Physician Assistant - Master Educator Penn State PA Program

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Location:  US:PA:Hershey

Work Type:  Full Time

FTE:  1.0

Shift:  Varied

Hours:  Varied

Recruiter:  Please contact Esther Zechman at for additional information




The Physician Assistant Master Educator supports the Physician Assistant Program, College of Medicine in fulfillment of its mission, purpose and goals. Provides professional leadership and support, and serves as an educator, role model, mentor and facilitator. Provides program-specific expertise and is actively engaged in relevant department initiatives. Supports University, Campus, and/or departmental goals in order to assure compliance with programmatic accreditation and/or licensure, internal consistency, and graduate outcomes that meet student learning, workplace and placement expectations. Creates an educational environment which fosters innovation, responsiveness, and accountability.




Participates in the design, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the curriculum.

Course Director for assigned courses, simulation instruction and curriculum design.

Collaborates with Program Faculty in the coordination and scheduling of all courses.

Assists in the interview and selection of students.

Provides for the continuous review and update of course materials and learning objectives.

Collaborates in the coordination of the academic schedule with program staff and faculty.

Collaborates with the ongoing assessment and review of the curriculum.

Assists in the organization, administration, continuous and periodic review, planning, development, and general effectiveness of the program.

Attends all scheduled staff and faculty meetings.

Provides and facilitates counseling and advising for Physician Assistant students.

Reviews didactic/academic performance with students as needed.

Provides remediation for students with sub-standard performance as needed and appropriate.

Schedules and assists with student remediation as needed.

Member of the Physician Assistant Master's Program Education Committee.

Member of the Competency Progress Committee.

Member of the Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee.




Attends professional development activities each year as agreed upon with supervisor in faculty development plan.

Attends all faculty meetings.

Identifies and applies specialized research or activities related to teaching, assigned teaching area(s), or may contribute to the scholarly community/knowledge of the discipline.




Attends Department, College and University meetings as arranged/approved by supervisor.

Demeanor reflects collegiality; behavior demonstrates professional and ethical conduct.

Maintains membership in professional organization.

Networks within professional community both inside and outside the University.

Assists with assessment, critique and evaluation of overall curriculum and revisions to program and syllabi.

Assists with program analysis to ensure best practices and optimal student outcomes.




Assists with program activities to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accrediting bodies, and University policies and procedures.

Reviews and recommends improvements and enhancements to the consistency and quality of course offerings, course/program development, and curriculum.

Posts accurate points and final course grades earned throughout the semester in accordance with the posted syllabus as per teaching assignments.

Participates in student success activities such as engaging in student academic counseling and/or establishing a point of contact for internal resource/access for student issues.

Assures students are provided instructional support services within the subject area taught to maintain the highest level of student achievement while safeguarding the integrity of the educational process.

Records and posts class attendance and grades as required, completes and submits assignments in a timely manner, responds to student inquiries within 24 hours and grades tests, quizzes, lab assignments promptly, returning constructive feedback to students as soon as possible.

Serves as a mentor, role model and facilitator and provides guidance and academic support for students.

Regularly attends and participates in departmental committees.

Follows proper procedures/channels of communication.

Maintains and uses Penn State University officially approved syllabus template.

Participates in professional development and organizations in order to remain current in the field.

Courteous and approachable to students.

Adheres to University policies and procedures and conducts job responsibilities in accordance with the standards set out in the University's Code of Ethical Conduct, Compliance Agreement, Sexual Harassment Policy or any of its policies and procedures, applicable federal and states laws, and applicable professional standards.

Maintains confidentiality of all student, associate, and/or University information as required.

Performs other duties as assigned.




Graduation from an ARC-PA accredited PA program with a master's degree either earned in the program or subsequently. Current NCCPA certification and license in Pennsylvania or eligible for this licensure.




Greater than 3 years of clinical experience.

Experience teaching in a Physician Assistant program.




Ability to demonstrate clinical competency.

Ability to maintain academic standards.

Ability to work independently with general supervision.

Ability to demonstrate a thorough, accurate and practical knowledge of their field or discipline.

Ability to interpret and evaluate the theories of their field or discipline.

Ability to effectively operate related equipment and machines for instructional purposes.

Ability to operate a variety of office equipment and machines such as computer terminal, calculator and copier.

Ability to engage in data entry via a computer.

Ability to manage and work effectively in a highly ethnic and culturally diverse student and associate community.

Ability to use effective communication skills, both oral and written, including presentations and effective listening skills.

Ability to communicate effectively before groups, committees, and in meetings.

Ability to effectively use interpersonal skills, follow through with duties, provide attention to detail, and demonstrate the ability to motivate others.

Ability to use creative facilitation and conflict resolution skills to resolve difficult and sensitive issues.

Ability to demonstrate excellent analytical and organizational skills.

Ability to self-direct, self-pace, multi-task and function well under pressure of deadlines and conflicting priorities in a fast-paced environment.

Ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organization.

Ability to exercise good judgment.

Ability to interpret rules, regulations, policies and procedures and assure compliance.

Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Willingness to work a flexible schedule.

Ability to travel/drive locally on a weekly, daily and/or on an as needed basis as well as occasional travel to other campuses or locations.



This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position. All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.


Penn State Health is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is unapologetically expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please call 717-531-8440 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Monday - Friday, email or download our Accommodation Instructions for Job Applicants PDF for more detailed steps for assistance.


Union:  Non Bargained