Department of Physician Assistant Studies – Faculty Position

Title:     Faculty
Rank:    Professorial appointment (assistant or associate professor), tenure or non-tenure track

Functions and Responsibilities

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) seeks applicants for a full-time, 12-month faculty position, located in Little Rock, Arkansas. We are searching for a team-oriented faculty member to join the successful, dynamic and student-oriented physician assistant studies program.  Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Tenure or non-tenure track is available, depending on academic qualifications.

The faculty member will report to the chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and will have primary responsibility of assisting with the implementation, evaluation, and revision of the didactic and clinical curriculum.  This individual will be responsible for presenting lectures and laboratory instruction, developing and grading examinations and assignments, and recruiting guest lecturers.  He/ she will also be actively involved with student advising and admissions, faculty meetings or committees, and scholarly activity.

The Program

The Physician Assistant Studies program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The department offers a 28-month program consisting of approximately 15 months of didactic, pre-clinic coursework and 13 months of full-time, hands-on clinical education experiences.  Students graduate with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree (MPAS).

The Setting

UAMS is Arkansas’ only academic health center with seven institutes including the Reynolds Institute on Aging, Stephens Spine Institute, Jones Eye Institute, Myeloma Institute for Research & Therapy, Psychiatric Research Institute, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, and Translational Research Institute. The university has five colleges including Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions (CHP) as well as a Graduate School of biomedical sciences. The College of Health Professions which houses the Physician Assistant Studies program also has 22 other programs with the potential for innovative interprofessional opportunities.

Required Qualifications

  1. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant or medical program
  2. Master’s degree; doctoral degree preferred (MD, PhD, or other advanced doctoral degree).
  3. Current NCCPA certification or medical license
  4. Minimum of one year clinical experience as a practicing physician assistant or physician
  5. Eligibility for licensure in the state of Arkansas
  6. Strong commitment to fulfill mission of the department, college, and university

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree in science, education, or health-related field from an accredited institution
  2. Teaching experience in Physician Assistant education (online, classroom, and/or clinical)


  1. Teach assigned courses
  2. Participate in implementation, evaluation, and revision of didactic and clinical phase curriculum
  3. Design and teach assigned courses, i.e., didactic, laboratory, etc.
  4. Evaluate student performance in all phases of the curriculum, e.g., written assignments and examinations, OSCEs, practical skill competencies, and oral presentations
  5. Participate in research and other scholarly activities appropriate to faculty rank and track
  6. Engage in service activities, consistent with university and college expectations for core faculty
  7. Contribute to program and curriculum assessment, planning and implementation activities
  8. Participate in student advisement, mentoring, admissions and interviewing
  9. Perform duties related to student clinical rotations, including performing required clinical visits
  10. Recruit and orient appropriate lecturers for didactic courses as necessary
  11. Participate in ARC-PA accreditation-related review, self-study and site visit processes
  12. Participate in typical faculty responsibilities, e.g., faculty meetings and retreats; department, college, and university committees, etc.
  13. Participate in appropriate local, state, and national physician assistant educational and professional activities
  14. Participate in clinical practice or research activities depending on interests, expertise, career track, and needs of the department
  15. Participate in appropriate community service or service-learning activities sponsored by the department
  16. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by department chair / program director

Application Process

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Please send a curriculum vitae and letter of interest electronically or by mail to:

Edward L. Williams, M.P.A.S., M.Ed., PA-C
Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Director, Physician Assistant Program
Physician Assistant Studies
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St., #772
Little Rock, AR 72205

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