Program Director, M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies (tenure-track)

Northwestern College seeks a program director for the Master of Science program in physician assistant studies. This new position (12-month, tenure-track) is an exciting opportunity to develop a program from its inception; the director will cast the vision, structure the curriculum, participate in hiring faculty, lead the college in obtaining accreditation, and oversee the program. The program director will have successful experience in teaching, administration, program assessment and budgeting.

Northwestern College is pursuing provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). ARC-PA will review Northwestern’s application at its September 2019 meeting, and students will begin studies in May of 2020. The program director will be instrumental in developing the application and leading the college through the accreditation process. 

Northwestern enjoys a strong reputation in the health sciences based on the career accomplishments of our faculty and graduates, and on the college’s commitment to courageous and confident inquiry, exploration and discovery of God’s truth as it is revealed through the natural world. Our new health and natural sciences building, opening in 2018, will provide state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for our biology, chemistry and nursing departments.

Required Qualifications:

Must be a licensed physician assistant with NCCPA certification, or an allopathic or osteopathic physician licensed in Iowa and certified by an ABMS- or AOA-approved specialty board.


  • Participate in teaching, scholarship and institutional service at Northwestern College
  • Supervise the medical director, principal faculty, instructional faculty and staff within the physician assistant program
  • Develop, review and revise guiding program documents
  • Design, implement and coordinate curriculum
  • Participate in selection of students for admission
  • Conduct academic advising for students in program
  • Ensure services are available to students, including remedial instruction
  • Conduct student and program assessment
  • Lead and maintain program accreditation

The candidate will exhibit a love of Christ and an embrace of the Gospel, and support the college’s mission as expressed in our Statement of Christian Identity, Vision for Learning and Vision for Diversity. Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. We seek faculty invested in teaching, a program of scholarly activity, and the mission of excellence in the liberal arts, as a vital expression of commitment to Christ’s redemptive work in the world. Accordingly, Northwestern College seeks to more fully reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.

Apply online below and send a letter of interest in which you (1) describe your teaching experience and (2) scholarly trajectory, and (3) discuss how the following statements would inform and shape your teaching, scholarship and administration: our Statement of Christian Identity,  Vision for Learning and Vision for Diversity. Also submit a current curriculum vitae/resume to

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Applying to NWC

We accept applications only for current staff positions posted on our website. Applications for faculty positions are accepted on an ongoing basis. You will need to complete a new application for each position to which you are applying. Your information is not retained from one application to another. A completed and signed application is required for all open positions before an individual is considered an applicant. Resumes do not substitute for a completed application.

Current employees may submit a Transfer Request and submit a current resumé for this position.

Submit a letter of application, a resume or vitae, employment application and any additional required files to:

Mark Husbands
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northwestern College
101 7th Street SW
Orange City, Iowa 51041

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