• 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 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 can fulfill their aspirations of a career in medicine, especially those who desire a career in primary care, want to 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. For example, RUSM is one of the largest contemporary providers of underrepresented minority physicians, especially African-American males.


    RUSM’s full time international faculty of approximately 200 people 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 basic science and clinical faculty in their academic roles and foster high standards for teaching and scholarly activity at RUSM. RUSM is seeking an academic physician with experience in medical faculty affairs to build a structured set of programs to:

    • Nurture the professional development of faculty and teaching staff;
    • Decrease the variability of the students’ instructional experience arising from non-uniform training and oversight by faculty and teachers;
    • Revise the staffing model and faculty training to support the implementation of a new 4-5 year curriculum that better integrates basic medical and clinical sciences; and
    • Enliven the rewards and recognition programs for faculty so as to promulgate teaching excellence across years, programs, and teaching venues.


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

    • Establish and champion an outcomes-based system that standardizes expectations for medical education by faculty ensures accountability against these standards;
    • Create and implement individual faculty development plans (IFDP) focused on maintenance of certification and/or licensing for the professional competencies necessary in the area of instruction;
    • Develop, redesign, and/or implement a program of pedagogical training in collaboration with the Associate Dean of the Academy for Teaching and Learning (ATL). The target outcome is that all RUSM student-facing faculty will be trained and certified as medical educators by the ATL in 2 years;
    • Advance a strongly structured program that reviews faculty performance based on their academic effectiveness and alignment with RUSM’s goals;
    • Along with the deans of basic and clinical sciences, co-lead workforce planning by monitoring and assessing the quality, productivity, and number of faculty needed to achieve the teaching and learning goals of RUSM;
    • Update and as needed revise the definition of 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 faculty that assess the quality and effectiveness of their teaching;
    • Act as a planning and operational 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 best practices and current policies, procedures, and practices applicable to the faculty;
    • Act as the voice for 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 oversee the allocation of resources necessary for faculty development, so as to ensure their quality and maintain compliance with relevant accreditation standards;
    • Oversee the maintenance of the faculty database that preserves information on faculty demographics, credentials, work profile, etc. needed to maintain the Faculty Section of the Common Data Set for internal and external uses; and
    • Develop significant, positive and trustworthy relationships with the Dean and Chancellor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of the ATL, Associate Dean of Medical Sciences, Assistant Dean of Clinical Sciences, Assistant Dean of Career Attainment, and to gain personal and professional credibility, respect, and build internally and externally throughout RUSM.



    • 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 institutional 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 and
    • 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 a 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 medical education that reflects increasing responsibility, authority, and accountability; knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues especially in medical education; experience in 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 recruited Chief Academic Officer and work closely with Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, Dean and Chancellor of RUSM for approximately 1.5 years. 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 faculty affairs across all of RUSM’s locales. Travel to RUSM’s US and international sites is expected. The Assistant Dean will be an active member of RUSM’s senior administrative team led by the Dean and Chancellor. The Assistant Dean will work in close collaboration with the aforementioned Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, as well as the Vice President of Operations, and other operational leaders, such as but not limited to the leaders of finance, human resources, informational technology, communications, student operations, student affairs, and the Academic Chief of Staff. Direct reports to the Assistant Dean will be determined based on the candidate’s experience and needs for success.


    • 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 Associate Professor within an RUSM department.
    • At least 5 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 Assistant 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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