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11 Mar

Full-Time Program Director and Associate/Full Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Chatham University – Posted by - Pittsburgh, PA

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Program Director and Associate/Full Professor of Physician Assistant Studies


Chatham University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Program Director and Associate/Full Professor of Physician Assistant Studies for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program. 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. The Program Director works to ensure a quality educational experience for MPAS 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.



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; and
  • Contributes 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; and
  • Other 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.
  • This position requires the applicant to be prepared to begin at the start of the academic year 2024-2025.


About Chatham University:

Chatham University, founded in 1869, has an enrollment of over 2,200 students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability & health, business & communications, and the arts & sciences. Throughout its history, Chatham has been innovative and entrepreneurial in its growth, from a small women’s college 150 years ago, to the dynamic, coeducational University of today.


Chatham University offers 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. Chatham has consistently been named a College of Distinction and was top-ranked for social mobility and a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report. As the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, Chatham is also perennially ranked as one of the “greenest” colleges in the United States.


About the School of Health Sciences:

The School of Health Sciences at Chatham University is highly collaborative and stands in stark contrast to health sciences programs at larger universities. The School’s unique makeup allows for interprofessional education among students of all disciplines. The School houses the MPAS Program, 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.


About the MPAS Program:

The MPAS Program graduated its first cohort in 1997 and is a leader in problem-based learning pedagogy. The 85-credit program is committed to graduating exceptional clinicians dedicated to compassionate care and cultural humility. Chatham MPAS Program graduates are ready and willing to become the future leaders and educators of the profession; they are knowledgeable, compassionate, ethical, and clinically skillful, and are ready to provide health care services to all persons without exclusion.


About the Community:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, captivates with its unique blend of industrial heritage and modern innovation. Known as the “Steel City,” it boasts a rich history that has shaped its resilient spirit. Today, Pittsburgh shines as a vibrant cultural hub, celebrated for its world-class museums, including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum. Visitors can stroll along the picturesque riverfronts, marvel at the iconic skyline from Mount Washington, or immerse themselves in the bustling Strip District, renowned for its eclectic dining scene and vibrant markets. With a thriving arts community, passionate sports culture, and diverse neighborhoods, Pittsburgh makes for a wonderful place to live and work.


Application and Nomination Process:

All correspondence relating to the position of Program Director and Associate/Full Professor of Physician Assistant Studies at Chatham University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant:

Christopher Healy, President

Scott Healy & Associates


A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position.
  2. Updated CV.
  3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)
  4. Statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the relationship of this commitment to healthcare education and practice.


Applications received by April 12, 2024 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.


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.

Job Categories: Physician Assistant. Job Types: Full-Time.

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