Inaugural Dean, College of Medicine - Washington State University in Spokane Washington

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Washington State University

Spokane, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Washington State University seeks applications and nominations for a visionary scholar and leader to serve as the Inaugural Dean of its College of Medicine. The Dean serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the College of Medicine (COM) and is responsible for setting the vision, strategic planning, oversight and investment for education and biomedical research in the college. The Dean will be responsible for implementing WSU’s vision for establishing the State of Washington’s first public medical school offering the M.D. degree in over 70 years. This is an exceptional opportunity for a collaborative and dedicated leader to work with students, faculty, staff and the health care community across the State of Washington to advance medical education and research in a unique and collaborative manner.

The Dean
The Dean will be the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Medicine and will report to the provost of WSU. He/she will develop and lead the College of Medicine, and will oversee its M.D. and graduate programs. The college will leverage existing resources within the university and the community, while accruing additional resources as the college grows. This is to be a state-wide college with distributed campuses operating under effective centralized administrative control of its educational, research, and service operations through a shared-governance model.

In the participating communities the resources include, but are not limited to:

•Practicing physicians
•Public and private clinics
•Rural health clinics
•Veterans’ facilities

The Dean will lead by example to uphold and promote WSU’s culture of excellence and accountability. Working collaboratively with stakeholders, the Dean will define strategic goals for the college consistent with its mission, develop specific action plans, and oversee efficient operations. While providing attentive oversight, he/she will delegate operational functions of the college to the appropriate senior administrative staff including, but not limited to:

•Development of a culture that exemplifies, instills, and nurtures values consistent with the mission of the college
•Alignment with the expectations of the provost, the chancellor, the board of trustees, the Washington State Legislature, the public, and other constituents
•Promotion of the teaching, service, and research missions of the college and the university
•Expansion of value-added research and innovation consistent with the mission of the college
•Academic affairs, including admissions, education, curriculum, evaluation and certification for graduation of the students and programs
•Compliance with all accreditation standards
•Definition of standards for faculty appointment, faculty advancement, and tenure decisions
•Financial stewardship and growth
•Facilities management
•Operation of clinical campuses
•External relations and partnerships
•Effective communication with students, faculty, community and state leaders, the public, and colleagues in academic institutions
•Continuous satisfaction of the college’s stakeholders, including students, faculty, employees, and community partners
•Continuous quality improvement

Required Qualifications

1. Demonstrated leadership skills
2. Meaningful leadership and administrative experience in undergraduate medical education
3. A nationally-recognized track record of excellence in research and scholarship
4. Academic credentials commensurate with appointment at the rank of tenured professor
5. Medical degree from an LCME or Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) accredited medical school
6. Licensed (or eligible to be licensed) to practice medicine in Washington State
7. Demonstrated success in raising funds for medical schools
8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
9. Ability to foster innovative collaborations with the healthcare community

Preferred Qualifications

1. Board certification in one of the fields of medicine
2. Experience providing care to underserved populations
3. Personal qualities and skills including problem solving, flexibility, effective negotiation, and effective delegation
4. Experience with establishing new programs in response to demonstrated needs
5. Demonstrated success with the LCME medical school accreditation process

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

The University
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens — locally, nationally, and globally. As a comprehensive leading land-grant institution, WSU is committed to excellence in each of its research, teaching and outreach missions. With a focus on innovation, excellence, and accountability, continual enhancement of the quality, scope, and impact of research and educational endeavors are at the core of Washington State University’s strategic priorities.

WSU has a current enrollment of approximately 29,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,300 faculty and staff. WSU offers 95 undergraduate degrees, more than 60 Master’s and professional degrees, and has more than 40 doctoral degree programs which are offered through 11 colleges and guided by the Graduate School.

WSU provides exceptional education for undergraduate and graduate students within a caring and engaged community. The liberal arts and sciences have an important place in the curriculum, along with business, communication, education, architecture, pharmacy, nursing, and the traditional land-grant disciplines of agriculture, engineering, and veterinary medicine.

The College of Medicine
In the spring of 2014, WSU launched the College of Medical Sciences as a precursor to a College of Medicine, with diverse, nationally-recognized faculty pursuing breakthrough research in a wide range of fields such as the neuroscience of sleep, andrology, addiction, aging, and cancer.

The College of Medical Sciences also acquired the well-established department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, with its highly-productive research faculty offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

In recognition of the pressing need to expand the healthcare provider workforce in Washington, on April 1st, 2015, the governor signed legislation authorizing WSU to operate a medical school offering the M.D. degree. WSU is responding to this mandate by converting its College of Medical Sciences to a College of Medicine with a mission to promote health and to solve challenging problems relating to the access to healthcare and its delivery.

WSU plans to submit materials for preliminary LCME accreditation in August 2015, and to matriculate its charter class in August 2017. As a college in a top-tier research university, the College of Medicine will also greatly expand its robust research enterprise with world-renowned extramurally-funded faculty, and will offer PhD and professional programs in medically-related sciences.

The Spokane Healthcare Community
Spokane is a major healthcare hub, serving as a tertiary referral center for patients drawn from across the entire Northwest quadrant of the nation. Spokane offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. With its culture of innovation and broad patient base, Spokane has historically been a preferred site for countless clinical trials.

Four residency programs are based in Spokane, including family medicine, internal medicine, radiology, and psychiatry. And discussions are under way to launch one in pediatrics. Some of the residency training will soon relocate to the new Spokane Teaching Health Clinic on the WSU Health Sciences Campus, slated to open in the summer of 2016. A large segment of Spokane’s practicing clinicians are eager to teach medical students and residents, and will be appointed as clinical faculty in the WSU College of Medicine.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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