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Assistant/Associate Professor - Physician Assistant Studies Program (College of Health Professions)

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Position type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Health Professions

Summary: Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Masters in Physician Assistant Studies program (MPAS) welcomes applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the title/rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor, commensurate with qualifications. The GVSU MPAS program is recognized for educating first-class clinicians who are healthcare leaders. We seek a motivated, energetic individual interested in joining a dedicated and collaborative faculty. We are committed to upholding the pillars of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Applicant must be an NCCPA-certified physician assistant with a minimum of a Master’s degree (PA degree focus) or a board-certified (ABMS or AOA) physician. Applicants must be eligible for a Michigan license.
  • Documented record of professional, and/or academic achievement.
  • A minimum of 2 years of clinical experience (prefer 3 or more years).
  • Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills and ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Computer-proficient with knowledge of a variety of software programs.
  • Values consistent with the mission of GVSU’s PA program and University.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Instruction, coordination, and evaluation of students in the classroom, small group discussion, and physical exam laboratory settings.
  • Active participation in ongoing program evaluative processes and maintenance of ARC-PA accreditation.
  • Participation in ongoing program and curriculum development.
  • Participation in scholarly research activity.
  • Involvement and participation in service activities within the Department, College, and University.
  • Involvement and participation in service activities at the local, state, and national level to support the program’s mission.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as a focus on user needs and experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience 

Department/Division:  The Physician Assistant Studies program is a 28-month, graduate-level program within the College of Health Professions.  The program was established in 1995 and has since graduated over 800 physician assistants. Currently, the program has 12 full-time faculty. The PAS program is located in the GVSU Health Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a rapidly growing area that includes 3 hospital systems, multiple primary care, and specialty practices, and the Van Andel Research Institute. The GVSU Health Campus is a state-of-the-art facility that includes abundant lab space, technologically supported classrooms, computer labs, and a new Simulation Center that supports the 19 professional programs in the College of Health Professions. The Simulation Center includes; 10 in-patient exam rooms, a maternity suite, 24 outpatient standardized patient exam rooms, four interactive immersive virtual technology rooms, an interprofessional flex lab, a plastination anatomy lab, an operating room, a model living suite, numerous high fidelity pediatric and adult patient simulators, and a robust pediatric and standardized patient program.

Campus: Grand Rapids Campus

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Nicholus Kopacki, at or Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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