Gloria M. Stewart
Director, Physician Assistant Studies Program and Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Office: PA Facility 200
Degrees: Doctorate in Education (West Virginia University), 1995; Bachelor of Science in Medical Science (Alderson-Broaddus College), 1986; Master of Science in Physical Education (Springfield College), 1973; Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Alderson-Broaddus College), 1970
Year appointed: 2001
Dr. Stewart has taught in higher education for more than 40 years and has been a program director for physician assistant programs since 1995.
Dr. Stewart is a certified physician assistant as well as a certified athletic trainer. She has worked in a variety of health care settings including rural family medicine, general surgery and orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Stewart has provided the PA profession with leadership as a member of several physician assistant organizations. She has served on the board of directors of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP, now called PAEA) from 1999-2002 and as its president from 2000-01. PAEA helps to foster faculty development of PA educators and to provide the guidance to the construction of educational methods and competencies used to train future physician assistants.
For more than six years she was a test item writer and committee member of the National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for both the PANCE and PANRE national certification exam committee. Dr. Stewart was also on the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistants (ARC-PA). She has been a site visitor since 1996 and a commissioner for the ARC-PA from 2002-2008, and served as the Chair of the ARC-PA for two years during 2006-07. The ARC-PA organization is responsible for the accreditation of physician assistant programs across the United States.