Future Educator Fellowship

Each year, fifteen PA students are selected to participate in this exciting year-long fellowship, designed to explore foundations in teaching, expose students to the current educational environment, and expand professional development and leadership opportunities.


The students have access to a network of mentors and educators, the Future Educator Development Steering Committee, who curate an intentional and impactful educational experience for the fellows.

Selected applicants will attend a kick-off session at the annual PAEA Education Forum. Fellows will participate in designated sessions at the Forum and then engaged in a year-long program, working through educational programming, problems, and competencies designed to foster foundations in PA education. Fellows will also be invited back for the culminating session at the following Education Forum.

The application cycle for the 2021-22 Future Educator Fellowship is now closed.


The FEF is designed to enhance PA students’ understanding of medical education and academic careers in PA education. The fellowship aims to provide a broad foundation of teaching to prepare students for careers in education. The FEF will help create and enhance students’ pathways to education by fostering students to be learners, leaders, citizens, collaborators, designers, facilitators, and analysts.

Foundations in Teaching and Learning

Fellows will learn about best practices in teaching and learning, particularly when it comes to dealing with adult learners. These competencies will be cultivated through in-person engagement, online learning, and mentoring.

Exposure to the Current Educational Environment

Fellows will learn about the current PA educational landscape. This includes learning about the current political climate, research opportunities, growth within the profession, and future trends that will affect both the PA workforce and the educational space.

Leadership and Professional Development

Fellows will gain networking and leadership skills through high-quality research, advocacy, and service to the profession and the community at large. Fellows will have opportunities for interprofessional education and research, develop strategies for collaboration with peers and professionals to enhance the quality and design of PA education.


The FEF begins by convening students at the PAEA Education Forum to kick off their fellowship experience. After the Forum, students are expected to participate in online learning modules, discussions, and brief instructional offerings, which will continue to enhance their skill set and expose them to a career path in PA education.

We recognize that the life of a PA student is a busy one with conflicting priorities. Please note, while this fellowship is highly competitive, it is not designed to compete with your first priority as a PA student. Nonetheless, students must commit to the learning experience and the activities required to complete the fellowship.

Sample activities include:

  • Group Check-Ins (via Google Hangout)
  • Faculty Interview Assignments
  • Webinars with invited speakers
  • Engagement in the Digital Learning Hub

2021–2022 Future Educator Fellows

Nicole Billen, Saint Louis University
Victoria Britt, Wake Forest University (Bowman Gray)
LaTonya Brown, Northern Arizona University
Kathryn Burrows, Duke University Medical Center
Miya Chipka, Eastern Michigan University
Beverly DiCorso, Emory University
Muhammad Jan, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Sarah Kirsch, Yale University Physician Assistant Online Program
Thuy Dung Nguyen, University of California – Davis
Danielle Paciulli, AdventHealth University
Tiffany Passie, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Robert (Desi) Rotenberg, South University – Richmond
Julie Staton, University of South Alabama
Edith Teng, George Washington University
Chelsea Waldrop, Yale University Physician Assistant Online Program

Teanna DaPonte, South University – Tampa
Danielle Polevoi, Stanford University
Alisha Zaveri, Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls
Aubrey Fiacco, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Joshua Montgomery, Shenandoah University
Sara Naeem, Wagner College
Aliyah Mangrum, University of Pittsburgh
Ekaterina Lundberg, University of Kentucky
Katherine Crandall, University of Southern California
Alexandria Lahdya, University of Washington MEDEX Northwest
Diana De La Cruz, Oklahoma City University
Amber Rohrberg, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Denise Kirby, Idaho State University
Sara Haroon, Barry University
Yenling Yang Hernandez, Touro University – California

Kathryn Fossaceca, DeSales University
Caitlin Bradley, East Carolina University
Alicia Duval, Mercer University
Matthew Morrow, Northwestern University
Elizabeth Eiseman, University of Dubuque
Elizabeth Dingbaum, Chapman University
Katya Saenz, University of Colorado – Denver
Hwal Lee, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Michael Farran-Brown, University of Kentucky
Jessica Veale, Duke University
Sara Dover, Mercer University
Sunayana Pydah, University of Lynchburg
Victoria McQuade, Florida Gulf Coast University
Dennis Zelenak, University of Evansville
Nicolette LaRosa, Drexel University

Winnie Chau, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Erin Dorman, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Emily Durocher, Penn State University
Isidro Figueroa, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Dustin Grossheim, Tufts University
Katherine Jamieson, Northeastern University
Jennifer Jones, University of Iowa
Sarah Kingston, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Melanie Lyon, Alderson-Broaddus University
Ryan Minier, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Krista Patefield, Union College
Christopher Perkins, UT Southwestern
Jeremiah Powers, East Carolina University
Dave Rogers, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Lauren Tandarich, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Alvis Trent, Hardin-Simmons University


“I very much enjoyed my experience with FEF! It gave me a better idea of the developing initiatives in PA education and allowed me to see what areas of improvement are needed to ensure the proper training of future PA’s. I liked hearing the inside scoop of the day to day struggles of many educators and their plans to tackle these challenges. Very insightful experience overall and made me appreciate PA education and want to get more involved.”

— Monique “Nikki” Coley , 2017–2018 PAEA Future Educator Fellow

“My experience as a Future Educator Fellow was eye opening and inspiring. I gained so much insight into what i could be involved in as a Future Educator and a PA-C. Gaining mentors and creating connections that support me was the best part of the experience.”

— Jose Escalante , 2017–2018 PAEA Future Educator Fellow

“The FEF was a great introduction to PA education for someone like myself who has no formal training in education. It has served as a launching board for my future career in education and I am extremely grateful for our mentors, the PAEA staff who supported us, and for the opportunity to be a part of the fellowship.”

— Stephen Benton, PA-C , 2017–2018 PAEA Future Educator Fellow, 2017–2018 Student Health Policy Fellow

“I loved being part of the FEF mostly for the warm welcome by all members of the PAEA and meeting so many wonderful people. I appreciated the opportunity to see what life in PA education entails and look forward to being part of it some day!”

— Alex Protosevich , 2017–2018 PAEA Future Educator Fellow

Application Process

  1. A Resume/CV organized using the following format:
    • Education
    • Service Experience (if applicable)
    • Research Experience (if applicable)
    • Teaching Experience (if applicable)
  1. A personal statement describing your interest in PA Education in 300 words or less.
  2. Responses to the following questions:
    • What are the top 3 things you hope to gain from the FEF experience? This response must be in 750 words or less.
    • Part of the mission of PAEA is to increase diversity in PA Education. Diversity is broad by definition and can represent many different traits or experiences. How do/would/might you contribute to the diversity of the Future Educator Fellowship? This response must be in 150 words or less.
  3. Program Director Certification Form: This document is signed by your program director, and confirms your ability to participate in the fellowship.
  4. Faculty Mentor Form: This document is signed by a faculty mentor who you identify to help support your interest in PA education.

Once you complete and finalize your application, the forms will be automatically sent to your program director and faculty mentor.

Your application is not complete until both forms are received!

Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

  • Resume/CV which highlights your service experience, research experience, and teaching experience
  • Personal statement demonstrates an understanding of the role of an educator
  • Essay responses which are thoughtful and make a connection to the fellowship goals and objectives
  • Materials demonstrate an interest in a career in teaching
  • Clear articulation of why the applicant would like to be selected as a fellow

Fellowship applicants are required to meet all of the following criteria:

  1. You must be a current PA student (didactic or clinical) enrolled in a PAEA member program and in good academic standing as of October 2021.
  2. Your program director must complete the certification form and agree that you can be released from classes or rotations in order to attend the fellowship.
  3. If you are selected as a fellow, you are expected to attend the kick-off session at the Forum in October and participate in all fellowship activities.

Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications for the 2021-22 fellowship cycles will be open from May 3-July 12, 2021.


Frequently Asked Questions

Fifteen applicants are selected to be fellows.

Yes, you are still eligible if you graduate before the end of the fellowship. However, you must start the fellowship as a current PA student (didactic or clinical).

There is no application fee. PAEA will cover all expenses associated with the fellowship for the selected applicants.

The fellowship is not designed to compete with your first priority as a PA student. Nonetheless, students must commit to the learning experience and the activities required to complete the fellowship.

The faculty mentor is intended to be an additional advisor, apart from the educators on the PAEA Future Educator Development Steering Committee, to support your interest in PA education by answering questions and bouncing ideas off of, etc. It is not a formal or intensive role that will require significant time for the mentor.

Once you complete and finalize your application, the form will be automatically sent to your program director and faculty mentor.

The Faculty Mentor and the Program Director certification forms need only their names and emails to confirm their support for your participation in the Future Educator Fellowship program. No formal letter of recommendation is required.


Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about the fellowship.