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Director of Clinical Education, Physician Assistant

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Tuition Assistant Program

Long/Short Term Disability

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Program

401K Match

Generous Paid Time Off

12 Paid Holidays

* includes domestic partner coverage


The Director of Clinical Education is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the clinical phase of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program. It is expected that the Director of Clinical Education will provide effective leadership toward meeting program and Student Learning Outcomes related to the clinical phase of the program. The Director of Clinical Education will work with the Program Director and other members of the PA faculty to ensure that students consistently meet the program’s Student Learning Outcomes. The Director of Clinical Education will work to ensure that the program’s clinical phase is in compliance with all Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant (ARC‐PA) Accreditation Standards pertaining to supervised clinical practice experiences. The Director of Clinical Education should work in synergy with his/her counterpart at PA programs on other South University campuses. Full‐time faculty also participate in activities that promote the stature of the academic programs, Departments, and Colleges and abide by the mandates set by the South University Board of Trustees and Administration. Incumbent must ensure that the South University philosophy is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and maintenance of an environment that is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion.


  • Oversees clinical curriculum development, which includes the design and implementation of the clinical phase of the program.
  • Supervises all members of the program’s clinical education team (CET).
  • Oversees ongoing assessment and improvement of the clinical phase of the program to include evaluation of student performance, preceptor performance, clinical site quality, and clinical curriculum.
  • Collaborates with the Program Director and site development coordinator to design and implement an ongoing clinical site monitoring plan to ensure the program has adequate SCPE sites.
  • Manages faculty coordination by assigning clinical coursework to instructional faculty and preceptors.
  • Provides teaching and instruction in the PA program, including:
  • Overseeing coordination of instruction for all clinical courses and rotations annually.
  • Lecturing in areas of clinical and/or professional expertise.
  • Providing academic advising as a Small Group Facilitator and Student Advisor.
  • Provides input to assist with accreditation activities, as well as ongoing program evaluation and mission statement review.
  • Participates in the program’s admissions process, including student recruitment, student evaluation (through application review and candidate interviews), and student selection meetings.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Didactic Education on ongoing assessment of student performance toward attaining the program’s Student Learning Outcomes.
  • Engages in service, community, and campus relations and scholarly activities appropriate to the role of Director of Clinical Education and PA faculty.
  • Participates in faculty development opportunities each year as required in the areas of teaching and academic administration.
  • Provides remedial instruction as needed.
  • Adheres to university policies as described in the Employee Handbook, the Faculty Supplement to the Employee Handbook, job description, or other separate guidelines.
  • Remains in compliance with South University’s academic policies and procedures, educational policies, both SACSCOC and programmatic accreditation standards and state agency regulations.
  • Assists with the investigation of student problems requiring academic actions according to South University policies and procedures.
  • Upholds Program/Department/College initiatives designed to achieve student outcomes and Campus/community relations.
  • Performs instructional duties as assigned and as outlined in the job description and in accordance with the provisions of the Faculty Supplement to the South University Employee Handbook.
  • Assists with other responsibilities as determined by the Program Director and/or the Campus Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • Job Requirements (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):


  • Terminal degree as a Physician Assistant; current NCCPA certification; eligible for licensure as a PA in the state in which the campus is located.
  • 1-2 years academic experience (preferred); 3 years clinical experience (required).
  • Experience in PA/medical classroom teaching and PA education administration is highly preferred.
  • For graduate programs, a terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in the discipline to be taught, with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline), is required.
  • Active, valid, and unencumbered state licensure or certification as applicable to the discipline.
  • Membership in a professional association tied to the area of instruction (preferred).
  • Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to build successful relationships with students and faculty.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with student and staff populations.
  • Excellent critical thinking, conflict resolution, and decision‐making skills.
  • Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office Suite, ExamSoft, and WebAdMIT.
  • Abilities:

  • Ability to interact effectively with clinical health care providers and administrators to establish and maintain strong relationships with clinical affiliates/sites.
  • Ability to interact effectively as both a leader and as a member of a team and work collaboratively with other departments.
  • Ability to read, understand, interpret, and implement accreditation criteria and state agency regulations.
  • Ability to effectively present information to faculty, academic and campus leaders, corporate leaders, and public groups.
  • Ability to resolve inquiries and complaints from employees, students, regulatory agencies, or members of the academic or business community.
  • Ability to listen to staff, students, clinical preceptors, and members of the medical community in order to understand and respond appropriately to their needs and requests.
  • Ability to adapt to changing assignments and multiple priorities.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.
  • Ability to physically work in the United States while performing all responsibilities of the position for the University.

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

    Note: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

    South University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student, and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures, and perspectives can thrive.

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