Program Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program

May 31, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 15, 2021
Dominican University

Position Description

Dominican University, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, is seeking application and nominations for the Program Director of the Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) Program in the Borra College of Health Sciences.  The Program Director will provide leadership, administrative oversight and oversee all aspects of the PAS program including organization, administration, fiscal management, ongoing review and assessment, program planning and development and continuing accreditation with ARC-PA. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the routine operations of the program including curriculum oversight, scheduling and faculty workload, faculty evaluation, student recruitment and support, and the identification and development of clinical affiliation agreements, working in collaboration with the PAS Director of Clinical Education.  The Program Director, reporting to the Dean of the Borra College of Health Sciences, leads the members of the PAS Department which includes the Director of Clinical Education, the Medical Director, and program faculty and staff.  There is also an expectation to work with colleagues across the college, university leadership, the program’s Advisory Board and healthcare partners to innovate and promote the program.  

The Physician Assistant Studies program reflects the university’s long-standing commitment to social justice, grounded in our Dominican Catholic tradition.  Our approach to graduate education is focused on conversations, connections and listening, preparing students for the interpersonal subtleties of today’s health care.  The program has achieved Continued Accreditation status with the ARC-PA and will matriculate its sixth cohort of 30 students in January 2022.  

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead with excellent management and communication skills to articulate and carry out the vision of the program;
  • Provide oversight of program curriculum and policy development and implementation including regular review of student policies in the PAS Student Handbook;
  • Continuously evaluate, analyze and improve the program to ensure ongoing successful accreditation in program’s self-evaluation process and on-going program quality standards;
  • Faculty/staff recruitment, hiring, mentoring, evaluation and development;
  • Manage program budget and provide fiscal management;
  • Provide oversight of the admissions process, student recruitment and orientation;
  • Encourage student excellence in both didactic and clinical years that fosters a positive student experience in the program;
  • Recruit and support a diverse group of students and learners;
  • Work with program faculty, Medical Director to promote and enhance student retention and pathways for remediation;
  • Provide direction for program strategic planning and development, with an attention to the analysis of comprehensive program data;
  • Work with the program directors/chairs and the Director of Simulation Education Center in the Borra College of Health Sciences to develop and implement collaborative interprofessional experiences in the college;
  • Supervision of the medical director, principal and instructional faculty, and staff in activities that directly relate to the PA program including regular review of PAS program committee duties and actions;
  • Create and maintain effective relationships with outside stakeholders, particularly for the development and maintenance of clinical affiliations; and
  • Foster future growth and expansion of program.



  • A graduate of an accredited physician assistant program with a current NCCPA certification and eligibility for licensure in Illinois;
  • At least seven years of clinical experience as a practicing PA with a thorough understanding of the physician assistant role and practice;
  • Minimum of four (4) years of full-time faculty experience and three years of full-time experience in a PAS program with teaching responsibilities at the graduate level; and
  • Previous experience with the ARC-PA accreditation process for physician assistant programs.


  • Previous experience in education leadership such as Program Director, Associate Program Director, Academic Director, Clinical Director or another director-level role;
  • Demonstrated leadership in the PAS field; Record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, service and fostering empirical research; and
  • Have a vision and the interpersonal skills to build partnerships within and outside the PAS program, and state and regional partners and stakeholders.

About The Institution

Dominican University PA Program:

Dominican’s Physician Assistant Studies Program aims to educate caring and skillful practitioners who seek to contribute to the public good by serving patients with wholehearted compassion and dedication. In the classroom and in clinical settings, students will prepare to play a vital role in positively transforming the way our nation provides health care. Dominican’s distinctive, relationship-centered approach to graduate education means students will gain not only professional skills but also a greater understanding of team dynamics, ethical issues and the unique needs of the individuals in their care.

The program is designed to give students maximum professional flexibility—preparing them to thrive in fields as diverse as emergency medicine, women’s health, and surgery and its subspecialties. The program will provide students with the capacity to respond effectively to both current and emerging health care needs.  Physician Assistant Studies Program

Dominican University:

Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago, with an enrollment of 3,000 students, including 2000 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students.  The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, with 41% of undergraduates first generation in college, 68% female, 60% Hispanic of Any Race, and 5% Black/African-American. Dominican University’s mission, in part, is to prepare students to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. Toward that end, the university is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment.  For more information about Dominican University, see

About The Community

The Greater Chicago Area:

The third largest city in the U.S., Chicago has over 150 years of unique history, and is a city of world-class architecture, unsurpassed beauty, and a city with enormous pride.  The city offers a never-ending list of fairs, concerts, tours and outdoor activities in Chicago's many parks and on Lake Michigan.  Chicago is home to world-class museums, theatre, music and festivals, not to mention wonderful restaurants.  The term "jazz" was coined in Chicago and the city is still the blues capital of the world.

Chicago is home to some of the most vibrant ethnic communities in America.  Each of the city's more than 60 communities is centered in dynamic neighborhoods where residents share their cultural heritage, foods, art and philosophy.  Some favorites include Greektown, Chinatown, Ukrainian Village and Little Italy. For sports fans, Chicago is also one of only three cities in the country with six professional teams: Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Chicago Fire, Cubs and White Sox.

With 2.7 million residents in the city limits and nearly 10 million people in metropolitan Chicagoland, this is the third largest city and metro in the nation, and a destination for 55 million visitors each year from all over the world. Chicago is a global city; it is culturally and ethnically diverse, has a dynamic arts scene, excellent restaurants, nightlife and recreational activities. Excellent public transportation connects Chicago’s many neighborhoods and attractions. The iconic skyline and world-renowned architecture can be seen from across the campus, reminding viewers of the businesses, industries, and people that have built Chicago into the world-class city it is today.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the Program Director of the Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) Program at Dominican University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Christopher Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

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 be contacted only after written permission by the candidate; and
4)      A personal statement will also be required to demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to inclusive and engaged leadership and teaching and how they plan to contribute to the diversity and inclusion on our campus and within the program.

Applications submitted by October 15, 2021, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer.  The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  We look forward to a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.  Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.