Director of Academic Advising and Professional Development

Burnett School of Medicine

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Director of Academic Advising and Professional Development

  • 498846
  • Faculty
  • Full-time
  • Opening at: Jul 21 2023 at 11:55 CDT
  • Burnett School of Medicine

Position Details:

The Director of Academic Advising and Professional Development reports to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Office of Academic Advising and Physician Development. The Director oversees the medical student academic advising and physician development programming ensuring compliance with school and university policies and compliance with the applicable LCME standards. The Director of Academic Advising and Professional Development will collaborate with the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation, the Associate Dean for Curriculum, and Assistant Director, Academic Success and Learning Support to establish policies and processes for monitoring academic progression for all medical students across the four-year curriculum. The Director will also oversee the development and evaluation of curriculum to provide individual and group coaching of medical students to support appropriate and milestone specific professional identity formation. The Director will serve a critical role in guiding the advising team in overseeing students’ progression through LIC, ensuring that across the clerkships, students are meeting the expected milestones and learning objectives for each clerkship. The Director will develop a framework to support the Academic Advising team in monitoring and tracking the academic progress of all students, ensuring a comprehensive achievement of all clerkship objectives, as well as identifying strengths and weaknesses in professional identity development.

Duties and Essential Job Functions:

  1. Oversees the Office of Academic Advising and Professional Development which includes one staff report and four part-time faculty advisors including hiring, oversight, and staff and faculty development.
  2. Provides leadership and guidance on best practices that fully support the delivery of a consistent and highly effective academic advising for medical students.
  3. In collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Associate Dean for Curriculum, and Assistant Director, Academic Success and Learning Support, develop, implement, and evaluate academic advising policies and processes for all phases.
  4. Advise students on school and university academic policies and procedures.
  5. Develop curriculum and resources to support the professional identity formation of medical students throughout the four-year curriculum.
  6. In collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, monitors and addresses issues surrounding professionalism with the assigned students.
  7. Provides guidance to students regarding medical school policies.
  8. Collaborate with the Senior Director for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship and the respective clerkship directors to implement and evaluate a structured monitoring system for the phase 2 Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC). Track the LIC experience for a team/cohort of ~10 medical students, including all weekly scheduled activities.
  9. Regularly monitor students’ progress and self-reflection on competency milestones, guide students in individual learning planning and will meet with students individually and in small groups.
  10. Conference with students in incidents of not meeting curricular expectations, provides constructive feedback, and assists students in identifying appropriate resources for self-improvement.
  11. Conference with preceptors periodically regarding progression of his/her student cohort. 
  12. Review faculty narratives of student assessment for areas of repeated performance and provides suggestions for improvement. 
  13. Collaborates with faculty, course directors and deans in the Office of Educational Affairs to evaluate early intervention and remediation strategies.
  14. Evaluate all aspects of the Academic Advising program and recommend and implement changes as appropriate;
  15. Works with academic departments and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs on initiatives to support faculty in their development as advisors.
  16. Attend at least 6 hours of continuing professional development related to academic / career advising;
  17. Contribute to the medical education research and scholarship in connection and related to academic advising and professional development.
  18. Perform additional duties that may be assigned. 

Required Education and Experience:

  • MD; DO; PhD or EdD
  • Five (5) years of experience in working with medical students.
  • Must qualify for Assistant Professor rank or above at the Burnett School of Medicine

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Understanding of educational pedagogy as it relates to the undergraduate medical education
  • Experience managing professionals in a complex organization
  • Experience with LCME and/or other accrediting bodies
  • Experience working with diverse students or diverse populations

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills. Knowledge in the area of academic advising and student success.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills.

Physical Requirements (With or Without Accommodations):

  • Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms and other printed materials and information.
  • Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication.
  • Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone, telephone systems, and face-to-face interactions.
  • Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, flexibility, body movement for bending, crouching, walking, kneeling and prolonged sitting.
  • Lifting and moving objects and equipment up to 10 lbs.

Work Environment: 

  • Work is indoors and sedentary and is subject to schedule changes and/or variable work hours.
  • There are no harmful environmental conditions present for this job.
  • The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate.
  • Traveling between multiple work sites may be necessary.
  • This role is an in-person and on-campus. 

School/College Description:

The TCU School of Medicine, Fort Worth’s M.D. school, opened with a class of 60 students in July 2019. The School of Medicine’s focus on communication, a first-of-its-kind curriculum and the development of Empathetic Scholars™ uniquely positions the organization to radically transform medical education, improving care for future generations.

University & Fort Worth Description:


Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.

Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.

At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

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