Call for applications and nominations: Associate Dean for Basic Research Training

The school is seeking candidates from among its current tenured faculty for the position of SMPH Associate Dean for Basic Research Training. Qualified candidates are invited to apply for this key leadership role. Please consider forwarding recommendations identifying potential candidates, as well as alerting qualified candidates who may be interested in applying. This individual will succeed James Keck, PhD, who plans to step away from this position on June 30.

All applications received by April 15, 2022 will be given full and equal consideration. Nominations should be submitted by April 4, 2022. The position description is below.

Interested candidates should submit:

  1. A letter of interest: The letter of interest should briefly summarize the candidate’s relevant experience for this position, the strengths and skills that they will bring to the position, their vision for the position, and how this position aligns with their career goals.
  2. A current CV: The submitted CV should highlight experience and scholarship relevant to leading and directly managing day-to-day activities in basic research training.

Send applications, nominations, and questions to:

Andrea Poehling,

Position Description for Associate Dean for Basic Research Training

Degree and area of specialization:

Ph.D. (or equivalent) or M.D.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Must be current SMPH tenure track faculty member at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and able to devote at least 50% of their time and effort to this position. The Associate Dean for Basic Research Training will continue to engage in their research, education, and service commitments for the remaining 50% effort within their SMPH department.

Must have a demonstrated record of excellence in scholarship and relevant academic leadership experience. The successful candidate must display a history of extramural funding in a relevant biomedical field; experience as a graduate trainer or a leadership role in graduate training; leadership experience at school, campus, and/or national levels; and a broad appreciation of the research missions of the UW SMPH.

Position Summary:

The Associate Dean for Basic Research Training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is responsible for the leadership and direct management of day-to-day activities in basic research training. These specifically include responsibilities for: administration of the basic research training functions in the School, which includes services to graduate students, post-doctoral learners, and research fellows including, but not limited to, recruitment, financial support, graduate student wellness, and professional development; academic policy development and administration in the areas noted above; and budget development and administration for the areas noted above.

The Associate Dean will also guide and participate in the development and implementation of proposals for new programs involving research training initiated within the School. This position reports directly to the Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology, and Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and will actively engage in school-wide initiatives that support accreditation, strategic priorities, and building an inclusive, equitable, and respectful working and learning environment.

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Principal duties:

    • Oversight of offices and programs
      • Office of Training Grant Support, including supervision of associate director and other staff
      • UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies, including supervision of director and associated staff, in conjunction with the OVCRGE
      • MS in Biotechnology program
    • Development, evaluation, and oversight of graduate programs, including supervision of the Academic Assessment Manager
    • Development and management of graduate curriculum and courses, including chairing the Graduate Educational Policy Committee
    • Oversight of plan to create and implement centralized graduate admissions, recruitment, and initial experiences for graduate training programs
    • Leadership to enhance graduate student and postdoctoral training through inclusive recruitment and retention strategies
    • Collaborate with school and university leaders and offices, including:
      • Graduate program directors
      • Training grant directors
      • Office of Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies
      • Graduate School
      • Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars (SciMedGRS)
    • Full participation as a member of the Basic Sciences Strategic Leadership Committee, including providing leadership for implementation of the basic sciences strategic plan
    • Service on school, university, and national committees and initiatives
      • SMPH Building Community Steering Committee (member)
      • SMPH Student Mistreatment Triage Committee (member)
      • SMPH Strategic Improvement & Accreditation Steering Committee (member)
      • AAMC Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) representative
    • Special projects

Number of individuals supervised: 3

A six-month period of evaluation will be required