Assistant or Associate Professor/Didactic Coordinator – Physician Assistant Studies (Tenure Track)
Tuesday, August 02, 2022 05:45 PM

Department: School of PA Medicine

Reports to: Dr. Troy Bender, Dean of School of PA Medicine

Appointment Date: August 15, 2022, or As Negotiated (12-Month Appointment)

Close Date: Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Northwest University - School of PA Medicine has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The School of PA Medicine anticipates matriculating its first class in August of 2024, pending approval for Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2024 ARC-PA meeting.

Northwest University is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor for the School of PA Medicine.  This position will serve in a dual capacity as a principal faculty member and a Didactic Coordinator and collaborate with all members of the program faculty and staff.

The successful candidate will provide oversight with assessment, course and curriculum sequencing to align with ARC-PA standards, as well as providing general leadership and direction of the didactic year. This includes maintaining student and instructional faculty records, as well as data collection to contribute to the self-study element of accreditation maintenance for the program. The didactic coordinator is a principal faculty member reporting to the Dean of the PA program.

The principal faculty member must possess a meaningful commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and the Gospel. We are seeking someone with a winsome, encouraging, and culturally engaged faith. Candidates with previous academic experience including precepting or teaching is preferred.

Application review will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Members of underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions:

  1. Provide classroom instruction and coordinate activities related to the education for students admitted to the didactic phase of the program.
  2. Evaluation student performance.
  3. Designing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating the curriculum for the didactic phase.
  4. Serve as an advisor to all students admitted into the program.
  5. Actively participating in all ARC-PA accreditation activities that are required.
  6. Participate in the student admissions selection process each year.
  7. Participate in all committees related to the operations within the PA program.
  8. Participate in the governance functions of the university as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Candidate must be a current licensed physician assistant or an allopathic/osteopathic physician.
  2. Candidate must be board certified.
  3. Candidate must have a demonstrated, vibrant evangelical faith compatible with the mission of Northwest University.
  4. Candidate must have the ability to apply a faith-based worldview to program design, instruction, and advising.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Candidate has previous academic appointments in education.
  2. Candidate has previous leadership experience in education.
  3. Candidate is willing to enroll in a doctoral program related to area of instruction (If applicable).
  4. Candidate has established relationships with area hospitals and local clinics.
  5. Candidate is an active member of a local church.
  6. Candidate has experience mentoring diverse students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Application Requirements

If you are interested in the position, please submit the following:

  • Letter of interest addressing the above-stated qualities and qualifications sought by the university
  • Current curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught (if any)
  • A list of three professional references with e-mail and phone contact information
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, which includes an explanation of how the candidate’s Christian faith shapes his or her approach to the field of medicine.
  • A brief narrative describing the candidate’s personal Christian faith, practice, and current local church affiliation.

Applications may be submitted by email to:

Dr. Troy Bender, DMSc, MS-PAS, PA-C

Dean | Physician Assistant Program

[email protected] 

General Application Information

Candidates must adhere to Northwest University’s Evangelical Christian tradition, respect the Northwest University Statement of Faith (Statement of Faith), and agree to advocate nothing contrary to the Bible, this statement of faith, or the stated purposes of Northwest University. Faculty must also adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook.  Northwest University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Search procedures will be closed, when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period. 

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate and master's, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

Mission Statement

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.


Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God and the Association of Christian Schools International. The University holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Northwest University's College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, the School of Nursing has received approval from the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The University is also approved by the Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington to prepare elementary and secondary education teachers and recommend for certification. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Northwest University's doctoral program in counseling psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The University is approved by the Federal and State Governments for student aid programs and for the training of international students. Selected programs of study are approved by a Washington State Approving Agency for enrollment of those eligible for benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code and by Washington State for training in Vocational Rehabilitation. It is listed in the current bulletin, "Accredited Higher Education Institutions," published by the U.S. Office of Education.

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