Associate Dean of Program Innovation and Educational Enhancements - Center for Medical Education

The WR2 Curriculum of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM) supports the professional development of its medical students in a multitude of ways, including in the curricular space, within the academic, professional, and personal advising in student  affairs, and through several enhancement programs that fall in between curriculum and student affairs. We seek an Associate Dean to manage  these educational program enhancements.

The primary role of the Associate Dean of Program Innovation and Educational Enhancements is to serve as a leader within the MD program by providing an effective vision and strategy for delivering these programs. The role includes streamlining processes, mentoring faculty, and effectively integrating essential components of the student experience. The Associate Dean will report directly to the Vice Dean for Medical Education.

The Enhancement Programs under the Associate Dean's portfolio include the Pathway Programs, Early Career Exploration (in collaboration with Student Affairs), Professional Identify Formation, Interprofessional Education, Elective Curriculum components, and Medical Student Scholarship.


• Serve as the central leader coordinating the Pathways Programs, including quarterly director meetings, funds flow for student activities and faculty support, and annual reports for each Pathway. Provide oversight for an updated and consistent web presence for each Pathway. Coordinate the timing of student selection at the beginning of each academic year.
• Standardize and grow the early career exploration (shadowing) opportunities for students, including designing a best practice for timing,  assignment, tracking, and evaluating the experiences. In collaboration with Student Affairs, inform the students, via an up-to-date website, on their roles and responsibilities in these activities. With input from curricular affairs (assistant dean for longitudinal clinical education), consider  innovations to bridge Foundations of Clinical Medicine with Early Career Exploration.
• Support the design team for Professional Identity Formation, including faculty lead mentorship. Contribute to PIF activities, including grant submissions and research activities in this area of medical education. Serve as a liaison to the PIF design team and other medical education  stakeholders, including the Simulation Center, technology services, curriculum, and student affairs.
• Represent the WR2 Curriculum in the interprofessional education activities, including Collaborative Practice 1, the CP1 Design Team. Participate in CP activities and work to improve CP1's ability to meet the medical students' needs. Create other interprofessional programs for medical  student learning, including but not limited to additional student-run health clinics.
• Provide oversight and mentorship to the faculty and staff managing the elective components of the medical student curriculum (approximately  300 advanced (M3/M4) electives and another almost 50 pre-clerkship (M1/M2) electives). Ensure up to date policies and procedures for elective curriculum components including review of the annually updated course catalog. Includes contributing to targeted faculty development efforts across five campuses.
• Co-direct the annual Medical Student Research Day planning to ensure robust participation and successful judging of submissions.
• Prepare an annual report for the Vice Dean of Medical Education describing the enhancement programs, their effectiveness (with evidence to support), and any anticipated changes.
• Work collaboratively with the Office of Curricular Affairs, Office of Student Affairs, Registrar's Office, and Assistant Clerkship Deans.

Support and Resources:

This part-time position will require up to 0.6 FTE (the specific effort is negotiable) and receive commensurate salary support from the Office of Vice Dean for Education and administrative support for the above functions.

Job Requirements:

Faculty appointment at the Associate Professor level or higher and a record of being highly effective within medical education roles. Strong candidates will have significant experience in medical education and/or teaching and administrative leadership. The ideal candidate will be able to relate to a wide range of individuals to establish effective connections, mentor others, and create opportunities that span diverse opinions and approaches.

Application: Interested faculty should submit a cover letter comprising a vision statement (no more than two pages), a diversity statement, and a current CV via Interfolio at The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics.

Case Western Reserve provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.