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Director of Basic Science and Research, Physician Assistant Program at Merritt Hawkins – Rocky Vista University

Rocky Vista University (RVU) is seeking a dynamic educator for the position of Director of Basic Science and Research for its unique Physician Assistant Program, based in Parker, Colorado and the greater metro area. from Denver. This PA program, which saw its inaugural class graduate in 2020, features an innovative, competency-based curriculum design and learner-centered approach. The new Director of Basic Science and Research will oversee the integration of the basic science curriculum within the program, lead a foundational preclinical course, and oversee the development of the research-related aspects of the program, including promoting and conducting research. scholarly activities.

Strong points:

  • Join a dynamic institution that offers autonomy and celebrates innovation
  • Develop new curricular content and assessments in a competency-based medical model
  • Conduct the Molecular and Cellular Concepts I and II foundation course covering pharmacology, biochemistry, cell biology, etc.
  • Work as part of a cohesive and collaborative team with a positive organizational culture
  • Enjoy protected academic and administrative time
  • Harness a rich opportunity for scientific activities and publications, especially within the framework of educational and pedagogical research related to our new curriculum


  • Terminal degree in a relevant field (PhD, PharmD, EdD, etc.)
  • Teaching experience, with a preference for medical education experience (AP, DO, MD)
  • Record of research and/or publications in the field of study
  • Knowledge of assessment design and instructional strategies to enhance learning
  • Current license or eligibility to practice in Colorado, if a clinician

RVU retained the services of Merritt Hawkins, a national university research company, to assist with this research effort. For confidential inquiries or nominations, please contact Kendra Thompson, Management Consultant at
To apply, please attach your current CV and a cover letter. To schedule a call with Kendra, click here.