CCPA - Associate Program Director & Assistant/Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

A.T. Still University
September 24, 2023
Offerd Salary:$104,000 to $156,000
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A.T. Still University's Central Coast Physician Assistant Program (ATSU- CCPA) is seeking a full-time exempt Associate Program Director and Professor at the Assistant or Associate level on the Santa Maria, California campus.

A.T. Still University (ATSU) is a culturally rich environment leading the way in whole-person health education with cutting edge technology and instruction. From its inception in 1892, ATSU has had a long tradition of inclusion. The ATSU College for Healthy Communities is the newest College within ATSU located in the beautiful Central Coast region of California. The Central Coast Physician Assistant (CCPA) Program is the founding academic program within the College with the mission of educating culturally-humble, diverse physician assistants (PAs) to serve the primary care needs of medically underserved communities. The Associate Program Director and Assistant/Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies will report directly to the CCPA Department Chair / Program Director. The individual will be responsible to support the Program Director in leading and managing all aspects of the didactic and clinical phases of the PA Program and in leading a dedicated team of faculty and staff and to teach courses, engage in service, and conduct scholarship.

The responsibilities of the Associate Program Director and Assistant/Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following.

  • Collaborate as a member of the programmatic leadership team, consisting of the Department Chair / Program Director, Associate Program Director, Director of Didactic Education, Director of Clinical Education, and Medical Director to achieve a shared vision for becoming recognized as the principal source of PAs from historically underrepresented groups providing culturally-humble care to medically underserved communities.
  • Provide on-campus leadership and support to students engaged in the didactic phase of the program.
  • Provide on-campus support and mentoring through development of a new faculty onboarding program and a comprehensive faculty development program.
  • Provide leadership for the development and implementation of a robust community engagement program for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Oversee all aspects of the programmatic assessment and outcomes plan in collaboration with the faculty Assessment & Technology Coordinator.
  • Collaborate on the ongoing design, development, and implementation of an innovative curricular model emphasizing blended learning.
  • Serve as a member of a dynamic team of didactic faculty to educate a highly diverse student body selected for their commitment to the CCPA mission using a holistic admissions process.
  • Ensure students are adequately prepared to achieve programmatic benchmarks for the PACKRAT and PANCE.
  • Provide support to the Director of Didactic Education in their role overseeing student academic progression, retention, and completion strategies.
  • Ensure ongoing compliance with ARC-PA accreditation standards and best practices in contemporary physician assistant education.
  • Develop and deliver academic courses as assigned.
  • Participate in the holistic student admissions process.
  • Conduct and disseminate scholarship.
  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as assigned.
  • Engage in community and professional service.
  • The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, skills, and accomplishments:

  • Prior academic experience commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor is preferred.
  • Leadership experience in the design, development, and implementation of didactic education programs is preferred.
  • Applicants who can articulate how they can collaboratively contribute to the program mission and vision will be given preference.
  • Applicants who can articulate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will be given preference.
  • Prior experience in the successful recruitment and development of faculty to be high-quality educators is preferred.
  • Prior experience in the successful onboarding and development of faculty to be high-quality educators is preferred.
  • Substantial previous clinical experience is preferred.
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills are required.
  • Skilled in working with a variety of different student learning styles and collaborating with faculty colleagues.
  • Ability to perform duties autonomously with minimal supervision and maintain confidentiality.
  • Licensure in, or eligibility for, licensure in California as a PA.
  • Current NCCPA Certification is preferred.
  • Interested persons should complete the ATSU employment application online, which includes a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

    The salary range for this position at the assistant level is $92,800 to $139,200; at the associate level is $104,000 to $156,000. A Director stipend in the amount of $5,000/year is provided.

  • Relocation assistance provided up to $12,000
  • Opportunity to practice clinically one day a week to maintain clinical skills and supplement your income
  • Compensation is determined based on the requirements of the job description, with consideration given to the candidate's education, experience, and qualifications, internal equity, budgetary consideration, and external competitiveness.

    ATSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage. If eligible, employee-elected benefits would begin the first of the month following the hire date. For more information, please visit

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