Principal Faculty & Professor of Practice, PA Program

  • University of La Verne
  • La Verne, CA 91750, USA
  • May 24, 2024
Full time Physician Assistant

Job Description


University of La Verne

Principal Faculty & Professor of Practice, PA Program

Job Description Summary:
The College of Health and Community Well-Being at the University of La Verne is seeking a Principal Faculty for its developing Masters in Physician Assistant Practice Program.

Principal faculty are responsible for the development and implementation of courses for the pre-clinical portion of the PA program. They are expected to collaborate in the development of curriculum, assessment, and advising. In addition to the principal faculty responsibilities, the principal faculty will recruit, develop and retain qualified instructional faculty. They also participate in accreditation process.

The College of Health and Community Well-Being seeks someone with at least a Master's degree from an accredited university and preferably a Doctoral degree. The ideal candidate should have 1 year of experience in Physician Assistant education and ability to travel. Committee work is required, as well as maintaining a record of scholarship and professional activities to assure program and university diversity.

Principal faculty members report to the Director of the PA program. This position is integral to the development of the Physician Assistant Program and its accreditation. This is a full-time professor of practice position. This position can be NTT or tenure track.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic Engagement.

If you're passionate about these values, join us at the University of La Verne!

Specific Duties:
Assist with the development, preparation and implementation of the program.
Deliver the academic pre-clinical portion of the PA curriculum, and teach in areas of expertise; participate in admissions activities and provide advising and academic counseling of students.
Help develop and teach courses in both the academic and clinical years of the program and participate in all aspects of the program including accreditation activities.
Collaborate with the program director and other faculty members to design and update the curriculum to meet accreditation standards and industry best practices.
Develop course materials, syllabi, and educational resources to support student learning.Deliver engaging and effective lectures, seminars, and laboratory sessions (OSCE’s etc.) to students, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of PA practice and Medical Sciences.Foster an inclusive and supportive learning environment that encourages active student participation and critical thinking.Utilize various teaching methods, including case-based learning, simulation, and technology-enhanced instruction.Oversee and participate in clinical experiences, ensuring that students gain valuable practical skills and knowledge in diverse healthcare settings.Provide guidance and mentorship to students during clinical rotations promoting professional growth and ethical behaviors. (Clinical faculty)Develop, administer, and evaluate assessments to measure student progress and achievement of learning objectives.Provide timely feedback and support to students to enhance their academic performance and clinical skills.Engage in scholarly activities, including research, publications, and presentations, to contribute to the advancement of the field of physician assistant education and the profession (eg., PA Board, PAEA, CAPA, AAPA)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 year of teaching experience.
  • Minimum 1 year experience in Physician Assistant education.
  • Ongoing research agenda.
  • Data collection and analysis.
  • Masters degree in related field.
  • Excellent oral, written and computer skills.
  • Current unrestricted licensure (or eligibility, if applicable) to practice in the State of California.
  • Ability to network and interact professionally with students, faculty, staff and clinical partners and preceptors.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in education, healthcare and community engagement.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree (PhD, DHSc, DMSc, EdD) in a related field
  • Knowledge of curriculum and course development
  • PA-C
  • Involvement in professional organizations related to the physician assistant profession and PA education.
  • Knowledge of ARC-PA standards
  • Commitment to community service and diversity

Location: La Verne Main Campus

Special Instructions:
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Institutional Profile
Located in Southern California, the University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of students, preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to lifelong learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. The academic units of the not-for-profit university include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, and the College of Law. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including degree programs tailored for working adults. The university's central campus is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the historic Old Town section of La Verne, a city with a population of approximately 35,000 at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The university also has eight regional campuses throughout California and the College of Law campus in Ontario, California. The university is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Institution with moderate research activity. Core values are reflected throughout all curricular and co-curricular programs, its emphasis on close professor-student interaction, personal support of its students, and its diversity.

The University of La Verne prides itself in being reflective of the diversity of Southern California. Approximately 80 percent of its nearly 8,500 students come from diverse backgrounds and the U.S. Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With 80,000 alumni, the university fulfills a critical community function in educating students from underserved populations, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.

The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation

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