Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with PAEA. Below you will find information about any current volunteer and scholarship opportunities.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

PAEA actively engages members to serve in various volunteer capacities throughout the year. Our volunteer leaders help advance the Association’s priorities through their work, which is intentionally aligned with PAEA’s strategic plan. We need your help to achieve the Association’s strategic goals and are committed to increasing opportunities for national service. We encourage all interested applicants to apply for any positions in which they are interested. 

Please note that some opportunities may be short-term commitments and others may be for long-term, standing committees and boards. Review each description to find the best fit for your interests and expertise. We encourage members to apply for any and all volunteer positions available.

General Information: 

  • Application submission and notification timelines will vary depending on the position and needs of the committee, workgroup, or board.
  • Terms of service will vary depending on the position and needs of the committee, workgroup, or board.
  • Each applicant will be asked to sign a Statement of Eligibility for Service and to complete a Conflict-of-Interest Form. 
  • If applying for an Exam Development Board, you may be asked to sign an additional volunteer member agreement. 
  • All member candidates must be a current faculty or staff member at a PAEA member program or institutional colleague member at the time of appointment.
  • Chair candidates must be a current faculty or staff of a PAEA member program or institutional colleague. Individual Colleague members are not eligible to serve in a Chair capacity.

Open Positions

We encourage members who want to serve PA education at the highest level to consider running for the 2025 PAEA Board of Directors. Three open positions are available: President Elect, Treasurer and one Director at Large.

PAEA’s mission is advancing excellence in PA education through leadership, scholarship, equity, and inclusion. The Board is responsible for determining the strategies that help PAEA enact the mission and purpose of the organization in real-time. Additionally, the Board oversees strategic and organizational planning, ensures strong fiduciary oversight and financial management, approves resource development, monitors PAEA’s programs and services, evaluates the performance of the CEO, enhances PAEA’s public image, and assesses its own performance as the governing body of PAEA.

As a member of the Board of Directors, you will have the opportunity to help the Association chart its course in a changing world by bringing your insight and experience to bear on the major issues in PA education and the profession.

President Elect, Treasurer, and one Director at Large seat will be voted on in the 2024 election. The call for nominations is now open.

For President Elect, the term of office is three years (one year as President Elect, one year as President, and one year as Past President). The criteria for service and requirements are:

  • An applicant must hold an appointment as a faculty/staff member in a PAEA member program and have at least three years’ experience in a PAEA elected or board appointed position.

For the Director at Large position, the term of office is three years. The criteria for service and requirements are:

  • An applicant must hold an appointment as a faculty/staff member in a PAEA member program and have at least two years’ experience in a PAEA elected or Board appointed position.

For Treasurer, the term of office is three years. The Criteria for Service and Requirements:

  • An applicant for treasurer must hold an appointment as a faculty/staff member in a PAEA member program and have at least two years’ experience in PAEA by the time the nominee takes office with prior experience on the Board, as the chair of a PAEA committee, or on the finance committee of a professional organization or constituent chapter.
  • Candidates should possess sound knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles and the ability to articulate these. They should also be organized and detail-oriented and able to communicate with skill and diplomacy.

Please consider nominating yourself or encouraging a colleague to run for the Board.

Candidates will be expected to participate in “meet the candidate” opportunities like a virtual webinar or coffee chats prior to the election. There may also be in-person sessions at the 2024 Education Forum but please note, attendance at the Forum is not a requirement for all candidates and we will ensure equitable opportunities for members to engage with candidates.

Candidates who will enhance the diversity of the Board are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is May 21, 2024.

For questions and additional help, please contact:

Ashley Bray –  ABray@PAEAonline.org

Karen Hills – KHills@PAEAonline.org

PAEA is offering a short-term opportunity to author and peer review exam questions for PAEA exams.   

 We are looking for a diverse group of 15 PAs with varied experience levels, from different practice areas, and across all regions of the United States to participate. 

 Nature of the Work  

This is a 12-week, time-limited commitment. During that time, you will be asked to work in a cohort of other PAs, each of whom will write 13-15 exam questions covering various content areas and medical settings.  

 Meeting Commitments 

You will be expected to participate in virtual meetings, including a training session, two to three small group peer review sessions, and two large group peer review meetings. The remainder of the work will take place asynchronously. The following is an overview of the timeline, for which more details will be provided upon appointment: 

  • Week 1: Virtual Training and Assignment Planning
  • Weeks 2-4: Asynchronous Item Writing
  • Weeks 5-7: Virtual Small Group Peer Review Meetings
  • Week 8-9: Asynchronous Author Review
  • Week 10-12: Virtual Large Group Peer Review Meetings

Terms of Service 

This work is tentatively scheduled to begin mid to late June 2024 and continue through mid-October. 

 Participants will be eligible for up to 20 credits of AAPA category 1 CME. 

Eligibility Criteria 

  1. All candidates must be a current faculty or staff member at a PAEA member program or institutional colleague, or individual colleague, member at the time of appointment
  2. All candidates must be able to commit to participating in the full 12-week rigorous question development and review process
  3. All candidates must attest that they can sign the PAEA volunteer agreement, upon selection 

Exclusion Criteria 

We will not be able to select candidates who meet the following criteria: 

  1. PAs who have written exam questions for NCCPA within the last two years
  2. PAs who are currently being paid by other assessment vendors for exam writing activities

 How to Apply 

Your application will request a brief letter of interest (500 words or less) highlighting the skills and strengths that you would bring to this role. You will also be asked to upload two sample exam questions that demonstrate your knowledge of item construction and a list of any blackout dates that you may have during the term length where you will be unavailable. 

If you are interested, please complete the application by clicking here. Applications are due by June 3, 2024. 

PAEA invites applications for the role of PAEA Graduate Advisor to the Student Academy for a two-year and six-month term, starting July 1, 2024 and ending December 31, 2026, with the option for reappointment for a second two-year term. This role is ideally suited for a faculty member with a minimum of 5 years in PA education.

Apply now

Experience and Qualifications 

  • Experience and/or interest in student leadership
  • Prior experience with the Student Academy or AAPA
  • An educator with 5+ years of experience in PA education

Responsibilities/Expectations of PAEA Graduate Advisor 

The Graduate Advisor is a dual-role position, serving both on PAEA’s Future Educator Development Steering Committee (FEDSC) and as a liaison to Student Academy. The role and responsibilities for this position include:

  • Act as a liaison between PAEA and the Student Academy Board of Directors;
  • Serve as a mentor for the Student Academy BOD, acting as an experienced resource who understands PA professional opportunities and challenges as well as AAPA policies.
  • Collaborate with the PAEA Board of Directors’ student member at large to maintain communication with the Student Academy.
  • Provide continuity between successive Student Academy BODs.
  • Attend Student Academy events at the AAPA Conference.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls with the Student Academy BOD.
  • Advise two Student Board Committees and attend calls as scheduled.
  • Be a non-voting member of the Student Academy BOD.
  • Submit quarterly reports in collaboration with the PAEA Board of Directors’ student member at large and one report for the PAEA annual business meeting.
  • Serve on PAEA’s Future Educator Development Steering Committee (FEDSC).
  • Support PAEA’s Future Educator Fellowship.

Additional Information 

  • Application Deadline: May 24, 11:59 PM ET.
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions by June 30, 2024.
  • The Graduate Advisor term will begin on July 1, 2024 and end on December 31, 2026.
  • The Graduate Advisor is supported for travel, lodging, and meals at any required in-person meetings.

For questions or more information about the position or the application process, please contact  Heather Storm at hstorm@PAEAonline.org. 

Volunteer needs and positions will be posted throughout the year as opportunities arise in addition to a larger standing committee recruitment cycle that will open in the Fall of 2024.

Please check back periodically for new volunteer opportunities.


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