Associate Dean for Preclinical Education

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, WV
Closing date
Jun 12, 2023

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Position Title:
Associate Dean for Preclinical Education
Academic Affairs
Scheduled Hours Per Week:
37.5 hours
FLSA Status:
Job Description Summary:
Under the leadership of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, the Associate Dean for Preclinical Education is administratively responsible for Years I and II of the Curriculum. The Associate Dean for Preclinical Education serves as the administrative head of the basic science faculty and oversees Academic Support and Intervention Resources (ASPIRE).

This is a full-time faculty position and is exempt for FLSA provisions regarding overtime. There is an excellent state benefits package including relocation. Salary and faculty rank is commensurate with education and experience. Not all activities of this position occur within the confines of an 8:00-4:30 schedule and will require regular evening and weekend scheduling. Some travel including overnight travel is required. This position is not eligible for telework and must be in-person on the WVSOM Campus.
Applications are considered confidential. The search committee will begin its review of applications upon receipt. Final candidates are subject to employment and credential verification, reference and background checks. For additional information contact: Leslie Bicksler, Vice President of Human Resources at WVSOM CommunityRecognized as a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, WVSOM is a freestanding medical school nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. Located in "America's Coolest Small Town," WVSOM is just minutes from the famed Greenbrier Resort, a AAA Five Diamond hotel and spa. WVSOM brings 50 years of history serving the health and wellness needs of the Greenbrier Valley, the state of West Virginia and beyond. The school's small-town, rural community cherishes its connection with the college, and our students are engaged in service outreach and support for more than 40 nonprofit organizations in the area. This one-of-a-kind environment brings together farmers and artists, lumbermen and world-renowned musicians, holistic physicians and thrill-seeking whitewater rafters in a diverse melting pot that is truly unique. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing diversity among its faculty and staff.
Minimum Education:
Skills Required:

  • Earned Doctorate Degree: D.O., M.D., Ph.D, Ed.D.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in academic administration and medical education including course director experience.
  • The candidate should have strong knowledge of curriculum planning, implementation and assessment.
  • If degree is Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) it must be from a COCA accredited college of osteopathic medicine. Candidate must be board certified and must be licensed or eligible for a current license to practice osteopathic medicine in the State of West Virginia.
  • The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A combination of recent and related experience and education may be considered.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Associate Dean is responsible for administering the first- and second-year education programs
  • Meet regularly with the curriculum committee chair, the course coordinators and the chairs to provide leadership, vision, support, and oversight in order to ensure the development and implementation of a non-redundant, relevant, "cutting-edge" curriculum
  • Establishes and publishes the course schedule in consultation with course coordinators
  • Working with the chairs, recruits and arranges for all visiting lecturers and other support personnel for lectures, presentations, and teaching labs with the exception of OPP in the first two years of the curriculum
  • Works with the Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development in the evaluation and assessment process for all courses
  • Responsible for calculating credit hours for all courses in Years 1 and 2
  • Maintains course syllabi for COCA and HLC visitation teams
  • Oversees the teaching facilities on the WVSOM campus
  • Grants and tracks excused absences for students, and communicates those with course directors
  • Assigns final grades to students at the end of a course or system for all courses in Years 1 and 2
  • Helps lead the faculty in the design and definition of the Years 1 and 2 curriculum and in the development of educational policy consistent with the mission of the School
  • Supervises the Department of Biomedical Sciences Chairperson
  • Supervises Preclinical Education office staff and the Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs
  • Works with the Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences for the development and implementation of the 2nd year OSCE programs
  • Works cooperatively with the Associate Dean of Multicultural and Student Affairs regarding student issues and students in crisis
  • Serves as Chair of the Accommodations Committee and communicates students' accommodations with course directors and the Exam Center
  • Stays abreast of current literature and national presentations on curricular innovations in order to recommend implementation of changes to the curricular programs to the faculty and the VP for Academic Affairs and Dean, in order to assure that WVSOM maintains a "cutting edge" educational program
  • Shares with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education, and the Associate Dean for Multicultural and Student Affairs the responsibility for student guidance, counseling, and discipline
  • Monitors and tracks academic performance for all students during the first two years of the curriculum
  • Meets with all students who fail a course to counsel them on improvement
  • Leads the PASS program to monitor at-risk students
  • Supervises the ASPIRE team of academic advisors
  • Works with the other deans, evaluates, counsels, and advises faculty in meeting their responsibilities
  • Works closely with the Osteopathic Principles and Practices Curriculum Development Leader to develop and implement a structured, integrated OP&P curriculum throughout Years 1 and 2 of the curriculum
  • Prepares and administers the budget for the Preclinical Education Department
  • Approves purchases of supplies and equipment and maintains purchase records
  • Serves as ex-officio member of the WVSOM Student Promotions, OPP Integration and Curriculum Committees and the Curricular Assessment Subcommittee; serves as chair of the Textbook Affordability Committee and the Academic Policy and Procedures Committee
  • Responsible for knowledge of all COCA and HLC requirements for accreditation, as well as AACOM initiatives in medical education
  • Serves as a member of AACOM's group on Osteopathic Medical Education
  • Is an active member of the President's Forum, Dean's Cabinet, and Dean's Advisory Council, and PASS Committee
  • Attends faculty meetings when invited
  • Teaches and facilitates as requested by the VP for Academic Affairs and Dean
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
Special Instructions:
WVSOM requires official transcripts of your highest degree earned and/or the degree in which qualifies you for the position. WVSOM requires these transcripts prior to an offer of employment, and we do recommend you send those to WVSOM once you have been selected for an interview. A transcript is official if it bears the authorizing signature and the official seal of the issuing institution and is sent directly by the school or college to the Office of Human Resources. Should your college or university provide this information electronically, we would ask that you submit that to Tiffany Burns at
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