NC State University – Department Head, Population Health and Pathobiology

Department Head, Population Health and Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University
Position Description

North Carolina State University invites applications for the position of Department Head for Population Health and Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to provide visionary leadership for one of the Nation’s leading colleges of veterinary medicine.

About the Position

The Department Head for Population Health and Pathobiology (PHP) must be an experienced, innovative, creative, and collaborative leader with the ability to lead the members of the department to achieve their vision. The Department Head will provide leadership for the 38 faculty, 31 staff, plus post-docs, graduate students and house officers within the Department. The PHP department is home to multidisciplinary faculty and staff. Disciplines represented in population health include epidemiology and environmental health, and ruminant, poultry and swine health and production management. Pathobiology encompasses pathology, parasitology, infectious diseases, microbiology and immunology. The CVM has achieved national leadership in teaching, clinical excellence, and in research. The PHP Department plays critical roles in all of these fields.

Specific responsibilities of the Department Head are to:

  1. Provide academic and scientific leadership in defining and achieving the goals of the Department
  2. Grow the departmental research enterprise. Accordingly, it is anticipated that the Department Head will have a strong ongoing personal research program or strong track record in research.
  3. Serve as the primary Departmental advocate in enhancing the visibility and prestige of the departmental sections and disciplines, and in growing interdisciplinary programs
  4. Maintain a culture of collaboration and collegiality, and promote excellence in all departmental endeavors
  5. Maintain a strong mentorship program for professional development of department members
  6. Manage fiscal planning and administration, direct and evaluate faculty and administrative staff
  7. Key Skills and Characteristics
  8. Outstanding communication skills, and proven leadership ability
  9. The ability to mentor others, particularly the ability to guide junior faculty toward successful careers in research and teaching.
  10. Commitment to enhancing veterinary medical education, graduate education, and research with a proven record of extramural funding
  11. Commitment to enhancing the diversity of students, staff and faculty
  12. Strong desire to establish collaborative relationships both within the university and with the private and public sectors and to creating and expanding interdisciplinary programs
  13. The ability to work productively as a member of a large and diverse team
  14. Effective planning and implementation of strategic initiatives
  15.  A record of collegial and productive interactions with faculty, staff and students

The Department Head must possess the interpersonal skills and a leadership vision that will advance the impact and reputation of the PHP Department nationally and internationally. A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or DVM) is required. The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of achievement in the areas of research and teaching . Candidates must have demonstrable administrative skills and experience.

About the College of Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and is currently ranked 3rd among the nation’s 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S. News and World Report survey. With the graduation of its first class in 1985, the College is one of the younger veterinary programs in the country. Despite its relative youth, it has gained international recognition on the strength of its teaching, research, engagement, and patient care efforts.

Located on 180 acres near downtown Raleigh, the College of Veterinary Medicine encompasses 20 buildings on the main Centennial Biomedical Campus. Instruction is in three departments: Clinical Sciences, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Population Health & Pathobiology. In addition to the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, there are programs leading to master and doctoral degrees in several areas with numerous opportunities for specialization.

With 124 faculty members, the College provides instruction and guidance to over 350 DVM students, 70 graduate students, and 80 interns and residents. The highly-regarded House Officer Program provides one- to three–year internships or residency training in more than 20 clinical specialties and the innovative Clinician Scientist Training Program prepares veterinary researchers. The CVM is unique among veterinary colleges with an on-site Teaching Animal Unit that operates as a working farm and aids in hands-on instruction with large animal medicine and exposes students to basic agriculture principles and farm technology. More than 20,000 patients are diagnosed and treated annually by clinicians in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a major referral center for veterinarians throughout the Southeast. The completion of the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center in 2011 more than doubled the size of the current hospital and is a national model for excellence in companion animal health. In the area of production animal medicine the College enjoys unique advantages from the leading role of agriculture within the state, and from its close ties to the production industry.

Since its inception, the College has been and remains a leader in One Health, with a strong role in translational and comparative research. The College has focused its endeavors in Companion Animal Medicine, Food Supply Medicine, Biomedical Research, Equine Medicine, and Ecosystem Health. Through these efforts College prepares the next generation of veterinarians and veterinarian scientists, conducts bench and clinical research to solve animal and human health problems, addresses critical ecosystem and public health issues, helps protect the U.S. food supply, and promotes a clearer understanding and appreciation of the ramifications related to the growing human-animal bond that is at the center of these concerns.

About NC State University

Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University (NC State) is an institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, and public service. It is the largest university in the state, with more than 33,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff. As a land grant university, NC State is one of two research-extensive institutions in the 16 campus University of North Carolina system. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of only 31 universities nationwide with both “very high” research activity and notable community engagement. NC State consistently ranks among the nation’s top public universities and best higher-education values.

About Raleigh and the Research Triangle

NC State University anchors the Research Triangle region, home of many of the country’s leading Fortune 500 technology, research, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as other fine universities, with whom we share uniquely collaborative relationships. National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work, with a highly educated workforce, moderate weather, reasonable cost of living, and a welcoming environment. Raleigh is situated in a lovely part of the state, with the Atlantic Ocean two hours to the east, and the Blue Ridge Mountains three hours to the west.

To Apply

AA/EOE. In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.
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