Dean of ARCOM

The Dean of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine is primarily responsible for the COM regarding mission, vision, goals, strategic plan, preparation, oversight and administration of the budget once approved by the administration and Board of Trustees.  He/She is responsible for the outcomes of the COM including the educational outcomes of the students and graduates, curriculum development, delivery, evaluation and revision.  He/She is responsible for faculty and staff recruitment and hiring as well as faculty development, evaluation and retention for the COM. He/She is responsible to ensure that the COM has the resources, facilities, faculty, staff and affiliations required for delivery of the educational, service and research missions of the COM. As Dean of the COM, he/she has day to day responsibility for academic and operational matters and reports the outcomes of operations and educational efforts to the board through the Vice President of Academic Affairs and President.  He/She represents the COM professionally to public, governmental and professional organizations, groups and individuals.  He/She is responsible to advance the professional and public standing of the COM.  He/She provides leadership, serves as chief spokesperson and holds primary responsibility for all personnel, financial, educational and student matters for the COM. 


  • Provide leadership and management for the COM, its faculty, students and the constituents it serves while working cooperatively and collaboratively with other professionals, faculty, staff, students and the public.
  • Management of the development, delivery, evaluation and revision of the curriculum, policies, procedures, budget, faculty and affiliations of the COM to ensure that they meet the educational, scholarly activity, service and research goals of the College, advances the mission, vision and goals of the COM and meets all accreditation and professional standards for the students. 
  • Provides oversight of the criteria, policies and process for selection of students for admission to the COM to advance the mission, vision, values and goals established and make final decisions on admission of students. 
  • Advises the Vice President of Academic Affairs on policy and procedures, mission, vision and values, strategic planning and long-range budgeting for the COM and its interactions with ACHE.
  • Prepares and submits to the Vice President of Academic Affairs annually or more often if requested a report that details the operations, outcomes, long and short-range plans and status of the COM in meeting the goals of the COM regarding its functions, students and faculty. 
  • Approves and presents to the Vice President of Academic Affairs the annual operational plans and budgets for the COM. 
  • Reviews and approves the expenditure of funds allocated to the school, including oversight of the budget for the COM. 
  • Develops and oversees policies and procedures that allocates, and ensures the effective use of financial, human resources and physical resources of the COM 
  • Responsible for the allocation and effective use of all space assigned for medical education, clinical service and research. 
  • Responsible to ensure that the COM accreditation standards and requirements set by state, regional, programmatic accrediting bodies and USDE are met. 
  • Administers student, faculty and staff personnel policies and procedures for the COM in accordance with established policy and procedures approved by the Board of Trustees. 
  • Responsible for the recruitment and management of all direct reports, to include development of job descriptions and securing appropriate approvals of same and verifying that academic requirements are satisfied before submitting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for approval.
  • Selects and recommends for appointment, reappointment and promotion to the Vice President of Academic Affairs all members of the Senior Administrative Leadership Team for the COM as well as supervises and evaluates per policy and procedures the Associate/Assistant Deans and Senior Administrative Leadership for the COM. 
  • Selects and recommends for appointment, reappointment and promotion as well as provides supervision for and evaluation of all Biomedical Science and Clinical Science Department Chairs in consultation with the Associate Deans to the Vice President of Academic Affairs per policy and procedures.
  • Selects and recommends for appointment, reappointment and promotion, to the Vice President of Academic Affairs qualified individuals to serve as faculty for the COM, oversees the process for their evaluation and remediation consistent with policies and procedures.
  • Identifies recruits, evaluates and manages or delegates the management of all other academic faculty and related staff within the COM in consultation with their immediate supervisor. 
  • Assures that all college health care professional faculty, physicians-in-training and other faculty members are appropriately licensed, credentialed and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations both nationally and within the state of Arkansas. 
  • Serves as the primary liaison between the COM and the medical profession, medical associations, medical professionals, licensing boards, the board of health, other governmental agencies, the legislature and it divisions in the state of Arkansas, nationally and internationally.  
  • Responsible for the establishment of a COM Alumni Association and supervise its operations, mission and vision.  
  • Serves as the institution’s official representative to the AACOM’s Council of Deans and represents the COM in relationships liaisons with other professional organizations, national and state governmental bodies. 
  • Ensures that the COM commitments to academic freedom, diversity, integrity, ethics, nondiscrimination as well as its commitment to excellence and integration of Osteopathic philosophy and principles in all of its teaching, research and service programs is complied with by the COM, its faculty, staff and administration. 
  • Provides leadership for the administration, faculty and students during the development and updating of the COM’s mission, vision and goals, its strategic plan, assessment of the outcomes of the COM and how they affect the COM, the quality assessment and quality improvement functions of the COM to ensure continuing high standards of performance in education, research and service and advancement of the mission, vision and values of the COM. 
  • Oversee the development and availability of processes for individual professional growth, faculty development and advancement for the staff, faculty and members of the administration. 
  • Provide direction and oversight for the development, assessment and implementation of the affiliation agreements with healthcare facilities, hospitals, clinics and other health related organizations required to meet the requirements of the curriculum and advance the COM’s mission and vision and values.
  • Assures the efficient use of resources and maintenance of high standards for all medical, academic, research and clinical programs. 
  • Responsible to see that the policies, procedures, mission, vision and values of the COM are consistent with those of ACHE and advance the mission, vision and goals of the ACHE.
  • The Dean shall be a full-time employee of Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, a division of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and shall dedicate him/her wholly to the functions of the job and shall have no outside employment.
  • Other duties as assigned by Vice President of Academic Affairs or his/her designee.


Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications:

  • O. degree from an accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine. Board Certification from of the American Osteopathic Association 
  • Experience in academic medicine as a Dean, Assistant or Associate Dean, Full time Chair of a Clinical Department at a College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director of Medical Education/Program Director 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years’ experience as a Dean, Assistant or Associate Dean, Full time Chair of a Clinical Department at a College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director of Medical Education/Program Director. 
  • Clinical, academic, business operations, and legal experience and expertise suitable to allow him/her to provide mentorship and leadership for students and faculty.  
  • Professional involvement and positions of leadership within the Osteopathic profession, its associations and organizations. 
  • Experience with scholarly activities, publishing, scientific research, writing, evaluation and management of grants. 

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the delivery of medical education in the classroom, laboratory, simulation and standardized laboratory settings and in clinical settings for students and residents.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of varied curriculum template and educational formats.
  • Demonstrate ability to mentor and motivate students and peers.
  • Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in one or more of the medical, psychological, or social disciplines required for the education of medical students, the practice of medicine, the advancement of medical knowledge and research.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, organizational skills, delegation skills, and time management skills.
  • Requires a minimum of 20% travel or time away from campus; and up to 50%.

If you need assistance in the application process because of a disability, or for any other reason, please contact Barbara Jetton, director of Human Resources, at 479.308.2291 or