Senior Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs

University of Arizona, College of Veterinary Medicine
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 09, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) invites applications for the position of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs. The Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs is a leader and champion for curricular innovation, faculty development, and success. The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is a new college and the only college of veterinary medicine at a public university in Arizona. Our innovative three-year DVM program is unlike any other. Our student-centered approach focuses on evidenced-based teaching and learning that will prepare our graduates to be day one ready veterinarians and community leaders that serve society at large. The lecture-free pre-clinical curriculum is based entirely on active learning strategies, including team-based learning (TBL) and peer instruction (PI). There is both horizontal and vertical integration of coursework so that content is strategically threaded throughout the curriculum to maximize learning and application exercise value. Our clinical education is delivered through a distributive model supported by a network of partnerships with local and national veterinary practices. To support our innovative curriculum, we provide extensive support for faculty development in teaching and learning, as well as a team for instructional design support. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing effective, collaborative, and transparent leadership for the CVM academic programs, whether delivered on site or by distance technologies, and will demonstrate the values of the CVM: Adaptation, Compassion, Determination, Exploration, Inclusion, and Integrity.

The UA-CVM is in its inaugural year, and as a new college, provides individuals the rare opportunity to be a member of the founding team and to help establish the culture and processes of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The mission of the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine is to lead the profession as a student-centered program focused on developing career-ready veterinarians who will live healthy meaningful lives and serve their communities. We value an inclusive environment that fosters adaptive, innovative learners who will be successful leaders in the field of veterinary medicine. We believe in emphasizing critical thinking and evidence-based teaching to help students become skilled problem-solvers and lifelong learners. We are committed to extending The University of Arizona’s rich history of outstanding education to provide our students with the resources and knowledge that will help them succeed in all areas of life.

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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: 

  • Oversee faculty and faculty recruiting and hiring processes that result in a diverse, inclusive, innovative, highly qualified team of educators.
  • Develop robust faculty engagement in governance.
  • Develop transparent and robust guidance for faculty for success and advancement with the assistance of the Faculty Council.
  • Oversee competency-based, learner-forward curricular development and implementation in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Clinical Relations and Outreach.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to provide a seamless educational experience for students and to facilitate dialogue surrounding constructive feedback between student and faculty groups
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion to develop a culture of inclusivity that fosters a supportive, safe, and welcoming environment for all to succeed.
  • Collaborate with the Dean and the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion to incorporate a culture of equity and inclusion into all CVM staff and support positions.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies to support the career progression of tenure track faculty with research appointments, the integration of research into the DVM curriculum, and the coordination of the DVM program with students pursing research experiences and graduate degrees.
  • Develop a robust program of student and program outcomes assessment that identifies opportunity areas for growth and contributes to strategic planning for program evolution.
  • Coordinate with other University of Arizona units to leverage shared resources for faculty development, teaching, and learning.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee and serve as ex-officio member of the Curriculum Committee.
  • Ensure that the program aligns with AVMA accreditation requirements
  • Foster relationships and collaborations among support staff, faculty, and administrative leadership across the college and university.
  • Participate in regional and national groups related to veterinary medical education and/or the principles of One Health.
  • Represent the College of Veterinary Medicine on appointed University committees.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree. Master's preferred. Terminal degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 11 years of related work experience, including 7 years of managerial experience, preferably in large complex institutions or organizations, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Requires experience in leading multiple teams, projects, programs, and/or functions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • DVM (or equivalent degree) or Doctoral degree in Education or related field.
  • Three or more years of leadership experience in curricular development, academic programs, and/or faculty affairs.
  • Demonstrated experience in faculty mentorship and development.
  • Record of scholarly work in education, outcomes assessment, teaching, and learning, or other related areas.
  • Commitment to evidence-based teaching and learning and curriculum development.