Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs


The Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs (Vice Dean) will report to the Dean of Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM) and serve as a critical member of the Dean’s Cabinet. The Vice Dean will partner with the Dean and WFUSM’s faculty to guide the organization through unprecedented growth and the expansion of the school’s academic mission across a wide and growing geography.  This individual will enhance and provide oversight for all faculty development, experience, employment actions, and policy matters for the School.  Specific responsibilities include oversight of appointment, promotion, and tenure processes; oversight of faculty experience and success programs; overseeing senior associate deans and other dean’s office leaders and partnering with other academic leaders (e.g., Department Chairs and Center Directors) in the recruitment and retention of faculty; designing and implementing faculty and leadership evaluation processes; developing approaches to improve faculty wellness and resilience; and leading initiatives pertaining to faculty development on all campuses affiliated with the medical school.  Initially, this role will oversee a minimum of four direct reports, including a Senior Associate Dean for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure; a Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Experience and Success; a Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Wellness; and an Assistant VP for Faculty Affairs Administration and Operations.

The ideal candidate will provide strong leadership to advance faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service; promote WFUSM’s mission, vision, and values; and partner with the Dean and other senior leaders to develop and oversee policies and procedures that position our faculty for continued excellence.

Faculty at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor may be considered for this opportunity.


  • Provide oversight and responsibility for planning, activation, and operations for all facets of the WFUSM Faculty Affairs program, including organization and planning for the expansion of WFUSM across a growing geographic area.
  • Oversee the process of faculty actions (e.g., appointments, promotions, tenure, sabbatical, and leave requests), including guiding a faculty-led promotion and tenure committee.  This includes oversight of faculty appeals processes related to promotion and tenure decisions as well as decisions related to misconduct and assisting with the resolution of faculty grievances. 
  • Advise the Dean on matters relating to academic appointments, tracks, and advancement.
  • Advise the Dean on all faculty matters including faculty wellbeing, experience, and administrative processes.  Lead the team that will recommend, develop, and implement faculty programming to grow the scholarship and leadership of WFUSM faculty for the future. 
  • Maintain the Faculty Handbook and advise leadership and faculty on interpretation and application of WFUSM policies related to faculty.
  • Oversee programs that promote faculty experience and professional development, leadership development, and mentoring opportunities for faculty.  This includes development and delivery of orientations, ongoing opportunities, and the implementation of programs to recognize and honor faculty. 
  • Manage the scheduled periodic reviews of faculty and faculty leaders.   
  • Work with the Dean’s Office and the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Office to ensure integration of best practices for faculty recruitment and retention.  Lead efforts to promote diversity and inclusion of faculty, including overseeing efforts to diversify WFUSM’s faculty, and supporting programs and initiatives that advance WFUSM’s diversity goals. 
  • Participate in regular Dean’s Cabinet leadership meetings to contribute insight and advise on all matters of faculty affairs. Lead all strategic aspects of the faculty affairs process. Leverage expertise to inform and amplify the function of other Dean’s Cabinet leaders.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Dean’s office and all senior leaders within the WFUSM (e.g., Department Chairs, Graduate School, PA & CRNA programs) for the coordination and integration of faculty affairs activities across WFUSM. 
  • Plan, guide, and oversee streamlined processes for communicating faculty affairs priorities, standards and activities across the Enterprise to foster awareness of and engagement with the faculty affairs program. Guide efforts to maximize alignment across regional departments, including leading and supporting efforts to share ‘best practices’ in a growing multi-campus academic learning health system model.
  • Partner with the Dean to raise funds to support WFUSM.  Includes leadership and participation in philanthropic campaigns and events. 
  • Contribute to scholarly products and work to increase WFUSM’s presence nationally. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Characteristics 

Qualified candidates are those who possess a terminal (Ph.D. or M.D.) degree with knowledge and experience in faculty development. Administrative academic and clinical experience is preferred. Candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills as well as strong organizational and time management skills. This position also requires the ability to collaborate and a commitment to teamwork. Candidate must be able to mentor and advise faculty members, as well as solicit faculty needs and develop programs and materials that meet their needs. The position also requires serving as liaison between faculty and the WFUSM Dean. Applicant must be in good standing with all regulatory and governmental boards and agencies.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in advancing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion; ability to work with and support a diverse school of medicine community; a track record of strong interpersonal skills and ability to build positive professional relationships with diverse stakeholders at all levels in complex, highly dynamic environment; be strategically minded, able to think creatively around program goals and the steps necessary to achieve those goals; ability to act deliberately in sensitive situations; demonstrate strong conflict management skills; possess sound judgment and ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism; and demonstrate the ability to lead and to develop professional staff teams.

Applicants should submit an application including a complete curriculum vitae via the online application system. Application materials may also be emailed to Kassie Walters, Sr. HR Consultant, at