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Senior Associate Dean for Education
University of New Mexico

Date Posted Aug. 18, 2023
Title Senior Associate Dean for Education
University University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Department School of Medicine
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2023
  • Associate Professor
    Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Medicine - General

The University of New Mexico (UNM), School of Medicine (SOM) seeks to recruit a faculty member to serve in a part-time capacity (0.8 FTE) as the Senior Associate Dean for Education, which reports to the SOM Dean and leads the SOM medical student and health professions programs and SOM educational initiatives. The remaining .20 FTE in the candidate’s department.  We are seeking an Associate or Full Professor, open track. This position is available beginning October 1, 2023, and a later date can be negotiated, as needed, for the successful applicant. 

Summary of Position Description:

The Senior Associate Dean will be responsible for leadership, management, and oversight of the following SOM education program offices:

SOM Office of Education

  • Office of Medical Student Affairs (OMSA)
    • Learning Communities
    • Student Academic Records
    • SOM registrar functions, course registration (in collaboration with the HSC registrar)
    • Preparation of Dean’s Letters (MSPE)
    • Committee on Student Promotion and Evaluation (CSPE)
    • Career Advising
    • SOM Scheduling
    • Visiting student programs
  • Office of Admissions
    • Premedical advising
    • Admissions Committee
  • Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)
    • Curriculum support center
    • Assessment and Learning
    • Office of Program Evaluation, Education, and Research
    • Preceptor Programs
    • Academic Media Services
    • Mentored Scholarly Project Assistance
    • Professional Development Program
    • Rural and Underserved Program (see comment below)
  • Office of Continuous Professional Learning
    • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
    • Faculty Development in Education
      • Achievement in Medical Education Program (AIME)
    • Medical Education Scholars program
    • Scholarship in Education Allocation Committee (SEAC) Grants
    • Feedback Initiative
  • Basic and Advanced Trauma Computer-Assisted Virtual Experience (BATCAVE) Healthcare Simulation Program
    • Simulation activities for SOM students (MD and Health Professions)
    • ACLS and BLS for students
  • Health Professions Programs: 
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistants
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Emergency Medical Services Academy
    • Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • Radiological Sciences

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the oversight of all medical education programs housed in the School of Medicine (SOM)
  • Provide guidance, support, and mentoring for leaders of all SOM education programs
  • Advocate for education with stakeholders and leadership at the highest levels of administration
  • Promote evidenced based learner-centered instruction
  • Lead and maintain accreditation for all programs
  • Collaboratively develop and implement strategic plans for education programs, in alignment with updated SOM and HSC strategic plan and goals
  • Works in collaboration with leaders of the BA/MD program
  • Works in collaboration with leaders of the MD/PhD program
  • Oversight and Support of CQI and self-study process for MD program LCME accreditation, in collaboration with CQI Director, UME Assoc, and Asst
  • Deans, Student Affairs Assoc and Asst Deans, Office of Admissions Assoc and Asst Deans, Director of Learning Environment Office, Chief Wellness Officer, and SOM Office for Diversity.
  • Oversight and Support Assistant Dean, Office of Education and Health Profession programs with accreditation for Health Professions programs
  • Support an education leadership team including associate and assistant
  • deans, directors, Health Professions program directors, and senior administrative staff
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate performance goals and outcome measures for associate and assistant deans and program directors/leaders in education
  • Ensure strong integration of community-based programs through the preceptorship office, Office of Community Faculty, Rural, and Urban Underserved Program, BA/MD, and community-based site preceptors for both Health Professions students and MD students
  • Authority and responsibility for financial and administrative operations in Office of Education, including discretionary spending focused toward highest priority needs. Ensure that requests are prioritized and included at time of yearly budget development.
  • Work with EDO and the Chief Wellness Officer to promote the inclusion of DEI/anti-racism and well-being across the SOM
  • Promote learner-centered instruction, emphasizing evidence-based education pedagogy
  • Meet with department Chairs (at least yearly) and Vice Chairs for Education regularly (quarterly as a group and individually as needed) to update on curriculum and faculty development opportunities, share data on departmental participation, ensure adequate contribution, ensure engagement in faculty educational development, enhance educational scholarship.
  • Continuing focus on student progress in the MD curriculum
  • Ensure UME and Health Profession's involvement in LEO (Learning Environment Office). Work collaboratively with LEO staff in addressing learning environment issues.
  • Advocate with health system leadership for learners in clinical settings at Health System entities.
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of Professional Wellbeing
  • Flexibility in adapting to new educational strategies

Minimum Education and Experience:

  1. MD, DO, or equivalent medical degree
  2. The candidate must have demonstrated expertise appropriate for appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor in the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine
  3. 5 years of leadership experience in medical education (either preclinical or clinical)

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated record of accomplishment in program development and innovation
  2. Leadership and management skills, ability to create a shared vision
  3. Experience working with a diverse group of professionals and students
  4. Successful advocacy for resources
  5. Exceptional communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to foster collaboration and teamwork. Interpersonal skills as evidenced by student, resident, or faculty advisement and mentoring
  6. Previous service on a SOM education committee
  7. Engagement with regional and national educational leaders and experts (e.g. LCME, AAMC involvement, discipline, or specialty-based education programs)
  8. Successful collaborations with other departments and programs
  9. Participation in the LCME or other accreditation processes
  10. Experience or interest in educational scholarship
  11. Demonstrated understanding of New Mexico values, strengths, and healthcare needs/opportunities
  12. Knowledge of new educational platforms, technologies, and best practices
  13. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion of student, faculty, and staff success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities

The UNM Health Sciences Center is located in the high desert community of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It is also part of the State’s flagship institution for higher education.  Exposure to a wide variety of educational opportunities, outdoor activities, and diverse experiences makes Albuquerque a special place to call home.  Abundant recreational opportunities exist within our diverse and culturally rich city.  Albuquerque enjoys a temperate climate with 310 days of sunshine as well as four distinct seasons.

How to Apply:  For best consideration, applications must be received by September 8, 2023 however, the position will remain open until filled. A complete application consists of:

  1. A current curriculum vitae
  2. A comprehensive letter of interest that addresses how the candidates’ strengths and experience match the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position
  3. Names and contact information for five references.

For any questions related to this search please contact April Rodriguez-Esparza,

For complete details of this position and to apply, access Faculty Posting at:


For information regarding the confidentiality of inquiries and applications or general questions please call or email to the address listed above.  UNM’s confidentiality policy (“Disclosure of information about Candidates for Employment, “UNM Board of Regents’ Policy Manual 6.7), which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants, is located at

  • The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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Contact Information

  • April Rodriguez-Esparza
    School of Medicine
    University of New Mexico
    1 University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM 87131
  • 505-272-8268


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