Program Director and Department Chair, Physician Assistant Program

Lynchburg College is pleased to invite both nominations and applications for the position of program director and department chair of our planned program to train Physician Assistants (MS-PA). As we plan to enroll our first cohort of physician assistant students in 2015, we seek an energetic individual to provide leadership to this program.

The program director and department chair of the physician assistant program will be an individual capable of implementing a strong program that also reflects the mission of Lynchburg College. This individual will have responsibility for leading the development of the curriculum, the hiring of faculty, the development and monitoring of the program budget, and the preparation necessary for program accreditation while supporting those individuals with responsibility for student recruitment and admissions and clinical education. S/he will report to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

The program director and chair must meet ARC-PA Standards for the position and consequently must be a certified physician assistant with appropriate graduate-level training.  Individuals should have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a physician assistant as well as experience relevant to educational settings with particular emphasis on medical education. Previous work in the development of Physician Assistant programs is highly desirable as is experience with the ARC-PA accreditation process. Lynchburg College is particularly interested in an individual who has a commitment to collaborative work and has clinical expertise, demonstrated ability in management and leadership, teaching experience, and familiarity with PA programs in terms of planning and finance. Selected candidate must complete a background check that is satisfactory to the College.

Founded in 1903, Lynchburg College is an independent, selective, coeducational college in Lynchburg, Virginia, located east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours south of Washington, D.C. The metropolitan area, which has a population of 235,000, enjoys a diversified economic base, excellent public schools, a mild climate, rich history, and numerous recreational opportunities. Affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Lynchburg College enrolls 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students of all faiths and backgrounds from across the nation and the world. The classically beautiful 250-acre campus features 45 buildings, many of Georgian-style architecture. The College’s 470-acre Claytor Nature Study Center is located nearby. The curriculum offers 35 majors ranging from the liberal arts to professional fields and 13 graduate programs (awarding MBA, MEd, MA, MSN, DPT, and EdD degrees). The College’s 160 faculty members are committed to maintaining a dynamic intellectual community, a rigorous core curriculum, a strong honors program, and support for community service and service learning. The institution has been recognized in the U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, The Princeton Review’s Best 377 College, and The Templeton Guide to Colleges That Encourage Character Development, is one of only 40 colleges featured in Colleges that Change Lives, and is one of eight institutions selected by NSSE for study due to its commitment to student engagement.

This position will be a 12-month, tenure track appointment. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with prior experience and professional and academic qualifications.

Inquiries and nominations can be sent directly to:

Dr. Ed Polloway, Dean of Graduate Studies
Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Note:  Lynchburg College has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The College anticipates matriculating its first class in June 2015, pending provisional accreditation in March 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards.