Jennifer Snyder, a professor in the Physician Assistant Program, has been elected President-Elect of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), the national education association representing 188 physician assistant programs.
Snyder is concluding her elected term as a Director at Large on the Board of Directors for the Association on December 31, 2014. She begins her three-year term with PAEA, first as President-Elect on January 1, 2015, followed by one year as President, and then one year as immediate Past President.
Responsibility for all Association activities lies with the PAEA Board of Directors. The board administers the association’s financial affairs, appoints and conducts association business. As president, Snyder will represent PAEA on all issues affecting the association and assure the board fulfills its responsibilities for governance of the association, PA education and the profession.
“Being elected to this position is a great honor,” Snyder said. “The number of PA programs and the number of students in those programs have grown dramatically; healthcare and higher education are in a time of great transition. There is much work to be done.”
PAEA is a not-for-profit association representing accredited physician assistant educational programs in the United States. PAEA provides services for faculty at its member programs, as well as to applicants, students, and other stakeholders.
In September, Snyder completed her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, becoming the first graduate of the program offered by the school’s College of Health Care Sciences. She wrote her dissertation on the “Investigation of Physician Assistants’ Choice of Rural or Underserved Practice and Framing Methods of Recruitment and Retention.”
Snyder has taught at Butler since 1999. In 2009, the Physician Assistant graduating class voted her Faculty of the Year. In 2010, the American Academy of Physician Assistants recognized her as a Distinguished Fellow for her outstanding dedication to the PA profession. In2011 the Student Academy of American Academy of Physician Assistants awarded her the President’s Award for her service and promotion of leadership, educational and professional development of PA students.