Position Description: The Department of Physician Assistant Education at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, invites applicants to apply for a part-time, teacher-clinician; 2.5 days per week, 52 weeks per year.
The Physician Assistant Program faculty at University of the Pacific is responsible for providing all aspects of didactic and clinical education for the Program. Faculty members are integral in all activities of the program and participate in many areas by instruction and by example. The department is responsible for providing preclinical and clinical content within the PA program Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) curriculum.
Teaching is the primary focus of faculty at the University. We aspire to promote student learning within a humanistic environment such that students are enthusiastic about providing scientifically-based, patient-centered care. Scholarship and research are also valued at University of the Pacific. The Physician Assistant Program is committed to strengthening research through the development of, and support for, collaborative research and practice-based/applied research. The intent of this effort is not only to increase the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, but also to focus on faculty and student scholarship and research as part of the University's overall educational mission. The role of the instructional faculty within the Physician Assistant Program at University of the Pacific is to provide instruction as assigned in areas of knowledge and expertise. The successful instructional faculty candidate will be part of a highly motivated, cohesive faculty of experienced educators working as an interdisciplinary team to deliver comprehensive PA curriculum preparing students to practice in a variety of clinical settings. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with other PA faculty members within the program to provide expertise and contribute to a collaborative working environment. This position will report directly to the Program Director. 1. Job Description and Responsibilities:
Participation in department meetings, college and university committees, and state and/or national organizations.
Participation in the ARC-PA continuing accreditation process.
Academic: Advising and mentoring students, classroom teaching, participation in course assignments in a team teaching environment, developing student objectives, participating in lab sessions, guiding student directed scholarly work, and establishing a personal program of scholarly activity.
Instruction and facilitation in areas of knowledge and expertise.
Clinical: Opportunities exist for release time to perform clinical work in the faculty member's area of expertise.
Performs other duties as assigned.
2. Scholarship Expectations
One of the core values of the Program and the University is Collaboration, which is defined as partnering for the common good. Thus, multidisciplinary, collaborative projects within the program, with other health sciences programs, as well as other programs, colleges, or schools within the University, and other universities or industry, will be encouraged.
3. Service Expectations Service is expected to the Program, the University, the community and the Physician Assistant profession. Contributions to the Program and the University might include committee work or appointments to positions representing the Program or University. It may also include other activities that are of value to and promote pride in the Program and University, such as participation in graduation and convocation ceremonies, faculty development activities, and student-faculty functions. Professional service might include a range of activities not subject to peer review, as well as service in professional organizations at all levels. In addition to the traditional expectations for faculty members, the culture of humanism and collaboration at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is especially important.
4. General Workload Distribution:
Workload varies by semester, but is assigned by the Program Director in consultation with the faculty member. Emphasis is placed on balancing the academic requirements of teaching, scholarship, and service over the course of each year. Specific workload and scheduling will be adjusted based on the faculty member's, as well as the Program's needs. In addition to scheduled assignments, professional activities outside the school (presentations, consulting, etc.) will be supported, encouraged, and expected.
5. Promotion and Tenure & Annual Faculty Evaluations This is a non-tenure track position. Initial academic rank will be determined by the promotion and tenure committee, and will be based upon the individual's qualification and experience. Faculty members are assisted in assembling and maintaining a dossier, which provides documentation of their activities and accomplishments during their academic careers. This document is valuable in planning and maintaining appropriate balance in activities, but also is essential documentation for promotion review by the University. Faculty members' activities and accomplishments in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service are evaluated yearly by the Program Director, with these evaluations being forwarded to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Yearly evaluations may also be used to determine merit salary increases. Other faculty members, both from within the home department and from other departments, may also be enlisted to assist in mentoring junior faculty members in career development. This mentoring activity can be highly beneficial for both the mentor and the protege, and is seen as a learning experience for all involved.
Basic Qualifications: 6. Qualifications The following qualifications are essential: Must be a Physician Assistant and graduate from an ARC-PA accredited PA program. Must hold a masters degree in PA studies or in other appropriate discipline. Must hold current NCCPA Physician Assistant certification and state licensure in California (or eligible for state license) Minimum of 3 years of clinical experience as a Physician Assistant. Intermediate to advanced computer skills, specifically MS Office Suite Programs (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and MS Outlook. Ability to work as a team with administrators, fellow faculty, staff, and students. Valid CPR certification
Additional Qualifications: The following qualifications were and remain desirable: Academic experience in Physician Assistant Education Sincere desire for personal growth and development as an educator, including teaching, scholarship, and service throughout the course of your career Desire to teach and learn from students in all phases of the curriculum, using a humanistic educational model Involvement or desire to be involved in professional organizations within the field of specialty Involvement or desire to participate in professional education beyond the school, on local, state, regional, national, and international levels.
Physical Requirements: GENERAL: Faculty should have sufficient motor function to execute movements essential to providing patient care. SPECIFIC: Must possess the motor skills to perform palpation, percussion, auscultation and other diagnostic maneuvers, basic laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures in a timely manner. Such actions require coordination of gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional uses of the senses of touch and vision. SPECIFIC: Must be able to perform basic life support including CPR.
Special Instructions: The University of the Pacific is an equal opportunity employer.
University of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
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Drawing on its rich legacy as the oldest chartered university in California, Pacific is a student-focused, comprehensive educational institution that produces outstanding graduates prepared for personal and professional success. Our student body thrives in Pacific's small classes and dynamic cultural environment, while our distinguished alumni are transforming their communities every day.
University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked university with a long tradition of dedicated teaching, small class sizes, practical experience and vibrant residential life. The breathtaking main campus in Stockton, California is home to seven schools and colleges, with more than 80 majors and programs of study. Pacific also has the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Total university enrollment is nearly 7,000, with 3,757 undergraduates in an average class size of 19 and a student/faculty ratio of 14:1. Eighty-seven percent of students come from California, with 35 other states and 25 foreign countries also represented.