The Associate Dean will be responsible for academic planning and will provide the support necessary to allow for the continued development of a unique curriculum and the professional development of a maturing faculty. The College was created upon and continues to operate under three founding principles: Lifelong, student centered learning, Reverence for life, and Excellence in clinical education through the creation of strategic alliances. The College is pursuing an individual who will embrace and champion this paradigm in curricular delivery.
Description of Duties and Tasks
Essential Job Functions
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will be responsible for:
The development, management, coordination, and evaluation of all coursework including periodic review of the curriculum.
The performance of all appropriate duties and the identification of new initiatives necessary for the continual improvement and seamless operation of the academic programs and the administrative processes.
Effective communication on academic matters within the campus community as well as between the academic units and the external alliances and constituencies.
The enforcement of all University and College academic policies/regulations.
The enhancement of the academic curriculum through the identification of, and the acquisition and management of, academic grants, both internal and external.
Introduction and continual improvement of programs which enhance the quality of veterinary education using techniques that promote student centered learning.
Assisting the Dean in the creation of annual budget proposals and oversight of all disbursements for academic units reporting to the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
The continued expansion and strengthening of strategic alliances with regional businesses and industries, governmental and community agencies, and other institutions of veterinary education.
The making of recommendations and general oversight for all matters concerning the recruitment, evaluation, and selection of the entering class of veterinary students, including providing leadership in recruiting a diverse student body.
To facilitate the education of veterinary students by serving as a small group facilitator and becoming involved in other courses that encompass the curriculum.
Assuring alignment of the academic program with the founding principles of the College.
Oversight and coordination of reports necessary for continued accreditation with the AVMA-COE and regionally with WASC.
Oversight of the physical plant necessary for the delivery of the curriculum.
Serve as Ex-Officio for the Student Performance Committee.
Approve faculty and academic staff leave.
Management of student issues related to academic performance, leave of absence or suspension and advise the Dean of the College on student dismissals from the program.
Participate in annual evaluation of faculty.
Represent the Dean and/or the College when assigned.
The accomplishment of any other task that is assigned by the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Individuals must possess the knowledge, as well as the following skills and abilities or be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Demonstrated administrative success.
Experience in strategic planning and management of human, fiscal, and facility resources
Experience in accreditation, assessment, and educational technology.
Evidence of successful consensus building.
Demonstrated commitment to community and campus alliances and relationships.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity.
A DVM, Ph. D., and/or board certification in a clinical discipline preferred. Significant teaching experience and scholarly achievement in the field of veterinary education.
Apply online at http://jobs.westernu.edu/postings/9729 and please include a letter professing interest and relating vision, a curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for three references.
About Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Our College offers an innovative program that graduates veterinarians who are career ready. We use a problem-based approach that stimulates contextual learning and promotes scientific inquiry. Our curriculum develops graduates that are capable of leading and being a part of an efficient health care team, providing excellent patient care, and collaboratively serve in the best interests of the publ...ic health.
The Western U College of Veterinary Medicine also capitalizes on its strategic partnerships to send students into 16 different veterinary enterprises or experiences in their third year of study, and eight or more in their fourth year. These carefully planned -- and closely supervised -- experiences occur with specialists in a real work environment designed to continue the problem-based approach used in the first two years of the curriculum. These real world experiences related to patient care should not be confused with job shadowing or apprenticeships. They are planned, monitored, and assessed.
The result is that WesternU CVM students often average 10 times the clinical skills experiences – and sometimes more – than those in other veterinary medicine programs. Most importantly, since students are exposed to clinical skills required in a real work environment – they are prepared for real work the day after they graduate.
The success of our approach is illustrated by the NAVLE passing rates of our graduates – on average greater than 95% over the past 5 years – and exemplified by high satisfaction ratings by employees of our graduates. Our graduates have been successfully employed in the full range of professional opportunities in veterinary medicine.
WesternU’s College of Veterinary Medicine follows the founding principles of the University itself, which include a humanistic, compassionate approach to patient care. These beliefs are reflected in the College’s own Reverence for Life philosophy, which ensures that animals do not come to any harm for the sole purposes of educating veterinary students.
Our College of Veterinary Medicine takes pride in being a force for social good. Our graduates are known not only as great veterinarians, but for their enthusiasm and willingness to improve the health of their communities, and for their commitment not only to their animal patients, but to their fellow human beings.
Phillip D. Nelson, DVM, PhD