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Assistant/Associate Dean of Preclinical Education - School of Podiatric Medicine (Erie, PA)

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Erie, Pennsylvania
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 5, 2023

JOB SUMMARY: The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine has opened a search for an Assistant/Associate Dean of Preclinical Education for the new LECOM School of Podiatric Medicine.  In conjunction with the Dean of the SPM and other administrative faculty and staff, the Assistant/Associate Dean of Preclinical Education is administratively responsible for Year I and Year II of the curriculum as well as coordinating with the Associate/Assistant Dean of Clinical Education for any didactic components of clinical education that occur in Year III and IV of the curriculum. At the direction of the Dean, oversees and directs the academic, administrative, financial, and public relations functions for the preclinical education program.


  • Under the leadership of the Dean, and in cooperation with other faculty, be responsible for the entire Year I and Year II preclinical education program;
  • Oversee the daily responsibilities of the lecture curriculum, including: basic and clinical sciences, podiatric medicine curriculum, and the inter-professional curriculum;
  • Supervises other faculty members and staff who contribute directly to the success of the Institution;
  • Establishes goals, objectives, and outcome measures to assess student, faculty, and affiliate performance;
  • Spends time reviewing current literature in order to recommend implementation of new and innovative curricular programs to the Dean, Provost, and other administrative faculty and staff, in order to assure that LECOM maintains a first-class educational program;
  • Oversees the evaluation and student learning assessment process for the preclinical education program;
  • Works with the Dean, Provost and the other Administrative Faculty and Staff to direct the entire LECOM campus program;
  • Participates in the development and assessment of the SPM Strategic Plan;
  • Assists in recruiting and supervising propective faculty and staff members so to ensure the consistent application of LECOM policies and procedures throughout Year I and Year II;
  • Ensures that LECOM Faculty are monitoring the progress and performance of students during Years I and II of the curriculum;
  • Helps lead the faculty in the design and definition of the preclinical curriculum and in the development of educational policy consistent with the mission of the Institution;
  • Works with the Dean and other faculty / staff to identify, evaluate, counsel, and advise adjunct faculty who teach in the clinical education curriculum;
  • Responsible for preclinical education student guidance, mentoring, and counseling;
  • In cooperation with others, is responsible for communication with staff, faculty, and students;
  • Works with the Dean and the Associate/Assistant Dean of Clinical Education to evaluate, counsel, and advise faculty in meeting their responsibilities;
  • Prepares and administers the budget for the entire preclinical education area;
  • Develops and initiates in-service and leadership training;
  • Recommends and recruits prospective faculty and staff to the Dean;
  • Will attend preclinical classes taken with the osteopathic medical students to ensure podiatric students are engaged in the discussions;
  • Responsible for originating and obtaining affiliation agreements and all other required documents that may be necessary from time to time;
  • Oversees and directs exams for program success concerning preclinical education;
  • Responsible for knowledge of all CPME, MSCHE, and other related requirements for accreditation;
  • Teaches and facilitates as requested by the Dean;
  • Demonstrates an ability to effectively lead faculty and staff in the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the institution;
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the policies and applicable laws;
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring recommendations, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems;
  • Create PowerPoint presentations and deliver lectures concerning preclinical education and other educational programs on an as needed basis;
  • Serve as a faculty mentor/advisor to students in a variety of related issues (i.e. students experiencing academic difficulties…Etc.);
  • Provide consultation services to other faculty members in regard to preclinical education;
  • Periodically review the preclinical education program and offer suggestions for improvement;
  • Annually develop the schedule for all academic courses;
  • Serve on various committees as assigned;
  • Contributes toward specific projects and functions related to the SPM;
  • Tracks student attendance and provides attendance reports;
  • Make sure all post-course evaluations are completed by students and tracked accordingly;
  • Travel including overnight travel is required;
  • Faculty member will contribute directly to the Mission of LECOM embodying the essence of Podiatric Medicine;
  • Faculty member will participate in scholarly activity so to enrich and broaden the student learning experience;
  • Faculty member will commit to being a representative of LECOM by being actively involved in the community, including, but not limited to, assisting with Institutional fundraising and participating in the LECOM Scholarship Auction, serving on Boards, participating in community fundraisers and overall outreach;
  • Must be able to take direction and receive assignments from the Dean or his/her designee; and
  • Accept other duties needed/assigned for the Institution’s needs.



An applicant must complete the online application and upload current CV (curriculum vitae) to the application site.  The applicant must also email the following: a cover letter outlining how he/she would enhance the LECOM family, a statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three professional references.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For more information on LECOM, visit our website at

Minimum Requirements 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: 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.

  • Strong leadership skills with experience in strategic planning, systems improvement, budgets, effective management, and a background in health policy;
  • Knowledge of clinical education concepts necessary to ensure a proper understanding for students;
  • Knowledge of osteopathic principles and practices;
  • Compliance with State and Federal Regulations and Safety Protocols;
  • Knowledge of patients’ (HIPAA) and students’ (FERPA) privacy;
  • Strong communication 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;
  • Maintaining an established work schedule;
  • Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills, including tact and diplomacy;
  • Effectively using organizational and planning skills, including attention to detail and follow-through;
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects, and demands;
  • Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships;
  • Be able to be flexible to accept other duties as needed or assigned;
  • The ability to work cooperatively and collegially with others, consistent with a workplace of dignity and respect and EEO rules and regulations;
  • The ability to 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, professional and cooperative manner.



Education and experience equivalent to: a doctoral degree, Ph.D., in a medically related basic science field or a D.P.M. from a CPME accredited institution with experience in designing and assessing a podiatric academic curriculum.  If candidate holds a clinical degree, she/he must be board certified in an area of study; licensed or eligible for a current license to practice podiatric medicine; a minimum of five (5) years or more of experience in academic administration and medical education at the level of Assistant Dean, Department Chair, and/or Director of Preclinical Education.

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