PA Program - Director of Clinical Education

POSTED ON 11/15/2022 AVAILABLE BEFORE 3/7/2023
School of Physician Assistant Studies Hired Organization Address Nashville, TN Full Time

Job Posting for PA Program - Director of Clinical Education at School of Physician Assistant Studies

In conjunction with the Division of Health Sciences, Lipscomb University is seeking a Director of Clinical Education to serve as a full‐time principal faculty member for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. This position offers an opportunity to join a collaborative team of educators whose focus is a student-centric approach to Physician Assistant education. In accordance with the university’s mission, the PA program also endeavors to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic excellence in order to develop physician assistants who will provide competent, compassionate healthcare to a diverse community.

Director of Clinical Education (twelve-month appointment)

Academic appointments, including rank, will be determined by the university as a part of the hiring process. Principal faculty will be eligible for promotion and tenure as per Lipscomb University policies commensurate with other faculty of similar academic responsibilities.

Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0

Reports to: Program Director of the Physician Assistant Studies program

Description: The Director of Clinical Education (DCE), who serves as a full-time principal faculty member within the School of Physician Assistant Studies, will be actively involved with the three tenets of higher education: teaching, service, and scholarship. Additionally, the DCE will serve as a critical team member, collectively and collaboratively supporting the mission of the PA program and Lipscomb University. Together with the program director, medical director, existing faculty, and staff, the DCE will also primarily support both the academic and administrative processes required for the provision of the clinical components of the program.

Duties and Responsibilities: The principal faculty member will actively engage in the following duties and responsibilities to the program and university:

Position-Specific Duties:

  • Responsible for the coordination, supervision, and administration of supervised clinical practice experiences during the clinical phase of the program.
  • Recruitment and retention of qualified preceptors and/or clinical sites that allow students to meet learning outcomes for all rotation types.


  • Teaching: providing student instruction
  • Assessment: evaluating student performance
  • Remediation: assuring the availability of remedial instruction and subsequent reassessment


  • Programmatic Review: Developing, reviewing, and revising as necessary the mission statement, goals, and competencies of the program
  • Programmatic Evaluation: Evaluating the program and supporting the self-study process
  • Curriculum Development: designing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating the curriculum
  • Admissions: Selecting qualified applicants for admission to the PA program
  • Mentoring: Academic counseling of students
  • Accreditation Maintenance: participating in ongoing activities related to accreditation
  • Committee Involvement: serving as chair and/or member-at-large in various programmatic an institution-wide committees


  • Maintaining continuing medical education (CME) requirements outlined by the individual’s certifying agency
  • Participating in professional development directly related to PA education


  • Maintaining certification and Tennessee licensure
  • Engaging in other activities as assigned by the program director
  • Support the mission and function of the institution and program

Education Required:

  • Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, or
  • Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Experience Required:

  • Minimum 3 years of documented clinical experience
  • Current NCCPA certification or current Board Certification from ABMS or AOA related specialty
  • Licensure, or eligibility for licensure, in the State of TN as a PA, MD, or DO

Experience Preferred:

  • Previous involvement in higher education
  • Previous experience with clinical education of Physician Assistant programs.

Job-Related Knowledge and Skills:

  • Qualified through academic preparation and/or experience to teach assigned subjects
  • Knowledgeable in course content and effective in teaching assigned subjects
  • Organizational skills handling and directing multiple and complex assignments and projects
  • A high degree of initiative and self‐regulation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Passion for student advocacy
  • A solid commitment to the mission of the Physician Assistant program and Lipscomb University

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