Temple University, Office of Physician & Faculty Recruitment

Senior Associate Dean for Education

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 3 months ago(3/11/2024 1:20 PM)
Specialty Area

Summary of Position

The Opportunity
The Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) at Temple University invites applications and nominations for Senior Associate Dean for Education (SADE). The SADE reports to the Dean of LKSOM and is responsible for the oversight of LKSOM student education programs, including undergraduate medical education (UME); graduate student education programs (MS, Ph.D., MD/Ph.D., MA, MS-Physician Assistant), and post-baccalaureate programs. The Undergraduate Medical Education Associate Dean, Student Support Associate Dean, and Graduate Studies Associate Dean report directly to the Senior Associate Dean for Education and collaborate to create academic excellence, professionalism, diversity, inclusion, and teamwork that fosters student and faculty success. The Senior Associate Dean for Education provides the vision for the LKSOM educational strategic plan and works directly with the Associate Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives to execute planning activities. Preference will be given to educational leaders who have demonstrated by earlier accomplishments an ability to define a vision that maximizes Temple’s education mission. This unique role will allow the successful candidate to continue the rich history and mission of LKSOM while educating students for the future of medicine. We are particularly interested in dynamic individuals from diverse backgrounds and under-represented groups.


Specific Responsibilities
The Senior Associate Dean will:

• Report directly to the Dean of LKSOM and serve on the Dean’s Leadership Committee.
• Oversee all educational and administrative aspects of the MD, Graduate, Physician Assistant, and Post-baccalaureate programs, including resource management.
• Lead the strategic and operational efforts for LKSOM to create viable graduate-level programs consistent with the School’s and University’s mission.
• Collaboratively develop and implement strategic plans for education programs in alignment with LKSOM's strategic plan and goals.
• Provide structure, processes, and policies to support all students’ success in their respective curricula.
• Work with the Senior Associate Dean of the LKSOM regional campus and other clinical affiliate Deans to ensure consistent and equitable educational experiences for all students.
• Support and mentor the career development of the Assistant and Associate Deans who are direct reports.
• Ensure the undergraduate medical curriculum aligns with the School of Medicine's strategic objectives; participate in the curriculum evaluation via collaboration with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education and Curriculum Committee.
• Ensure that the Student Handbook and all education-related policies are reviewed and updated annually.
• Meet at least monthly with student leadership to address student concerns and update students on issues such as building safety, mistreatment, changes to the curriculum, and policy changes in full alignment with the Associate Dean for Student Support and program staff.
• Work collaboratively to ensure that all programs meet their respective accreditation standards; ensure that processes are in place for collecting and evaluating data to verify that each student receives a quality education.
• Foster an environment of diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff, and students in all activities.
• Collaborate with the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs to align programs in the Kozera Teaching Academy and elsewhere to support faculty development.
• Recommend candidates to the Dean for faculty administrative positions related to the education program, including associate dean and director positions.
• Partner with Finance to authorize significant changes in administrative procedures, faculty FTE, and systems.
• Collaborate with the Executive Director for Education on multiple facets of education in all degree programs.
• Ensure that the education- and student-related components of the LKSOM bylaws and all LKSOM policies and procedures are accurate and enforced.
• Approve budgets submitted by underlying units to LKSOM finance and any large expenditures during the fiscal year.
• Serve as an ex-officio member of the Student Academic Standards and Promotions Committee and the MD Admissions Committee.
• Participate in the search for key administrative positions.
• Analyze and implement national best practices in all facets of education at LKSOM.
• Oversee and implement LKSOM's strategic plan for education.
• Advocate for education with stakeholders and leadership at the highest levels of administration.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Possess leadership experience to develop teams, drive vision, and work collaboratively.
• Ability to effect change in a complex academic environment through consensus building, collaboration, effective use of data, and the ability to influence and persuade.
• Ability to understand and uphold the highest degree of ethical standards and maintain the organization's integrity.
• Knowledge of new educational platforms, technologies, and best practices
• Display a style that fosters and supports change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet maintain overall control and high standards.
• Demonstrated record of accomplishment in program development and innovation.
• Demonstrate sensitivity to the community's culture, needs, and aspirations.
• Support and promulgate diversity among faculty, staff, and students.
• Proven ability to develop and execute short- and long-term strategic initiatives.
• Uphold School values of teamwork, optimism, communication, and excellence.
• Outstanding leadership, interpersonal communication, collaboration, team building, and negotiation skills with various constituencies (students, faculty, chairs, staff) are essential.
• Ability to work with people from diverse racial, ethnic, gender identity, and socioeconomic backgrounds and adapt a flexible leadership style for multiple cultural environments with a strong knowledge of racial health disparities.
• Established record of effective and collaborative senior leadership in a medical school or similar academic institution
• History of promoting a shared vision and mission across a large complex organization and amongst external stakeholders and constituents
• Significant academic credentials with a distinguished track record of success in education administration
• In-depth knowledge of accreditation standards and processes, ideally leading an institution through a successful LCME and/or another accreditation.


Educational Requirements and Minimum Qualifications
• This position requires a doctoral degree, including a PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent, and a distinguished record of leadership in medical education.
• Candidates must have demonstrated the expertise appropriate to attain the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
• A minimum of ten years of experience is preferred in undergraduate and graduate medical education.
• The successful applicant should have a record of excellence in education, including first-hand experience developing and implementing preclinical and clinical medical education curricula.
• Candidates must have strong administrative and leadership skills and a commitment to graduate and undergraduate education.
• Candidates should have demonstrated the ability to lead a diverse group of faculty and staff members and be able to clearly articulate her/his vision for innovation in medical education.
• The level of faculty appointment will be commensurate with the experience and academic achievement of the selected candidate.
• Excellent verbal, written, and group presentation skills.

Faculty Appointment, Benefits/Compensation
The Senior Associate Dean for Education will carry a faculty appointment at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; the level of faculty appointment will be commensurate with the experience and academic achievement of the selected candidate. The annual compensation shall be determined based on experience and qualifications. In addition to a competitive salary, there is a comprehensive suite of benefits – including a generous 403b retirement match, health, dental, vision, life, malpractice, tuition remission, and CME, among others.


Key Relationships
The Senior Associate Dean for Education reports to the Dean of LKSOM and directly supervises:
o Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
o Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
o Associate Dean for Student Support
o Associate Dean for Admissions
o Assistant Dean for Clinical Simulation
o Site Deans for Education at Clinical Affiliates
o Senior Associate Dean for Regional Campuses
o Physician Assistant Program Director
o Executive Director for Educational Affairs Administration


Lewis Katz School of Medicine Education Programs
The Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) offers the highest quality educational programs to train the next generation of physicians, medical researchers, and healthcare professionals. Temple takes a patient-centered approach to meeting the complex needs of a diverse population and a changing healthcare environment. Temple’s educational programs include an MD degree, MS and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences, a Post-baccalaureate program, a Physician Assistant graduate degree with an 8-year accreditation, an MA degree in Urban Bioethics, and several dual degree programs (MD-PHD; MD-MPH; MD-MBA; MD-MA-Urban Bioethics). Students entering the programs have demonstrated high academic achievement and a commitment to helping others through dedicated local, national, and international service activities.


The Doctor of Medicine degree program, established in 1901, prepares students for careers in all specialties of medicine. LKSOM is well-known for excellence in clinical training such that graduates are well-prepared for the next phase of their education in residency and fellowships. Temple also has a caring, dedicated faculty who strive to guide students to achieve the essential milestones and graduation competencies in a supportive, caring learning environment. The student body is dedicated to supporting each other and serving their patients and the communities of our North Philadelphia and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania campuses. Temple’s dual degree programs offer medical students myriad opportunities to broaden their education and best meet their career goals.


Temple also offers a Post-baccalaureate Premedical program. The ACMS (advanced core medical sciences) is for students who want to deepen their understanding of the core sciences before entering medical school. Students who complete this program and meet pre-determined criteria have direct admission into our MD degree program.


Temple’s graduate degree programs in the Biomedical Sciences provide our students with the tools to become successful basic and translational research scientists in academia and industry, while our MD-PhD programs train clinician scientists for rewarding academic careers. Temple’s MA degree program in Urban Bioethics trains students in the ethics and values of health, health care delivery, and health law and policy in diverse urban populations. The integrative curriculum of our Physician Assistant program provides excellent clinical training to students who will care for patients in our North Philadelphia community and beyond.


LKSOM’s leadership and faculty are always striving to transform medical education to meet the changing face of medical science and healthcare delivery. Temple’s commitment is to train students to provide outstanding quality patient care and conduct medical research with the utmost professionalism.


For more information regarding LKSOM’s education programs, please visit LKSOM Education.


The Organization


Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, and Temple Health
The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care, achieved by faculty, staff, and learners who represent and serve its diverse society.


In 2015, the Temple University School of Medicine was renamed the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in honor of Temple alumnus, former trustee, and philanthropist Lewis Katz. The school enjoys a national reputation for training humanistic clinicians and biomedical scientists-a school that values not just technical excellence but cultural competence through diversity, equity, and inclusion. LKSOM enrolls 220 medical students, 22 graduate students in the biomedical sciences, 35 physician assistant students, and 40 post-baccalaureate students per year.


Katz School of Medicine has 27 basic science and clinical departments, consisting of over 900 full- and part-time faculty, 900 volunteer faculty, and more than 500 additional staff.


With more than 13,000 alumni, LKSOM has trained a significant proportion of the physician base in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware region. Reflecting the excellent quality of a Temple medical education, the MD graduates are highly regarded by competitive residency training programs. They have made significant career contributions to both medical practice and medical research. Many have become department chairpersons, deans, and vice presidents of major academic medical centers.
At Katz, students learn the true art and science of “doctoring.” In addition, the school’s world-class faculty set the pace in key areas of investigation, pushing the boundaries of science to advance patient care.


The Katz School of Medicine home base is a modern, 11-story medical education and research building with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies. The building opened in 2009 and boasts open-air research labs, smart classrooms, and a state-of-the-art anatomy lab. More than half of the space in the building is dedicated to research. With specialized research centers and strengths focused on population health, neuroscience, cancer, metabolic disease, lung disease, and inflammation, infectious diseases including HIV, cardiovascular disease, substance addiction, and translational science, Katz conducts investigations to break new ground and trains future generations of researchers to follow suit. Katz confers the following degrees: MD; PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and MS (Master of Science) in Biomedical Sciences; Physician Assistant MMS (Master of Medical Science); MA (Master of Arts) in Urban Bioethics, the only program in the country; and the dual degrees MD/PhD, MD/MPH, MD/MA in Urban Bioethics and MD/MBA.


In addition to its Philadelphia campus, Katz has a four-year regional campus in Bethlehem, PA. The St. Luke’s University Health Network-Bethlehem Campus currently provides medical education for 40 medical students each year.


The Katz School of Medicine also provides opportunities for international students through educational affiliation agreements with universities worldwide. Visiting medical students may take up to two rotations within the program, and they must be full-time students in their final year of medical school.


Katz has numerous research centers:
• Aging and Cardiovascular Disease Center
• Alzheimer Center at Temple
• Center for Asian Health
• Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology
• Center for Inflammation and Lung Research
• Center for Metabolic Disease Research
• Center for Microbiology and Immunology
• Center for Neurovirology and Gene Editing
• Center for Substance Abuse Research
• Center for Urban Bioethics
• Fels Cancer Institute for Personalized Medicine
• The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
• Lemole Center for Integrated Lymphatics Research
• Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center
• Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center


With its affiliates, Katz has been awarded over $100 million in research grants over the last year, including more than $59 million in NIH funding for LKSOM. Philanthropic support of scholarships - a top priority, along with support for education, patient care, research, and service to the community - averages more than $25 million annually, typically representing a quarter of Temple University’s overall philanthropic revenue.


Temple University
Founded by Russell H. Conwell in 1884, Temple’s official motto - Perseverantia Vincit, or Perseverance Conquers - reflects its students’ drive to succeed and ability to turn opportunities into accomplishments. Conwell’s purpose was “to give education to those who were unable to get it through the usual channels.” In Temple’s earliest incarnation, working-class citizens were taught late in the evening and referred to as “night owls,” giving rise to the school’s mascot and team name.


In 1965, the University became a member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education, one of three state-related, comprehensive research universities in Pennsylvania. In addition to its Main Campus in North Philadelphia, Temple has three additional locations in Philadelphia: Temple University Center City, the Health Sciences Center, also in North Philadelphia, and the School of Podiatric Medicine near Philadelphia’s historic district. Regional campuses are located in Ambler and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with international campuses in Japan and Rome.


Temple’s influence extends around the globe, with longstanding campuses in Tokyo and Rome; programs in London, Beijing, and other locations; nearly 190 institutional collaborations in 43 countries; and more than 350,000 alumni worldwide. High graduation rates, accomplished graduate degree programs, new living and learning facilities and groundbreaking work in science education and research fuel Temple’s momentum. In the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Temple is in the “highest research activity” category, or R1, placing it among the top four percent of all four-year institutions in the nation.


Temple had a budget of $3.7 billion in FY2022, including $2.5 billion for the Temple University Health System and $1.2 billion for the University. Approximately 73 percent of the University’s operating budget is derived from tuition and fees, and 13 percent from the Commonwealth appropriation. The remaining budget comes from indirect cost recovery, gifts, auxiliary enterprises, and other sources.


Temple offers 630 academic degree and certificate programs, including 2 associate degree programs, 176 bachelor’s programs, 182 master’s programs, 54 doctoral programs, and 13 professional practice degree programs. Temple is also among the nation’s largest providers of professional education, with approximately 3,800 students enrolled in the schools of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, and podiatric medicine.


About Temple Health
Temple University Health System (Temple Health) is a $2.5 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research. Temple Health includes Temple University Hospital (TUH)-Main Campus; TUH-Episcopal Campus; TUH-Jeanes Campus; TUH-Northeastern Campus; Temple University Hospital – Fox Chase Cancer Center Outpatient Department; TUH-Northeastern Endoscopy Center; The Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center, together with The Institute for Cancer Research, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center; Fox Chase Cancer Center Medical Group, Inc., The Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s physician practice plan; Temple Health – Chestnut Hill Hospital; Temple Transport Team, a ground and air-ambulance company; Temple Physicians, Inc., a network of community-based specialty and primary-care physician practices; and Temple Faculty Practice Plan, Inc., Temple Health’s academic physician practice plan. Temple Health is affiliated with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.


Temple Health refers to the health, education, and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple Health and by the Katz School of Medicine. Temple Health neither provides nor controls the provision of health care. All health care is provided by its member organizations or independent health care providers affiliated with Temple Health member organizations. Each Temple Health member organization is owned and operated pursuant to its governing documents.


TUHS is a progressive and innovative organization. Within the past year, it has earned national and regional accolades for excellence in healthcare. Among these recognitions are the Philadelphia “Employer of Choice” (the only healthcare provider named), Forbes “Best in State”, Healthcare Equality Index Leader, Nursing Magnet, and Leapfrog “A” Safety Grade. These honors speak to the proud team culture of TUHS.


Notable statistics about Temple Health include:
• 979 licensed beds
• 34,283 admissions
• 1.5 million patient visits
• 180,000 emergency room and urgent care visits
• 22,000 inpatient and outpatient surgeries
• 300 organ transplants
• 2,200 births
• 1,557 physicians
• 980 residents, fellows, and grad students
• 41 accredited residency training programs
• 10,000+ faculty members and employees


Temple Faculty Physicians (TFP)
Temple Faculty Physicians is made up of more than 500 dually employed physicians who are the cornerstone of clinical care and teaching for Temple’s healthcare enterprise. These physicians practice in 20 academic departments encompassing every subspecialty in modern medicine.

While remaining committed to serving patients in the North Philadelphia community, Temple Faculty Physicians has expanded its geographic reach beyond Temple University Hospital’s Health Sciences campus in recent years. Today, Temple physicians care for patients in several Temple-affiliated hospitals, in satellite offices in Center City Philadelphia, Fort Washington, PA, Oaks, PA, and various other outpatient settings. This expanded reach has brought Temple medical care closer to home for many patients.

A Board of Directors comprised of key physicians and executive leaders of the Temple University Health System and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine governs Temple Faculty Physicians.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Located in the heart of a diverse urban area, the Katz School of Medicine is acutely aware of the impact of the national systemic problems related to the lack of health equity and access to affordable, culturally responsive healthcare. In response, Katz works to address issues that promote health equity through education, care delivery, workforce development, and research. LKSOM recognizes that an environment enriched with persons from varied backgrounds working to address health disparity enhances scholarly work and the development of a culturally aware and responsive healthcare workforce.


The Katz School of Medicine is committed to achieving a climate of inclusion that respects and affirms diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Katz recognizes that excellence in education, training, research, and care delivery is achieved when all students, faculty, staff, community members, and patients experience authentic connection and engagement, feel supported, and are encouraged to participate and contribute to creating health equity.


Procedure for Candidacy
To be considered for this position, you must complete an online application. Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted all the required documents and information.


Application materials should include the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of qualifications and past accomplishments, and a one-page summary of leadership accomplishments and philosophy. LKSOM values diversity and is committed to working towards achieving equity and inclusion within all of its programs. Candidates applying for this position must provide a statement addressing how they would utilize their experience and knowledge to promote diversity and inclusion and how that commitment would add value to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.


Please address your application to Michael R. Lester, Assistant Dean, Physician/Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Email: michael.lester@tuhs.temple.edu


For confidential inquires and or questions about the opportunity please contact Michael Lester.


We are especially interested in qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and under-represented groups. For more information about diversity at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, please visit the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


The University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.



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