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Clinical Director, PA Program

Apply now Department: 3670055010 Health & Human Sciences Dean
Job no: 515671
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Health Profession
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Physician Assistant (PA) Program, within the College of Health and Human Sciences, is currently seeking a Clinical Director to join their team. This position is responsible for planning the clinical year, including the scheduling of all clinical rotations, lectures, laboratory exercises, case study/critical thinking sessions, PALS certification sessions, and clinical skills testing sessions. Additionally, the Clinical Director will participate in the organization, administration, planning, and evaluation of the PA Program. The Clinical Director will serve as the supervisor of the clinical instructional faculty and the clinical coordinator. This position reports to the PA Program Director.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Obtain, secure, and maintain clinical affiliations
  • Complete initial and ongoing clinical preceptor, clinical site, clinical courses, and program evaluations, providing detailed analysis and reports for ongoing clinical phase and program evaluation, assessment, and improvement
  • Serve as liaison between clinical facilities/preceptors and PA program
  • Oversee implementation of curricular design and coordinate the schedule of the clinical phase of curriculum to optimize the delivery of instructional content to students
  • Maintain current curricular map showing the vertical and horizontal sequence of the curriculum in the clinical phase
  • Ensure clinical instructional faculty (preceptors) are appropriately oriented to program mission and goals, program policies, specific teaching responsibilities, program instructional resources, and specific learning objectives for which they are responsible
  • Maintain student files of academic performance during the clinical year, such as major exams per rotation, correspondence regarding clinical rotation progress, or any other clinically related activity
  • Oversee updates and revisions for clinical and preceptor handbooks
  • Develop and oversee policies and procedures to ensure that appropriate data is obtained and retained to effectively evaluate the clinical component of the program
  • Participate in clinical skills training, lab sessions, and simulations as assigned
  • Provide classroom instruction during didactic and clinical phases
  • Participate in clinical assignments, including proctoring physical exam checkoffs, grand rounds, and problem-oriented physicals
  • Evaluate clinical curriculum against national standards and PA practice on an annual basis in preparation for Faculty Retreat
  • Oversee policies and procedures for evaluation of student performance, academic counseling, and remediation in the clinical phase
  • Work with the didactic team to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum in preparing students for clinical rotations and entry-level practice
  • Travel as needed to recruit and maintain clinical sites and preceptor base
  • Participate in the screening, interviewing, and selection of applicants for the PA Program
  • Assist with preparation for ARC-PA accreditation and reaccreditation site visits

This 12-month, non-tenure track position at the rank of clinical assistant professor has a preferred starting date of Fall 2023, with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Why Join Us:

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology), the Center on Aging, Physician Assistant program, and a Nursing partnership with Wichita State University. The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions ( The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays). To see what benefits are available, please visit

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's dedication to the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment locations.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Physician Assistant with the following:
    • Master’s degree or higher,
    • Current NCCPA certification,
    • Current Kansas Physician Assistant license or eligibility for Kansas licensure, and
    • At least one year of higher education teaching experience, or equivalent teaching experience; OR
  • Physician with the following:
    • M.D. or D.O.,
    • Current Kansas Physician license or eligibility for Kansas licensure, and
    • Five years of clinical practice experience
  • Ph.D. with the following:
    • Ph.D. in health-related field, and
    • Five years of experience in higher education

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Administration experience in an education setting, preferably PA or medical education
  • ARC-PA accreditation experience
  • Earned doctoral degree in relevant discipline
  • Experience teaching in PA/medical education
  • Two or more years of leadership experience with medical providers, including military equivalent experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent English-language written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of PA program planning, development, and fiscal management
  • Demonstrated instructional and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to interface with students, faculty, staff, and community members with tact and clarity
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Flexibility to work outside regular hours and on weekends, as needed

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Bradley Dirks, at with the subject line: Clinical Director Search.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


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