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Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education
University of New Mexico

Date Posted Sep. 12, 2023
Title Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical 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 (UNM SOM), Office of Undergraduate Medical Education seeks to recruit a faculty member in a part-time capacity (.80 FTE) as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education who will report to the Senior Associate Dean for Education. The remaining 0.20 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 Associate Dean has the authority and responsibility for oversight and management of all processes pertaining to development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of the medical student curriculum, and for supervising staff and faculty working in these programs. The Associate Dean represents the UNM SOM administration in working with faculty committees responsible for curriculum oversight and student outcomes. 


Job Duties and Responsibilities included but not limited to the following: 

  1. Administrative and professional oversight of faculty and staff in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and its divisions. In the current academic year, this includes five faculty as part-time deans/directors and 16 full-time staff, with direct supervision of four management staff.
    • Assistant Dean of Foundational Medical Sciences and Assistant Dean of Clinical Education
    • Academic Multimedia Services
    • Assessment and Learning (and the Standardized Patient Program)
    • Curriculum Support Services and Preceptorship
    • Data and Database Management
    • Program Evaluation, Education and Research
  2. Lead LCME re-accreditation efforts (policy assessment and revision; data collection instrument preparation, revision, and review; coordinate self-study and Independent Student Analysis; etc.)
  3. Mentor faculty directors and management-level staff in administration and current educational methods
  4. Develop and manage UME budget in collaboration with Office of Education staff
  5. Recruit and train faculty as block chairs and thread leaders, and allocate funding to provide protected time for their activities
  6. Recruit faculty for the Core Faculty Program and the Professional Development Program, and allocate funding to provide protected time for their activities
  7. Participate in Phase I block planning meetings (20 courses + 5 WISE (Wellness, Integration, Step I preparation and Education) weeks)
  8. Meet one-on-one with faculty as needed for mentoring, recruitment, or problem-solving
  9. Provide professional guidance for the Mentored Scholarly Project (in collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Foundational Medical Sciences)
  10. Participate in other UNM SOM or HSC committees: LCME Committee on Quality Improvement, Student Success & Support Committee, Phase I Block Chairs, Phase II Clerkship Directors, Curriculum Committee, UME DEI Curriculum Committee, HSC Academic IT Advisory Committee
  11. Provide information and consultation to other UNM SOM/HSC groups as needed (Admissions Committee, Learning Communities mentors, Office of Medical Student Affairs, Learning Environment Office, Curriculum Committee, Office of Community Affairs, Office of Faculty Affairs, Office of the Dean, HSC Office of Academic Affairs, Office for Professional Well-Being, Office for Continuous Professional Learning)
  12. Serve as liaison to UNM Main Campus and to AAMC for curriculum information and evaluation (UNM Kuali Curriculum repository, annual CARC report on curriculum outcomes)
  13. Participation in planning and attendance at annual events including New Student Orientation, White Coat Ceremony, Match & Awards Ceremony, Convocation
  14. Engage with current literature and trends in medical education


Minimum Education and Experience: 

  1. MD, DO, PhD, 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. Minimum of five years of experience teaching or working with medical students or residents
  4. Minimum of five years of leadership experience in undergraduate medical education at the level of an assistant/associate dean, course director, clerkship director, learning communities director, or academic advisor for medical students



  1. Experience and demonstrated success as an educator
  2. Experience and demonstrated success in curriculum development and administration
  3. A strong record of administration and personnel management experience with an emphasis on faculty, staff, and learner development and mentoring for success
  4. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, with small and large groups
  5. Commitment to underserved and diverse communities as evidenced by developing programs or serving as a health care provider for these populations
  6. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student 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 25, 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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