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Director of Faculty Development and Educational Support

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, WV

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Director of Faculty Development and Educational Support


Academic Affairs

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Job Description Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development, the Director of Faculty Development and Educational Support shall design, implement, and evaluate faculty development programs as they relate to the WVSOM curriculum or to support educational initiatives within the broader efforts of promoting medical education, educational research, and scholarship. The Director will be responsible for developing and promoting faculty development efforts in multiple formats including but not limited to online modules, webinars, live events, hybrid events, etc. This position will serve in an educational support role for faculty and staff, providing educational guidance and promoting educational excellence through all four years of the curriculum.

This is a full-time non-tenure track Faculty position (state funded), within the Office of Assessment and Educational Development 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. The position does offer the ability for telework (full telework or hybrid). 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. Some travel including overnight travel is required. Applications are considered confidential and references are not contacted until later in the search process. The search committee will begin its review of applications upon receipt and the search will remain open until the position is filled.
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:

  • Successful candidate shall have an earned Doctorate in a relevant field/discipline with preference given to expertise in education or education related field.
  • Higher education experience required with a minimum of five years’ experience in academic medicine preferred/strongly desired.
  • Able to adapt to new and rapidly changing situations.
  • Excellent organizational skills, strict attention to detail, and ability to strategically plan and problem solve is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Faculty Development

  • Provides leadership in faculty development by: designing, implementing, and assessing a comprehensive program of faculty development to assist faculty at all career stages for pre and post doctoral programs, on-campus faculty and off-campus preceptors, and MSOPTI’s DMEs, Program Directors, and clinical preceptors and attendings.
  • Plans, develops, and manages faculty initiatives incorporating the latest research in teaching and learning.
  • Maintains the WVSOM faculty development website.
  • Develops faculty development events, workshops, programs, seminars, and conferences designed to improve teaching and learning.
  • Coordinates and actively participates in the New Faculty Orientation program.
  • Provides close mentorship to new on campus faculty during their first year.
  • Enhances individual teaching effectiveness by consulting with individual faculty to facilitate growth in appropriate pedagogy, curriculum design, and strategies for teaching/learning.
  • Provides classroom observation and feedback about teaching when requested.
  • Develops and distributes training materials in both electronic and face-to-face forms to assist and support faculty, staff, and students with innovative educational methods, educational theories, instructional best practices, and evaluation practices.
  • Oversees and supports the work of the Academic Development Committee
  • Develops and updates the faculty development needs assessment instrument for all stakeholders in collaboration with faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Collects data and creates reports based on the results of the faculty development needs assessments for all stakeholders to inform future programming
  • Chairs the Faculty Development Team for the department, setting meetings, taking minutes, and setting the agenda
Educational Support
  • Supports a culture of teaching excellence on campus.
  • Advocates for and works collaboratively to create a viable environment for the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Stays current in the field of teaching and learning, maintaining a personal scholarly agenda, including regular research, publications, and/or appropriate national-level presentations in the field of faculty development.
  • Works collaboratively with the other departments and leadership positions at WVSOM to ensure the provision of programs, workshops, trainings, or other developmental resources that facilitate faculty growth in their primary roles, as assessed by the faculty evaluation system.
  • Provides feedback to faculty and administration on programs to support student achievement.
  • Performs related duties as assigned or directed.

Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions:

WVSOM requires official transcripts of your highest degree earned and/or the degree in which qualifies you for the position. WVSOM requires these transcripts prior to an offer of employment, and we do recommend you send those to WVSOM once you have been selected for an interview. A transcript is official if it bears the authorizing signature and the official seal of the issuing institution and is sent directly by the school or college to the Office of Human Resources. Should your college or university provide this information electronically, we would ask that you submit that to Tiffany Burns at [email protected]

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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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