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Assistant Professor and Director of PA Simulation and Experiential Learning

Conveniently located in Morris County with easy access to Routes 287, 280, 80, 10, 24, and the Convent Station train station, Saint Elizabeth University which was established in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth resides on 150 acres of picturesque rolling hills and lush woodlands. The University offers a quality education in the Catholic tradition with a firm foundation in the liberal arts and serves a diverse population, including the needs of women, students of color, those who lack adequate financial resources, and those who would benefit from a nurturing, supportive collegiate environment. 

The Physician Assistant (PA) Program is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor and Director of PA Simulation and Experiential Learning. 

The MS PA Program faculty have primary responsibility for design and implementation of the educational curriculum, facilitation of all aspects of student learning and student advisement for achievement of educational goals.  This principal faculty position in the MS in Physician Assistant (MS PA) Program has additional administrative duties that support the assessment of student learning and progress during the PA Program's clinical education phase.  The Director of PA Simulation and Experiential Learning supports and supplements the curricular and professional learning needs of students through the application of simulation and other learning technology and trains and supports faculty in simulation technology and pedagogy.


  • Coordinates a shared programmatic vision with key stakeholders for the planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating simulation-based learning across the continuum from task trainers through high-fidelity mannequins to standardized patients;

  • Supports and supplements the curricular and professional learning needs of students through the application of simulation and other learning technology modalities; 

  • Develop and conduct experiential and other learning activities by faculty and students within the PA program and collaboratively across the campus; as well as clinical partners;

  • Coordinates and oversees simulation personnel, student workers, graduate assistants, standardized patients/participants (SPs) and others who perform job tasks that support operations of the Simulation Center within the PA program or during interprofessional initiatives; 

  • Coordinates PA faculty development, including training and learning activities for faculty and clinical partners on the use of simulation pedagogy, simulation equipment and associated software applications;

  • Raises awareness of the use of simulation resources internally and externally including identification of entrepreneurial and grant funded opportunities and supporting peer reviewed publication;

  • Sustains awareness of trends in simulation through employer-provided/supported membership in and attendance of conferences and other professional meeting, journal subscriptions, and networking;

Essential Functions

  • Contribute to student instruction and evaluation as course coordinator, lecturer, laboratory instructor, and/or small group discussion facilitator in areas appropriate to clinical experience and educational preparation;

  • Contribute to the management of curriculum planning, development, delivery, mapping and review;

  • Contribute to other admissions, instructional, evaluative, administrative, and accreditation activities of the MS PA Program, as directed by the Program Director;

  • Provide academic advising support to students throughout the educational program;

  • Support governance activities of the MS PA Program, Department, and University by serving on standing and ad hoc committees, task forces, and other University governance bodies;

  • Participate in service activities to the MS PA Program, University and community appropriate to experience and areas of interest;

  • Participate in leadership within professional organizations appropriate to experience and educational preparation;

  • Conduct scholarship and/or research in areas of academic interests;

  • Maintain professional licensure and/or certification;

  • Participate in professional development activities appropriate for areas of professional expertise;

  • Perform other duties deemed necessary by the Program Director, MS PA Program.


  • Doctorate degree preferred, Master's degree required in a health related field; 
  • Must possess strong organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • A record of professional, academic and administrative achievement is desirable;
  • Teaching experience in PA education and at least 2 years' experience in direct PA Simulation education 
  • Must have a strong commitment to achieve the missions of the MS PA Program and the University of Saint Elizabeth.
  • Experience in clinical care required; experience in health professions higher education or in operations or project management required;
  • Experience with simulation technologies, such as anatomic models, task trainers, full-body patient simulators required; experience with simulation hardware and software required; design, development, and dissemination of technology-based learning products and interventions preferred and participation and leadership in professional associations preferred;

Applicants should:

Be productive and resourceful, independently and as a team member; 

Have effective interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all organizational levels among faculty, students, staff, administration, vendors, contractors and consultants; 

Have effective verbal and written communication with, among, and between technical, non-technical, clinical, non-clinical, and administrative colleagues and others; 

Be service oriented, collaborative, curious, flexible, adaptable, reliable, professional, quality-driven, internally motivated, self-initiator, timely, meticulous, and discreet and be able to adjust schedule as activities dictate.

Non-standard work hours may apply. 

Why Choose Saint Elizabeth University?

Saint Elizabeth University offers a positive work environment, dedicated leadership, faculty and staff who are committed to excellence, and an attractive benefits and compensation package. 

Full-time Faculty and Staff Benefits Include:

  • Employer-Subsidized Health Care Plan 
  • Dental and Vision Plan 
  • Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match 
  • Group Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance at No Cost
  • Supplemental Insurance Available for Employee, Spouse and Dependents
  • Other Voluntary Plans (Legal, Identify-Theft, Accident, Critical Care, etc.) 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Tuition Remission for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents
  • Tuition Exchange Program offering Reciprocal Scholarships Nationwide at 600+ Colleges and Universities 
  • 14 Paid Holidays, as well as the Week after Christmas Off with Pay
  • Paid Days Off on Fridays in the Summer Months 
  • Birthday as a Paid Day Off
  • Generous Vacation Policy
  • New Jersey Earned Sick Leave 
  • Employee Discount Program

Important to Know:

The health and safety of students, faculty and staff are a University priority, and as such, we require mandatory vaccination against COVID-19. An exemption may be requested; and if approved, the University has a strictly enforced policy of testing twice per week as well as other practices intended to safeguard all those who learn, live, and work on campus. 

How to Apply

  • Applications should consist of a cover letter, resume, proof of certifications and three professional references with email addresses and/or telephone numbers.
  • Saint Elizabeth University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
  • Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  
  • Saint Elizabeth University is a designated minority serving undergraduate institution.