Chair and Program Director: Master of Physician Assistant Program

November 17, 2020
Priority Deadline to Apply:
June 28, 2021
Howard University

Position Description

The Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates (SH & A), seeks a Chair of the Master of Physician Assistant Program.  Howard University is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic leader to develop and launch this new Master of Physician Assistant Program. 

The position may be tenure track or non-tenure track at the rank of Assistant Professor/Associate Professor, depending upon the candidate’s qualifications. Reporting directly to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Administration/Dean, the successful candidate will be responsible for all administrative and curricular aspects of the PA program, including teaching, scholarship, accreditation, research, and service to the department.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the missions of the University, College, department, and respective degree programs;
  • Serve as the academic leader and chairperson of the Department of the Physician’s Assistant program;
  • Develop a vision and long-range strategic plan for the development of the new PA program and provide guidance for the development of the curriculum planning, implementation, and assessment according to the ARC-PA standards;
  • Demonstrate independent judgment and initiative in carrying out complex administrative assignments within established policies and procedures;
  • Promote excellence in teaching, research, academic scholarship, and service;
  • Make recommendations to the Associate Dean and Dean regarding faculty appointments and tenure consistent with College and University policy;
  • Manage faculty workload and assign teaching schedules to meet students’ needs consistent with College and University policy;
  • Teach courses, advise students, and engage students in managerial research and inter-professional conference opportunities;
  • Conduct research to generate publications in peer-reviewed journals and work to acquire external grants;
  • Actively participate in the marketing to, and recruitment, admission, and retention of, students;
  • Facilitate effective communication with the department faculty, College and University administration, and staff;
  • Participate in graduation and white coat ceremonies and serve on the Advisory Board; and
  • Engage in public service at the University and in the local community.



  • Faculty experience in a PA program with documented research experience;
  • Five years of clinical experience as a PA;
  • At least three years of substantive administrative leadership experience in a PA program;
  • Detailed experience and knowledge with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and a comprehensive understanding of the standards and operations;
  • Ability to secure accreditation and maintain programmatic compliance;
  • Fiscal management, organizational, and administrative skills;
  • Microsoft Suite, Zoom, and other technology proficiencies;
  • Detail-oriented and efficient individual with the ability to build strong relationships and exert exceptional leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated competence in both oral and written English; and
  • Active license as a Physician Assistant.

Position Preferences:

  • Earned doctoral degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  • Three years’ experience as a department chairperson working in academia with a title such as program director or chairperson;
  • Strong written communication skills, inclusive of proposal writing;
  • Persuasive oral communication, advocacy, and interpersonal skills; and
  • Demonstrated experience in online and/or distance learning, including online curriculum design and implementation in higher education.

About The Institution

Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences:

The College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences provides exemplary educational experiences within the health professions to an ethnically diverse population of students with high scholarship and leadership potential. Emphasis is placed on the University’s historical commitment to provide educational opportunities to Black students and other underserved minority groups. The College fosters the development of competent, ethical, and compassionate graduates endowed with a strong sense of the University’s core values of excellence, leadership, truth, and service. As scholars and leaders, graduates are empowered to address issues of social justice and inequities in health care in the United States and the global community, especially inclusive of the underserved. Appropriately, the College is committed to recruiting and retaining a team of qualified and competent faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, research, professional practice, and service.  Leaders of these faculty and staff are exemplars in their fields of study and the modeling of the University’s and College’s mission.

Eight departments currently comprise the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences:  Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health Management, Nursing, Nutritional Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Radiation Therapy.  With the hiring of the new Chair, Physician Assistant Studies will become the ninth.  

Howard University:

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university located in the Pleasant Plains neighborhood in Washington, D.C.  The historic main campus sits on a hilltop in Northwest Washington blocks from the storied U Street and Howard Theatre. The campus is two miles from the U.S. Capitol, where many students intern, and scores of alumni shape national and foreign policy.

Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities.  The University prides itself as a leader in STEM fields. The National Science Foundation has ranked Howard as the top producer of African-American undergraduates who later earn science and engineering doctoral degrees. The University also boasts nationally ranked programs in social work, business and communication sciences and disorders. In 2013, The Washington Post named Howard "An Incubator for Cinematographers." Additionally, the Law School was ranked among the top 20 public service schools by National Jurist magazine.

The College of Medicine is internationally regarded for its illustrious legacy of training students to become competent and compassionate physicians who provide health care in medically underserved communities at home and abroad. The College is a national leader in studying health disparities among people of color and is one of America's top institutions for training women surgeons. The Howard University Health Sciences division includes the Howard University Hospital and the Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

The University's motto Veritas et Utilitas, Truth and Service, represents a key part of the University’s identity. The more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students dedicate hundreds of hours each year to service in nearby LeDroit Park, around the nation, and across the globe. Over the U.S. Peace Corps' 50-year history, more than 200 Howard graduates have served as volunteers around the globe, the highest number among historically-Black colleges. Accordingly, the University holds the No. 1 spot on the list of top Peace Corps volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). 

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is a 1986 Howard graduate, and Thurgood Marshall graduated from the Howard School of Law in 1933.  Other notable alumni include actresses Phylicia Rashad and Taraji P. Henson, actors Isaiah Washington and Chadwick Boseman, and authors Toni Morrison and Amiri Baraka.

About The Community

The Community:

Howard University boasts a community of more than 9000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students representing 50 states and territories and 66 nations.  The University comprises much of the Pleasant Plains neighborhood, which has been described as “one of the best places to live in the District” (  An historically African-American community since the late 1800s, the area is distinguished by black-owned businesses and community leadership for and by professors, students, administrators, international visitors, and professionals.  Continual renovations of many architecturally significant homes and townhouses provide new residential opportunities that embrace not only the neighborhood’s history, but its proximity to downtown, medical services, and the Metrorail.

Application Process

Application and Nomination Process:

All correspondence relating to this search should be directed to Christopher S. Healy, Vice President, at

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter highlighting your professional experience;
2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas;
3) The names of five professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Howard University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. Howard University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status, in employment or other programs. 

The finalist will be required to pass a background check.