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Department Head - Animal & Veterinary Science
University of Idaho

Date Posted Feb. 8, 2019
Title Department Head - Animal & Veterinary Science
University University of Idaho
Moscow, ID, United States
Department Animal and Veterinary Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Animal Sciences
    Veterinary Medicine - General

University of Idaho

Department Head - Animal & Veterinary Science

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Faculty

Pay Range: Salary Commensurate with Experience and Market

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

The University of Idaho seeks a department head with a bold vision for the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science (AVS) in academics, research and Extension and strong leadership skills to maximize the department's potential and embrace the many opportunities for growth.

The successful candidate will provide visionary leadership and oversee administration of all academic, research and Extension activities within the department. This includes, but is not limited to, leading efforts to grow student enrollment and retention at all degree levels; ensuring the quality of the department's academic programs; enhancing the disciplinary and interdisciplinary research programs of the department; providing broad oversight relevant to AVS-related Extension programming across Idaho; maintaining excellent relationships with alumni and stakeholders across the state and beyond; and representing the department within the discipline nationally and internationally.

Idaho ranks 4th among all states in the US for contributions of agriculture to the state's gross domestic product (e). Total Idaho agricultural receipts in 2017 totaled $7.45 billion. Considering multiplier effects and associated agribusinesses, agriculture contributed 20% of the state output, 14% of the jobs, and 16% of the gross domestic product. Animal agriculture is the largest sector of Idaho's agriculture industry, accounting for $4.6 billion annually. As such, AVS is well positioned to tackle complex issues and prepare students to ensure the sustainability of the industry for years to come. This position will play an integral role in advancing college initiatives that support the department and enhance teaching, research, and Extension efforts in animal and veterinary science. Current initiatives include the Idaho Center for Food, Agriculture and the Environment (CAF) - a proposed 2,000 head research dairy to be located in southcentral Idaho; livestock grazing/rangeland management activities at the Rinker Rock Creek Ranch near Hailey, Idaho; and the new classroom and office building at the Nancy M. Cummings Research and Extension Center in Salmon, Idaho. This position will also provide leadership and vision for the expansion of a new meat science and innovation center - home to Vandal Brand Meats - on the Moscow campus.

The successful candidate must demonstrate an understanding of the land grant mission of the department and college, be a strong advocate for all aspects of the department, and provide leadership for the collaborative Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah veterinary medicine program.

This position will be offered at a salary level commensurate with the market and experience, with an additional stipend for administrative responsibilities.

The idyllic University of Idaho campus is co-located throughout the beautiful and rugged state of Idaho. However, the main campus is based in Moscow, a growing and lively community with all the benefits and opportunities typically available in a college town, such as excellent public and private schools, restaurants, and free public transportation as well as a plethora of diverse sports, world-class outdoor activities, and performing and visual arts offerings.

Teaching & Advising:

The department head may provide some instruction and will promote quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate programs and work with faculty to identify existing and emerging opportunities and develop strategies to enhance the teaching and learning environment. The department head will evaluate, counsel, communicate, and promote professional development of students and assist with recruiting and retention of motivated students within the department.

Scholarship & Creative Activities:

The department head has an opportunity to retain his/her research program in accordance with his/her field of expertise and is encouraged to publish research findings in high quality refereed journals, obtain external research funding and mentor graduate student research. In addition, the department head will provide mentorship for the research and scholarly activities of the faculty in the department. Current research areas include animal genetics, reproduction, growth and development, nutrition, lactation, meat and milk quality, and animal health. The head is expected to create an environment that fosters collegiality and teamwork in growing the external research funding portfolio of the department.

Outreach & Extension:

In collaboration with the Associate Dean/Director of Extension, the department head provides leadership for Extension and outreach activities conducted within the department while ensuring priority needs as identified by stakeholders are addressed. The department head is expected to maintain external relationships with departmental stakeholders in all aspects of the animal and veterinary science fields across the state and region. The department head will also communicate and foster relationships with clientele, including departmental alumni and governmental leaders.

University Service & Leadership:

The Department Head serves as the principal representative of the department and will oversee administration of all academic, research, and University of Idaho Extension activities within the department. The selected candidate will:

- provide visionary leadership for all department programs while ensuring the department's vision and goals are compatible with those of the college and university;

- lead a diverse faculty of 20, including 9 assistant professors, and oversee the administration of all faculty on-campus and at several locations off-campus;

- supervise the recruitment, hiring, and retention of outstanding faculty and staff;

- assign responsibilities, evaluate performance, and promote professional development for faculty and staff;

- manage and administer departmental budgets, human resources, and facilities, allocating resources among program areas in support of unit, college, and university goals;

- lead efforts to grow student enrollment and retention in all AVS programs, coordinating recruitment efforts of faculty and staff;

- oversee the department advisory committee and engage with industry partners;

- participate with college faculty and administrators in establishing policy and procedures for unit and college programs, and complying with established University and College policies;

- collaborate with senior leadership of the college including development and communications units to promote programs and provide support in fundraising activities for departmental and college programs and initiatives; and

- represent departmental interests at the college, state, and national levels.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in animal sciences, veterinary sciences, or a closely related discipline. Qualifications to meet tenure at the rank of Professor in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.
Demonstrated strong commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and Extension/outreach.
Demonstrate clear awareness of the fundamental mission and objectives of a land grant university.
Demonstrated excellence in research publications and success in securing external research funding from nationally competitive funding sources.
Demonstrated excellence in quality of instruction.
Demonstrated effective written and oral communications and interpersonal skills.
Evidence of commitment to diversity and success in building an organizational culture and environment of team building, mutual respect and support.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated work experience in animal agriculture, animal sciences, dairy sciences, livestock production, meat science, or veterinary sciences.
Previous experience at a land grant institution.
Previous experience in academic leadership and administrative positions, including financial and human resource management.
Previous experience with Extension programs.
Experience in building relationships with commodity groups and other agribusiness organizations.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Posting Number: F000752P

Posting Date: 01/29/2019

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

Review of application materials will begin May 1, 2019 and continue until a suitable applicant pool is identified. All applications submitted prior to May 1, 2019 will be given first consideration.

Along with your on-line application, write a letter of qualification addressing how you meet each of the minimum and preferred qualifications listed.

In addition, your application materials must include a CV, names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and your research/teaching philosophy.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Robert Tripepi Search Chair
University of Idaho

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement

University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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