Program Director - PA
CLINICAL ASST PROF
Proposed Salary to be Offered
Appointment Percentage (Budget)
A nationally recognized Physician Assistant Program seeks a
dynamic individual to serve as Program Director.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ( UWL ) Physician Assistant
(PA) Program, in partnership with Gundersen Medical Foundation,
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, and Marshfield Clinic Health
System,invites interested PAs to apply for the position of Program
Director. We are a well-established program with talented faculty,
a small class size, and a 100% 5-year first-time PANCE pass rate.
The program is fully accredited through September 2027. The
quad-partnership assures excellent clinical training with
guaranteed clinical rotations through Gundersen, Mayo, and
Marshfield Clinic Health Systems. The PA Program is one of six
highly successful graduate and undergraduate programs in UWL’s
Health Professions Department
The full-time (1.0 FTE ) Program Director may hold Clinical
Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor status. This year-round
Instructional Academic Staff position is eligible for career
progression and is subject to annual review. The position offers
excellent benefits. The faculty rank and salary are commensurate
with the candidate’s education and academic experience.
In accordance with UWL and Department of Health Professions’
policies, the PA Program Director is responsible for program
administration, teaching, and service and scholarship. The primary
duties within each category include:
- Program Administration (40% – 50%)
- Provide effective leadership by proactively solving problems;
communicating information; cultivating positive relationships; and
responding to personnel issues.
- Develop, implement, and continually improve the didactic and
- Supervise Instructional Academic Staff ( IAS ) and promote
their professional development.
- Determine IAS workload assignments.
- Manage the PA program budget.
- Maintain accreditation by ensuring adherence with the most
current ARC standard.
- Chair the program’s quad-partnership Administrative Committee,
according to the contractual Program Memorandum.
- Teaching (25% – 40%)
- Provide contemporary classroom instruction as a course director
and a peer lecturer.
- Continually assess student learning.
- Service/Scholarship (20% – 25%)
- Professionally serve the program, department, university,
community, and PA profession.
- Engage in scholarly activity related to the program,
department, university, community, and PA profession.
The successful applicant will also demonstrate a commitment to
multiculturalism, diversity, inclusive excellence, and an ability
to work with students and colleagues from diverse
In their CV or resume and cover letter, applicants should specify
how they meet the required and/or preferred qualifications.
Application Deadline: This position will remain open and will be
continuously recruited until filled. The first application review
date will be April 10, 2023. The ideal candidate will start in
Please contact Dr. Lisa Iverson-Leirmo, PA-C,
Search Committee Chair, at email@example.com
608-785-6621 with questions.
General position summary statement for UWL faculty
Under general supervision of department chair, a person in this
position is responsible for teaching undergraduate and/or graduate
courses, and advising students. In addition to preparing for and
holding classes [face-to-face, hybrid, and/or online], teaching
involves maintaining currency in the content area related to the
teaching assignment, evaluating students’ work, assessing student
outcomes, maintaining appropriate records, and holding office
hours. The individual is expected to maintain an active, on-going
program of scholarship appropriate to the discipline. In addition,
this individual will provide service to the department, college,
and university and is likely expected to provide service to the
community and/or the profession. Other duties may be assigned by
the chair or dean.
Is this position eligible for employment sponsorship, (H1B or
Eligible applicants must possess the following:
· A master’s degree or higher in PA studies (or equivalent)
· Current or emeritus NCCPA certification status
· A minimum of 3 years of higher education experience at the time
· Eligibility for Wisconsin licensure (actual licensure is not
· At least 1 year of clinical work experience as a PA at the time
· Evidence of excellent communication and interpersonal
Desirable qualities of applicants include:
· Previous experience as a PA Program Director
· Demonstrated effective leadership in PA education and/or the PA
· Previous administrative experience
· Experience with the ARC -PA accreditation process
· More than 1 year of clinical work experience as a PA at the time
UWL provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals
with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.
Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to
make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a
disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying
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Working conditions and environment
Information about your benefits
Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial
package from the university.
- excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good
- paid holidays and sick days.
- sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health
insurance post-work at UWL .
- after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our
retirement system which ensures income post-career.
- benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and
some of the strongest in state and nation.
Learn more at:
Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This
information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits
are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.
Information about UWL and the Surrounding Region
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a
challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the
entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student
success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters
curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation,
and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging
and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional
academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their
place in a constantly changing world community.
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of
Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared
prominently on theU.S. News & World Report
“America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4
on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers
91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral
programs through the following three colleges, the College of Arts,
Social Sciences, and Humanities, the College of Business
Administration, and the College of Science and Health, as well as
the School of Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and
instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal
degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning
as sophomores) of 84 percent, graduation rate (degree within six
years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited
nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and
Universities for its success in linking campus culture and
university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to
move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing
community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and
diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational
education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining
Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan
The UW-La Crosse campus is in southwestern Wisconsin, nestled in a
residential area of the City of La Crosse and positioned as part of
a larger metro area with a population close to 140,000. The area,
known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural
beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic
bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested
valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain
provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only
a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the
affordability and charm of small town living with larger city
benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the
La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century
downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art
centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture,
entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation. More
information about the La Crosse metro area can be found here:
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Learn more about UW-La Crosse here:
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse,
broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women,
minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWL, in
compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its
commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces
diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.
UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our
adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence
as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge
differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The
goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of
diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus
climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives
to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic
diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse
ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ -Friendly Colleges for
2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org ( ACO ).
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College of Science and Health
Description of College / Department / Program / Division /
The mission of the College of Science and Health is to provide an
outstanding education in the diverse disciplines of science,
health, and mathematics. The College is dedicated to student
learning where enthusiastic faculty and staff intellectually
challenge students in a supportive and professional environment.
Fundamental to our mission is the belief in the value of education
in the liberal arts and sciences and the creation of new knowledge.
The College offers an outstanding academic and cultural environment
for the university community and beyond.
Our vision is to be a premier comprehensive institution, excelling
in both undergraduate and graduate education. We will provide
academic programs that attract high-achieving students on a
regional, national, and international basis. The College will have
an outstanding reputation for the quality of its students learning,
faculty and staff, state of the art facilities and technology,
scholarly achievements, and community and professional
Posting Detail Information
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Continuous Recruitment First Review Date
For your Reference Contact Information document, please include the
names, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 professional
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special
need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION : Priority consideration is given to
those candidates who apply by the listed ‘First Review Date’.
Applications received after that date may be given consideration at
the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will
be evaluated, and the most qualified applicants will be invited to
participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete
and/or late application materials may not receive consideration. If
you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not
able to complete the application online due to a disability or
system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.
Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWL is a state agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law.
UWL will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who
request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by
Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the
identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the
appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.
CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment
screening which includes a criminal background check, work
authorization, and verification of education. It will also require
you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual
violence and sexual harassment.
Position Contact Name
Lisa Iverson-Leirmo, Search and Screen Chair
Position Contact Email
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Reference Contact Information
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the
identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing,
except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon
request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
- I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university
is no longer able to do so.
- I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the
- * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a
UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the
last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the
institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact
information, including phone number and email address.
- * After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)
employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired
annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no
restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold.
Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a
rehired annuitant. (Learn more:
Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin
Retirement System, (WRS)?
- * Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
- * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
- * Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for
employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW
System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs.
Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment
sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if
you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with
your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
- Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
- Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if
- No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the
- * Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or
sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW
System Administrative Policy 1275)
- * Are you currently under investigation or have ever left
employment during an active investigation in which you were accused
of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System
Administrative Policy 1275)
- * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and
contact information, including phone number and email address.
(Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System
requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual
violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most
recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and
State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L
will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).
(Open Ended Question)
- * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
- Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
- Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
- HERC Web Site
- HigherEdJobs.com Web Site
- Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
- Minority Publication/Web Site
- University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e.
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
- University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
- La Crosse Tribune
- Personal Referral
- WinonaDailyNews.com, LaCrosseTribune.com, ChippewaHerald.com,
Journaltimes.com, Kenoshanews.com, Madison.com
- Department of Workforce Development (WISC)