Administration & Faculty

Paula Wales, Ed.D.

Executive Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
(954) 262-1074

Dr. Paula Wales joined NSU in 2016 as a founding member of the College of Allopathic Medicine’s leadership team. She oversees the Office of Education and provides leadership for the medical college’s educational and academic programs. She is also charged with building a collaborative infrastructure committed to academic excellence and student success. 

Prior to joining NSU, Dr. Wales served as senior associate dean of academic and student affairs at Ross University School of Medicine in Miramar, FL. She previously worked at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), where she served for 16 years in several different roles, including senior associate dean for student affairs, interim associate dean for undergraduate medical education, assistant dean for medical education and curricular affairs, acting assistant dean for medical student academic affairs, director of curricular evaluation and assessment, and associate professor of surgical education.

Dr. Wales is a Harvard Macy Scholar and a member of the inaugural Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) class, which was sponsored by the American Association of Medical College’s Central Group on Educational Affairs. Notably, she was selected to participate in two highly competitive Millennium Conferences—which were sponsored by the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center—and was an invited speaker at the second annual Higher Education Management Conference in Guangzhou, China.

Dr. Wales has given over 126 invited talks, peer-reviewed presentations and faculty development workshops and has published more than 48 peer-reviewed abstracts, papers and chapters, the majority of which focus on curricular evaluation and assessment in branch and/or geographically separated campuses.

Additionally, Dr. Wales has been instrumental in successful Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) reaccreditation visits, where she served as chair of the Education Section and co-chair of the Steering Committee. She has also served on more than 116 school and university committees, including every major education and student committee at IUSM.

Dr. Wales holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin College in Franklin, IN. She earned her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from Auburn University in Auburn, AL.

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