Michigan State University

Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Dean's Office, College Of Human Medicine

Position Summary

The Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine’s Office of Academic Affairs invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs. The College of Human Medicine was founded as an innovative educational program embracing new but now widely adopted ideas like community-based education and problem-based learning. MSU is a Big Ten University that is organized around a multi-department structure and is an R1 research institution with many opportunities for interactions with various departments and colleges on and off campus. In addition, as part of a Big 10 university, the college has a vibrant graduate student environment. The college has a number of graduate programs including the dual degree medical scientist training program, master of arts in clinical medicine, master of public health, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in biostatistics, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in epidemiology and master of science in pharmacology and toxicology. The college currently has more than 250 master students and over 200 doctoral students. In addition to the graduate programs housed solely within the college, the college works with graduate programs in departments that are shared with several other colleges on campus, for example Physiology/Pathology and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, as well as several dual degree programs including MD/PhD, MD/MBA, and MD/MPH.

Reporting to the college’s Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs will serve as the college’s primary contact for graduate programs in the college, not including the MD program, which is a professional degree. This will entail working with the university governance systems and processes to ensure college programs are fully engaged and represented. The Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs will collaborate with educational programs’ leadership to understand and optimize student performance and provide college-level review and approval for graduate programs. The Assistant Dean will also collaborate with the dual degree programs to support the programs’ continued success. The Assistant Dean will be the program director for the master of arts in clinical medicine and the course director for HM895, capstone course for the program.

In addition to working with the graduate programs, the Assistant Dean will provide leadership for the scholarship component of the MD degree. This will include oversight of the team matching medical students and research mentors, teaching core skills to students and researchers, and collaborating efforts with the Research Office and departments. It is anticipated that Assistant Dean duties associated with the graduate programs will encompass 40% of effort. The college is committed to a full-time position with the expectation that 60% effort will be dedicated to teaching or other duties. The Assistant Dean will be expected to teach in the MD program which may include service as a learning society fellow depending on their background and experiences. Other duties will be dependent upon the experience and skills of the selected candidate.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

  • Doctorate

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate will have a graduate degree, PhD or equivalent, in a basic science including but not limited to physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, or pathology/pathobiology, genetics, cell/developmental biology, epidemiology, or neuroscience; significant leadership experience in graduate education; demonstration of leadership and scholarship in graduate education; and extensive teaching experience with multiple educational modalities. In addition, we desire a candidate with demonstrable innovation in education; experience in college level program management; demonstrated collaborative approach to academic governance; and experience with faculty development design and implementation. Academic department and rank (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor- Fixed term) will be determined based upon qualifications and experience.

Required Application Materials

Interested individuals should apply online at careers.msu.edu. For internal candidates, please note that candidates within the tenure system or fixed term may apply for consideration. Application materials to be uploaded must include:

  • a statement of interest highlighting specific strengths related to this position, including previous administrative experience and accomplishments in teaching, curriculum design or research;
  • a statement of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names of three references (not to be contacted without the permission of the applicant).

To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials by February 6, 2023.

Applications must be submitted to: careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/513342/assistant-deanmanagers

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: msu.edu/together-we-will

Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

Department Website: humanmedicine.msu.edu

Department Statement

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity; we seek individuals who will contribute to our intellectual diversity and cultural richness. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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Last updated: 2023-02-05