The College of Medicine (COM) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis seeks an outstanding and dynamic medical educator for the position of Senior Associate Dean of Education. The UTHSC COM is a four-campus system with locations in Memphis (main campus), Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

Position Overview

UTHSC has established a new position of Sr Associate Dean of Education to oversee the COM’s undergraduate and graduate medical education programs as well as student affairs and admissions. Under the Senior Associate Dean leadership, UTHSC is poised to bolster its curriculum integration and active learning while emphasizing more of its service learning activities, longitudinal required research, and capstone initiatives.

The Senior Associate Dean reports directly to the Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and is the “go to” person at UTHSC for matters related to education. He / she will often speak for the COM Executive Dean regarding resident, medical student, and physician assistant student education. As Senior Associate Dean, he / she will oversee the offices of the Associate Deans for GME, Medical Education, and Student Affairs.

Position Responsibilities

  • Create a vision and implementation plan for the continued delivery of innovative undergraduate and graduate medical education with the Executive Dean, leaders in education, faculty, and trainees. 
  • Lead and ensure Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) compliance activities by overseeing planning for site visits and reports in collaboration with the Associate Deans of Medical Education and Student Affairs.
  • Stay abreast with and disseminate proposed / new changes in LCME standards ensuring a system of continuous quality improvement.
  • Serve as the University of Tennessee’s Executive Dean’s delegate to Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Educational Affairs.
  • Lead and ensure Accreditation Council for GME (ACGME) accredited programs comply with requirements in collaboration with the Associate Dean of GME.
  • Oversee the Physician Assistant program in collaboration with the PA Program Director and Chair of the Department of PA Studies.
  • Assist in ensuring Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) compliance in collaboration with the PA Program Director and Chair.
  • Work with institutional training sites as it relates to undergraduate and graduate needs and policies.
  • Develop a program for the faculty that encourages and supports their development as teachers, their educational scholarship, and their research in collaboration with the Chair of the Department of Medical Education and Sr Associate Dean of Research.
  • Work with the Sr. Associate Dean for Community Engagement to integrate trainees in community-based initiatives.
  • Oversee the educational budget of the COM.
  • Work with the Executive Dean to promote scholarships and in reducing the debt burden of our graduates.

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.D. or equivalent (preferred); Ph.D. or Ed.D. with experience in resident and/or undergraduate medical education.
  • At least 5 years of experience in a role related to education leadership.
  • Eligible for appointment at the rank of professor.
  • A passion for education and knowledge of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Recognized presence with resident or medical educational organizations at the national level.
  • Fiscal experience, including requesting and monitoring budget and other resources for the educational enterprise.
  • Demonstrated strong management, organizational, pedagogical skills and knowledge of medical education.
  • Strong record as a superior medical-educator.
  • Significant administrative and leadership experience in medical education, programming and development of a medical school curriculum.
  • Experience with or support of unique/innovative methods for teaching.
  • An ability to champion education and a passion for the advancement of education.
  • A strong commitment to students reflected by past activity.
  • Experience in developing a strategic plan for education.
  • The ability to work with multiple stakeholders and a reputation as bridge builder.
  • A reputation for dynamic and clear communications.
  • High energy and strong work ethic while working effectively within a broader academic environment.
  • Strong organization and process-management skills.

UTHSC College of Medicine

The College of Medicine offers programs leading to the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and Physician Assistant (PA) certification. The College of Medicine also participates in the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) combined degree program as well as provides active participation in the programs offered by the College of Graduate Health Sciences (M.S., Ph.D). The College of Medicine also provides extensive training in Graduate Medical Education (GME). Four fully integrated locations - Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville - constitute the UTHSC College of Medicine.

Medical students from the College of Medicine spend their first two years on the Memphis Campus and can then rotate on any of the four campuses for clinical training. PA students spend their first year at UTHSC Memphis, and their second year at clinical training sites throughout Tennessee. GME programs, active research, and clinical practice programs are present on all four College of Medicine campuses. Currently, the COM has approximately 656 medical students and over 1100 residents and fellows in 84 GME training programs. Gross revenues for the COM exceed $400M annually with greater than $70 million in research revenues. Multiple physician practice groups make up the COM faculty practice arm with the largest number of faculty being members of University Clinical Health (UCH).

Memphis Community

  • History: National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel., Graceland, Children’s Museum.
  • Music: home of the Blues and the birthplace of rock and roll; Beale Street, Sun Studio
  • Food: BBQ pork capitol of the world, Memphis in May BBQ festival.
  • Sports: Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Memphis Redbirds (AAA), University of Memphis.
  • Outdoors: Shelby Farms Greenline, hiking, bicycle friendly, easy access to lakes and water sports
  • Attractions: Memphis zoo voted one of America’s Top 10 by Fodor’s travel.
  • Diverse and eclectic neighborhoods.
  • Several theaters and the Memphis Ballet and Memphis Symphony
  • Very affordable housing of various types with no state income tax.
  • Voted one of the country’s most drivable cities.
  • More information on Memphis, TN can be found at

Application Process

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three to five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting UTHSC. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to February 1, 2019.

Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Phone:  770-804-1996 ext: 111 || Fax:  770-804-1917

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

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