Associate Dean for Preclinical Education

Job description


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 Student Affairs. 

Specific Job Functions: 

  1. The Associate Dean is responsible for the first and second year pre-clinical education programs
  2. The Associate Dean is responsible for having an intimate knowledge of all aspects of the first and second year curriculum and should meet regularly with the curriculum chair and the course coordinators to provide leadership, vision, support, and oversight in order to ensure the development and implementation of  a non-redundant,  relevant, “cutting-edge” curriculum
  3. Establishes the schedule of class presentations in consultation with course coordinators
  4. 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
  5. Provides leadership and direction for all programs and activities related to Student Affairs 
  6. Develops and publishes curricular schedules for the first two years of the academic program
  7. Works with the Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development in the evaluation and assessment process for all courses
  8. Responsible for calculating credit hours for all courses in Years 1 and 2
  9. Maintains course syllabi for COCA and HLC visitation teams
  10. Oversees the teaching facilities on the WVSOM campus 
  11. Helps lead the faculty in the design and definition of  the pre-clinical curriculum and in the development of educational policy consistent with the mission of the School
  12. Supervises the Department Of Biomedical Sciences Chairperson
  13. Supervises Preclinical Education office staff
  14. Works with the Director of OSCE programs for the development and implementation of  the 2nd year OSCE programs
  15. Spends time reviewing current literature in order to recommend implementation of new and innovative 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
  16. Shares with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education, and the Chief Student Affairs Officer the responsibility for student guidance, counseling, and discipline
  17. Monitors academic performance for all students during the first two years of the curriculum
  18. Works with the other deans, evaluates, counsels, and advises faculty in meeting their responsibilities
  19. Works closely with the Associate Dean for Osteopathic Medical education to develop and implement a structured, integrated OP&P curriculum throughout Years 1 and 2 of the curriculum
  20. Prepares and administers the budget for the Preclinical Education Department
  21. Approves purchases of supplies and equipment and maintains purchase records
  22. Serves as ex-officio member of the WVSOM Student Promotions, OPP Integration and Curriculum Committees; serves as chair of the Textbook Affordability Committee and the Academic Policy Workgroup
  23. Responsible for  knowledge of all AOA, AACOM  and HLC requirements for accreditation 
  24. Is an active member of the President’s Forum, Dean’s Council, and Dean’s Advisory Council, and Student Learning Assessment Workgroup.
  25. Attends faculty meetings when invited 
  26. Teaches and facilitates as requested by the VP for Academic Affairs and Dean
  27. Performs other related duties as assigned 


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. 

Education and Experience

  • Earned Doctorate Degree
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in academic administration and medical education.
  • The candidate should have a working 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.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online at   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, Associate Vice President of Human Resources at [email protected]

WVSOM Community

WVSOM is a free-standing medical school nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. WVSOM is located in "America's Coolest Small Town" (Budget Travel Magazine 2011) just minutes from the famed Greenbrier® Resort, a Five Diamond hotel and spa and host of the PGA’s annual Greenbrier Classic. WVSOM brings over 40 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 actively engaged in service outreach and support for over 40 non-profit organizations in this area.  Additionally, WVSOM faculty and staff enjoy a vibrant cultural community which features one of only four operating Carnegie Halls in the world, as well as the state professional theatre of West Virginia. Throughout the year, employees can enjoy live plays and musicals, a broad representation of visual artists, an annual chocolate festival, a flourishing literary series, and live music events within a historic preservation area featuring 19th century architecture, unique shops and dining, and limitless outdoor recreation. 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. 




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Job No:
Posted: 6/11/2018
Application Due: 8/10/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Salary and faculty rank is commensurate with education and experience.