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Director of Pre-Clinical Education, Physician Assistant (PA) Program

Company: South University
Location: Savannah
Posted on: January 12, 2019

Job Description:

About this Organization
Established in 1899, South University ( ) is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. The University traces its heritage to 1899, when Dr. John Draughon established Draughon's Practical Business College in Savannah, Georgia. Over the past century-plus, South University has experienced continued growth transforming from a two-year college into a university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.South University's approach to higher education, and the resulting varied academic experiences, provides students with the pragmatic approach necessary to create the foundation for personal and professional fulfillment. The University provides a learning environment, both on-campus and online, that helps students identify goals and the means to achieve them. With this philosophy in mind, students can learn by interacting with a community of faculty, staff and administration dedicated to South University's academic purpose. South University offers more than 50 academic programs across its 11 campuses and through online programs. The University's academics are organized across five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Health Professions, Nursing and Public Health, Theology - and a School of Pharmacy. South University's students are engaged in the communities in which they live and attend school. They volunteer their talents to organizations large and small, personifying a commitment to service and to their communities. With the introduction of South University, Online Programs, students can pursue both undergraduate degree and master's degree programs ranging from the areas of Criminal Justice to Business - giving South University students more opportunities to make a difference, both personally and professionally.

Category: Faculty (Full Time & Adjunct)

Job Type: Faculty

Company/Division: Dream Center Education Holdings, LLC -> South University

Minimum Education Required: Master's Degree

Requisition Code: 13098.1

Location: South University - Savannah - Savannah, GA 31 US (Primary)

Travel Required: Light Travel 0-20%

Job Description

Position Summary The Director of Pre-Clinical Education is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the pre-clinical phase of the Physician Assistant Program. It is expected that the Director of Pre-Clinical Education will provide effective leadership toward meeting program and Student Learning Outcomes related to the preclinical phase of the program. The Director of Pre-Clinical Education will work with the Program Director and other members of the PA Faculty to ensure that students consistently meet the program's Student Learning Outcomes. The Director of Pre-Clinical Education will work to ensure that the program's pre-clinical phase is compliance with all ARC-PA accreditation standards pertaining to pre-clinical training. The Director of Pre-Clinical Education should work in synergy with his/her counterpart at PA programs on other South University counterparts.

Incumbent must assure that the South University philosophy is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and maintenance of an environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion.
Key Job Elements

Teaching (Up to 90%)*

  • Performs Faculty responsibilities as outlined in the Faculty job description and the Faculty Supplement to the South University Employee Handbook.
  • Serves as an instructor in the PA program including:
  • Teaches or coordinates a minimum of 12 courses per year.
  • Lectures in areas of clinical and/or professional expertise.
  • Serves as a small group facilitator.
  • Designs and delivers instruction in alignment with the South University model.
  • Relates professional/life/industry experience to learning by continuing professional/ technical skills development, and introducing professional/industry perspective into courses.
  • Promotes student success by showing flexibility and exhibiting a passion for teaching and students.
  • Manages the educational process to ensure a positive educational experience.
  • Provides input to assist with ongoing program assessment and improvement.
  • Practices effective outreach to at-risk and/or absent students.
  • Communicates consistently and effectively with Supervisors, University Administrators, Faculty, and other South University Departments.
  • Manages the learning environment through keeping accurate records and enforcing academic policies consistent with the University, College/School, Campus, or Online Division. Faculty Service/Administration (Up to 15%)*
  • Adheres to university policies as described in the Employee Handbook, the Faculty Supplement to the Employee Handbook, job description, or other separate guidelines.
  • Remains in compliance with South University's academic policies and procedures, educational policies, both SACSCOC and programmatic accreditation standards, and state agency regulations.
  • Serves as the Co-Chair of the PA Department's Curriculum Committee in conjunction with counterpart(s) from other PA program(s) within the department.
  • Oversees the design and implementation of the program's preclinical phase.
  • Oversees evaluation of the preclinical phase of the program to include preclinical course, student, and teaching Faculty.
  • Works with the Program Director to coordinate recruitment of full time and adjunct Faculty for the preclinical phase of the program.
  • Works with the Program Director to design and implement Faculty development initiatives for preclinical instructional full time and adjunct Faculty.
  • Participates in the program's admissions process to include application review, candidate interviews, and selection meetings.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Clinical Education and Evaluation Specialist on ongoing assessment of student performance toward attaining the program's Student Learning Outcomes.
  • Serves as an academic advisor.
  • Assists with the investigation of student problems requiring academic actions according to South University policies and procedures.
  • Assists with the curriculum development and revision/process regarding the program (as necessary).
  • Attends identified meetings with the Program Advisory Council (PAC), which meets at least twice per year.
  • Upholds Program/Department/College initiatives designed to achieve student outcomes, and Campus/community relations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. Scholarship (Up to 10%)*
  • Engages in scholarly activities that contribute to the field of study and enhance the learning environment.
  • Participates in service and/or scholarly endeavors appropriate to the role of Director of Preclinical Education and PA Faculty. Faculty Development Activities (Up to 10%)*

    1. Completes professional development and in-service activities each year as outlined in the faculty supplement.
    Organization Relationships:

    Reports To:

    Campus: Program Director and Dean, Academic Affairs & Operations/ Department Chair

    Online: Assistant Program Director
    Supervises: N/A

    Interacts With: Full time Faculty Instructors, Adjunct Faculty Instructor and Course Coordinators Academic Affairs (e.g., College/School Deans and Associate/Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, Program Directors, Assistant Program Directors, and Faculty) other School/Campus/Online functional areas (e.g., committees), students, Campus/Online Administration, including external constituents (e.g., community and professional leaders) as appropriate.
    Job Requirements (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

    Accreditation (federal, state, regional), programmatic and or clinical work/history
    Knowledge
  • Terminal degree as a Physician Assistant; current NCCPA certification; eligible for licensure as a PA in the state in which the campus is located.
  • Three (3) years academic experience (preferred); 5 years clinical experience (required).
  • Experience in PA/Medical classroom teaching and PA education administration (highly preferred).
  • Active, valid, and unencumbered state licensure or certification as applicable to the discipline.
  • Membership in a professional association tied to area of instruction (preferred).
  • Practical experience in the discipline of the program and knowledge of current best practices (in field). Skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to build successful relationships with students and faculty.
  • Excellent time management and attention to detail.
  • Excellent critical thinking, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent teaching skills as evidenced in prior teaching evaluations.
  • Computer based skills (i.e., software, analytical, and report writing skills) and experience with computerized learning management systems. Abilities
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines...... click apply for full job details

    Keywords: South University, Savannah , Director of Pre-Clinical Education, Physician Assistant (PA) Program, Education / Teaching , Savannah, Georgia

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