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Assistant Director of Problem-Based Learning (Bradenton, FL)

LECOM School of Dental Medicine
Florida, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Dentistry, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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JOB SUMMARY:  The Assistant PBL Director assists in the leadership of both students and facilitators throughout our PBL curriculum.  In addition, the Assistant Director serves as a full-time faculty member and plays a critical role in implementing, improving, and designing our PBL curriculum to meet the mission and goals of LECOM. 

CHARACTERISTIC JOB TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following are a list of academic and management exercises that may be required of the Assistant Director of PBL from time to time:

  • Assist in providing leadership, vision, and faculty development for the PBL program to support the goals and missions of the College;
  • Assist in the management, training, development, and recruitment of PBL facilitators;
  • Assist in the assigning and managing PBL student groups;
  • Assist in PBL facilitator assignment;
  • Assist in PBL case revision and new case generation;
  • Collaborate with administration of PBL course delivery and schedule development;
  • Keep informed of current literature on PBL through networking with national organizations and individuals;
  • Assume a leadership role in the guidance of PBL student learning through student advisement and group discussions;
  • Lead institutional collaborations as related to the PBL curriculum;
  • Serve as content expert in area of expertise;
  • Serve as Problem Based Learning PBL facilitator;
  • Provide examination questions for PBL exams in area of expertise;
  • Oversee PBL examination process and outcomes;
  • Interview prospective candidates for the School of Dental Medicine (SDM);
  • Serve on Committees, as assigned and as advisor to assigned students;
  • Provide, at minimum, two scholarly activities or research projects yearly;
  • Preparation of educational tools (A/V, demonstration models, lectures, lesson plans…etc.);
  • 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;
  • Attend “Team” meetings approved by SDM that require advancement of your profession;
  • Must be able to take direction and receive assignments from the Director of PBL and/or the Assistant Dean of Pre-Clinical Education;
  • Assist in the preparation of the PBL course syllabus in detail that will guide the student through the rigorous curriculum;
  • Must be available for work during the hours assigned, for student advisement; and
  • Accept other duties assigned/needed for the Institution’s needs.



Job Requirements:


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

  • Knowledge of the PBL curriculum and prior experience in the role of PBL facilitator;
  • Prior experience in a leadership role;
  • Strong communications skills are essential as well as computer literacy (MS Office Suit [i.e. Word, PowerPoint and Excel]) and accurate data entry skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Must be accurate and attentive to detail;
  • Must be trained and certified on the Institutional Data System;
  • Maintain an established work schedule;
  • Effectively use interpersonal and communications skills, including tact and diplomacy;
  • Effectively use organizational and planning skills, including attention to detail and follow-through;
  • 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 PBL program;
  • Work cooperatively and collegially with others, consistent with a workplace of dignity and respect and EEO rules and regulations;
  • Report to work as scheduled, ready to devote full attention and energy to the important work of LECOM; and
  • The ability to accept work directives from managers and supervisors in a respectful and cooperative manner.

Education and experience equivalent to:
D.D.S., D.M.D., or Ph.D. degree required.  Prior teaching experience for 2 – 5 years at a Dental School or similar educational Institution required. Prior leadership role in a PBL curriculum with a deep knowledge of PBL philosophy and other theories of learning and curricular design preferred.

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