/or time-off is recorded properly.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all student, associate, and/or University information as required.
  • Exercises care, proper use and maintenance of department equipment and supplies and identifies unsafe conditions and makes appropriate adjustments.
  • Maintains order, cleanliness and safety at work.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Master’s degree or higher, in health related field

If a non-clinician scientist (Scientist Position)

  • Doctorate degree in health- or social-science related field
  • Minimum of three years teaching/research/clinical experience


NCCPA certified Physician Assistant or Board certified allopathic or osteopathic physician

Texas PA license (or eligible) or MD / DO licensed or eligible for licensure in Texas

Immunizations – based on the CDC Recommended Immunizations for Health-Care Personnel (HCP), all HCPs must submit documentation of immunization to Hepatitis B (series of three doses with anti-HBs serologic testing 1-2 months after dose #3), proof of immunity to Hepatitis B, or a signed declination; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella (chickenpox); and Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (booster every 10 years). Highly recommended immunizations for the HCP include Influenza (yearly), Hepatitis A, and Pneumonia. For some individuals, a titer test will be indicated vs. vaccinations. Titer tests showing immunity to listed pathogens are acceptable. Titer tests showing a negative response require appropriate immunizations and follow-up titers must be completed and submitted. If one or more of the listed immunizations are contraindicated, documentation must be submitted clearly identifying the reason(s). Clinical laboratory reports with facility stamp and medical doctor’s signature are required.

Tuberculosis Clearance – the CDC Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings are intended to protect the HCP and patients. The TB screening program consists of two major components: (1) baseline single test for M. tuberculosis infection and (2) serial testing/screening for M. tuberculosis infection. The HCP must have a baseline single test followed by serial skin testing every 6 months. If the HCP has a baseline positive result or has previously had a positive result, a chest radiograph must be completed to exclude a diagnosis of TB disease. Thereafter, every 6 months the HCP must receive a symptom screen. Documentation of positive skin test and negative chest x-ray must be submitted.


  • Greater than 3 years of clinical experience
  • Experience teaching in a PA program or Medical School
  • Experience with ARC-PA accreditation in provisional and/or maintenance phase
  • Non-doctoral faculty; doctoral degree or willingness to enter and complete a doctoral program

Qualifications/Skills :

(Every effort has been made to identify the essential skills/qualifications of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only skills/qualifications you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of skills/qualifications does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential skill/qualification of the position.)

  • Ability to demonstrate clear criminal background history.
  • Ability to demonstrate clinical competency.
  • Ability to maintain academic standards.
  • Ability to work independently with general supervision.
  • Ability to demonstrate a thorough, accurate and practical knowledge of their field or discipline.
  • Ability to interpret and evaluate the theories of their field or discipline.
  • Ability to effectively operate related equipment and machines for instructional purposes.
  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment and machines such as computer terminal, calculator and copier.
  • Ability to engage in data entry via a computer.
  • Ability to manage and work effectively in a highly ethnic and culturally diverse student and associate community.
  • Ability to use effective communication skills, both oral and written, including presentations and effective listening skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively before groups, committees, and in meetings.
  • Ability to effectively use interpersonal skills, follow through with duties, provide attention to detail, and demonstrate the ability to motivate others.
  • Ability to use creative facilitation and conflict resolution skills to resolve difficult and sensitive issues.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to self-direct, self-pace, multi-task and function well under pressure of deadlines and conflicting priorities in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment.
  • Ability to interpret rules, regulations, policies and procedures and assure compliance.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule.
  • Ability to travel/drive locally on a weekly, daily and/or on an as needed basis as well as occasional travel to other campuses or locations.
  • Ability to communicate using bilingual skills is a plus but not mandatory.

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