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Open Rank Physiology Faculty

companyKansas Health Science Center
locationWichita, KS, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/18/2023

Job Description:

The Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (KansasCOM), one of the nation’s newest medical schools, located in downtown Wichita, Kansas, invites applications for a faculty appointment in the Department of Integrated Biomedical Sciences.  Qualified applicants with experience in teaching medical students and dedicated to teaching physiology/pathophysiology to medical students are sought for an open rank faculty position.  This position has no associated clinical duties, and KansasCOM can be flexible regarding appointment (full-time or part-time), and will consider remote, on-line instruction for an applicant with demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching Pathology.

The College’s mission is “to train the osteopathic physician of the future to provide effective, empathic, and innovative care to optimize the health of patients and their communities.”  This includes the goal of expanding health education and healthcare by increasing the number of physicians trained in Kansas, with particular focus on serving the widely distributed communities of rural Kansas, and beyond.  KansasCOM’s inaugural class of students (Class of 2026) matriculated in August, 2022.  The College has implemented a systems-based curriculum that integrates disciplines, and incorporates interactive methodologies and an androgogical teaching philosophy.  The College aspires to promote student learning in a way that values people’s differences and provides an inclusive environment, such that students are enthusiastic about providing patient-centered, evidence-based care of the highest quality. 

The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree (PhD, MD, DO, or other), in physiology or a related discipline, and should have demonstrated experience in teaching these subjects.  This position will function as a member of a collaborative educational team which develops and delivers the physiology/pathophysiology content across an integrated, educational program.  Primary responsibilities will involve teaching medical students, through the integrated, systems-based curriculum of the 1st and 2nd academic years, and will involve the development of discipline-based, collaboratively designed, and highly integrated curricular elements.  A demonstrated ability to work within a team of medical educators from basic science and clinical disciplines to develop integrated instructional materials and presentations is a must.  Additional teaching and mentoring responsibilities may exist in the 3rd and 4th years, and will focus on the application of foundational science knowledge to senior medical students seeking advanced experience. 

While teaching is the primary focus of our faculty, service, scholarship and research are fundamental elements of a faculty role.  Service to the College and the community is an essential function of the position, including committee service, faculty development, student mentoring/advising, interviewing prospective students, and community outreach.  The College is strengthening its scholarly activity involvement, broadly defined as including: basic science (bench), translational, clinical, educational, public health/epidemiologic, or other scholarly endeavor.  

The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree (PhD, MD, DO, MBBS, or other), in physiology or a related discipline, and should have demonstrated experience in teaching these subjects. The College will consider immigration sponsorship for highly qualified candidates. We will consider highly qualified Dual-career candidates in medical physiology and/or pathology.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in teaching physiology, primarily within the pre-clinical curriculum;
  • Develop and prepare teaching materials (presentations, lectures, exam items, etc.).
  • Develop and maintain educational materials, including correlations to Osteopathic Principles and Practice.
  • Demonstrate professionalism as defined by the KansasCOM declaration of faculty professionalism and responsibility.
  • Serve as a student advisor and mentor, including promoting and mentoring student research.
  • Participate in prospective student interviewing.
  • Serve on selected departmental, college, and faculty committees and task forces.
  • Participate in and deliver professional development for KansasCOM.
  • Assist in accreditation, assessment, and quality improvement functions to include document creation, data collection and management, education of faculty as assigned.
  • Foster a positive culture amongst the students, faculty, and KHSC-KansasCOM staff.
  • Participate in professional activities, societies, and associations, enhancing personal and institutional recognition and standing.
  • Serve as requested/assigned, in academic leadership roles (Course Director, etc.)
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATION(S):

  • A terminal degree (PhD, DSc, DO, MD, etc.) in physiology or a relevant related field from an accredited institution of higher education with appropriate experience for an Assistant Professor (or higher) position
  • A track record of academic experience in biomedical sciences education (medical school experience preferred).
  • Preference that applicant be qualified to work in the United States without sponsorship, however, the College will consider immigration sponsorship for highly qualified candidates.  
  • Maintain appropriate licensure for practice in health care and be in good standing with all regulatory and licensing boards and agencies, as applicable.
  • Evidence of skills in technology applied to classroom work.
  • Demonstrated evidence and/or a plan for supporting students from diverse backgrounds in the academic community.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Postdoctoral experience in the field of physiology.
  • Additional training or experience in educational theory and/or evaluation.
  • A record of success as a medical educator.
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods, which might include team-based learning, ‘flipped classroom’, problem-based learning, distance learning, interactive large group presentation, audience response systems, curriculum delivery systems.
  • Experience with curricular and instructional design.
  • Record of scholarly activity.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Ability to work both individually and collaboratively within a dynamic, inter-disciplinary environment.
  • Leadership abilities in influencing and shaping performance.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills ,and enthusiasm to contribute to organizational growth and development.

Kansas Health Science Center offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

Kansas Health Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.