1510-Director of Academic Education, Physician Assistant Studies

Job #:  1510

The School of Physician Assistant Studies (SPA) at Pacific University is seeking applicants for an extended term or tenure track, Assistant (preferred; Associate possible) Professor position who would also serve as Director of Academic Education.  SPA is housed within the College of Health Professions of Pacific University and is located in downtown Hillsboro, Oregon; adjacent to Tuality Community Hospital. The College of Health Professions is home to schools of athletic training, audiology, dental health science, health care administration & leadership, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and psychology. Opportunities for interprofessional collaboration are plentiful.

Duties include coordinating academic courses during all phases of the curriculum, coordinating the tutoring program, overseeing student accommodation and assessment, coordinating accreditation compliance, teaching in the clinical medicine modules and non-clinical medicine courses, advising/evaluating students and representing the School to the medical and university community. The Director of Academic Education is a leadership position in the School, and is responsible for building community partnerships throughout the College and local community. The ideal candidate will have experience in physician assistant education. We are looking for a candidate who will have innovative ideas about how to foster student learning, advance student assessment, and heighten interprofessional collaboration. Community outreach, leadership experience in the physician assistant profession, and grant-writing abilities are highly desirable. 


1.                   Certified Physician Assistant and/or other clinical healthcare professional degree eligible for licensure in Oregon.

2.                   Master's degree or higher.

3.                   Minimum of 3 years clinical experience (>5 preferred) as a physician assistant or other clinical healthcare professional.  Previous teaching and/or administrative experience is preferred.

4.                   Excellent communication and problem solving skills.

5.                   Engages in open, collaborative and collegial interactions with others.

6.                   Demonstrated leadership skills with ability to motivate students to achieve goals and objectives.

7.                   Advanced capability using microcomputer systems and at a minimum: PowerPoint®, Excel®, and Microsoft Word®.

The search begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a detailed letter of interest and competencies, curriculum vita, and names of three references to Mary Von, DHEd, PA-C, SPA Director of Academic Education Search Committee; School of Physician Assistant Studies at Pacific University; 222 SE 8th Avenue, Suite 551, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123-4218. Materials may also be submitted electronically to maryvon@pacificu.edu.

Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and successful completion of a background check. No phone calls please.


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. 

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, provost@pacificu.edu.