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Associate Dean Graduate Program

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, WV

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Position Title:

Associate Dean Graduate Program

Working Title:

Associate Dean for the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences


Academic Affairs

Scheduled Hours Per Week:

37.5 hours

FLSA Status:


Job Description Summary:

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) seeks the founding Associate Dean for the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. The Associate Dean is responsible for the planning, direction and administration of the Masters of Biomedical Sciences program. The Associate Dean will perform duties that support the Mission Statement of WVSOM.

This is a full-time administrative position with faculty appointment. This position is exempt from FLSA regulations concerning overtime. Not all activities of this position occur within the confines of an 8:00-4:30 schedule and may require evening and weekend scheduling as needed. The weekly schedule for this position will be established between the supervisor and the employee and approved given the needs of the department and the institution. This position has been designated as Essential. This means that when WVSOM is faced with an institutional emergency, employees in such positions may be required to remain at their work location or to report to work to protect, recover and continue operations at WVSOM. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing diversity among its faculty and staff.

Minimum Education:


Skills Required:

PhD in one of the biomedical fields (e.g. biochemistry, anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, pathology, molecular biology, cell biology). Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience teaching medical students, and 10 years of teaching overall. Must have at least 3 years’ experience as course director. Must be eligible for rank of Associate or Full Professor. Should have excellent organizational and management skills; analytical ability to organize; present data and information for senior administration that demonstrates trends and progress to goals. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated ability to be a positive, supportive role model for faculty and students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans and designs the curriculum based on the accreditation standards.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of didactic instructional activities of students enrolled in the Programs.
  • Evaluates student didactic performance based on pre-determined educational objectives.
  • Prepares accreditation documents for Higher Learning Commission and maintains accreditation standards.
  • Works collaboratively with the Admissions office on student recruitment. This may include membership in professional organizations to aid in student recruitment and expanding bridge and pipeline program connections.
  • Monitors and evaluates program quality, outcomes, and possible risk exposures. This includes training, evaluation, and revision of policies as appropriate.
  • Prepares, evaluates, and reviews program documents including the catalog, application forms, recruitment brochures, website, master class schedule, course outlines, and didactic and clinical evaluation forms.
  • Performs duties related to faculty and staff recruitment.
  • Works with the Marketing & Communications Department to manage social media presence to meet established goals related to recruitment, sustainability, and alumni relations.
  • Develops and maintains an evaluation process that includes students, faculty, and administrative staff.
  • Serves on WVSOM committees and attends all professional meetings related to job function.
  • Analyzes and improves processes aimed at maintaining/improving student retention.
  • Counsels and assists students as needed. Serves as an academic advisor for an assigned population of students within BMS but is also available to all students for program guidance, professional school counseling, writing letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean to serve as a role model for collaborative leadership.
  • Works cooperatively with the Chair of Biomedical Sciences in recruiting and selecting faculty to teach in the Masters of Biomedical Science program.
  • Development and administration of the Graduate School budget.
  • Participates in developing and maintaining policies and procedures that are consistent with the overall Mission Statement of WVSOM and Programs, and that comply with accreditation standards and other regulatory agencies.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of a strategic plan that includes the accreditation, regulatory, instructional, and budgetary components of both programs.
  • All other related duties as assigned.

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The mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine.

WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the special health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.

Because of our outstanding medical education programs. Because of our latest high-tech learning tools. Because WVSOM has a sense of community togetherness and family feeling.

Reason #1: The feel of a small school with a national reputation
Our legacy of excellence has earned WVSOM national recognition for many years as a leader in the nation for family medicine, primary care and rural medicine by the highly regarded U.S. News & World Report. With a passion for providing the best osteopathic medical education, WVSOM fosters the development of caring and compassionate physicians.  WVSOM has also been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education in “Great Colleges to Work For.”

Reason #2: Education is our top priority
At WVSOM, our faculty is dedicated to our principal mission: educating osteopathic students in all areas of medicine. Because we are a free standing program—not part of a larger university—our faculty of nationally and internationally recognized PhDs, DOs and MDs are free to focus on the education of our students. Their passion for teaching and commitment to lifelong learning are the hallmarks of a WVSOM medical education.

Reason #3: Preparing students for primary care and all other specialties
WVSOM is leading the charge to elevate community-based services to a more prominent position in our nation’s health care system. With the firm medical education that we provide, students are well prepared to succeed in any field of medicine they choose to pursue.

Reason #4: Curriculum to maximize learning style
WVSOM presents a 21st century, clinically integrated approach to medical education. In the first two years, students are exposed to a variety of learning modes, including small group case presentations, lectures and laboratory experiences, and interaction with standardized patients and robots. Students learn a variety of clinical skills, and have early clinical encounters with real patients. All of these curricular activities integrate the basic sciences and their application to the patient. During years three and four, through the Statewide Campus System, students spend time in physician offices and hospitals, honing their skills with actual patients.

Reason #5: Our professors
Students at WVSOM have unprecedented access to consult with professors on an individual basis beyond the classroom setting. Open office hours, combined with the fact that most faculty members live in close proximity to campus, ensure that instructors are not just available, but eager to address questions or concerns one-on-one. Teaching is our primary objective, and we understand that learning often happens outside of classroom time.

Reason #6: A holistic approach to healing and emphasis on preventive medicine
The osteopathic philosophy of medicine provides everything students need to become a fully competent, practicing physician with a more holistic approach to the patient. While osteopathic physicians practice traditional medicine and surgery, they also focus on preventive medicine and ways to attain and maintain wellness. An osteopathic medical education provides training in OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine), a practice where physicians use their hands as another tool to diagnose and treat injury and illness.

Reason #7: Leading edge technology
WVSOM is on the forefront of innovation, providing a cutting-edge medical education. For first and second year students, wireless Internet service envelops the entire campus, ensuring 24/7 access to research sources, classroom materials and a global communications network. Each first year student receives a new, fully programmed laptop computer to utilize during their four years of study. During third and fourth year off-site rotations, students can gain access to testing, grading and evaluation forms, required reading lists and other instructional materials via WVSOM’s secure student portal.

More traditional research needs can be fulfilled in WVSOM’s modern library facility. Consisting of over 33,000 items, the library features current books, literature, scientific journals and access to over 8,000 full-text e-journals. Of special note is the osteopathic history collection and a unique index of over 23,000 osteopathic articles. The library also provides comfortable space for individual and group study with computer workstations, AV study rooms and individual cubicles.

Reason #8: Human patient simulators (robots) put real-life scenarios in students' hands
Students at WVSOM utilize human patient simulators to confront and treat real-world patient situations in a safe, controlled clinical training environment. These full-size, interactive, computerized mannequins can provide real-life simulations of more than 80 medical conditions, allowing for many different kinds of training scenarios.

With their life-like exterior and hi-tech internal components, WVSOM’s  patient simulators provide an incredibly realistic training experience for students.

With the robots, failure does not mean a bad grade; failure means a patient dies. This visceral experience enhances the learning experience and makes a lasting impression.

Reason #9: World-class anatomy lab offers hands-on learning environment
The study of human anatomy is a core component of the nationally recognized osteopathic medical education program at WVSOM. Our advanced anatomy lab features state-of-the-art equipment and ventilation systems, along with a multipurpose anatomy demonstration room to enhance the learning experience. This tactile learning environment offers a level of hands-on exposure to the human anatomy in a sterile and controlled environment that no simulator or model can provide.

Reason #10: Standardized patients training
In the medical field, effectively communicating with the patient is critical to acquiring complete medical histories, performing thorough physical exams and accurately diagnosing and treating the whole patient. In a simulated and controlled environment, actors portray patients with a specific set of medical issues and symptoms. Students must complete a comprehensive physical examination on the patient. This experience provides an invaluable opportunity to practice interview skills and develop a compassionate bedside manner.

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