Beatrice Boateng, Ph.D., has been appointed to the newly established post of associate dean for analysis, planning and strategic program development in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
“Dr. Boateng has provided expert assessment and evaluation for programs at the department, institute and college level at UAMS for more than a decade,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D. “We have seen the impact of what she brings to the table at every level.”
A professor of pediatrics, Boateng served most recently as assistant dean for faculty assessment and evaluation in the college since January 2019. She also served as director of evaluation for the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) from 2014 until assuming her current position as an associate dean. In the Department of Pediatrics, she served as director of the Office of Education and co-director of faculty development from 2011 to 2019, when she became the department’s director of faculty assessment and evaluation.
“In her new role, Dr. Boateng will plan, implement, evaluate and communicate the overall priorities for our college,” Smyth said. “Crucially, she will help ensure the successful implementation of our college’s strategic goals as part of UAMS’ Vision 2029. Dr. Boateng will provide leadership for college-wide and cross-functional projects and help ensure the most efficient and effective allocation of our resources.”
As an assistant dean, Boateng developed databases and online systems to streamline and ensure meaningful faculty and leadership performance evaluations. She also developed dashboards to track and visualize faculty information such as demographics, diversity and attrition. At TRI, Boateng monitored, evaluated and reported the progress and outcomes on activities relating to UAMS’ Clinical and Translational Science Award. In the Department of Pediatrics, she introduced assessment tools and processes that have strengthened academic and faculty development programs.
Boateng earned her master’s degree in international affairs and doctorate in instructional technology from Ohio University. She joined UAMS in 2007 as an assistant professor in the UAMS Office of Educational Development. She moved to the Department of Pediatrics in 2009 and was promoted to associate professor in 2013 and to professor in 2020. She has received numerous honors including the UAMS Educational Technology Excellence Award in 2013, the UAMS Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2017, and three Educator of the Year awards in the Department of Pediatrics.