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Block Director (Multiple Positions) (Part-Time ) (Phoenix, AZ)

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.
Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

If you currently hold a faculty appointment with the College of Medicine-Phoenix, please include the title in your letter.

If you do NOT currently hold a faculty appointment, please include a statement indicating your interest in applying for a faculty title with The University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Block Director (Multiple Positions) (Part-Time ) (Phoenix, AZ)
Department COM Phoenix Academic Affairs (0663)
Location Greater Phoenix Area
Position Summary

The College of Medicine – Phoenix has 12 pre-clerkship blocks, along with four longitudinal courses that comprise the pre-clerkship curriculum. Each block is directed by a pair of accomplished educators, one a basic scientist, one a physician. This intentional pairing ensures that students receive current and critical instruction in the basic sciences as well as relevant clinical application of the material in each block. For example, basic sciences sessions centered on normal regulation of blood pressure are followed by clinical sessions centered on evaluation and management of hypertension. Within each block, each of the basic science disciplines is thoroughly covered and/or reviewed as appropriate: Anatomy/imaging/radiology, Biochemistry, Cell biology/histology, Genetics/personalized medicine, Microbiology/infectious disease, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology.

The 12 pre-clerkship (years one and two) blocks include:

  • Introduction to Medicine (ITM): overview of teaching methods and expectations.
  • Molecular Basis of Life and Disease (MBLD): fundamental concepts of all basic science disciplines.
  • Clinical Anatomy (CA): body-wide anatomy/imaging.
  • Musculoskeletal and Nervous System I (MSNSI): somatic, autonomic and peripheral nervous, muscle and skeletal systems.
  • Nervous System II (NSII): central nervous and sensory systems.
  • Cardiovascular-Hematology (CVH): cardiovascular, lymphatic, circulatory and hematologic systems.
  • Pulmonary, Renal, Acid-Base (PRAB): pulmonary and urinary systems.
  • Personalized Active Learning (PAL): flexible individualized independent learning activities.
  • Gastrointestinal, Metabolism, Diabetes and Obesity (GIMDO): digestive system, nutrition, metabolism and endocrine integration.
  • Reproduction, Endocrine and Behavior through the Lifespan (REBLS): reproduction, endocrine, and biological basis of behavioral through the lifespan.
  • Oncology (ONC): blood born cancers.
  • Transition to clerkships: laboratory medicine, introduction to clerkships.

Block directors work closely with theme directors to ensure our thematic content is woven throughout each block in an organ systems-relevant manner. A wide variety of pedagogical methods has been scrutinized by our faculty and each block director carefully matches specific content to best practices delivery.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix anchors the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. The College inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars. We embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and health care for all. The Phoenix Biomedical Campus embodies the University’s priorities of engagement, partnership, innovation, and synergy in its world-class academic and research initiatives, with clinical facilities throughout Greater Phoenix. The campus also houses the UA Colleges of Public Health, Pharmacy, and Nursing, as well as Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium.

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Propose and vet block curriculum.
  • Recruit and mentor participating faculty.
  • Ensure adequate and varied teaching methods to optimize student mastery of material.
  • Prepare and tag block exams / chair the block Exam Review Team.
  • Be available to answer students’ questions about block curriculum.
  • Attend block sessions.
  • Prepare and present block sessions in area of expertise.
  • Organize and attend case based learning briefing sessions.
  • Liaise with block / course / theme directors for seamless curricular presentation.
  • Liaise with Case-Based Instruction Subcommittee, Theme and Topic Management Team, Assessment and Evaluation Subcommittee, and Curriculum Committee during all phases of block design, implementation, review, and improvement.
  • Liaise with Academic Coordinator on all block logistics.
  • Attend meetings relevant to the curriculum of the block (e.g., BCT, CC, TTMT, CBI-S).
  • Prepare annual post-block review / self-evaluation for Curriculum Committee.
  • Liaise and mentor (where relevant) Block Co-Director on all aspects of block.
  • Prepare and finalize / sign off on student assessments and final grades for block.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD, MD or DO
  • Teaching experience in an academic environment at the undergraduate medical student level.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in medical school course administration.
  • Experience with multiple teaching methods including lecture, case-based instruction, simulation, independent learning modules, and team based learning in the medical school environment.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week Varies
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible No
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21841
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix
Office of Human Resources and Business Administration
COMPHX-HRServices@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 06/26/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 07/05/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.


Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).


References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.


If you currently hold a faculty appointment with the College of Medicine-Phoenix, please include the title in your letter.


If you do NOT currently hold a faculty appointment, please include a statement indicating your interest in applying for a faculty title with The University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you realize this job is located in Phoenix, Arizona?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a PhD, MD or DO?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have teaching experience in an academic environment at the undergraduate medical student level?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * If you are currently employed at a Phoenix affiliated hospital, what is your employment effort (FTE, or percentage of time)? Please note: Due to the clinical affiliate agreement between The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and our affiliate partners, candidates selected for employment must obtain the Chief Administrator's approval for dual employment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Individuals who are selected for employment and do NOT currently hold a faculty title with The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, will be required to obtain faculty status. This will include obtaining letters of recommendation and review by the appropriate College review committee. If selected, will you fulfill the requirements for obtaining faculty status within a reasonable time frame?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Statement of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents