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Chair and Program Director, Physician Assistant Department

Western Michigan University
49008, Kalamazoo
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.
Date posted
Jan 23, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Western Michigan University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair and Program Director of the Physician Assistant Department. The Chair and Program Director is the department’s chief academic and executive officer, reports to and advises the dean of the College of Health & Human Services regarding the department, and also serves on the College Administrative Council, which addresses college-wide policy and planning issues.  The incumbent will hold rank as a tenured associate professor.  This position is located on the main campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Major Responsibilities: 

  • The Chair and Program Director promotes shared governance and provides overall management and leadership for the department and all of its functions and activities including but not limited to:
  • Responsible for adhering to ARCPA accreditation standards
  • Responsible for writing required ARCPA reports
  • Providing leadership and guidance with program’s strategic planning including program planning, implementation and self-assessment
  • Recruiting, retaining, and evaluating faculty and staff
  • Financial and resource management
  • Fostering excellence in faculty teaching and supporting a learner-centered culture
  • Promoting scholarship and externally funded research, with continued growth in these areas
  • Fundraising and development of pertinent external constituencies
  • Outreach activities consistent with the duties of the director including community relations
  • Promoting university goals and policies as well as strong advocacy for Western Michigan University and its faculty, staff, and students
  • Communicating effectively with all constituents
  • Adhering to all university policies and practices as well as ensuring compliance with all state and federal regulations and laws as related to the College of Health and Human Services
  • Managing student enrollment and retention with emphasis on academic excellence and diversity
  • Providing leadership to the department in establishing school goals, developing curricula, promoting teaching excellence and research, and providing guidance in personnel matters 
  • Expanding channels of communication within and beyond the department, college and university
  • Representing the school in discussions with agents of the university and greater community
  • Contributing to an interdisciplinary environment of research, instruction, and community collaborations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant Program and a master’s degree either in Physician Assistant Studies or a related field
  • Current NCCPA certification or NCCPA emeritus status
  • Michigan Licensure or eligibility for Michigan Licensure
  • At least six years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with a record of academic teaching, scholarly activities, and professional/clinical service sufficient to merit appointment as tenured Associate or Full Professor
  • Demonstrated commitment, ability, and experience in promoting cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion
  • Clinical experience for 3 years

Desired Qualifications:

  • Shown success in writing ARCPA reports and maintaining a positive ARCPA accreditation status
  • Earned a doctoral degree in a health and human services related discipline, awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE)
  • History of effective leadership, communication, collaboration, management, and delegation abilities
  • Evidence of promoting a culture of collegiality and collaboration
  • Evidence of promoting and facilitating teaching excellence
  • Evidence of commitment to faculty and staff mentoring and development
  • Understanding of and successful advocacy for scholarship and externally funded research consistent with the university’s Carnegie classification
  • Determination and vision to maintain a learner-centered academic environment while promoting research    
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds for program, faculty, and student development
  • Dedication to the development of interdisciplinary programs and initiatives
  • Demonstrated record of ability to build and enhance partnerships within the college, university, community, and with alumni
  • Demonstration of visionary and innovative accomplishments in the administration, integration, and management of diverse programs
  • Demonstrated openness to integrative and alternative approaches to health and human services
  • Record of securing external funding (i.e. awards, grants, gifts, and research funding)
  • Five years of clinical experience

The University: Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of over 18,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies WMU as a doctoral university and one of just 185 public universities in the nation conducting research at a high level.

The College:   The College of Health and Human Services is located in a 195,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art teaching technologies and spacious research laboratories. The college enrolls nearly 3,000 students, with more than a third of those at the graduate level. The college includes programs in blindness and low vision studies, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, social work, speech, language and hearing sciences, holistic health care, alcohol and drug abuse, health administration, interdisciplinary health services, public health, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary health sciences. The college has received a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Department of Education, The College also operates the Unified Clinics, a multidisciplinary service/training clinic. Learn more about our growing college at, including our statement on race and anti-racism

Department: The Physician Assistant Department provides a Master’s degree program in Medicine, which prepares graduates for licensure as a Physician Assistant. The Physician Assistant Department fully supports the College and University’s mission to provide exemplary teaching, learning and mentoring experiences for students, as well as promotes and supports an active research/grant agenda for faculty.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.

Expected Start Date: July 1, 2024

Application Deadline:  Applications accepted until position is filled

Required application documents: Faculty Credential Summary; a letter describing qualifications, accomplishments, and professional experiences related to the position; and and names, titles, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references

Chair of Search committee:  Ann Chapleau

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.



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