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Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Scholarship
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 10/14/2022
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Title Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Scholarship
School Harvard Medical School
Department/Area Graduate Education
Position Description
The Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Scholarship will drive innovation in biomedical training at Harvard Medical School in the following ways: 1) As a developer and leader of innovative training initiatives; 2) As an educator who teaches diverse HMS learners in areas including evidence-based pedagogy, educational research, and cognitive sciences; 3) As a liaison with educational units at HMS and other Harvard schools, by providing strategic vision for the expansion of successful pilot programs and the creation of new cross-unit educational partnerships; and 4) As an educational scholar who disseminates educational innovation efforts within and beyond the HMS community through publications and presentations.
The Assistant Dean will be a critical member of the HMS Graduate Education leadership team, reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and will have a non-tenure track Lecturer appointment in the department aligned with their scientific background. The Assistant Dean will contribute to strategic decision-making in graduate education and will provide oversight and strategic vision to leverage educational scholarship and cross-unit collaborations to drive innovation in graduate training at HMS. The Assistant Dean will supervise the Director of the Curriculum Fellows Program (CFP) and will liaise with educational leaders at various HMS/Harvard-affiliated units and institutions (including the CFP, the Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard School of Education, and the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching) to facilitate new graduate training opportunities, including in educational scholarship and pedagogy.
The Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Scholarship will advance the educational mission of HMS through specific contributions that may include teaching, educational scholarship, and academic service activities such as ad hoc mentorship of graduate and other Department trainees. The work of the Assistant Dean is grounded in a deep understanding of how people learn and the cognitive sciences and thus the Assistant Dean will specifically work closely with the Harvard PhD Program in Neuroscience (PiN) and Neurobiology Department and faculty leadership to develop, implement, and evaluate novel educational approaches/programming. These efforts will not only aim to enhance neuroscience training, but the Assistant Dean will also disseminate outcomes of innovations piloted in Neurobiology/PiN to other departments and the broader HMS community.
The Assistant Dean will develop and pilot innovations to advance HMS’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. In close collaboration with the GSAS Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (EDIB) and the HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP), the Assistant Dean will provide leadership and strategic oversight of pilot initiatives such as the PiNBAC neuroscience post-baccalaureate training curriculum and the Morehouse And Harvard Partnership in Neuroscience Growth (MAHPING) initiative, and will facilitate wider adoption of successful pilot initiatives.
The work of the Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Scholarship roughly breaks down as follows:
  • Development, Leadership, and Oversight of Educational Programs (~50%)
  • Instruction of HMS Learners (~15%)
  • Educational Scholarship Activities (~20%)
  • Academic Service and Administration (~15%)

We are accepting applications until Monday, October 31, 2022.
Basic Qualifications
  • PhD in the life sciences or related field and at least 7 years of teaching and/ or administrative leadership experience in higher education.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing in a complex matrix organization.
  • Experience mentoring graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows
  • Experience managing staff
  • Exhibit the highest level of integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality in work.
  • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of work.

Additional Qualifications
Special Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials.
  • A cover letter that addresses your interest in and qualifications for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A teaching statement following the Teaching Statement Guidelines ( ). The teaching statement is an opportunity to describe your philosophy of teaching in the context of your own experiences. A discussion of diversity, equity and inclusion is an important component of the teaching statement.
  • The names and contact information of three professional references.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 31, 2022.
Contact Information
Nancy Gerard
Assistant to Dean for Graduate Education
Contact Email
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3
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