Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Institutional Research

The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Institutional Research, under the supervision of the Dean, is responsible for institutional assessment, accreditation, and research as well as the management of department’s personnel team.


  • Supports and promotes the mission of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Directs the process of academic accreditation by preparing reports and required documentation for all accrediting bodies.
  • Oversees curriculum development and delivery and provides guidance with selecting effective teaching models and strategies.
  • Maintains a description of curricular outcomes, learning goals and objectives, and course syllabi of each course in the curriculum.
  • Oversees Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (IPEC), planning, development, and initiatives
  • Oversees the development of the academic calendar.
  • Directs institutional assessment and outcomes research
  • Oversees the progress of the Program Outcomes committee to develop and edit the outcomes assessment plan and monitor student learning outcomes, reports to the curriculum committee, and process for improvement.
  • Maintains and analyzes data regarding COMLEX-USA Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2, CE and PE pass rates. Works with the faculty to design and implement remediation programs for students who are not progressing on schedule.
  • Assists with student orientation as it relates to academic affairs and institutional research.
  • Supervise Board review process.
  • Directs institutional assessment of the osteopathic medical education program, including formative and summative evaluation of all courses.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, retention, and management of the department’s team.
  • Prepares an annual report of program outcomes for curricular review and evaluation and posts outcomes results as required by COCA on the ARCOM website.
  • Responsible for reports and surveys for AACOM such as annual questionnaires and Graduating Senior Survey.
  • Plans, develops and implements an outcomes-based faculty development program (full-time, part-time, and clinical adjunct faculty).
  • Supervises faculty research and scholarly activity and arranges support services as needed.
  • Prepares and recommends an annual budget for the division of academic affairs and institutional research.
  • Serves on committees as directed by the Dean.
  • Provides timely reports to the Dean as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean.


Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • EdD or PhD
  • Experience with curriculum development, institutional and curricular assessment, and research, preferably in a medical school environment.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • DO or MD with a Master’s in Education or Quality Improvement/Assessment
  • Experience with curriculum development, institutional and curricular assessment, and research in a medical school environment

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office and PDF management
  • Skills with online databases and programs
  • 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

 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