Department Chair, Osteopathic Principles and Practices
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Lewisburg, West Virginia
Type: Full Time
College / University
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: OPPDC01
Department Chair for Osteopathic Principles and Practices
Summary: The Chair of the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practices (Chair) at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will provide leadership and vision to the department and institution with osteopathic medical education and the recruitment of new faculty. The Chair is responsible for the effective management of the department’s academic, administrative and budgetary responsibilities. The Chair will provide leadership for the faculty as they deliver the curriculum and will work to assure faculty excellence through recruitment, faculty development, and evaluation of faculty for recommendation for promotion and tenure to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. The Chair will also participate in the curricular duties of the OPP faculty in training/teaching all four years of osteopathic medical students. Academic responsibilities may include preparing and delivering lectures, instruction in OPP labs, development of test questions, and small-group activities. OMM clinical practice occurs at the Robert C. Byrd Clinic adjacent to the school campus and may include precepting OMM rotation students and ONMM resident clinic. Research or scholarly activity opportunities are available.
Reports to: The Osteopathic Principles and Practices (OPP) Department Chair reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean.
General Duties and Responsibilities:
Promote and support the mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Provide the highest quality educational experience and teach in assigned courses.
In consultation with department faculty, recruit and recommend to the Dean new faculty members for appointment in the Department.
Ensure that the OPP/OMM curriculum at WVSOM meets and exceeds the minimum standard curriculum for teaching OPP/OMM per the reference guide, “A Teaching Guide for Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine” developed by the ECOP. This includes the current educational modules as well as the osteopathic elements of history, philosophy, research, neuromusculoskeletal examination, diagnosis and approach to comprehensive patient care inclusive of musculoskeletal and systemic disease.
Ensure that the OPP/OMM curriculum is presented at the appropriate level to WVSOM students in years 1-4 and that safe, well-executed OMT is assessed at a level ensuring a OPP-educated and OMM-competent graduate physician ready to enter any residency.
OPP/OMM integration will also be developed, delivered and assessed for OPTI interns and residents, COM faculty development and continuing medical education.
Mentor, supervise, and support faculty in their pursuit of educational excellence, and advise faculty regarding progress toward promotion and/or tenure, assistance with the development of portfolio materials, and evaluations of qualifications promotion and/or tenure.
In addition to conducting research, mentor, supervise and support faculty in their research activities.
Perform annual evaluations of faculty performance in the areas of professional development, teaching and service, and develop goals in these areas.
Maintain an active presence for WVSOM in the osteopathic international, national and regional arenas by participating in the appropriate osteopathic organizations. This includes participation in future standard-setting projects by the ECOP, NBOME and other organizations which may include the glossary of osteopathic terminology, exam item development and COMLEX standard setting and OMM specific clinical assessments.
Maintain an active presence in the development of focused OPP/OMM laboratory manuals/textbooks and OPP/OMM specific research.
Lead and support institutional initiatives as well as participate in management meetings, strategic planning, and other ad-hoc committees as directed.
Serve as an active member of the President’s Forum and Dean’s Advisory Council.
Serve on and/or Chair committees including Student Promotions, New Curriculum, OPP Integration, Robert C. Byrd Clinic Review, and others as assigned or directed.
Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the State’s policies and applicable laws. These responsibilities shall include interview, recommend for hire, and train new employees as well as plan, assign, and direct work, appraise performance, reward and discipline employees, address complaints and resolve problems.
Performs other related duties as assigned or directed.
Education and Experience
This position requires an earned degree as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from a COCA accredited college of osteopathic medicine with an active medical license in WV and active board certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (AOBNMM) or Certificate of Special Proficiency in OMM (C-SPOMM).
Must possess currently unencumbered Drug Enforcement Agency certification.
A record of at least 3 years of full-time leadership and administrative experience in higher education that includes teaching, mentoring, faculty development, assessment, and scholarly activity is highly desired.
A strong working knowledge of Osteopathic Medical Education.
Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a track-record of excellence in teaching and course direction.
This is a full-time administrative position with faculty appointment. This position is exempt from FLSA regulations concerning overtime. There is an excellent state benefits package including relocation. Salary and faculty rank is commensurate with education and experience. Not all activities of this position occur within the confines of an 8:00-4:30 schedule and may require evening and weekend scheduling as needed. The weekly schedule for this position will be established between the supervisor and the employee and approved given the needs of the department and the institution. This position is not eligible for telework and must be in-person on the WVSOM Campus.
This position has been designated as Essential. This means that when WVSOM is faced with an institutional emergency, employees in such positions may be required to remain at their work locationor to report to work to protect, recover and continue operations at WVSOM.
Application: Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online at http://www.wvsom.edu/hr. Applications are considered confidential. The search committee will begin its review of applications upon receipt. Final candidates are subject to employment and credential verification, reference and background checks. For additional information contact: Leslie Bicksler, Vice President of Human Resources at email@example.com or 304/647-6279.
WVSOM Community: Recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, WVSOM is a freestanding medical school nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. Located in “America’s Coolest Small Town,” WVSOM is just minutes from the famed Greenbrier Resort, a AAA Five Diamond hotel and spa. WVSOM brings over 50 years of history serving the health and wellness needs of the Greenbrier Valley, the state of West Virginia and beyond. The school’s small-town, rural community cherishes its connection with the college, and our students are engaged in service outreach and support for more than 40 nonprofit organizations in the area. This one-of-a-kind environment brings together farmers and artists, loggers and world-renowned musicians, holistic physicians and thrill-seeking whitewater rafters in a diverse melting pot that is truly unique.
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing diversity among its faculty and staff.
About West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine offers an outstanding medical education. WVSOM is an innovative, cutting-edge college located in a beautiful mountain town. A great education and a stunning location - truly the best of both worlds!
WVSOM has been ranked by U.S.News & World Report magazine in its "Top Graduate Schools" issue every year since 1998. Our high-tech campus offers amazing facilities and the latest technologically advanced medical teaching tools. We provide exceptional training and produce outstanding graduates.
Osteopathic Medical Education provides everything you need to become a fully competent physician, plus a little more - an approach to practicing medicine that focuses on the whole person. DOs (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine) receive training that prepares them to go on to any field of practice they choose, anywhere in the country. Additionally, DOs focus on holistic, preventive medicine.