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Founding Director of Physician Assistant Studies

Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

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Founding Director of Physician Assistant Studies

  • 499281
  • Faculty
  • Full-time
  • Opening at: Feb 8 2024 at 09:00 CST
  • Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Application Deadline:

Until filled

Position Details:

This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.

The Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences at TCU seeks a Founding Program Director responsible for planning, developing, and leading the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. The Founding Program Director will guide faculty in program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, administration, teaching, scholarship, and service. The Program Director is a full-time 12-month position eligible for the rank of Assistant, Associate, or full Professor of Professional Practice (depending on terminal degree) who will report directly to the Dean of the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. We are seeking an individual with programmatic leadership experience with a breadth and depth of knowledge associated with standards for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree from an accredited Physician Assistant Program;
• At least three years of experience in higher education;
• Must be currently certified by NCCPA;
• Eligibility for licensure in Texas as a Physician Assistant;
• Experience teaching in a Physician Assistant program and in curriculum development;

Preferred Qualifications:
• Prior experience guiding a program through the ARC-PA accreditation process and management experience highly desirable.
• Doctoral degree (Ph.D; EdD, DHSc, or equivalent)

Responsibilities:

The Founding Director will build the program from its inception and lead a program in alignment with the mission and vision of the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences and TCU. The Program Director will be responsible for completing and submitting a self-study for an accreditation site visit and ARC-PA’s review and developing the curricula in accordance with ARC-PA standards. The Founding Director will be responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising faculty and staff. In addition, the Program Director will work with the college’s shared governance structures in a leadership role. The Program Director will collaborate with the Office of Graduate Studies to identify, recruit, and admit students into the program to meet enrollment goals. The Founding Director will be responsible for managing the budget; overseeing all didactic and clinical education; and cultivating and maintaining professional relationships with clinical sites, hospital administrators, physicians, nursing professionals and other clinicians. The Founding Director will be responsible for creating and maintaining a culture of inclusion that engages students and aligns with the inclusive excellence priority of TCU.

Department Details:

 

School/College Description:

The Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences consists of programs that prepare future health care and human services professionals. The academic units within Harris College – Communication Sciences & Disorders, Kinesiology, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing and Social Work – are home to more than 1,750 students who are supported by committed and talented faculty and staff. Harris College supports the mission, vision, and values of TCU; we prepare global citizens to think and practice as ethical leaders in health care and educational settings.

Harris College offers 18 degree pathways in our health-related disciplines. Students benefit from learning experiences in campus laboratories and hospitals, clinics, schools, fitness facilities, and community service agencies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. On campus, the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic provides services for more than 300 families each year and serves as a professional practice site for students majoring in speech pathology and habilitation of the deaf. TCU Nursing and the School of Nurse Anesthesia provide innovative learning experiences in their state-of-the-art simulation centers.

The faculty and students in Harris College actively engage in research for the purpose of improving health and well-being. Undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to form mentoring relationships with internationally recognized faculty as they conduct studies in such areas as pharmacogenetics, carbohydrate metabolism, exercise physiology, health disparities, heart disease, aging, Parkinson’s disease, caregiving, language development in children with hearing loss, and forgiveness among others. Our graduates are competent, compassionate and in demand in the workforce.

University & Fort Worth Description:

ABOUT TCU

Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.

Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.

At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.

ABOUT FORT WORTH

Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions:

Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit personal/contact information, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contract information for three professional references online at jobs.tcu.edu. All questions regarding the application process should be directed to Human Resources at hrtalentacquisition@tcu.edu. Applications not submitted online will not be considered.

AA/EEO Statement:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

TCU Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report Notice of Availability

Texas Christian University is committed to assisting all members of the campus community in providing for their own safety and security. TCU’s Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This report includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The statements of policy contained within this report address institutional policies, procedures, and programs concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, emergency notifications and timely warning of crimes, sexual and interpersonal violence, and personal safety at TCU. Additionally, this report outlines fire safety systems, policies and procedures for on-campus housing facilities, as well as residence hall fire statistics. 

The Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report can be found on the TCU Police Department website at https://police.tcu.edu/annual-security-report, or a paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the TCU Police Department at 817-257-7930, or via email at police@tcu.edu.

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