The Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy (PALLA) is actively recruiting individuals interested in pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) academic in higher education to join the future 2021-2022 PALLA faculty fellow cohort. The PALLA fellowship is a unique opportunity for practicing PA’s to engage in a structured, professional development training program using active- learning experiences and case-based design to develop the essential skills needed by a PA faculty member in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.
The vision of PALLA is to create an inclusive learning community dedicated to excellence in education.
PALLA aims to build faculty capacity within Maryland to educate the next generation of PA students while advancing PA research and policy. PALLA collaborates with the Maryland System PA programs consisting of Frostburg State University, Towson University/Community College of Baltimore County,
University of Maryland Baltimore/Anne Arundel Community College, and the University of Maryland
The fellowship consists of virtual seminars, workshops and individual-group mentorship delivered by an interprofessional team of educators/scholars. Learning modules include topic areas such as adult learning theories, curricular design and development, instructional strategies, learning assessments, best practices in simulation, PA program accreditation, the scholarship of teaching and learning and academic leadership within PA education.
PALLA is centrally located at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). UMB is the founding campus of the University System of Maryland, opening in 1807, and serves as Maryland’s public health, law, and human services university. UMB is uniquely positioned to apply principles of innovation and entrepreneurship to advance health and social equality.
- A prospective Fellow must have completed an accredited PA Program earning a master’s degree by the start of the fellowship term
- Fellows will be selected based on academic promise; alignment of the fellows' academic objectives with the values of PALLA and an expressed commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive academic community
- Current PA faculty and/or those otherwise employed by UMB are not eligible to apply
- A prospective Fellow must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America
The UMB PALLA fellowship consists of a 10-month long professional development training program, beginning on September 9th, 2021. Fellows will participate in required virtual activities on Thursdays from 3-5pm. Fellows will also work independently and with their mentors on various assigned projects.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, there is the opportunity for up to 6 academic fellows to earn a scholarship in the amount of $20,000, to offset clinical practice time, and use towards conference travel and other expenses. Fellows will earn up to 20 hours of CEU credit for completion of all fellowship requirements. The University of Maryland System institutions are not obligated to offer any Fellow a faculty appointment upon completion of their fellowship. However, the Fellowship program is intended as a step toward a Fellow’s development as a potential faculty member within the University of
Maryland System or another institution of higher education.
Fellowship Expectations and Requirements
Each Fellow will be required to develop educational materials with guided mentorship during the academic year of the Fellowship. As the faculty Fellowship program is designed to help the Fellow build a teaching and scholarship portfolio towards their future academic success, fellows will be provided opportunities to collaborate with faculty on manuscripts, grant/foundation proposal writing, as well as community outreach, service learning and/or interprofessional education activities. Each Fellow is encouraged to give at least one presentation in their area of clinical expertise at a state, national or international conference during the academic year of the Fellowship. All publications, conference presentations, and seminars authored or co-authored by the Fellow must acknowledge support by the
University of Maryland Baltimore, Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy.
Fellowship Application Requirements
For fullest consideration, applicants must submit the following materials by July 15, 2021.
- Cover letter, a brief biographical sketch describing how the applicant’s academic, employment, and/or personal experience and achievements demonstrate commitment to the program objectives described above and a statement of interest that overviews career goals, including scholarship and teaching goals in a faculty position
- A complete resume or curriculum vitae.
- Two professional letters of recommendation. One letter must be obtained from a licensed
- Applicants must be licensed in the state of Maryland to qualify for a PALLA scholarship and must show proof of eligibility.
- Applicants must provide verification of attainment of a master’s degree. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient.
- Applicants are asked to * formally apply* and submit all materials via email to Gabrielle Ricks.
Applicant Review and Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed, in order, by the faculty and staff of the Physician Assistant Leadership and
Learning Academy, with the intent of selecting six fellows for the future 2021-2022 faculty fellow cohort.
To learn more about the PALLA fellowship, visit the following sites: https://www.graduate.umaryland.edu/PALLA/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv0pju2413M&feature=youtu.be
PALLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action program. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job Types: Part-time, Internship
Pay: $20,000.00 - $25,000.00 per year
- 8 hour shift
- Master's (Preferred)
- Teaching: 1 year (Preferred)
- PA-C (Preferred)
- Fully Remote
Hours per week:
- Less than 10
- Waiting period may apply
- Remote interview process
- Social distancing guidelines in place
- Virtual meetings
Work Location: Remote