Canisius Employment Opportunities

Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies-Pharmacotherapeutics Coordinator

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Faculty


Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies - Pharmacotherapeutics Coordinator


Position Overview: 

Canisius College is in the process of developing a Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in pursuit of provisional accreditation. The Assistant Professor/Pharmacotherapeutics Coordinator will play an integral role in development of the program curriculum, course design, and community outreach. Candidates should be motivated, self-directed, and passionate about education. The person hired to the position will join our team of medical providers and educators to complete the development of the program, and will then be a primary teaching faculty member in the PA program.  This position reports directly to the Physician Assistant Program Director.


The primary responsibilities of the Pharmacotherapeutics Coordinator are to manage and coordinate the pharmacotherapeutics aspects of didactic education to include classroom teaching, clinical case development, clinical simulation facilitation, curriculum and syllabus development, assignments and grading, evaluation of courses, and maintaining required documents for accreditation. Faculty in this position will serve as the coordinator of instruction for pharmacology courses in addition to assisting the Didactic Education Coordinator with instruction in other areas based on expertise and interest. The pharmacotherapeutics coordinator should work very closely in conjunction with all didactic education instructors to ensure appropriate synchronization of courses, in addition to providing the minimum hours of instruction assigned.

The Pharmacotherapeutics Coordinator will also be required to participate in a variety of service responsibilities including: providing academic counseling as a faculty advisor to assigned PA students; providing support with student research projects; participating in committee appointments, participating in the process of selecting potential students for the Program, assisting in the ongoing self-study process to maintain accreditation, participating in continuing education and professional development programs, contributing to the administration and evaluation of the Program as assigned, and other duties as assigned by the Program Director. Faculty member is entitled to (encouraged) up to 20% release time per week to maintain PA skills through clinical employment.

Faculty in this position will also be required to provide evidence of acceptable scholarly activity. This may vary based on faculty academic rank and professional track (clinical vs. tenure), but should include areas such as conducting and reporting on research, writing a teaching or laboratory manual used in this program, presenting scholarly work at a national meeting (note that simple attendance at such a meeting would not meet the criteria for acceptable scholarship), and involving graduate students in activities that develop research skills and lead to presentations and publications.

Position Requirements:

  • Current New York State Physician Assistant licensure and continued maintenance throughout duration of employment
  • Graduate of Physician Assistant program and Master degree in Physician Assistant Studies or related field
  • NCCPA certification and current registration is required and must be maintained throughout duration or employment
  • Minimum of 5 years of clinical experience required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years as a faculty member in a PA program or comparable experience
  • Strong background in primary care (family medicine, internal medicine)
  • Strong background in pharmacology
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability; curriculum development, teaching, an administration
  • Strong local ties to the medical community
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly and service activity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Dedication to the academic priorities of Canisius College and the PA program mission
  • Previous experience with ARC-PA accreditation procedures and articulation processes
  • Experience in activities that focus on assessment and student learning outcomes

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time, 12-month clinical faculty position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, education, and experience. Health, vision and dental insurances, life and disability insurance, and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees. Tuition benefits are also available for full-time employees and their qualified dependents.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

It is the policy of Canisius College to provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.  Canisius College and the PA Program will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit University, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice.  Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity.  The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. 

The Office of Human Resources at Canisius College utilizes an online recruitment management system.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (716) 888-2240.

To apply, go to  Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Please submit CV, letter of interest, and description of teaching philosophy along with three professional references with your online application.



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