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Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Alice L. Walton School of Medicine

Alice L. Walton School of Medicine

Bentonville, AR, USA
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2023

What We Seek

We are building a cadre of medical professionals trained in conventional medicine and in Whole Health, by reimagining medical education. We seek leaders and faculty who are excited by this endeavor. We are building a health care learning and delivery environment in which diversity is a strength and highly valued. Thus, we seek candidates who contribute to diversity in all its forms. Ideal candidates are committed to our goals of inclusive excellence, and to facilitating optimal health for all using a whole health approach.

Faculty and staff members will contribute to the development and rollout of the ARCHES curriculum, which is built on evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning. It includes the following six core elements:

· Art of Healing

· Research, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

· Clinical Care

· Health Systems Sciences

· Embracing Whole Health

· Science of Medicine

All six areas of the curriculum will be interwoven throughout the four-year curriculum.

About The Position

The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for the Office of Student Affairs and provides leadership for all student affairs matters including career advising, academic assistance, student progress, financial aid, registration, and academic events. The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will also hire, provide training, and supervise support staff in the Office of Student Affairs, including the Director of Student Affairs, Registrar, Director of Financial Aid, and advisory deans. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will also manage the advisory dean program, which will focus on student career development, professional identity formation, and wellbeing. The Office of Student Affairs will conduct and/or support activities related to academic and career advising, and monitoring student progression through the curriculum. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will work in conjunction with the Director of Student Affairs to assist students in successfully developing effective study strategies and other critical skills to ensure they successfully navigate through the entirety of the academic program. The Assistant Dean will oversee programming to support students’ health and liaise with the Whole Health Coaches to promote students’ self-care. The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will ensure students’ compliance requirements are met, and process accommodation requests filed in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will manage the organization of student events (Student Orientation, White Coating Ceremony, Match Day, Graduation, etc.). The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will also be responsible for the composition and review of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).

The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs reports to the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs.

Position Rank/Classification

Depending on experience and qualifications, the position is open at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor levels.

We are building a workplace and learning climate in which inclusive excellence and whole health principles are inextricable parts of our culture and practices. All voices are heard and valued, and professional and personal growth are actively supported. While AWSOM does not have a tenure track, we are building a school that will facilitate exceptional professional development opportunities for our faculty and other team members.

Major Responsibilities/Essential Functions Specific To The Position:

  • Remain up to date on current topics and behavioral trends affecting medical students.
  • Develop campus-wide and peer-to-peer programs to support student issues and concerns, wellness activities, or other means of support to enhance the student experience.
  • Serve as an advocate and direct referral mechanism for students experiencing times of crisis or hardship (including, but not limited to physical/mental illness or injury, substance abuse, or other threats to student wellness).
  • Work directly with the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and the Director of Compliance to carry out policies and procedures to immediately and appropriately address any cases of student misconduct, and serve as a victim advocate and/or primary point of contact for any student who experiences any form of misconduct perpetrated by a staff or faculty member, or another AWSOM student.
  • Support Learning Specialist in conducting diagnostic assessments of learning disabilities and provide learning resources to students.
  • Work with Learning Specialist to guide students in developing study habits and other critical skills necessary for success in the medical school environment.
  • Serve as the primary advocate for overall student health and wellbeing.
  • Liaison with Whole Health Coaches to develop programs in support of students’ self-care.
  • Develop and implement strategies and plans in cases of student emergencies. Ensure plans are consistent and compliant with other university initiatives.
  • Serve as the liaison between the AWSOM students and staff, faculty, and/or external entities.
  • Supervise and support Office of Student Affairs staff in administrating student events and activities (student orientation, ceremonies, clubs, workshops, graduation, etc.).
  • Assist in the development of student surveys, data collection, and outcome reports required for accreditation.
  • Implement and evaluate the effectiveness of student programs and activities.
  • Serve as a representative for AWSOM at student and community engagement activities.
  • Assist in the development of program policies and procedures, and ensure that they are implemented and enforced consistently.
  • Participate as an ex officio member in various programmatic committees related to the student experience.
  • Provide individualized counseling to students as needed.
  • Assist in the management of referrals to external services.
  • Prepare annual budget report for the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned to support the mission of AWSOM.

Minimum Education

• PhD, EdD, MD, or DO with Board Certification (as applicable) in their specialty.

Minimum Work Experiences

• Five years of experience in Student Affairs in an accredited medical school setting.

  • Five years of managerial experience.

Preferred Work Experiences and Qualifications

• Ability to identify and address critical, and potentially subtle, student issues that may negatively impact academic performance, including those that may require psychiatric or other mental health care.

• Ability to identify and support the needs of a culturally and economically diverse population of students.

• Ability to organize both faculty and student-led study groups and workshops in order to enable students to develop effective learning and test-taking.

• Ability to develop and implement strategies and programs to enhance the student experience in medical school.

Skills Expected of All AWSOM Team Members

• Exemplary written, verbal and other communication skills

• Adaptable and flexible to the needs of the position and the school

• Collaborative Skills: Build and maintain relationships internal and external to the organization

• Creative and Open-Minded: Enjoy exploring and supporting innovation in teaching strategies, topic areas, professional growth opportunities, and more

• Discerning: Ability to recognize and support innovation

• Highly self-directed, and reliable and accountable

• Strong commitment to self-care

• Committed to Diversity and Inclusion: Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders (e.g., co-workers, students, community members)

• Ability to effectively mentor a diversity of individuals

• Commitment to meet and maintain professional development requirements related to this role

How To Apply

Applicants should submit the following materials:

• Letter of interest highlighting essential qualifications and interests

• A detailed resume

• Diversity statement

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement, background check and verification of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.

The Alice L. Walton School of Medicine is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.