Founding Director of Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies Program

Sacred Heart University is the second-largest Catholic university in New England. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its “Best 377 Colleges: 2013” and U.S. News & World Report ranks SHU among the best regional universities in the north in its “America’s Best Colleges” publication, making it one of the top New England liberal arts colleges. More than 6,300 students are enrolled in its five colleges. 

Founding Director of Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies Program 

Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Connecticut, is searching for an innovative and visionary leader to serve as founding director of our master’s in physician assistant studies program (MPAS).  The director also serves as chair of the department. The MPAS will be the first offering of the College of Health Professions in Stamford, CT and will be located on the campus of Stamford Hospital.  This program has been developed in response to an expected shortage of health-care providers in the next 15 years and beyond, resulting from an aging baby boom population and physician retirements from the same population. An MPAS degree will complement other Sacred Heart University program offerings and will prepare individuals to practice in a variety of health care settings with the supervision of a licensed physician. 

The founding director will work closely with the dean of the College of Health Professions and other directors of health professions programs in the development and implementation of the new program. The new program will complement graduate programs in exercise science & nutrition, healthcare information systems, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology. The College also offers undergraduate programs in athletic training, exercise science, health science and nursing. In addition to academic excellence, the College has a rich tradition of service learning, study-abroad opportunities and faculty practice activities. 


A terminal degree in a relevant field is required, and the candidate must have academic and/or clinical experience as a physician’s assistant and be eligible for Connecticut licensure. The candidate should be comfortable in a highly interactive, inter-professional teaching/learning environment that includes collaborative teaching, significant faculty/student interaction and strong clinical integration. The ideal candidate will have a distinguished record of innovative and effective management as the chair or program director at an organization of similar size and complexity. 

The successful candidate will value the University’s Catholic identity, tradition and spirit and will support the University’s commitment to community service, strategic planning and the intellectual and ethical development of all students. 


Applications must include a complete resume and letter showing the candidate’s experience as related to the requirements of the position. Three references should be included.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Please submit applications to Dr. Patricia Walker, Dean, College of Health Professions, Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield, CT 06825-1000 email: 

To learn more about Sacred Heart, prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the Sacred Heart University website at   For position profile please visit:

The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including tuition remission.  Sacred Heart University is an EOE/AA employer.