Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources
Case Western Reserve University 108 reviews - Cleveland, OH

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The Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources has primary responsibility for requirements that derive from the CWRU Faculty Handbook and the School of Medicine Bylaws and, along with SOM administration leadership and the Office of the General Counsel, with appropriate federal and state statutes laws, and regulations. The office is the focal point for faculty appointments, re-appointments, promotion, and award of tenure; manages the faculty governance process through the Faculty Council, the Faculty Council Steering Committee, and the faculty’s committees; provides a focus for faculty communication; facilitates with the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources the introduction of new faculty and staff policies and procedures to improve the faculty and staff climate; serves to promote diversity in hiring, promotion, and the environment; and maintains collaborative working relationships with academic leaders at affiliated hospitals.


  • Provide initial oversight for faculty appointments, promotion in rank, awards of tenure, and the re-appointment process.
  • Advise individual faculty regarding all faculty affairs issues including promotion/tenure readiness, pre-tenure period extensions, transfer of primary appointments to new departments or affiliated hospitals, etc.; and manage the process to carry these out.
  • Oversee support for faculty governance through the Faculty Council and Faculty Council Steering Committee. Attend all meetings, represent central administration in discussions, anticipate and oversee the process for carrying out faculty initiatives.
  • Oversee and manage elections for standing and ad hoc committees, SOM Faculty Senate representatives, etc.
  • Oversee and manage the annual review process using the Faculty Activity Summary forms and website.
  • Oversee and manage the required 3- and 6-year reviews for tenure track faculty.
  • Oversee the annual process of appointing proposed department CAPTs; conduct initial review, critique, and approve on behalf of the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources and the SOM dean.
  • Review and edit offer letters to assure explanation of faculty rights and duties, assure compliance with Faculty Handbook and SOM bylaws and consistency with university and School of Medicine policies, procedures, and practices, and all state, federal, and local laws and regulations.
  • Serve on the faculty’s Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure; the Bylaws Committee, the Nominating Committee; and other ad hoc committees as assigned or needed.
  • Attend Faculty Senate meetings on behalf of the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources and the SOM dean.
  • Manage Division of BMS appointment, promotion, and tenure process, 3- and 6-year reviews, etc.
  • Provide oversight for staff hiring processes and grievances in collaboration with CWRU Human Resources, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity, departmental office and other CWRU units as necessary.
  • Attend, as needed, meetings of the Staff Advisory Council on behalf of the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources and the SOM dean.

  • Manage the faculty list serve and act as mail person.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Department: Daily contact with Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources, Vice Dean for Finance and Administration, department chairs, faculty council leadership, and faculty. Weekly contact with Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs, Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, Vice Dean for Research and development staff.

    University: Weekly contact with Human Resources and Provost’s Office. Occasional contact with General Counsel’s office, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity, and the Staff Advisory Council.

    External: Minimal contact

    Students: Minimal contact


    No staff supervisory responsibility.


    Experience: Minimum of 5 years of related experience; preferably in faculty service, academic administration and/or legal.

    Education: PhD or other terminal degree required; JD desirable.


  • Knowledge of faculty governance.
  • Ability to lead groups.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


    Work is conducted indoors in comfortable office space.

    Diversity Statement

    In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Reasonable Accommodations

    Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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