Assistant Dean of the Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy (PALLA) - (190001M6)
The University of Maryland, Baltimore invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Assistant Dean of the Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy (PALLA). The Graduate School seeks a strong, innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader to ensure the success of PALLA, which develops a pipeline of future Physician Assistant faculty, optimizes clinical education and supports on-going quality improvement efforts across Maryland's four physician assistant programs. The new Assistant Dean will be expected to lead the PALLA program to new levels of excellence, impact, and innovation, and to secure the support and resources to achieve that vision.
THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND
The University System of Maryland (USM) comprises 12 institutions, three regional higher education centers, and a system office. USM creates a dynamic educational environment that supports a unique array of programs; fosters groundbreaking research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and fuels the engine that is helping to power Maryland forward. As a public system of higher education, USM advances the state of Maryland and benefits all of society. The USM has four Physician Assistant programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Towson University, Frostburg University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the founding campus of the University System of Maryland. UMB opened in 1807 and serves as Maryland's public health, law, and human services university. Dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service, UMB enrolls over 6,700 students in six nationally ranked professional schools --dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work -- and an interdisciplinary Graduate School . The University offers 62 doctoral, master's, baccalaureate, and certificate programs and confers the majority of the professional practice doctoral degrees awarded in Maryland. UMB integrates teaching, research, and service, and supports an innovative culture focused on preparing students to address the complexities associated with the health, human services, and social welfare environment.
Since 1918, the University of Maryland Graduate School has grown to become among the most respected schools in the country offering graduate education and training in biomedical, health, and human service sciences. We offer Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs, and post-baccalaureate certificate programs in these areas of study. We also offer dual degrees with the University's professional schools including PhD/MD, PhD/PharmD and PhD/DDS degree programs, and we participate in inter-institutional studies in biochemistry, and gerontology with other University System of Maryland campuses.
All doctoral students are actively engaged in research with faculty members to address some of society's most pressing problems and biomedical research's most challenging questions in basic and translational research. These innovative efforts, supported by research grants and contracts, are undertaken collaboratively with the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Veterans Affairs Medical center, the Institutes for Human Virology, and others.
Over the past six years the Graduate School has transformed itself by hiring new faculty and creating master's degrees focused on non-traditional learners including the M.S. in Health Sciences and the M.S. in Health and Social Innovation. Additionally, multiple certificate degrees allow students to focus in the areas of aging, applied thanatology, biomedical entrepreneurship, global health systems, global health innovation, public health implementation science, integrative health and wellness, and intercultural leadership. The Graduate School will launch a new PhD program in Health Professions Education in Fall 2020, and it will be among the largest programs in the United States educating the next generation of health professions faculty.
The Graduate School's Physician Assistant program enrolls 40 students in each cohort every year. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) recently granted the program another 10 years of continued accreditation. Students in the program are well prepared and the class of 2019 reported a 97% first attempt pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. Graduates of the PA program practice in a variety of specialties including primary care (42%), surgery (23%), and emergency medicine (11%).
Baltimore is a city rich in history and culture with eclectic options in housing as well as activities, recreation, entertainment, shopping, dining, and nightlife. Eighteenth-century townhomes in historic Fells Point , garden apartments in the Mount Vernon cultural district, and high-rise condos in newly developed Harbor East are just a few examples of the housing options available near the University in Baltimore's downtown area.
The West Side is on the rise, with vibrantly revitalized neighborhoods anchored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Baltimore's West Side features the Arts and Entertainment Districts that include the newly renovated Hippodrome Theatre . Other landmarks include, the historic Lexington Market which offers an astounding array of bakeries, delis, and candy shops, the notable Hollins Market , which is currently undergoing a $7.3M renovation, the world-famous Faidley's Seafood , and the charming little Trinacria Italian Deli which offers authentic Italian foods and wine. The area also features an array of renovated apartment buildings and loft spaces that attract a dynamic mix of young professionals. Primarily a residential and business district, the West Side still offers plenty to do and see including two of the unique festivals. The Pigtown Festival has the "running of the pigs," and the Sowebo Arts and Music Festival offer an eclectic, funky mix of music, visual, and literary arts.
Shopping options in the Baltimore area include the boutiques and antique stores of Hampden , the specialty shops in the Inner Harbor area, and several malls and entertainment venues throughout the city and surrounding counties including small clubs, a world-class orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall , and free outdoor performances at the many Waterfront Parks in the Inner Harbor.
Recreational opportunities are as varied as Maryland's geography, with winter sports in the mountains to the west, swimming and surfing at beaches to the east, and boating, fishing, and hiking on the waterways and trails in between. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a Baltimore Ravens football game at M&T Bank Stadium , watch the Orioles play baseball at the University's neighboring Camden Yards , or take a short trip to Washington, D.C . for professional baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. The city offers many transportation options, including light rail, subway, and an extensive bus system--including the free Charm City Circulator . Buses, trains, several major highways, and the nearby Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport make it easy to venture outside of the city.
The next Assistant Dean of PALLA in the Graduate School will be an effective champion for physician assistant education throughout the state and be a catalyst for a compelling vision for physician assistant education nationally. The Assistant Dean reports to Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Flavius R. W. Lilly, PhD, MPH.
The new Assistant Dean of PALLA will: maintain and enhance the infrastructure and resources needed to support the development of physician assistant faculty, leaders, and scholars; advance the effectiveness of Maryland's four physician assistant programs; foster a culture committed to diversity and inclusion; and support the creation and use of knowledge for education, curricular innovation, and assessment and evaluation. The Assistant Dean will manage a budget of approximately $1.8 million and work in partnership with leadership to plan and work with state leaders to ensure the success of the PALLA program.
The Assistant Dean plays a visible and important role in the Graduate School, UMB campus community, larger Baltimore area, and the state of Maryland. The Assistant Dean is charged with fostering and building relationships with PA programs across the state, the community, local and state government, and non-profits, and developing partnerships that will assist the Graduate School with expanding its commitment to local, national and international service.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will personify the mission and vision of the University of Maryland, Baltimore as a whole and the Graduate School in particular. While no candidate can or will possess all desired qualities, the ideal candidate will be:
A visionary leader who embraces research and teaching, supports a culture of innovation, openness, and intellectual curiosity, who can inspire others to engage broadly in improving PA education and training across the state of Maryland;
A champion of the University's mission of inclusion and diversity;
An experienced agent for change with experience in organizational development, team building, and coalition leadership;
An experienced leader who understands the climate of PA education and accreditation;
A strategic thinker who can develop new approaches to develop community-based physician assistants for faculty roles in the PA programs across the state of Maryland;
An academic leader who can build a pipeline of physician assistant faculty prepared to enter the Graduate School's PhD program in Health Professions Education;
A scholar who can facilitate and conduct original research in PA education, seek extramural grants, and publish and encourage others faculty and students to publish in peer-reviewed journals;
A dynamic advocate of interprofessional team building who exhibits an ability to teach interprofessional competence through curriculum development and quality improvement activities;
A highly interactive leader who values working in partnership with other leaders and external partners;
A seasoned administrator with experience leading complex institutions to new levels of excellence, impact, and innovation in order to successfully develop and implement a statewide approach to support PA programs in their assessment, evaluation, accreditation processes;
An experienced leader accustomed to interacting with influencers in the business community, state legislature and other government agencies;
A skillful budget executive who can contribute to financial stability through careful stewardship of funds.
Candidates for the Assistant Dean of PALLA in the Graduate School should demonstrate the following qualifications and traits:
Academic qualifications and achievements consistent with an appointment as an associate or full professor in the Graduate School;
Eligibility for Maryland licensure as a Physician Assistant or other provider;
Completion of post-graduate training in medical education, health education, community health, education, leadership, or assessment research ;
A passion for and commitment to the field of Physician Assistant practice and education;
A demonstrated track record for serving in a leadership capacity.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit the following:
A cover letter, noting the position for which candidacy is sought;
A statement of teaching philosophy including a summary of teaching experiences;
A statement of scholarly interests;
Signed curriculum vitae; and
Three references with contact information.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.
Organization: Graduate School Dean's Office
Job Posting: Dec 4, 2019
Internal Number: 140601
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.