Assistant Dean, Assessment, Evaluation and Analytics

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
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Oct 22, 2021

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Curricular Affairs

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UAHS - Tucson


1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85724 USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona, College of Medicine’s Curricular Affairs office is looking for a creative and innovation-minded professional to serve as the Assistant Dean of Assessment, Evaluation and Analytics to shape the digital learning landscape at UACOM-T MD program, and beyond. Key activities in this role are to develop and maintain effective program evaluation and student assessment systems at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Tucson, and lead the unit in incorporating learning analytics into the curriculum. The Office of Curricular Affairs works to manage and develop the curriculum for medical students, years 1 through 4, at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine. The department is committed to strengthening and advancing the faculty and the curriculum via development programs. In addition, Curricular Affairs helps to manage the MD-MPH program, the Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program, the Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP), the clinical skills lab, student assessment and program evaluation, and resident and faculty instructional development.As we reimagine what medical education can be and create a culture of innovation in learning, we value: • boldness and humility • creativity and process • risk taking and tradition • personalization and scale • openness.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

Learning and working in environments designed for equity and inclusivity are necessary for the UACOMT community to make progress on solving the problems that matter most to society. In addition to collaborating with faculty and staff on projects that explicitly focus on DEI, the Office of Curricular Affairs uses inclusive design processes in all of our work. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Evaluation and Assessment (85%)

  • Attract, motivate and be part of creating a passionate Curricular Affairs team by fostering operational excellence, mentoring and encouraging professional growth, fostering creativity and solution-oriented thinking, and a culture of continuous improvement and coaching.
  • Develop and implement strategic planning for program evaluation and student assessment operations, including developing a data-driven culture that emphasizes transparency in assessment, assessment for learning, and a growth mindset in learners.
  • Ability to take abstract ideas and turn them into concrete results to support learning analytics within the day-to-day operations of the curricular program.
  • Engage faculty, student and staff in change management for the adoption of evidence-based approaches to assessment and evaluation, as well as innovations in learning analytics.
  • Help instill a data-driven culture in Curricular Affairs and liaise across multiple units, including Technology Services, other service units in the education mission, and Graduate Medical Education to build a data-driven culture across the College of Medicine.
  • Develop high-quality, evidence-based evaluation and assessment practices that align with national best practices to inform curriculum decision-making and quality improvement efforts.
  • Direct all aspects of program evaluation in years 1 through 4, including course-based evaluation and student feedback. Provide timely feedback to the Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs, preclerkship curriculum leaders and clerkship directors through student, course and program evaluations.
  • Provide support for the integration of educational evaluation data into institutional data collection and management efforts.
  • Work with stakeholders (students, faculty, and staff) to identify opportunities for curriculum improvements based on evaluation data.
  • Manage all aspects of assessment related to the MD degree, including formative and summative assessment, course-based, longitudinal and standardized patient-based assessments, as well as data analysis and report preparation.
  • Oversee the implementation and maintenance of longitudinal student educational outcomes data, including building predictive models of student success and build the algorithms to support adaptive intelligent tutoring systems.
  • Manage the operations of the Evaluation and Assessment team within Curricular Affairs. Supervise assigned staff, complete staff performance evaluations, and foster a team-oriented culture.
  • Work closely with the Curricular Affairs team to ensure close alignment of evaluation and assessment with the curriculum as it continues to evolve.
  • Serve as liaison to the College’s Information Technology services to ensure accurate and timely collection, storage, and reporting of data.
  • Ensure that departments and educational governance committees receive timely data—via reports and presentations—on the effectiveness of accomplishing program objectives.
  • Engage, inspire and be the thought leader for the Evaluation Subcommittee members to continuously improve evaluation processes, and to produce major analyses and reports on the curriculum.
  • Work with the Manager of Assessment and Evaluation, and the members of the Exam Review Subcommittee, to ensure that course exams are well-designed, reliable, and valid. Ensure exam items are aligned with learning objectives.
  • Provide support for COM Educational Policy Committee and educational governance sub-committees that participate in the curricular evaluation process.
  • Work closely with the Director of Accreditation to ensure that the Evaluation and Assessment Team is providing data and overall support to meet all accreditation requirements .
  • Interest in seeking future growth in leadership and budget management.

Research and Publication (15%)

  • Advance the field through publications and conference publications.
  • Lead dissemination and knowledge sharing activities to engage campus, national and global communities in discussions around innovation in assessment, evaluation and analytics.
  • Mentor and collaborate with local faculty and students on research projects related to assessment and evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MD, DO, or Doctorate (e.g. PhD, DPH, etc.) with a graduate degree in a field appropriate to the area of assessment, evaluation, statistics, and learning analytics.
  • Must have or be qualified for a faculty appointment in one of the colleges within the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS).
  • Experience liaising across educational program operations and faculty and students.

Preferred Qualifications:

*Associate Professor *Five or more years of experience in educational evaluation and assessment in a higher education setting, preferably within a College of Medicine or health science division *Publications and scholarly works qualifying for Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson *Excellent data analysis skills *SAS, SPPS or R or comparable statistical analysis software Power BI, Tableau or comparable visualization software experience *Advanced MS Office Suite *Previous experience in leading, supervising or directing personnel *Knowledge of education research processes and the IRB process *Knowledge of medical education literature *Knowledge of best practices and accreditation criteria related to institutional evaluation, educational program evaluation, and assessment *Familiarity with the higher education policy and governance environment *Leadership skills, including the ability to prioritize and set short- and long-range goals, as well as to organize personnel to accomplish goals *Effective communication skills, including with presentations and publications *Experience running focus groups *Curiosity, knowledge, and spirit of innovation.

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Job Category:

Instructional and Assessment Services

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Jerie Schulz | [email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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