Quinnipiac University

Overview: Quinnipiac University's School of Medicine invites applications for Problem Based Learning Facilitators. (Link). The Problem Based Learning (PBL) facilitator will report to the Foundations of Medicine Course Director. PBL Facilitators provide curriculum development and teaching services in PBL sessions for the Y2 Foundations of Medicine Course under the direction of the Course Director. Facilitators are assigned to a complete organ system-based block and requires six hours a week. This includes five hours of teaching services by facilitating small group discussions of 7-9 students while fostering a student-directed learning environment and one hour in direct participation with faculty in preparation. Facilitators also assess students by evaluating student performance in small groups. In this capacity, you will be responsive to the needs of students, faculty, and school leadership to ensure a high quality educational experience. Most weeks, PBL occurs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am-10am and on Fridays from 8am - 9am. A mandatory Just-In-Time Training to prepare for the following week's case takes place on Friday from 9am - 10am. About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report's America's "Best Colleges" issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review's "The Best 380 Colleges." Quinnipiac has been named a "Great College to Work For" as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit www.qu.edu. An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University's commitment to preparing graduates for 21st century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities and fostering lifelong connections and success. The University believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The University's innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities. Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate Problem Based Learning (PBL) sessions three times per week during a block(s) for Year 2 Medical students in keeping with the PBL philosophy (student-directed learning)

  • Prepare in advance for PBL sessions by reviewing the materials on Blackboard and/or attending a Just-In-Time Training

  • Inform Foundations of Medicine Course leadership of late or absent students in a timely fashion

  • Inform Foundations of Medicine Course leadership if there is a student who is performing subpar with regard to preparation, participation or professionalism at or before the mid- point of the block so formative feedback can be given

  • Complete and electronically submit student evaluations within one week of last PBL session of the block

  • Utilize university technology resources consistently and independently, such as Blackboard, One45 and Microsoft applications to facilitate PBL and evaluate the students at the end of the block

  • Facilitate an entire block of PBL. Blocks typically last between three and seven weeks

  • Strive to improve facilitation skills over time by reviewing student feedback and making adjustments, if appropriate

  • Meet at least annually with the FOM Course Director to review composite feedback of teaching performance

  • Complete the PBL Faculty Development Training for new facilitators before beginning to facilitate a block of PBL

  • Adhere to the principles as outlined in the "Code of Conduct" with special awareness that you are modeling professional behavior for the students

Education Requirements:

  • MD or DO degree required


  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to relate to diversity and multi-cultural issues

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively

  • Commitment to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community

Special Instructions to Applicants: Quinnipiac University is considering only those applicants who have valid authorization to work in the United States. Quinnipiac University does not sponsor employment based visas for this position. TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references on the application form. (Link). Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity. Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.