SOMA - Assistant/Associate Professor Physiology

A.T. Still University
Mesa, AZ

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Science & Technology, Life Sciences
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

A.T. Still University's School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) invites applications for an exempt Assistant/Associate Professor of Physiology on the Mesa, Arizona campus. Full-time (1.0 FTE) basic science faculty members contribute to the educational model and mission of ATSU-SOMA through responsibilities in educational processes that facilitate student-directed learning resulting in graduates that are Master Adaptive Learners (MAL). The basic science faculty member also participates in activities that serve the students, the university and ATSU-SOMA. Scholarly activity and research are required as part of faculty growth and development and advancement of the Institution and the Osteopathic profession.

This position reports directly to the Assistant Dean of Innovation and Curricular Integration.

Major job duties and responsibilities:

Full-time (1.0 FTE) basic science faculty members serve as educational resources in his/her area of expertise, facilitate student-directed learning in a clinical application learning model, advise Osteopathic Medical students, interview applicants, and contribute to the mission of ATSU-SOMA through research, service, and scholarly activity. The faculty member is knowledgeable and qualified to teach their area of subject expertise at a Medical College level.

The following are a list of academic exercises that may be required as a full-time member of the basic science faculty from time to time:

  • Serve as content expert in area of expertise;
  • Serve as small group (CBIQ) learning facilitator;
  • Collaborate on the creation and continued development of a facilitator’s guide for case-application learning sessions by contributing to case formation and improvement;
  • Attend and contribute to curricular meetings and faculty development offerings;
  • Provide examination questions in area of expertise;
  • Be responsible for both formative and summative student assessment;
  • Prepare evaluation tools that will aid in the evaluation of students’ work product and help to identify students that are discovered to be weak in various areas;
  • Interview prospective candidates for ATSU-SOMA;
  • Serve as advisor/coach to assigned students;
  • Be willing to serve as advisor to at least one student club;
  • Serve on committees, as assigned, or elected; (two major committees)
  • Be actively involved with scholarly activity and research as assigned by the supervisor as appropriate with workload distribution and provide annual outcomes;
  • Prepare educational tools (A/V, demonstration models, lectures, lesson plans…etc.);
  • Prepare demonstrations, lectures, small group discussions, and select suggested and required reading from various sources when appropriate;
  • Serve on collaborative University-wide groups as approved by the Dean or designee;
  • Must be able to take direction and receive assignments from the Curricular Deans;
  • Must be available for work during the hours assigned, for student instruction or learning processes; and
  • Accept other duties assigned/needed to meet the goals and mission of ATSU-SOMA.
Knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics:

Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the following essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of and maintaining student and patient’s privacy (i.e. FERPA, HIPAA…etc.);
  • Ability to follow proper OSHA and safety guidelines; Complete Annual Employee training per ATSU policy;
  • Willingness to protect equipment (office, medical, facility);
  • Strong communications skills are essential as well as computer literacy (MS Office Suit [i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Sharepoint]) and accurate data entry skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Willingness to be trained on the current learning management system and other technologies;
  • Ability to establish and maintain a productive work schedule;
  • Possess effective use of organizational and planning skills, including attention to detail and follow-through;
  • Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and demands;
  • Maintain confidentiality of work-related information and materials;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Be able to be flexible to accept other duties needed/assigned for the COM;
  • Be able to work cooperatively and collegially with others, consistent with a workplace of dignity and respect while following
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rules and regulations;
  • Possess interpersonal and communications skills, including tact and diplomacy;
  • The ability to report to work as scheduled, ready to devote full attention and energy to the important work of ATSU-SOMA; and
  • The ability to accept work directives from managers and supervisors in a respectful and cooperative manner.
Minimum qualifications:

Education and experience equivalent to: Doctorate level of achievement (Ph.D., Psy.D., etc…) and at least two (2) years of teaching experience at a medical college level required.

Physical demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must have the ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities include ability to distinguish the nature of objects by using the eye.

Work environment:

Employee is responsible for performing duties in an environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, coercion or harassment, including sexual harassment. Work is performed indoors in an office setting and outside of the office at local community outreach sites. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate.


Assists in the creation of a culture of safety and environmental protection by performing work safely in accordance with departmental safety procedures. Operates equipment safely and reports any unsafe work conditions or practice to supervisor.

Information management:

Ensure compliance with the ATSU-SOMA Computer and Network Usage Policy – General Guidelines for Faculty and Staff.The successful candidate will have demonstrated exceptional teaching or facilitation ability and demonstrated the ability to engage students in their learning of basic sciences material appropriate for Medical education. The ideal candidate will have experience using collaborative and interactive teaching strategies such as facilitation of case-based or team-based learning.

ATSU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverages, among more. If eligible, employee-elected benefits would begin the first of the month following hire date. For more information, please visit:


A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the founding institution of osteopathic healthcare, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. As a leading health sciences university, ATSU is comprised of two campuses (Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz.) on more than 200 acres with six prestigious schools. The culturally rich learning environments include residential and online healthcare related graduate degrees as well as community-based partnerships worldwide. ATSU has more than 1,300 employees dedicated to its not-for-profit mission and an average annual enrollment of over 3,100 students from 35 countries.

ATSU is renowned for its preeminence as a multidisciplinary healthcare educator. The University is focused on integrating the founding tenets of osteopathic medicine and the advancing knowledge of today's science. ATSU continually earns distinctions as the graduate health sciences university with best-in-class curriculum and a community outreach mission to serve the underserved. The University has a rich history of leadership in both healthcare education and correlated research.

ATSU instills within students the compassion, experience and knowledge required to address the whole person and shape healthcare in communities where needs are greatest. Inspired to influence whole person healthcare, ATSU graduates contribute to the future of integrated care while also leading with a selfless passion in the communities they serve.

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