Co-Director of Didactic Education, Master of Science in Anesthesia Program (Cleveland, OH) - School of Medicine

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine invites invitations for the position of Co-Director of Didactic Education in the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program. This position is a full-time academic position. The Co-Director of Didactic Education will take an active role in all didactic activities, including course mapping, curriculum development, development of didactic faculty, and teaching in the classroom. This person will ensure that activities comply with University, School, and Program policy, procedure, and process.  

The Co-Director of Didactic Education is expected to devote two extended administrative days to the program each week and to hold regular office hours for students. One of the administrative days must be static and must be a Tuesday or a Wednesday.

The following tasks are listed in order of anticipated time consumption and overall importance for the successful undertaking of this position. Under the overall supervision of the Program Director, and in close collaboration with the other Directors in Cleveland, OH, the incumbent will:

1.    Coordinate the teaching responsibilities of MSA Program faculty for all didactic courses, including directly teaching several courses. Courses directly taught may include but are not limited to: 
a.    ANES 403 – Cardiac Electrophysiology
b.    ANES 440 – Patient Monitoring and Instrumentation 1
c.    ANES 441 – Patient Monitoring and Instrumentation 2
d.    ANES 460 – Introduction to Anesthesia
e.    ANES 477 – Clinical decision-making
f.    ANES 478 – Clinical decision-making 2
g.    ANES 485, 486, 487, 584, 585 – Simulation courses
h.    ANES 488 – Anesthesia Non-technical 
i.    Additional courses as deemed necessary by the Program Director

2.    Provide organization and guidance to faculty in the development and delivery of didactic courses, ensuring each didactic course provides students with: 

a.    A schedule of didactic topics with dates, reading assignments, and evaluation mechanisms, distributed at the beginning of each semester.
b.    Course goals, objectives, and foci that are correlated between the didactic activities and the clinical application.
c.    A list of overall course learning objectives, distributed at the beginning of each semester.
d.    A list of learning objectives for each class session, distributed at the beginning of each semester.
e.    Quizzes and examinations that are designed and evaluated with an eye toward critically- and clinically-oriented thinking and board examinations.
f.    Effective standardized evaluation instruments to evaluate instructors’ teaching effectiveness based on attainment of learning objectives and that feedback is shared with program direction. 

3.    Provide substantive guidance for the overall didactic program design and curriculum development for the MSA Program in Cleveland, ensuring all course goals, objectives and foci are developed according to University and accreditation standards and are correlated appropriately for clinical application. In close collaboration with the other Directors of Didactic Education across the network, undertake a systematic semester-end review of courses and student evaluations.

4.    Dispense administrative advice and guidance to carry out plans and procedures consistent with established policies. Assist in creating a budget for didactic education, including but not limited to faculty education, equipment procurement and maintenance. Identify opportunities to share internal didactic resources across the network, reducing the need for outsourcing whenever possible.

5.    Maintain and coordinate information management systems and records to support the academic and administrative functions of the program as deemed appropriate by the Program Director, including an up-to-date student roster with grades across all courses throughout the 2-year program. Monitor student progress and provide reports as needed for the Program Director, faculty, and internal and external agencies. 

6.    Interface with outside organizations and individuals, including potential students, on behalf of the MSA Program. Act as a liaison between the MSA Program office and professional communities, as well as other schools, committees, and task forces within the University. Assist in interviewing and selecting candidates for future classes. Assist the Program in the development of student marketing and recruiting strategies. Participate in recruitment visits to colleges and universities.


1.    Provide guidance to MSA students as relates to academic advising and support services, also including but not limited to mentoring and fellowship. 
2.    Keep up-to-date on relevant department-wide issues through regular attendance of faculty meetings. Participate in MSA Program and other department committee meetings.    
3.    Participate in local, national, and international organizations for professional development. Become and maintain familiarity with current anesthesiology literature and trends in the practice of clinical anesthesia. 
4.    Assist Program Director and other faculty members in special projects as required, including but not limited to special events, seminars, workshops, receptions, etc. 
5.    Perform other duties as required. 

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Applicants must be a practicing, certified anesthesiologist assistant (CAA) and should be an experienced teacher with practical skills in physiology, biophysics, mathematics, pathology, physics and chemistry. A minimum of 3 years’ teaching experience required. 7 years or more teaching experience desired. 

Applicants should possess a graduate degree. A graduate degree in education (M.Ed. or Ph.D.) is desirable.

Program Management:     Frequent contact with Program Director and other local Directors to organize student didactic education.
Faculty:     Regular contact with faculty to explain and ensure course delivery follows University and Program policies and standards.
Students:             Frequent contact with students to teach didactic materials.
Department Staff:     Regular contact with MSA Program staff to coordinate classroom and student needs.
Potential students:     Occasional contact with interested and prospective students at professional events, job fairs and during interview days.
Professional organizations:     Occasional contact with ASA, AAAA, OAAA, OSA and other nearby state associations to represent and advocate for the program’s interests.


•    Must have excellent English written and verbal communication skills.
•    Must have didactic education knowledge and skills, such as writing lesson plans, teaching simulation courses and following related procedures.
•    Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staff at all levels.
•    Good interpersonal skills.
•    Familiarity with accounting and bookkeeping procedures.
•    Skill to use a personal computer and various software packages / applications.
•    Ability to analyze facts, exercise judgment, and arrive at valid conclusions.  
•    Excellent management, clinical, education, organizational, multi-tasking, problem-solving and time-management skills.
•    Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision. 
•    Ability to meet consistent attendance.


To apply, candidates should email a letter of interest, their diversity statement and curriculum vitae to: Manager of Partnerships and Development, Master of Science in Anesthesia Program, Case Western Reserve University at

Applicants will be asked during the application process to submit a statement explaining how their research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future. For ideas on how to write a strong diversity statement, candidates may consult:


Case Western Reserve University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all position at the University.

  • Ability to orally communicate effectively with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, using the English language
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staffs at all levels
  • May be exposed to short, intermittent, and/or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in performance of job duties
  • May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment/supplies to include, but not limited to, pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone, etc.
  • May be required to transport oneself to other campus offices, conference rooms, and on occasion, to off-campus sites to attend meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.

As our society grapples with the history, legacy and persistence of entrenched racism and its impact on communities of color, we reaffirm our mission to expand opportunities for underrepresented groups; provide a multifaceted education for our students; foster a culture of diversity, pluralism and recognition of individual difference; and realize our ideals within the university and in the larger world.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity and advancing an inclusive community in which everyone is welcome, respected, valued and heard. Along with colleagues across the university, our faculty, staff and students are engaged in continued and meaningful dialogue about issues of systemic racism, and we are determined to implement direct measures to end discriminatory practices on our campus and enhance our contributions to the communities around us. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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.