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Founding Director, Physician Assistant Program

Rowan University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 12, 2023

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Founding Director, Physician Assistant Program

The Virtua Health College of Medicine & Life Sciences of Rowan University is an innovative and historic academic health partnership between Rowan University and Virtua Health and a vehicle for enhanced collaboration between two of its constituents, the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Rita & Larry Salva School of Nursing & Health Professions, to prepare the healthcare workforce of the future and to improve patient care, health, and wellness for all in a diverse community. The School of Nursing & Health Professions currently offers undergraduate and/or graduate programs in nursing, respiratory therapy, nutrition, athletic training, exercise science, public health & wellness, and wellness management.

We are accepting applications for the position of Founding Director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) program . The program will be offered on the campus of Rowan College of Jersey in Sewell, NJ, which also houses the Sewell campus of the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine. The Program Director will report to the Dean of the Rita & Larry Salva School of Nursing & Health Professions and will work closely with program personnel to develop and administer the program in compliance with the standards of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). The Program Director will also work collaboratively with the leadership and faculty of programs in nursing, the allied and affiliated health professions, and Rowan University’s two medical schools to provide students with educational experiences reflecting interprofessional practice and care.

Initially the successful candidate will collaborate with the dean’s office to facilitate successful passage of the proposed program through the New Jersey state approval process and to prepare the new program for successful provisional accreditation and implementation. Once the program is established, the Program Director will be expected to administer the program, including scheduling courses and recruiting and supporting instructors for the MSPA courses each term, and providing orientation and resources for teaching as needed. The Program Director will oversee recruitment activities, admissions events and orientations, student support, and field education.

Responsibilities will include program planning and development; ongoing review and assessment of program activities; fiscal planning; curricular oversight; coordination of clinical education with didactic and laboratory activities; student recruitment; teaching in the program; and service. The position is a full-time 12-month appointment with allocated workload of 0.8 FTE for academic responsibilities including administration and teaching and 0.2 FTE for clinical practice within Rowan Medicine, an affiliate of Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Virtua Medical Group. Initially, academic responsibilities will be devoted to administration as necessary to achieve provisional accreditation and program launch.

The responsibilities of the founding director will be to:
  • Provide oversight and leadership for the MSPA program
  • Recruit a diverse faculty and student body and cultivate an inclusive environment
  • Oversee all aspects of program development and align them with ARC-PA accreditation standards
  • Demonstrate current working knowledge of physician assistant roles and best practices
  • Facilitate interprofessional collaborations and initiatives with Virtua Health and with Rowan’s two medical schools, in particular the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Oversee initial and follow up accreditation reporting
  • Develop advanced degree curricula
  • Oversee effective and meaningful assessment of program outcomes and student learning outcomes
  • Develop affiliation agreements with area hospitals and healthcare centers for student clinical practice experience
  • Engage in professional collaboration with area clinical affiliates to ensure contemporary practices, advisory committee development, grant, and graduate employment opportunities
  • Anticipate needs for new curricular development in emerging areas of practice
  • Develop and implement strategies for student retention and success
  • Work collaboratively with supporting departments such as the Office of Pre-Health Programs, admissions, and advisement
  • Develop agreements with educational partners to cultivate applicant pools
  • Teach in the program
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.
The successful candidate possesses the following qualifications:
  • Must be a Physician Assistant, with current NCCPA certification
  • Must have/be eligible for a Physician Assistant license in New Jersey.
  • Must possess at least three years of full-time higher education experience at the time of appointment (doctoral degree preferred but not required)
  • Experience in directing or supervising a program in academic or healthcare settings
  • Experience leading program accreditation, preferably both provisional and continuing, through ARC-PA
  • Strong communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling skills
  • Current knowledge and skill in the use of information and computer technology or proven ability to learn these skills
  • Ability to work well and communicate effectively with prospective and current students, staff, faculty, administration, and colleagues and community partners in large and small settings
  • Utilization of innovative teaching methods incorporating technology, including on-line resources
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty, and staff and a commitment to a student-centered environment.
The position is available December 18, 2023.

The position will include a faculty appointment at a level appropriate to the successful candidate’s expertise, experience, and accomplishments.

Minimum salary will be $150,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications must contain a letter of interest that includes a clear description of experience and qualifications, current curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references. All applications must be submitted through our online applicant tracking system.

About Rowan
Rowan University is a Carnegie-classified (R2/high research activity) doctoral institution with approximately 23,000 students offering bachelor’s through doctoral and professional degrees. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The University comprises twelve academic colleges and schools, including the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the Colleges of Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science & Mathematics; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine; the Rita & Larry Salva School of Nursing & Health Professions; the School of Earth & Environment; the School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship; and the Rowan-Virtua School of Translational Biomedical Engineering & Sciences, along with the John H. Martinson Honors College, a School of Graduate Studies, and a School of Professional Studies. Rowan’s Division of Global Learning & Partnerships offers flexible undergraduate and graduate programs on campus and off site – including at two area community colleges – and online. Rowan is one of two public universities in the country to offer MD and DO medical degree programs. The institution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes, the Ric & Jean Edelman Planetarium, Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum, and the Virtual Reality Center. Rowan is a competitively ranked public and national university and recognized as one of the fastest growing public research universities in the country. Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. For the complete Rowan University non-discrimination and affirmative action policy see: .

Rowan University is committed to assisting all members of the Rowan community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the Department of Public Safety website at:

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Department of Public Safety Office, located at Bole Hall Annex, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028, or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (856) 256-4562 or 4506. The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, public safety authority, crime reporting policies, fire safety, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about fire statistics in Rowan University Residential Facilities and crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This information is required by federal law, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or "Clery Act" and is provided by the Rowan University Department of Public Safety.


All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and the University will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.

Advertised: Oct 12 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Dec 1 2023 11:55 PM Eastern Standard Time


Rowan University

Since its founding in 1923, Rowan University has evolved from a teacher preparation college to a public research institution ranked among the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Today, Rowan University offers bachelor through doctoral degrees and professional certificates in person and online to 22,000 students through its main campus in Glassboro, N.J., its medical school campuses in Camden, Stratford, and Sewell, and on the campuses of partner community colleges. 

Rowan focuses on practical research at the intersection of engineering, medicine, science, and business while ensuring excellence in undergraduate education. The University has earned national recognition for innovation; commitme

Rowan University will become a new model for higher education by being inclusiveagile, and responsive, offering diverse scholarly and creative educational experiences, pathways, environments, and services to meet the needs of all students; maintaining agility by strategically delivering organizational capacity across the institution; and responding to emerging demands and opportunities regionally and nationally.nt to high-quality, affordable education; and the development of public-private partnerships. A Carnegie-classified R2 (high research activity) institution, Rowan is the nation’s third fastest-growing public research university, as reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

As a leading employer in southern New Jersey with over 3,500 employees, Rowan offers comprehensive and competitive employment. 

A dynamic institution in the midst of unprecedented growth, Rowan offers faculty small classes, strong academic programs and ample research and leadership opportunities.

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