Cancer Center Jobs

Associate Center Director for Education

Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University

December 5, 2022
The Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) at Wayne State University (WSU) seeks an Associate Center Director (ACD) for Education who is a motivated, goal-oriented faculty researcher (tenure/tenure track eligible) with an ongoing commitment to advancing education and training initiatives for the cancer center community. The position was established to support the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) commitment to enhancing the cancer research and training efforts across cancer centers. The ACD for Education is a pivotal senior role who establishes a vision for the cancer center’s education efforts and leads professional development across the training continuum from high school students through tenured faculty and health care professions throughout KCI’s catchment area and beyond.

The ACD oversees integration of education and training into the scientific research programs of KCI. Key to the success of the ACD is establishing baseline measures for ongoing evaluation of progress towards research and training goals.  Incorporated into this baseline is an assessment of a broad range of active training programs, cataloging cancer education activities throughout the WSU School of Medicine, and identifying strengths and weaknesses of these educational efforts.  Ultimately, the ACD advocates for and initiates new research training and development opportunities to enrich the educational environment for the cancer center community.

Email a cover letter and CV to Wanji King, Associate Director, Academic HR: [email protected]

Address the cover letter to:

Joseph Uberti, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Oncology
Karmanos Cancer Institute
Wayne State University

We are deeply committed to increasing diversity and encourage applications from women and minority scholars.

Job Relationships:

Primary WSU Department:  Oncology 

Reports to: Center Director of Karmanos Cancer Institute / Chair, Department of Oncology

Supervision:  Office of Training and Education staff personnel (research assistant-type)

Responsibilities, Duties and Standards:

The responsibilities of the Associate Center Director include:

•         Develop and support the implementation of education and training programs across the cancer education and training continuum (high school through to faculty rank);

•         Build training opportunities through pursuit of training grants (including T-, K-, and fellowships);

•         Facilitate communication with directors of clinical training programs with respect to integrating research training standards and opportunities across the programs;

•         Work closely with the KCI leadership team to fully evaluate and integrate cancer education and training initiatives throughout all facets of the organization;

•         Collaborate with institutional leaders, faculty, students, staff, and internal and external constituency groups to ensure programming support toward the cancer center’s values and strategic goals;

•         Chair Institute-wide committees focusing on coordination, integration, and monitoring of education and training efforts;

•         Expand support of a structured faculty mentoring program and attend/organize regularly scheduled meetings focused on mentoring;

•         Serve as mentor to junior investigators by tracking outcomes and/or coordinate participation of other senior faculty as mentors;

•         Develop approaches for the recruitment of trainees into faculty positions;

•         Develop metrics and other measures to assess and monitor program effectiveness;

•         Oversee the Office of Cancer Research Training and Education (CRTEC);

•         Develop an annual budget in support of staff personnel.

Adherence to Institutional Policies

Adheres to policies and work rules in the WSU Employee Guides, Administrative Policy and Procedures Manual, and research safety manuals. 


•         Ph.D., M.D., or M.D. /Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree is required in any field that provides emphasis on education and training.

•         Proven leadership experience in an organizational setting.

•         Successful track record in higher education or non-profit organizations, designing, developing, and implementing education and training programs.

•         Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

•         A demonstrated record of significant research, with potential to continue to make substantial contributions as an independent investigator.  Candidates with current research funding are preferred. Mid-level candidates are expected to have a successful history of funding.

•         All faculty members in the WSU School of Medicine make general contributions to their Department as well as contributions specific to their individual talents and interests. It is an expectation for all faculty members that they participate in teaching, attend faculty meetings, serve on standing and ad hoc committees, attend Department social events supportive of trainees and students when possible, and serve as a consistent positive force in their Department.

•         All faculty members are expected to contribute to our clinical, research and teaching missions and to contribute as needed in a collegial manner. 

•         Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

•         Ability to speak and write effectively.