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Director of Basic Science & Research, Physician Assistant Program

Merritt Hawkins - Rocky Vista University
Colorado, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 7, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Full Time
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Rocky Vista University (RVU) is seeking a dynamic educator for the role of Director of Basic Science and Research for their unique Physician Assistant Program, based in Parker, Colorado and the greater Denver metropolitan area. This PA program, which saw its inaugural class graduate in 2020, offers an innovative, competency-based curricular design and learner-centric approach. The incoming Director of Basic Science and Research will oversee the integration of the basic sciences curriculum within the program, direct a foundational, pre-clinical course, and oversee the development of research-related aspects of the program, including promoting and driving scholarly activity.



  • Join a dynamic institution that offers autonomy and celebrates innovation
  • Develop new curricular content and assessments within a competency-based medical model
  • Direct the foundation course Molecular and Cellular Concepts I & II covering pharmacology, biochemistry, cell biology, and more
  • Work within a close-knit, collaborative team with a positive organizational culture
  • Enjoy protected academic and administrative time
  • Tap into a rich opportunity for scholarly activity and publications, especially within educational and pedagogical research related to our novel curriculum



  • Terminal degree in relevant field (PhD, PharmD, EdD, etc.)
  • Teaching experience, with preference for experience in medical education (PA, DO, MD)
  • Record of research and/or publications in field of study
  • Knowledge of assessment design and pedagogical strategies to enhance learning
  • Current licensure or eligibility to practice in Colorado, if a clinician


RVU has retained Merritt Hawkins, a national academic search firm, to assist in this search effort. To confidentially inquire or provide nominations, please contact Kendra Thompson, Managing Consultant at To apply, please enclose both your current CV and cover letter. To schedule a call with Kendra, click here.

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