Director, Clinical Skills Learning Center - Veterinary Medicine Administration

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College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine Administration

Director of Clinical Skills Learning Center

0% FTE, 12-month appointment

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites current faculty and residents of the college to apply for the position of Director of the Clinical Skills Learning Center (CSLC). The Director position provides leadership in creating, validating, promoting, and participating in transformative simulation-based learning experiences for veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinarians seeking advanced training.



  • In conjunction with the Dean of the College, assure that the CSLC is sufficiently staffed to carry out its missions.
  • Supervise and support the CSLC manager, CSLC head coach, and other full-time (12-month or academic year) CSLC employees.
  • In conjunction with the CSLC head coach, provide effective training for CSLC personnel.
  • Conduct annual performance reviews for CSLC personnel and address personnel concerns.
  • Generate annual budgets for the CSLC and the College's Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Ensure that funds are used responsibly.

  • Provide broad direction for and oversight of the CSLC teaching program. Ensure that skills and procedures taught at the CSLC are consistent with those used at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and with expectations of future employers of College graduates.
  • Instruct, coach, and assess veterinary students at the CSLC during Clinical Practice I (VM 601) and Clinical Practice II (VM 606) courses (approximately 10-15 hours/week).
  • Oversee and participate in the CSLC training program for students from affiliate schools and ECVFG students who spend their final clinical year at Illinois.

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Chair the College's OSCE Planning Team. Plan and assume overall responsibility for delivering the annual VM2 and VM3 OSCEs, which includes: developing blueprints; designing and refining OSCE stations; creating and updating scripts and evaluation forms; developing grading rubrics, and setting pass points.
  • In conjunction with the CSLC manager and head coach: solicit faculty and staff to serve as OSCE evaluators; distribute OSCE materials to evaluators in a secure manner; develop effective evaluator training methods and participate in evaluator training.
  • In conjunction with the CSLC head coach: schedule students for, and communicate with students about, OSCEs; offer OSCE review sessions; assure students receive appropriate ADA accommodations on OSCEs.
  • At the conclusion of the OSCEs, review all completed evaluations and assign global ratings; notify students, the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, and the Education Policy Committee of OSCE outcomes.
  • Oversee and participate in remediation and retesting of students.
  • Investigate and enhance the validity and reliability of the OSCEs.
  • Generate an annual OSCE report.

  • Develop and participate in a rigorous program of scholarly activity at the CSLC that positions the College as a leader in simulation-based veterinary education and competency assessment.
  • Partner with collaborators on campus and at other veterinary colleges to develop state-of-the-art learning and assessment tools.
  • Evaluate outcomes of CSLC training.

  • Serve as a member of the Dean's Senior Leadership Team and College Planning Committee
  • Serve as an ex officio member of the VCM Advisory Committee.
  • Regularly attend meetings of the College's Education Policy Committee.
  • Serve on other committees as appointed.

  • In conjunction with stakeholders, develop and implement a strategic plan for the CSLC.
  • Explore and create novel uses of the CSLC (e.g., for continuing education, training of students from other Colleges, and public engagement).
  • Generate methods and materials to promote the CSLC within and outside of the College.
  • Work with the Office of Advancement to identify donors.

Minimal qualifications:

Veterinary clinical experience attained through employment as a full-time tenured, tenure-track, or specialized faculty member at the rank of Instructor, Lecturer, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor within the College of Veterinary Medicine, or current employment as a resident in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine in a relevant clinical veterinary specialty. Qualified applicants must possess a D.V.M. degree or its equivalent. The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates recognized for instructional excellence or with documented involvement in innovative education and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


An annual administrative stipend of $5,000 will be provided.

Appointment status:

This is a 0% administrative appointment with a 67% to 100% time commitment on a 12-month basis or a 100% time commitment on an academic year basis. The Director of the CSLC will report directly to the Dean of the College, and the assigned time commitment will be reviewed annually. The Director will have their primary academic appointment in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and will report to the Department Head similarly to all faculty in the department.

Proposed starting date:

On or after June 1, 2018.

Application procedures:

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 15, 2018. The review of applications will begin immediately. Interviews may occur prior to June 15, 2018; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date, and consideration will continue until suitable candidates are identified for the position. Interested applicants are invited to apply online at Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and names including contact information for three or more references. Questions should be directed to the search chair:

Dr. Timothy Fan

College of Veterinary Medicine

2001 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802

[email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Veterinary Medicine
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Director, Clinical Skills Learning Center - Veterinary Medicine Administration
Open Date: 05/31/2018
Organization Name: Vet Medicine Administration





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Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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