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Dean of the School of Physician Assistant Studies

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Student Affairs, Health Services
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Dean of the School of Physician Assistant Studies

About Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) is a private, non-profit, graduate-level health sciences institution located on over 500 acres in Fort Smith, Arkansas. ACHE’s service-driven mission is to educate and train a diverse group of competent and compassionate healthcare professionals; to create health and research support facilities; and to provide healthy living environments to improve the lives of others. Founded in 2014, ACHE has experienced rapid growth and is poised to be a leader in healthcare education for years to come. ACHE is the first and only private institution in Arkansas that is dedicated solely to healthcare and wellness, and maintains a strong commitment to the surrounding community.

About Fort Smith and the Arkansas River Valley
Fort Smith is a vibrant community of around 90,000, with a low cost of living and ample recreational opportunities. Located in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley at the foothills of the Ozark mountains, Fort Smith is nestled between the Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests. The region provides hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hang gliding, whitewater rafting, and camping all within a short drive. In addition, the city supports a variety of cultural attractions, including museums, theaters, an award-winning symphony, and two historic entertainment districts.

About the Position
The Dean of the School of Physician Assistant Studies will design, develop, and launch ACHE’s Physician Assistant Program. He/She will be responsible for addressing all phases of the accreditation process with the Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and assuring a successful outcome (i.e., achieve full accreditation status). Through his/her leadership and management skills, the Dean will position ACHE’s PA Program to be recognized among the nation’s best.


Responsible for all aspects of leadership, management, and organization of the program. Plan and develop a program which adheres to and meets all aspects of the ARC-PA accreditation standards. Develop strong partnerships with clinical training sites and health providers in the area, throughout the State of Arkansas, and the region to educate and train Physician Assistants to serve the community, state, and service area as defined in ACHE’s Mission. Continuous programmatic review and analysis. Fiscal management of the program, including the establishment of the program’s budget and working within the approved budget. Responsible for the recruitment, development, and retention of faculty and staff. Supervise the activities of the medical director, principal and instructional faculty. Coordinate the activities of staff and faculty for the program. Leads the efforts involved in the identification, recruitment, matriculation, orientation, and academic/professional development of students. Collaborate with campus leaders and educators to create synergy and maximize the effective use of facilities and resources for the benefit of all ACHE students. Devote at least 80% of effort to the academic and administrative responsibilities in support of the PA Program.
Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant Program
  • Current NCCPA Certification status in good standing
  • Active PA license with eligibility for licensure in Arkansas
  • Three (3) years of full-time higher education experience
  • Progressive experience in an academic-based role, as an effective assistant/associate professor, academic coordinator, or clinical coordinator including experience
    • as a practicing PA
    • with patient simulation including standardized patients, simulators, and training models
    • with program outcomes: review, assessment, and analysis
    • supervising faculty and staff in an academic environment
    • preparing for, and participating in, at least one ARC-PA site visit
    • working in an academic institution with lines of reporting and accountability
  • Proactive Problem Solving
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • Earned doctorate and previous experience as an Assistant/Associate Program Director of an ARC-PA accredited program in an institution of higher education
  • Fluent with the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education (5thedition)
  • Five (5) years of clinical experience as a practicing PA
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly research
  • Experience
    • advising undergraduate students into professional programs
    • managing program budgets
    • developing and implementing curriculum in a PA or related program
    • using psychometric data
    • with strategic planning and implementation

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

Demonstrate proficiency in computer skills, i.e. Microsoft Office. Professionalism in all communication and interaction. Ability to maintain confidentiality and privacy. Ability to prioritize, organize, and complete numerous and varied assignments. High-energy, versatile, self-directed.


Communication and Comprehension

ACHE is in full compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all positions at the college.

Ability to orally communicate effectively with others with strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation. Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staffs at all levels. Ability to understand oral and written information, using the English language, and organize thoughts and ideas into effective forms of communication. Ability to make decisions which range from moderate to a significant impact on the immediate work environment, as well as outside contributors. Possess public communication skills that allow professional representation of ACHE to a variety of business and community customers and associates. Strong organizational skills.

Problem Solving

Intuitively able to reason, analyze information and events, and apply judgment in order to solve problems of both a routine and complex nature.
Expertise in negotiation.

Physical and Sensory Abilities

May be exposed to short, intermittent, and/or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in performance of job duties. May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment/supplies to include, but not limited to pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone, etc. May be required to transport oneself to other campus offices, conference rooms, and on occasion, to off-campus sites to attend meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. May require significant travel or work away from campus. Requires attendance at events representing ACHE both within as well as outside of the college setting. Frequently required to work at a desk, conference table or in meetings of various configurations. Frequently required to see for purposes of reading matter. Frequently required to hear and understand speech at normal levels. Occasionally required to lift items in a normal office environment. Frequently required to operate office and presentation equipment.

If you need assistance in the application process because of a disability, or for any other reason, please contact Barbara Jetton, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, at 479.308.2291 or .

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is an equal opportunity employer.
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