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Program Director, Doctor of Medical Science Bridge Program

Butler University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 30, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Other Academic Affairs
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Full Time
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The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) at Butler University invites applications for an individual to serve as Program Director for the newly approved Doctor of Medical Science (DMS)-Bridge Program. This position is available as early as October 2021.

DMS-Bridge Program: The department of Medical Science and PA Studies at Butler University comprises three academic programs with two degree offerings. The 24-month entry-level Master of Physician Studies (MPAS) Program has been graduating physician assistants for 25 years. The 50-credit-hour Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree program is a fully online post-professional program that serves PAs who are interested in building on their education with more in-depth medical knowledge, as well as those who wish to develop leadership skills and business acumen to advance within their workplace. The new DMS-Bridge Program (“Bridge”) is a 14-credit-hour program designed exclusively for PAs who have graduated within the past 6 months from an ARC-PA accredited, entry-level program, and are interested in expanding their clinical knowledge and leadership skills on their path to the Doctor of Medical Science degree.

Position summary : This is a full time, 12-month administrative faculty appointment, non-tenure track, in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The Doctor of Medical Science Bridge (DMS-Bridge) Program Director is responsible for providing leadership, administrative oversight and evaluation of program-wide matters related to curriculum, assessment and admission. The Program Director will work closely with the department chair in supervision of faculty in activities that relate directly to the DMS-Bridge program. The Program Director is a member of the College Leadership Team. Exceptional candidates from locations remote to Indianapolis will be considered.

Key job responsibilities include:

Provide leadership in the development, implementation and assessment of Bridge program goals
Develop and maintain policies and procedures for the operation of the DMS-Bridge Program

Manage the Bridge Program annual budget
Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Services in establishing class schedules for the Bridge Program
Supervise and evaluate the activities and performance of assigned program support staff
Provide leadership and supervision for the development, implementation and assessment of all aspects of the curriculum and admissions in the Bridge program in collaboration with Bridge program committees.
Assign DMS-Bridge faculty workload in collaboration with the department chair
Recruit, hire and evaluate instructors hired as adjuncts or independent contractors
Provide input to the department chair in the recruiting, and hiring of full-time faculty members
Orient new faculty and staff members to the DMS-Bridge Program.
Teach as assigned, serve as an academic advisor to assigned students as needed, and engage in scholarly activities.
Contribute to building an inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population


It is strongly preferred the program director be a physician assistant with a doctoral degree or a physician with experience working in PA education. The candidate must be nationally certified and be eligible for licensure in Indiana. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have experience in teaching graduate medical learners and familiarity with online teaching. The program director must have the requisite knowledge and skills to administer the program effectively.


Interested applicants should submit a single pdf document including:

Letter of interest, including description of experience with online teaching and mentoring student research
Curriculum vitae
Statement of teaching philosophy
Statement describing past experiences, current interests/activities, and/or future goals for promoting a campus climate of diversity, equity and inclusion
List of three references including name, title, and contact information

to Brenda Quincy, PhD, PA-C, search committee chair, at .


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Butler University is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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