• Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development

    Location US-FL-Miramar
    Job ID
    Ross University School of Medicine
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    U.S. - Exempt
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), one of the oldest, largest, and most accomplished Caribbean-licensed and accredited, international medical schools serving students primarily from the US, seeks an innovative and experienced leader in medical education for the newly created position of Assistant Dean of Clinical Faculty Affairs and Development. 


    RUSM, part of Adtalem Global Education (formerly known as DeVry Education Group), is committed to meeting a societal mission in medicine by educating large numbers of medical students who will go on to practice primary care, work in medically underserved areas, and are demographically representative of the US. RUSM has more than 16,000 alumni in practice throughout the US and Canada and is proud of its extraordinary record.


    The full time international faculty of approximately 200 people at RUSM are dedicated teaching professionals whose primary focus is the preparation of talented medical students for postgraduate training in the US and Canada, aka residency. The Assistant Dean will develop and provide oversight of programs that support clinical faculty in their various academic roles and foster high standards for teaching and scholarly activity during the 3rd & 4th year of RUSM. RUSM is seeking a mid to late career academic physician with experience in faculty affairs to create a structured set of programs to nurture the professional development of the clinical faculty and affiliated hospital staff; decrease the variability of the students’ instructional experience arising from non-uniform training and oversight of instructors at RUSM’s nineteen clinical sites; revise the staffing model and faculty training to support the implementation of a new 4-year curriculum that better integrates basic medical and clinical sciences; and enliven the rewards and recognition programs for clinical faculty so as to promulgate teaching excellence across years, programs, and venues of teaching.




    Therefore over the first 12-18 months (not listed in any particular order of significance), the Assistant Dean is expected to:

    • Establish and champion an outcomes-based system that standardizes expectations for medical education by clinical faculty and clinical teaching affiliates and ensures accountability against these standards.
    • Create and implement individual faculty development plans (IFDP) focused on maintenance and certification and/or licensing for those professional competencies necessary in the clinical faculty member’s area of instruction
    • Develop, redesign, and/or implement a program of pedagogical training in collaboration with the Associate Dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The target outcome is that all RUSM student-facing clinical faculty and instructors at RUSM’s clinical affiliates will be trained and certified as medical educators by the CTL in 2 years.
    • Advance a program of review of performance of clinical faculty and instructors at clinical affiliates that assesses their effectiveness and alignment with RUSM’s academic goals.
    • Establish a process for and program of talent identification and recruitment of clinical faculty and instructors for RUSM’s affiliated clinical sites.
    • Lead workforce planning by monitoring and assessing the quality, productivity, and number of clinical faculty needed to achieve the instructional goals at RUSM’s clinical sites.
    • Update and as needed revise the definition of clinical faculty and the criteria and process for faculty rewards and recognition, such as faculty promotion through the Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee.
    • With their respective department heads, oversee and coordinate the process for performance assessments of clinical faculty that assess the quality and effectiveness of their teaching
    • Act as a partner with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in liaising with the Faculty Senate
    • Partner with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in revisions of the Faculty Handbook as needed to reflect current policies, procedures, and practices applicable to the clinical faculty.
    • Act as the voice for clinical faculty affairs and as a champion for changes and updates.
    • Update and expand quality indicators for RUSM’s instructional programs and incorporate them into a more robust process for academic continuous quality improvement.
    • Advocate for and allocate necessary resources for clinical faculty programs, so as to ensure their quality and maintain compliance with relevant accreditation standards.
    • Oversee the maintenance of the clinical faculty database that preserves information on faculty demographics, credentials, work profile, etc. needed to maintain the Clinical Faculty Section of the Common Data Set for internal and external uses, e.g., Board Reports and accreditation.
    • Develop significant, positive and trustworthy relationships with the Dean and Chancellor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Dean of the CTL, Associate Dean of Campuses, Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs, Assistant Dean of Medical Sciences Faculty, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Career Development, and throughout RUSM to gain personal and professional credibility, respect, and build internally and externally.


    Additional Position Responsibilities


    • Provide oversight and leadership of faculty development strategic plan across the organization.
    • Lead the faculty, staff, and administrative teams on academic and instructional matters relevant to student success.
    • Ensure a continuous review processes to evaluate faculty performance across RUSM, especially for the geographically dispersed clinical faculty.
    • Understand, acculturate, and positively contribute to the culture of RUSM and to Adtalem.
    • Participate in a successful reaccreditation
    • Champion RUSM’s academic mission and promote RUSM’s programs in meetings and publications.
    • Act as a public face of the RUSM faculty community to internal and external constituencies.
    • Other duties and activities may be assigned.


    The successful candidate for Assistant Dean will be an MD with an active medical license in the US, UK, or Canada; a strong academic record and reputation, as well as a positive track record as an medical school administrator; and academic credentials supporting eligibility for appointment at the rank of at least Associate Professor within a RUSM department. It is preferred that the candidate have at least 5 years of direct participation in clinical medical education that reflects increasing responsibility, authority, and accountability; knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues especially in clinical medical education; experience in clinical faculty professional development and performance assessment with a focus on improving clinical teaching skills; experiences with budget development, implementation, and oversight; and familiarity with medical school accreditation.


    Reporting Relationships


    The Assistant Dean will report directly to the soon to be named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, who in turn will be supervised by Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, Dean and Chancellor of RUSM for approximately 1 year. Dean Owen is a globally experienced academic health system leader who is focused on the continued transformation of RUSM to be a forge for pedagogical innovation, social justice in health and healthcare, and to create a medically competent and socially engaged physician workforce. Within a strong culture of succession planning, the successful Assistant Dean will benefit from training and mentoring to serve as RUSM’s future Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Assistant Dean will be based in Miramar, FL, USA but oversee clinical faculty affairs across all of RUSM’s US locales. Travel to RUSM’s US clinical sites is expected with infrequent travel to the Caribbean campus. As a member of the senior administrative team of the Dean and Chancellor, the Assistant Dean works in close collaboration with the aforementioned Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, the Vice President of Operations, and other operational leaders, such as but not limited to the leaders of finance, human resources, informational technology, communications, and Academic Chief of Staff. Direct reports to the Assistant Dean will be determined based on the candidate’s experience and needs for success.


    Candidate Qualifications


    Education and Experience


    • MD or equivalent medical terminal degree with an active medical license in the US, UK, or Canada.
    • Active certification by a recognized medical board of the US, UK, or Canada.
    • Strong academic record and reputation, as well as a proven track record as a medical administrator.
    • Academic credentials supporting eligibility for appointment at the rank of Professor within an RUSM department.
    • At least 7 years of direct participation in medical education with a demonstrable record of increasing authority, responsibility, and accountability.
    • At least two years of service as a medical school Associate Dean or equivalent is preferred.
    • Knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues impacting medical education.
    • Familiarity with shared faculty professional growth and development,.
    • Track record of leading and engaging faculty to achieve successful outcomes.
    • Familiarity with budget development oversight, and implementation.
    • Experience with medical school accreditation.
    • Strong written and large group presentation skills.


    Competencies and Behaviors


    • Highly energetic, innovative and entrepreneurial.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Proven creative thinker in problem resolution and team management.
    • Ability to work very collaboratively, influencing decisions and outcomes, and facilitating consensus.
    • A leader, not a manager.
    • Student centric.
    • Values professional development.
    • Committed to inclusion and diversity.
    • Dynamic, strong leadership skills are required with the ability to work effectively within a multi-facility system.
    • High visibility throughout the organization with an approachable, personable, and positive demeanor.
    • Must be prepared to challenge legacy and conventional wisdom when necessary and have the ability to command respect through presence, academic knowledge, and a practical understanding of the academe.
    • Excellent analytic and complex problem solving skills.
    • A team player and broad thinker who is not only focused on their own areas, but is also aware of the needs of others and acts as a resource, supports the needs of the whole organization, and has respect for the enterprise.
    • Self-confident with the ability to deal with conflict without being adversarial.
    • An outgoing, relatable personality with the ability to engage with people, both internally and externally.

    Who We Are

    Ross University School of Medicine is a member of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. The organization's purpose is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Founded in 1978, Ross is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians to serve as leaders in the U.S. healthcare system. With more than 12,000 alumni, Ross is an important contributor to healthcare in North America. Students complete their foundational studies in Bridgetown, Barbados before completing their clinical training in one of Ross’s affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the United States.


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