Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine (WMed) seeks qualified candidates for an institutional leader with programmatic and academic responsibilities focused on faculty, student, resident/fellow, and staff diversity, inclusiveness, and unity. The title and rank of this leadership position is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. This position reports directly to the Dean of WMed.
The faculty leader for diversity and inclusiveness is charged with developing and implementing programs that support and enhance diversity and facilitate inclusiveness and unity by effectively championing a welcoming environment for all members of the medical school community. The medical school uses a broad scope for diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity/national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, genetic or family medical information, height, weight, marital status, or familial status. The assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusiveness collaboratively assesses, on an ongoing basis, and leads the implementation and improvement of strategic diversity and inclusiveness plans, programs, and projects that strengthen unity. This includes collaborating with other stakeholders to facilitate the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, students, residents/fellows, and staff in creating an inclusive patient‑centered learning and working environment that promotes culturally competent and culturally responsive patient care and learner education.
The assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusiveness has a unique scope of responsibilities that include assessment, education, program development, learner/provider/peer support, implementing methodologies, intervention, and scholarship to cultivate diversity and inclusiveness across the medical school. The leader works collaboratively with students, residents/fellows, faculty, and staff, and medical school leaders especially the associate dean for Faculty Affairs, associate dean for Student Affairs, associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, associate dean for Health Equity and Community Affairs, and director of Human Resources. Working with the entire WMed community, and in close partnership with healthcare providers across Southwest Michigan, the assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusiveness provides collaborative leadership to improve the culture for all members throughout the medical school community. The leader provides guidance and support to identify diversity and inclusiveness needs for program development in all areas of the medical school, and also serves as a liaison to standing committees, organizations, and affiliates.
The role of the assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusiveness is primarily focused on collaboratively leading the medical school’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts, and is also expected to participate as a faculty member in the appropriate department in teaching, scholarly activities, and clinical care, as appropriate for the individual’s qualifications.
Qualified candidates must possess an advanced terminal doctoral degree in a relevant field (MD, PhD). Preference will be given to candidates with at lease five years of experience and accomplishments in diversity and inclusiveness, evidence of scholarship in the area of diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrated experience in program development at a university or academic medical center, success as an advocate for faculty and learners, and experience with innovative curriculum development including evidence-based decision making and program evaluation.
The optimal candidate brings a rich understanding and deep commitment to the broad aspects of diversity, inclusiveness, and unity.
About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed)
As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.
Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.