Assistant/ Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, UK Track
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC)
Location: UCLan Campus, Preston, UK
The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is expanding internationally and seeking an experienced, skillful, collaborative leader to help launch and lead the new AUC - UK Track in the United Kingdom.
This position reports to the Chief Academic Officer / Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs for AUC (who is a member of the University’s Executive Leadership Council) and serves as a member of AUC’s 4-year Academic and Student Affairs team. The person in this position is responsible for implementing AUC’s UK strategy, including interactions with AUC’s Sint Maarten campus and clinical sites as well as relevant UK educational and government agencies.
The person in this leadership position is based in Preston, UK and oversees all AUC-UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) academic operations and helps to build strategic relationships in the UK. The colleague in this position is responsible for providing strong, dynamic leadership, and for fostering an academic environment which encourages scholarship, teaching, and learning excellence through oversight of critical academic activities which may also include small amounts of direct teaching responsibilities. As an international medical school, AUC’s educational goals are accomplished within an atmosphere of academic excellence, which fosters the highest standards in medical professional competence, humanism, and ethics.
This individual work will collaboratively with UCLan leadership in executing the partnership with AUC via the new track in the United Kingdom. In direct collaboration with the UCLan Academic Lead, will be responsible for the following: Key administrative activities including, but not limited to, review and refinement of academic policies, including criteria for student progression/promotion; review of master calendar, course, and assessment scheduling to ensure alignment between Sint Maarten campus and AUC track; and development of student academic plans. In those activities, this leader will collaborate very closely with his/her counterparts on AUC’s Sint Maarten campus.
The Assistant/Associate Dean, Academic Affairs will lead academic efforts for AUC’s UK track by encouraging and fostering an environment that advances the culture of caring and collaboration based on collective success, student engagement and social accountability, and by preparing students for medical licensure examinations, postgraduate training, and ultimately medical practice. Students’ academic experiences and learning outcomes are key measures of success. As the administrative leader for AUC’s UCLan-based offerings, this person is involved in planning, budgeting, and implementing AUC’s mission and goals through the TEACH values (Teamwork, Energy, Accountability, Community, and Heart).
This leader also collaborates closely with the Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs and other AUC executive leaders in matters related to accreditation and new program development, including representing AUC at various local and national levels of UK government, NHS Trusts, Health Education England, and the General Medical Council.
AUC is seeking candidates who are dynamic, globally minded individuals with strong leadership skills and a record of demonstrated achievement working with health care students. The successful candidate should have a record of progressively increasing supervisory experience. The position requires excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills to successfully engage with students, staff, faculty, and the local community. The successful candidate will possess the ability to effectively deal with student issues and to work formally and informally with faculty and students as an administrative professional and leader. AUC is seeking leaders with an interest in and commitment to the values of cultural and ethnic diversity and inclusion, community involvement, internationalization, and collaboration with other high performing peers in the academe.
Administrative responsibilities (50%)
Academic Affairs (20%):
In collaboration with the UCLan Academic Lead, will partner to:
In collaboration with AUC Academic and Student Affairs Deans:
Student Affairs (20%):
Community and Campus Affairs (10%):
Completes other duties as assigned.
Preferred prior experiences:
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American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is an international medical school preparing physicians for careers in the United States, Canada, and worldwide.. American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is accredited through 2021 by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM), which is the accreditor used by the country of St. Maarten.
The United States Department of Education, via the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), reviews the standards that countries use to accredit medical schools. The NCFMEA has determined that the ACCM’s accreditation standards are comparable to those set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which accredits medical education programs in the United States.
AUC offers a diversity of students, primarily US citizens and permanent residents, with the opportunity to pursue a high-quality medical education. AUC graduates are practicing medicine in some of the most prestigious hospitals in the United States, with many earning Chief Resident positions and other positions of leadership.
AUC employs a U.S. model curriculum, with two years of medical sciences taught at the St. Maarten campus, followed by two years of clinical sciences taught at affiliated hospitals in the United States and United Kingdom. AUC is known for its student–centered environment, a faculty passionate about teaching, and a commitment to giving students who have the desire, the persistence, and the intellectual capacity an opportunity to become outstanding physicians. In 2013, AUC achieved a first-time pass rate of 97 percent on USMLE, which is on par with the rate achieved by US and Canadian schools, and above the rate achieved by osteopathic schools (94 percent) and international schools (79 percent).