The Department of Physician Assistant Studies has a robust faculty development process geared to both new and seasoned academic faculty. Our process involves two spheres of training:
All Program faculty participate in required training and mentorship. Our training sessions cover a broad array of faculty development topics. Examples of these topics include:
Training occurs upon entry into the PA Program and then at regularly scheduled PA Program faculty retreats.
Additionally, Emory & Henry College has annual training programs held each summer for all faculty as well as opportunities for faculty development throughout the year.
To augment our internal faculty development processes, Program faculty are provided with opportunities to attend both ARC-PA and PAEA workshops. Attendance at some or all of these workshops may be required depending on the faculty members level of experience and teaching background. Faculty are given paid release time to attend such workshops and the price of the workshops and travel expenses are covered by the Department.
Faculty are also given release time and monies to attend continuing education conferences to remain up-to-date on their clinical skills and evidence-based practices.
The take away message is that our faculty are very well supported and highly respected and will work in a proactive, enriching, encouraging, and reinforcing environment absent of micromanagement and infused with mentorship and training.