Physician Assistant Program Director and Associate Dean

June 20, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
July 29, 2022
Florida State University

Position Description

Florida State University College of Medicine, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Physician Assistant Program Director and Associate Dean. The College of Medicine seeks an experienced and dynamic leader to serve in this full-time appointment as Program Director and Associate Dean for its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice. The Program Director will be responsible for program oversight and leading the program to continued ARC-PA accreditation. This is a 12-month faculty appointment and rank will be commensurate with academic credentials and experience; tenure is based on approval.

The Program Director will be responsible for the operation and accreditation of the Physician Assistant Practice Master's Degree Program. The Program Director will perform duties assigned by the Dean and other duties to include the following:

  • Develop and carry out the vision of the program, which will comport with the mission, vision, and values of the FSU College of Medicine;
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and ARC-PA standards, rules and regulations;
  • Oversee program budget including the development, monitoring, and implementation of annual budget approved by the administration;
  • Recruit, mentor, support, and maintain highly qualified faculty and staff to meet the program's goals;
  • Matriculate a diverse and qualified student body, participate in student advisement, and facilitate remediation as needed;
  • Coordinate curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation;
  • Oversee student progress and outcomes during didactic and clinical years;
  • Coordinate clinical placement sites working within the FSU College of Medicine Regional Campus model;
  • Supervise, evaluate and provide professional development for SPAP faculty and staff;
  • Develop, organize, implement, and conduct program faculty/staff meetings;
  • Ensure compliance with accreditation standards, reporting to accrediting agencies as required;
  • Provide reports on the Program to the Dean and Provost on an annual basis and as requested by the administration;
  • Serve on departmental, school, College and University committees;
  • Represent the College throughout the state and nationally in the development of collaborative relationships with other universities, industries, experiential sites, and professional societies;
  • Be responsible for effective communications among program and other college faculty, staff, and SPAP students;
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures, consistent with College and University protocols, relative to operation of the Program; and
  • Teach in the didactic, elective and experiential portions of the curriculum as appropriate.


Required Qualifications:

  • A master's degree;
  • A minimum of five years of clinical experience;
  • A minimum of three years in full-time PA education experience;
  • Applicants must be a PA (NCCPA-certified) with current Florida licensure or the ability to obtain a Florida license;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the profession, role, practice, and educational process for Physician Assistants;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Experience in teaching, clinical practice, medical education administration, ARC-PA accreditation,  and scholarly or other professional activity;
  • Current NCCPA certification and eligibility for Florida state licensure;
  • A history of active involvement in the preparation of a physician assistant program's ARC-PA self-study report and accreditation application;
  • Academic preparation and/or experience in graduate level clinical education;
  • Experience working with higher education administration;
  • Strong skills in leadership, organization, management, budget development and management, communication, and computer literacy;
  • Ability to effectively work independently on numerous projects/tasks; and
  • Ability to effectively work in a team environment. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a leadership role in PA education.
  • Doctoral degree.
  • Productivity in scholarly work.

About The Institution

About Florida State University:
The Florida State University (FSU), in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, is a public institution - one of twelve units within the Division of Colleges and Universities directed by the Florida Board of Education. The reputation of the institution extends beyond any particular geography or discipline as evidenced by their credentials:

  • One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University - with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive - offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, a welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and a prime location in the heart of the state capital.
  • FSU is a comprehensive degree granting university, offering baccalaureate degrees in 88 programs, master's degrees in 102 programs, advanced master's/specialist degrees in 19 programs, doctorates in 67 programs, and two professional degrees. The university offers fully accredited programs in both law (J.D.) and medicine (M.D.).
  • FSU is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference - sponsoring eight men's teams and ten women's intercollegiate athletic teams.
  • As one of the major employers in the city of Tallahassee and within the Big Bend region of Florida, FSU employs 14,186 university administrators, professors, staff, and students.

Florida State University provides employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of outstanding benefit programs. Voluntary programs include health, life, dental, vision, disability, long term care, personal insurance, savings bonds, tax sheltered annuities, and much more.

About the FSU’s College of Medicine:
The Florida State University College of Medicine was created in June of 2000 with the mission of serving the unique needs of Floridians. The College welcomed its first 30 students, the Class of 2005, in May 2001, and the college has since continued to grow toward full enrollment of nearly 500 students. The College was designed as – and remains – a community-based medical school. The students spend their first two years taking basic science courses on the FSU campus in Tallahassee and are then assigned to one of the regional medical school campuses for their third- and fourth-year clinical training. Early clinical experiences in community settings have been a curricular component of the program since the beginning, in addition to a culture that values group study, teamwork, patient-centered medical care, and service to others.

The mission of the College of Medicine at FSU is to educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority, and underserved populations. The FSU College of Medicine seeks to lead the nation in preparing compassionate physicians to deliver the highest quality 21st Century patient-centered medicine to communities of greatest need.

About FSU’s School of Physician Assistant Practice:
The mission of the School of Physician Assistant Practice is to educate and prepare physician assistants to practice patient-centered healthcare in any clinical setting and to be responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority and underserved populations throughout the state of Florida. Our faculty of PAs, physicians and biomedical scientists continue to develop a world class program that will create excellent physician assistants, who practice evidence-based, patient-centered healthcare.

The 27-month, 7-semester, 111 credit hour program was designed to prepare graduates to practice medicine as part of the Physician-PA Team. Upon completion, graduates will receive the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice degree. The PA Program at FSU is extremely challenging with a strong emphasis in the biomedical sciences, simulation and procedural skills. Although challenging, it comes with a welcoming environment and an unrivaled network of support provided by an inter-professional team, who is committed to the academic and professional success of its students.

About The Community

About Tallahassee, Florida:
Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, is diverse and naturally beautiful city with a rich history, with a population of about 200,000 people. Named a Top 10 Best Southern City by Southern Living magazine for the second year in a row, Tallahassee’s welcoming residents, canopied roads and moss-draped oaks prove that Florida’s Capital City is a lovely and unexpected place to visit or live. The city’s walkable entertainment districts are filled with award-winning restaurants, renowned craft breweries, and live music. You can also explore over 700 miles of Florida’s most popular and scenic forests, parks, rivers, and trails, conveniently located around the city. The options are virtually limitless in Tallahassee. Learn more about all there is to do in Tallahassee at

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Physician Assistant Program Director and Associate Dean at Florida State University College of Medicine should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant:

Jamie Marcus, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)

Applications received by July 29, 2022 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Florida State University (University) is an equal opportunity employer and educational provider committed to a policy of non-discrimination for any member of the University's community on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other legally protected group status. This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, visitors, applicants, and contractors in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, orders, and University policies, procedures, and processes.