Chair and Program Director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Position Details

The University of South Alabama and its Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions seeks a dynamic and resourceful leader to serve as Chair and Program Director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

The Chair/Director will report directly to Dr. Gregory Frazer, who became Dean of the College of Allied Health professions in the fall of 2016, following an extensive nationwide search. In addition to providing effective leadership and management of the PAS department, the new Chair and Program Director is expected to assist the Dean in strategically implementing his vision for the College and the PAS program.

Responsibilities include departmental administration, overseeing the accreditation process and compliance with professional organization requirements, teaching, scholarly productivity, university/community service, and maintenance of a positive and productive relationship with the local, regional and state medical communities.

It is expected/desired that the PAS Chair/Director will spend roughly 20% of his/her time engaged in clinical practice.

The position is a 12-month, administrative faculty appointment, on the tenure track, with faculty rank being commensurate with educational attainment and experience.

Physician Assistant candidates must be a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with current NCCPA certification, plus a current license or eligibility as a physician assistant in the State of Alabama. A masters degree in a related field is preferred.

Physician candidates must be state licensed or license eligible as an allopathic or osteopathic physician.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in an academic setting; a track record of teaching excellence; success in leadership roles; and five or more years of clinical experience.

The Application Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and will continue to accept and review credentials until a new Chair/Program Director is selected. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials by June 9, 2017.

Dr. Richard A. Wueste of AGB Search is assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact him at raw@agbsearch.com.

Applications should be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to: USAPA@agbsearch.com.

Materials must include:

  • A letter of interest (LOI) that directly responds to the Opportunities & Challenges, Attributes of the next Chair/Program Director and the Qualifications of the Next Chair/Program Director sections of this profile.
  • A complete CV or resume.
  • Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.