Chair of OMM Department

Chair of OMM Department


Requisition ID: 2021-7239
Position Type: Full-Time
Schedule Shift: Day
Hours Per Week: 38
Travel: None
Category: Faculty/Academic

The Chairperson is the immediate Supervisor, Academic, and Administrative Leader of the Faculty in a respective Department. The Chairperson derives responsibility and authority as delegated by the Dean. Through his/her authority over the Department, the Chairperson is responsible for the day-to-day operations, and long-term growth and development of the Department. The Chairperson is responsible for the judicious use of all resources allocated through the Departmental budget, to include Faculty and Staff resources, distribution of Departmental space, and use of Departmental capital equipment.

As Supervisor and Academic and Administrative Leader of the Department, the Chairperson works closely with the Dean and is responsible for:



  • Reporting to the Dean on the academic progress of the respective Department.
  • Evaluating the present and future needs of the respective Department and communicating them in a timely fashion to the Dean .
  • Assuring that programs within the Department are commensurate with the overall goals, and mission of the University.
  • Development and implementation of academic programs within the University that support the mission and goals on the University
  • Maintaining a synergistic and collegial relationship with the remaining academic department Chairs in support of the University goals and mission
  • Promotion of Interprofessional Education in support of collaboration with other health care disciplines including Pharmacy, Public Health, Physician Assistant, and Nursing. The Department Chairs will facilitate student preparation to function on health care teams that include professionals from other disciplines.
  • Maintaining a collegial relationship with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, and Associate Dean for Preclinical Education to fulfill the educational mission and goals of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.



The following outlines the basic responsibilities of this position. Other duties may be assigned as necessary.




  • Policy Implementation. The Chairperson is responsible for the implementation of the administrative and academic policies and procedures of Touro University California. He/she serves as the immediate supervisor for Departmental faculty and staff to ensure compliance with the various TUCA policies that include those relating to professional, budgetary, administrative, and faculty/staff performance.
  • Academic Planning and Management. The Chairperson works with the Departmental faculty to develop goals that are consistent with Touro University California COM’s He/she clarifies goals and objectives upon which Departmental activities are based. He/she manages efforts, and workload of the faculty/staff in the endeavor to achieve individual, Departmental, College, and University success. The Chairperson anticipates the resource needs of the Department, represents these needs through a budget process, and monitors the judicious use of human as well as capital resources that are subsequently provided to the Department. The Chairperson is responsible for completing Departmental reports as deemed necessary by the Dean for continued future growth and plans. The Chairperson is responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of all Departmental academic endeavors, although the specific activities may be delegated to individual faculty. He/she works closely with the administration to assure that curricular objectives are in accord with those established for Touro University California COM, and encourages inter-departmental teaching program participation of Departmental faculty to enrich faculty, staff, and student professional and educational experiences. .


  • Faculty Research. The Chairperson is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and procedures that are supportive of research in their respective departments. This includes providing the faculty with opportunities and assistance in securing extramural research support as well as the facilities and time with which to conduct the research.
  • Faculty Recruitment. The Chairperson works cooperatively with the Dean, Human Resources Department, respective department, other University academic departments, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Dean for Preclinical Education in the recruitment of new faculty. He/she screens for qualities and characteristics that support Departmental goals and the University mission, while remaining sensitive to the personal attributes of the faculty candidates in order to obtain an effective blend with existing Departmental faculty. The Chairperson will recommend acceptable faculty candidates to the Dean for hiring.
  • Faculty Development. The Chairperson strives to recognize the personal and professional potential of each faculty member of the Department to facilitate and support the growth and development of each within the Department and University at large., As necessary appropriate assistance may be elicited from the Dean, Senior Associate Dean. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and/or Associate Dean for Preclinical Education.
  • Evaluation of Faculty Performance. The Chairperson is responsible for regular evaluation of all aspects of faculty performance. He/she serves as an immediate source of recognition and reward for faculty accomplishments, and brings these accomplishments to the attention of administrators, peers, and other appropriate individuals or groups at the University.
  • Promotion of Faculty Rank. The Chairperson encourages faculty members to accrue the credentials necessary for academic advancement through the rank and promotion process. The Chairperson will be responsible for producing a document of support, for worthy faculty, in a timely fashion to the University Rank and Promotion Committee during promotion consideration of Department Faculty.
  • The Chairperson is responsible for maintaining on-going dialogue, and collaboration, with when appropriate, with their counterparts at the other Touro Colleges of Osteopathic and Allopathic Medicine.
  • Committee Participation. The Chairperson ensures the active participation of Departmental faculty, as well as that of himself/herself, on University committees and in-service activities of the Department at Touro University California COM.
  • Student Activities. The Chairperson supports Faculty involvement in student club advising, activities, and presentations as departmental time permits
  • Role Model. The Chairperson is to be considered a Role Model as the Academic and Administrative Leader of the Department. His/her abilities in this role should be demonstrated by example wherever possible. The Chairperson should exemplify the same interest, activity, and high standards of integrity, teaching, scholarly activity, clinical activity if applicable, research, and service which would be expected of faculty. Because of the additional administrative responsibilities assigned to a department chairperson, it may not be feasible for the Chairperson to contribute as much in quantity as a faculty member; however, the quality of the performance by the Chairperson in each of these areas should be strive to be exemplary.
  • Extra-collegial Representation. Serves as available a representative of the College at the state and national level through involvement with professional organizations such as National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, American Osteopathic Association, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, and other professional organizations related to their scholarship and academics.







  • General Responsibilities: The Chairpersons are responsible for optimizing curricular design that best enables students to achieve the Osteopathic Core Competencies. In addition, the Department Chairperson may delegate and oversee course-related activities, implementation, and specific authority to members of the faculty as course directors. Authority to carry out other course-related tasks such as curriculum development, evaluation, and coordination with other college courses may be delegated to one or more additional faculty, to a department, and/or to the curriculum committee. The Chairpersons (Basic Science, OMM, and Primary Care) are responsible for engaging with the curriculum committee in order to optimize course content and serve as the final arbiter of course-related decisions at the departmental level.

Specific Responsibilities



  • The Chairperson in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee ensures that appropriate goals and objectives are established for each course and that they are in accord with the goals/competencies established by Touro University California COM for its undergraduate medical education program and graduate studies.
  • The Chairperson must ensure that the educational practices utilized in the curriculum are in accord with the most effective practices currently in use in order to facilitate learning of this type.
  • The Chairperson must advise the Dean regarding adequacy of resources (faculty, staff, support, and budget) necessary to forward the mission of the Department and Touro University California COM overall..
  • The Chairperson must in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee ensure that a clear evaluation plan is designed for grading the student’s progress as well as assessing the overall academic effectiveness of content delivered.. The Chairperson provides opportunities for the faculty to develop a question bank that matches national board exams in content and style.
  • The Chairperson oversees and assists any course directors within the Department when making critical decisions as necessary.
  • The Chairperson is responsible for maintaining the benchmarks of participation and activity of each faculty member.
  • The Chairperson works collaboratively with Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Dean for Preclinical Education in curriculum development and implementation.


Faculty, adjunct faculty, administrative assistants and staff, laboratory personal, as well as teaching fellows where appropriate

A terminal degree is required for the Basic Science Departments and a D.O degree for the Primary Care and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Departments. American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine, or American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics certification for the Primary Care Department Chair and American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine certification for OMM department Chair are required by COCA.


Terminal degree depending on the Department’s mission




  • Leadership abilities
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the enthusiasm to contribute towards the growth and development of the academic departments of the University
  • Strong knowledge base in specialty area(s)


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