Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Founding Director of the Physician Assistant Program

Sam Houston State
Walker County, TX
Closing date
Dec 7, 2023

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Doctors, Pharmaceutical, Physicians/Nurses
Organization Type
Requisition: 202300132F

Hiring Salary: Yearly-Faculty

Department: Office of the Dean- College of Health Sciences

General Requirements:

The proposed Physician Assistant Program will be housed in Conroe, Texas on SHSU's Medical and Health Professions Campus, and will matriculate students in Fall 2026. In 2021, SHSU received tuition revenue bond funding to build an 80,000 square foot Health Professions Building. The new building, estimated to open in December 2025, will house four academic programs including the MS in Athletic Training, MS in Dietetics, MS in Physician Assistant (proposed), and Doctor of Physical Therapy (proposed). Conroe, Texas is in Montgomery County about 40 miles north of Houston, the 4th largest city and most diverse city in the U.S. The Houston Medical Center, located near downtown Houston, is the world's largest medical complex. The SHSU Medical and Health Professions campus is approximately 10 miles north of the "Medical Center of the north."

Nature & Purpose of Position/Usual Duties:

Sam Houston State University ( SHSU ), in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Founding Director of the Physician Assistant Program. Sam Houston State University ( SHSU ) seeks an innovative and dynamic leader. This is a full-time, tenure-eligible, 12-month position that reports directly to the Dean of the COHS .


Curriculum development;

Strategic planning and partnerships;

Collaboration and innovation for interprofessional education ( IPE );

Application for initial accreditation that meets all standards of Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant ( ARC -PA);

Ongoing maintenance of accreditation;

Recruitment for the program;

Leading and administering the program;

Continually evaluating and advancing the goals of the program; and

Other related duties as assigned by the Dean of the COHS .

Provides leadership and oversight to a department. Must exhibit a high level of professionalism and maturity, executive ability, and a keen understanding of protocol. Ability to exercise discretion, excellent reasoning, and independent judgment. Skilled in directing multiple tasks, setting priorities, and organizing operations. Asset and fiscal resources management skills preferred. Strong communication skills, both orally and written. Requires the critical judgment for the department, in which very serious consequences on decision-making can occur. Interprets and applies complex directives, policies, regulations, statues, and procedures, and/or written guidelines for a department or major work group.

Other Specifications/Instructions for the Position:

SHSU is utilizing a search firm for this position. In order to be fully considered, applicants must submit application through SHSU employment site and to the search firm contact below.

Search Firm - Scott Healy and Associates

313 S Oak Grove Rd

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17112-9357 USA

Attention: Chris -

This position may be designated as a Campus Security Authority ( CSA ).

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