Founding Program Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

August 4, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 22, 2021
Austin College

Position Description

Austin College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a search for the Founding Program Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program.  The Program Director reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and is the program administrator for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program.  The Founding Program Director will guide the faculty in program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, administration, teaching, research, and service. The Director is a full-time 12-month administrative position with limited faculty duties.  You may also review the listing along with a full position prospectus on the Austin College website here:  Search for Founding Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program Director - Austin College

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Austin College seeks to offer a PA Studies program that is consistent with the college’s liberal arts mission emphasizing service to the local, regional, and global community. The Director will build the program from its inception and lead a program with high ethical standards infused with the College’s mission; rigorous didactic and clinical education taught by talented faculty; and students who will be prepared to successfully pass the licensing examination. The Program Director will be responsible for completing and submitting a self-study for an accreditation site visit and ARC-PA’s review; and overseeing the curricula in accordance with ARC-PA standards. The Program Director will be responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising faculty and staff. In addition, the Program Director will work with the college’s shared governance structures on such matters as curriculum. The Program Director will collaborate with Institutional Enrollment in identifying, recruiting, and admitting students into the program, meeting enrollment goals, with select seats reserved for Austin College’s undergraduate applicants who successfully meet standards for a prescribed course of study. The Director will be responsible for managing the budget; overseeing all didactic and clinical education; and cultivating and maintaining professional relationships with clinical sites, hospital administrators, physicians, nursing professionals and other clinicians. their approach to physician assistant education. The Director will be responsible for creating and maintaining a culture of inclusion that engages students and valorizes each other’s contribution to our shared educational mission. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, practice, teaching, service, and /or administrative experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


Successful applicants will display strong leadership, organization, budget development, communication, technology literacy, interpersonal ability, time management and self-motivation.  In addition, successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of working successfully with diverse populations and meet the following: 

  • Master’s degree from an accredited Physician Assistant Program;
  • At least three years of experience in higher education;
  • Must be currently certified by NCCPA;
  • Licensed in Texas as a Physician Assistant or eligible to seek and gain licensure;
  • Experience teaching in a Physician Assistant program and in curriculum development; and
  • Prior experience guiding a program through the ARC-PA accreditation process and management experience highly desirable.

About The Institution

About Austin College:

A private, residential liberal arts college, Austin College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under its original charter. The college serves 1,300 students on a beautiful 100-acre campus in Sherman, Texas, a community of 45,000 located north of the greater Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, one of the largest and fastest growing areas in the country. Since its founding in 1849 by Presbyterian Daniel Baker, Austin College has maintained an unwavering commitment to the transformative power of liberal arts education. The college is known for a diverse student body; pre-professional training; interdisciplinary programs; study abroad opportunities; a curriculum in which each student completes a major and a minor (or second major); a Master of Arts in Teaching program; leadership programs; a faculty-to-student mentoring program; student-faculty collaborative scholarship; and the faculty’s strong commitment to teaching. Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives. 

About The Community

About the Sherman, Texas Community:

Austin College is in Sherman, Texas, a 45-minute drive north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. A city of 45,000 people, Sherman has the benefits of a small college town with proximity to the nation’s fourth largest metropolitan area. The DFW Metroplex provides students, faculty, and staff with easy access to the educational, cultural, employment, and entertainment opportunities of one of the largest and fastest growing areas in the country. Faculty and staff praise the community of Sherman for its high quality of life, low cost of living, and welcoming family feel. Sherman and neighboring Denison, Texas serve as a health care hub for the Texoma region (North Texas and Southern Oklahoma), with two comprehensive hospitals, several specialty hospitals, and a vibrant community of medical practitioners. Texoma Medical Center, the largest local hospital, is a teaching hospital with a medical residency program in family medicine. The Choctaw Nation Regional Medical Clinic in nearby Durant, Oklahoma, built in 2017, is a 143,000 square foot outpatient clinic with an ambulatory surgery center. The local medical community has historically supported the College by providing medical internship opportunities for undergraduates and has expressed strong support for the proposed Physician Assistant program at Austin College.

Application Process

All correspondence about the Founding Program Director for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program search at Austin College should be directed to the College’s executive recruiting consultant.  Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to: 

Christopher S. Healy
Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV outlining your career in in higher education in health-related areas;
  3. List of five (5) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you; and
  4. A statement about how you will integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the program (this may be included in your cover letter).

Applications received by October 22, 2021, will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

Austin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran in the administration of its educational policies and programs, employment policies and practices, enrollment policies and practices, and athletics program, as well as any other College-administered policy, procedure, practice, or program. Reasonable accommodations are made for individuals with disabilities.