Assistant Professor of Anatomy/Anatomy Lab Director

Title Assistant Professor of Anatomy/Anatomy Lab Director
Department Name Medical Education
Supervisor Associate Dean of Pre-Clerkship Curriculum & Assessment
Professor of Anatomy & Medical Education
Exempt Full-time

Special Requirements and Conditions


Items Used

Computer, typical office equipment

Position Purpose

The primary responsibility is to direct the anatomy laboratory and teach anatomy to M1/M2 Medical Students. The ideal applicant will have experience managing a cadaver donor program, teaching experience in a health sciences academic environment and dissection-based human gross anatomy, and current ability to instruct in one or more complementary areas such as histology, neuroanatomy, or embryology.

Information provided below is a general description of responsibilities; it is not intended to provide an all-inclusive list of responsibilities and may change depending on the needs of CUSM

Essential Function

Additional Duties

  • Design and implement cadaver dissection-based anatomy laboratory experiences for first- and second-year medical students, with an emphasis on active learning.
  • Direct the laboratory Teaching Assistant Program and manage timesheets for adjunct laboratory faculty for submission to HR payroll.
  • Proficiency in curriculum development. The faculty must be able to develop and deliver teaching content/instruction in anatomical sciences (dissection-based gross anatomy, embryology, neuroanatomy and histology) presented in lab and didactic sessions for the integrated organ systems-based curriculum of the pre-clerkship years of MD program.
  • Formulate learning outcomes and competency standards.
  • Collaborate with basic and clinical science educators to coordinate the integration of anatomy with other discipline contents within organ/system-based courses.
  • Contribute actively to the processes of student assessment including lab practicals, creating summative and formative assessments, and developing and implementing effective remediation experiences for students when needed.
  • Some experience in teaching anatomy in an integrated, clinically relevant context within a system-based curriculum that incorporates anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, immunology and pathology.

Minimum Requirements

  • A Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D. in Anatomy or related discipline with experience in cadaver lab or donor program management, and undergraduate or graduate school teaching experience at accredited universities.
  • Eligible to be appointed at the assistant professor level.
  • Ability to supervise, advise, training and assess faculty members and students; including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling assignments.
  • Demonstrated skill in working independently and completing assignments according to defined goals and objectives. Ability to effectively prioritize and deliver assignments under pressure of deadlines, and with frequent interruptions and competing priorities. Able to adjust priorities quickly, multitask with excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, analyzing information, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive situations and information with discretion.
  • Experience with college/university personnel, policies, and procedures, as well as current trends in higher education. Knowledge and skills in planning/organization, and management; evidence of successful collaboration, and interdisciplinary work.
  • Oversight of general lab operations including preparations for instructional activities, general cleanliness & safety, and maintenance of equipment for instructional and research purposes
  • Maintenance, handling and storage of cadaveric plastinated specimens, and teaching models
  • Communication and implementation of laboratory safety rules to users (students, staff and instructors) working in the lab, including appropriate use of personal protective equipment PPE. Demonstrate familiarity with the regulatory requirements specific to the laboratory and ensure all users are in compliance with those standards.
  • Work with school biosafety officer to ensure laboratory compliance with all local, state and federal safety regulations.
  • Prepare, maintain and distribute standard operating procedures and protocols for:
    • regular and review lab sessions
    • receipt and maintenance of plastinated cadaveric material, models and supplies
  • Ensure that laboratory users have been trained on the correct use of the laboratory equipment. Schedule equipment and safety training and retraining for current and new laboratory users.
  • Ensure that the Laboratory Safety Manual and the Safety Data Sheet Manual are updated and maintained.
  • Prepare for and assist with laboratory inspections
  • Organize set up for all aspects of the laboratories including equipment, models, plastinated cadaveric specimens, consumables, and lab session materials prior to each regular and review lab session.
  • Ensure proper record-keeping and inventory of lab access, stored material, specimens and supplies.
  • Must be able to walk and push gurneys between storage and laboratory.
  • Must be able to operate a hoist and manually lift laboratory specimens
  • Demonstrated commitment to support the mission and vision of the university and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Communication skills in writing, speaking, presenting, and listening, to communicate and interact effectively with colleagues, faculty, students, and visitors.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with diplomacy, patience, and courtesy with diverse groups; ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships while providing exceptional customer service.
  • Demonstrated proficient skill in effectively using a computer and applications such as Microsoft Office 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point).
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time and use computer; stand, walk, bend, intermittently throughout the day. Ability to work in a university environment with moderate changes in temperature and noise.
  • Successfully complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen/physical and background check through the Department of Justice.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching experience.
  • Experience with college/university personnel, policies and procedures as well as current trends in higher education
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in planning, management, and administration
  • Familiarity or previous experience with OSHA and FERPA regulations.

FTE distribution for Faculty Lab Director

  • Teaching: 20-30%
  • Service: 60-80%
  • Scholarly Activity: 10-20%

To apply for an open position, please download and complete CUSM Employment Application. Please type in your signature and email your completed application to with your cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae.