Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Keck Graduate Institute


Claremont, CA


16 days ago


August 19, 2023
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We are looking for our next faculty member to join an incredible team here at Keck Graduate Institute, a member of the Claremont Colleges.


The full-time Principal Faculty member is responsible for course development, instruction, and coordination for the MSPA Program. This experienced clinician and educator joins the team as a non-tenure track at the rank of Assistant Professor. The Principal Faculty member is actively involved in multiple other facets of the program, including admissions, accreditation, and mission and programmatic review.


The successful candidate must share in the mission of KGI and the MSPA Program, as well as be a strong advocate for the PA profession. The Principal Faculty member reports directly to the Program Director and works collaboratively with the Director of Didactic Education and other PA Program faculty to ensure the program is in full compliance with ARC-PA Standards.


Located in beautiful Claremont, California, Keck Graduate Institute is a member of the prestigious Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and The Claremont Colleges Services, which provide shared institutional support services. We seek to build an inclusive program that can engage the interests of a diverse population.


Education and Experience

The successful candidate possesses a Master's Degree from an ARC-PA accredited program or a doctoral degree (M.D. or D.O.) from an accredited medical school. PA applicants must also have a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience; current NCCPA certification; and PA licensure or eligibility for PA licensure in California. M.D. or D.O. candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of clinical experience; current certification by an ABMS- or AOA-approved specialty board; and active licensure (or eligibility for licensure) as an allopathic (M.D.) or osteopathic physician (D.O.) in the state of California. Prior higher education experience (in a Physician Assistant program for PA applicants) and experience in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within an organization are highly preferred but not required.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities 

Individuals must possess knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the essential function of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions may be performed, with or without, reasonable accommodations, using some other combination of skills and abilities.


·       Provides high-quality student instruction and teaches in areas of clinical expertise;

·       Coordinates instruction (i.e., serves as Course Director) within designated courses;

·       Evaluates student performance (e.g., written assignments, examinations, research projects, objective structured clinical examinations [OSCEs], lab practicals);

·       Engages in the academic advising of students;

·       Provides remedial instruction as needed;

·       Assists the Director of Didactic Education with the design, implementation, coordination, evaluation, and long-term management of didactic courses to ensure the curriculum is fully compliant with ARC-PA Standards;

·       Assists the Physician Assistant (PA) program and KGI with the process of maintaining provisional accreditation;

·       Participates in ongoing accreditation activities, as well as continuous programmatic and curricular evaluation;

·       Collaborates with Program Director and other principal faculty to develop, review, and revise the mission statement, goals, and competencies of the program as necessary;

·       Participates in the PA program's admissions process, including student recruitment, review of applications, evaluation of candidates, and final selection for admission;

·       Assists clinical site development and ongoing clinical site monitoring to ensure the quality and sufficiency of SCPEs;

·       Engages in faculty development activities through ongoing clinical practice and/or continuous education in order to remain aware of issues impacting Physician Assistant education and clinical practice;

·       Fosters academic and clinical collaborations with other programs in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences;

·       Engages in active scholarship and service;

·       Serves in appropriate committees in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences;

·       Performs other duties as determined by the Director of Didactic Education, Director of Clinical Education, Program Director, and/or the Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Individuals must possess knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the essential function of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions may be performed, with or without, reasonable accommodations, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

·       Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team and collaboratively with other departments.

·       Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing; possess the ability to listen to all points of view, build consensus, and inform others of policies and decisions.

·       Demonstrated ability to analyze and present complex issues to diverse individuals and groups.

·       Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and adapt to changing priorities.

·       Experience working with a diverse campus community and possess a commitment to equity and inclusion.

·       A valid driver's license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.

Special Requirements

Keck Graduate Institute has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and Influenza Vaccination Program covering all employees and students. Employees must submit proof of vaccination or an Institute-approved exception or deferral to comply with the policy.

Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Keck Graduate Institute Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Keck Graduate Institute.


Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.


Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at