Physician Assistant Faculty Member

Posted:
September 7, 2023
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 13, 2023
Institution:
University of South Alabama

Position Description

University of South Alabama, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Physician Assistant Faculty Member. University of South Alabama seeks a collaborative and passionate educator to serve in this 12-month, non-tenure track, full-time faculty position. The new faculty member’s responsibility is to the didactic class, with certain duties to the clinical class required as well.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete assigned teaching responsibilities for the PA didactic curriculum.
  • Assist coordination of the academic and professional progress of first year physician assistant students.
  • Aid in the creation, implementation, evaluation and advancement of the didactic curriculum.
  • Advise students in the didactic and clinical phases of the curriculum.
  • Conduct professional development and scholarly activities consistent with the goals of the department, college, and university.
  • Participate in the program’s admissions process.
  • Assist with the self-study process for accreditation.
  • Participate in department, college, and university meetings.
  • Participate in projects or service conducted by the department, college, and university.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Both PA and Physician candidates will be considered.
  • PA candidates must be a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with current NCCPA certification and current licensure in the State of Alabama (or license eligible).
  • Physician candidates must have current licensure in the State of Alabama (or license eligible) as an allopathic or osteopathic physician.
  • A master’s degree from an ARC-PA accredited program is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of clinical and teaching experience is preferred.

About The Institution

About University of South Alabama:
The University of South Alabama (USA) is located in Mobile near the Mobile Bay Estuary and the Alabama Gulf Coast with its beautiful white-sand beaches. USA is a public, doctoral-level institution enrolling more than 14,000 students in nine colleges and schools. Founded in 1963, the university is proud to be the Flagship of the Gulf Coast. With its Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Professions and three teaching hospitals, it also serves as a health services center for the region. USA Health is the region’s only academic-medical center and seeks to transform medicine and lives. USA Health is a special place with caring, hope, comfort, research, education, advanced medicine and so much more. USA’s beautiful, tree-shaded main campus spreads across 1,200 acres, with a landscape that includes cultivated flower gardens, walking paths and groves of pine trees, miles of bike trails, indoor and outdoor pools.

About the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions:
The Covey College of Allied Health Professions has made a positive impact on students and the community since 1975. The Covey College of Allied Health Professions is dedicated to providing the highest quality education in the basic medical sciences and health professions education. We offer outstanding scientific and clinical health degree programs at the certificate, undergraduate, and graduate level. Our undergraduate programs include biomedical sciences, emergency medical services, professional health sciences, radiologic sciences, and speech and hearing sciences. Our graduate programs include programs in audiology, biomedical sciences, communication sciences and disorders, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and speech-language pathology.

The educational programs within the Covey College of Allied Health Professions provide active learning opportunities to engage our students and prepare them for their futures as researchers and clinical professionals dedicated to enriching the scientific and healthcare communities. Our students are encouraged to engage in service to the community and study abroad experiences so that they broaden their experiences and understanding of others. Additionally, we mentor students toward interprofessional collaboration through shared educational opportunities that engage students across programs with one another. Through this work, our students learn the value of other professions, as well as the essentials of collaboration – teamwork, communication, mutual respect, and shared values.

About the Department of Physician Assistant Studies:
Established in 1996, the Physician Assistant Program at the University of South Alabama is a Master’s Degree physician assistant program and is designed for the student who holds a baccalaureate degree in any field. 

The USA physician assistant program provides the student with comprehensive medical knowledge, skills, and attitudes enabling them to engage in clinical practice, and is designed to prepare the student for a variety of clinical practice settings. The goals and objectives of the PA program are guided by the criteria set forth in the Essentials and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Physician Assistant, as established by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Students in the physician assistant program are prepared for PA practice using a variety of learning strategies, including, formal lectures, practical laboratory classes, clinical education, and clinical research.

PA students will utilize the Simulation Program at the University of South Alabama which consists of both manikin and standardized patient modalities.  Students participate in simulated clinical learning experiences at one of six locations in the Mobile and Baldwin County areas. The Simulation Program’s extensive inventory has an array of partial-task trainers and full-bodied simulators ranging from low- to high-fidelity patient simulators creating an optimal clinical learning environment.  These environments are designed to improve technical skills, clinical judgment, decision-making, communication, and teamwork. The faculty and staff are committed to excellence in healthcare education, practice, and research through the use of health- related simulation. 

Students in the program complete a variety of clinical rotations in the Mobile and surrounding communities. Graduates of the physician assistant program develop advanced clinical problem-solving skills, in addition to acquiring technical proficiency in areas related to professional practice.

About The Community

About Mobile, Alabama:
Mobile is the center of a growing, two-county, metropolitan area, with approximately 600,000 residents, a diverse economy, and the buzz of growth and opportunity. Mobile is a wonderful fusion of economic development, innovation, and old-world charm. With a vibrant 300-year history, there are lots of stories to tell and long-standing traditions celebrated all year round. Once called the Paris of the South, Mobile has long been the cultural center of the Gulf Coast and you'll find an authentic experience like nowhere else in the southern United States.

This city is where people, flavors, cultures, and traditions come together in a beautiful melting pot. From music, to shopping, to delicious local dining, Mobile has so much to offer. For a beach escape, Dauphin Island beach located only a 45-minute drive from downtown Mobile. You can also find 32 miles of white sand beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach just an hour drive from downtown.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Physician Assistant Faculty Member at University of South Alabama should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant: 

Erin House, Assistant Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates
erin@scotthealy.com

A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and research interests;
  4. 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 October 13, 2023 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status or any other applicable legally protected basis.