Department Chair and Program Director of the MHS in Physician Assistant Program

February 22, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
August 16, 2021
Quinnipiac University

Position Description

Quinnipiac University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a national search for the Department Chair and Program Director of the MHS in Physician Assistant Program.  Quinnipiac University seeks an innovative and visionary leader to continue the legacy of the 15th ranked Physician Assistant program in the country.  The Department Chair and Program Director will be responsible to the School of Health Sciences for department/program leadership organization and administration, coordination of department services and advocacy for the department with the school and university administration, fiscal management of the departmental budget, program development and adherence to accreditation requirements, strategic planning of the department in keeping with the department, school and university missions, and department development in conjunction with the school or university development office (grants, endowments, gifts).  The department chair/program director will hold a 12-month full time position in the faculty and will have both academic and administrative responsibilities.


  • Serve as an advocate for students, faculty and the department;
  • Be appropriately available for students and faculty, including associate chair, faculty and directors.
  • Provide mentoring and leadership to assist faculty in their development;
  • Undertake strategic planning to support and strengthen the major/program through the development of action plans and program review policies;
  • Verification of training, student eligibility for NCCPA PANCE exam; credentialing and licensure applications;
  • Support successful adherence to program, school and University accreditation standards.
  • Assure that program continues to meet ARC-PA accreditation Standards and policies including:
    • Continuous programmatic review and analysis, including identifying data trends to propose programmatic changes and/or contribute to strategic plan
    • Completion of ARC-PA required documents, including annual program update and periodic self-study for accreditation and continuing accreditation;
    • Communication and coordination with all external bodies regarding accreditation.
  • Student advisement of the graduate PA students in the final stages of their preparation for graduation and joining the PA workforce; and
  • Oversight of the departmental disciplinary process and appeals, insuring alignment with School of Health Sciences and University policies and practices.

Administration and Faculty Affairs

  • Oversee regular assessment of departmental graduate and undergraduate degree programs, courses, educational curriculum, and individual faculty consistent with desired learning and performance outcomes;
  • Promote the program via coordination of department presence at open houses, orientation, and through the review of content in the PA Student Handbook University catalog, website and promotional material;
  • Prepare and submit to the Dean an annual report of departmental activities/accomplishments;
  • To ensure quality and in coordination with appropriate personnel, oversee the development of course schedules to meet graduate student needs, academic advising and advising assignments, the coordination and management of the course registration process, the management of the departmental budget, the appropriate maintenance of departmental records and the maintenance of current curriculum vitae for all faculty and syllabi for all courses;
  • Manage faculty workload consistent with University and departmental policies;
  • Manage the faculty recruitment process in cooperation with the Office of the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Resources;
  • Coordinate faculty retention, review, reappointment, promotion, tenure, and termination procedures consistent with University policy;
  • Recommend the employment of and support part-time faculty to meet course coverage needs;
  • Administer the annual planning and review process for individual faculty, associate chair, and directors;
  • At the direction of the Dean, supervise department staff, associate chair, faculty, and directors;
  • Assign teaching schedules to meet student needs;
  • Assign faculty, as appropriate, to departmental committees;
  • Assure that students meet required competencies to be eligible for NCCPA certification and for licensure and credentialing; and
  • Oversight of the departmental disciplinary process and appeals, insuring alignment with School of Health Sciences and University policies and practices.


  • Master’s or earned doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least three years of full-time experience in PA education;
  • Must hold current or emeritus NCCPA certification status;
  • Experience with ARC-PA program accreditation;
  • Demonstration of significant and successful administrative experience in a university setting;
  • Experience working with budgets, finances, resource allocation;
  • Successful record as scholar and teacher and academic administrator;
  • Strong, independent organizational and managerial skills, including leadership, project management of complex assignments or tasks, and proactive problem solving skills; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate and effectively communicate with faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

About The Institution

Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges.” Quinnipiac has been named a “Great College to Work For” as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University’s commitment to preparing graduates for 21st century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities and fostering lifelong connections and success. The University believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The University’s innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities.

The School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences prepares students to tackle all major challenges inherent in 21st-century patient care and medical research. The School of Health Sciences enrolled 2500 students across 16 innovative and highly ranked programs - offered at the bachelor’s, master’s and clinical doctorate levels - develop forward-thinking clinicians, imaging professionals, rehabilitation specialists and scientists. All of our programs favor an interprofessional, patient-centered approach taught by experienced faculty in highly collaborative settings. In fact, Quinnipiac is one of only a few universities in the nation to have a school of health sciences along with a medical school, nursing school, and law school on one campus.

The Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences values inclusiveness and has made an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas. We are interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of candidates and especially encourage applications from individuals who are under-represented in medicine. 

The Physician Assistant Program

Ranked 15th in the country by U.S. News & World Report and first in Connecticut, the physician assistant program is focused on building a strong scientific foundation as well as leadership, analytical and interpersonal skills through hands-on clinical experience. The students learn to be a crucial extension of the physician in various practice settings, conduct diagnostic tests and perform routine procedures. 

The 27-month program offers a comprehensive blend of courses that examine subjects such as biology, pharmacology and behavioral medicine.  The students gain extensive practical experience collaborating with health care providers in hospitals, medical centers, nursing homes and extended-care facilities. During the first year, students are paired with a licensed health care provider one-half day a week to begin applying what they learned in the classroom in professional settings with real patients. The Department includes an undergraduate pre-PA direct entry degree program which provides a portion of the enrollment of the graduate program.

The interprofessional approach presents opportunities to collaborate with students from other medical and health science disciplines where essential teamwork and leadership skills are built. Students have access to the most sophisticated equipment and facilities, where they learn to interpret diagnostic imaging and perform procedures such as suturing, injections and wound treatment. There are also rewarding volunteer opportunities for students, such as the Urban Service Track program, which provides medical services to underserved populations throughout Connecticut.

About The Community

The Greater New Haven Area

Quinnipiac is situated mid-way between New York City and Boston, in the vibrant business, health care, and communication corridor, with access to the exciting restaurants, outdoor life, and performing arts of the New Haven area. Rich in history and culture, the New Haven area offers concerts on the green, Broadway shows at the Shubert, concerts at the Oakdale Theater, and quaint New England shore towns. The area offers an immense variety of lifestyles.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the Chair and Program Director position at Quinnipiac University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Christopher S. Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates 

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1)      A cover letter highlighting your professional experience in PA education leadership;
2)      A complete CV outlining your career in PA higher education; and
3)      The names of five professional references including their relationship to you - their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will be contacted only after written permission.

This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.  Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.