Head of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Competitive salary & benefits
February 15 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Head of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences

The Head of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences  at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine serves as the leader of a vibrant and successful group of faculty and staff focused on infectious disease and Pathology. The department is a regional leader in research and trains candidates for MS, PhD, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees, and board certification in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. The Head administers the teaching, research and service programs of the department and is responsible for the administration of the curriculum taught by the department faculty in the professional and graduate programs.  The Head will work to assure the success of its faculty, staff and students within the department and will participate in the research mission of the School of Veterinary Medicine by maintaining a vigorous research and graduate program in their own laboratory.    Administrative duties include budgetary and personnel management related to the department’s faculty, staff and students.  The Head reports to the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Department Head, as the Executive Officer of the Academic Department, leads and inspires a vibrant group of faculty and staff focused on biomedical research and the teaching of veterinary and graduate students.  The Head administers the teaching, research and service programs of the department in addition to managing the fiscal, human, and physical resources of the department.The Head of the department shall in accord with University and School policies:

General / Programmatic:

  • Plan and manage department functions, seeking counsel from the department faculty and delegating duties when possible.  As a faculty member, the Department Head is expected to participate in the teaching, research and other activities of the department.
  • Assume responsibility for the quality, effectiveness and progress of the department including leading the departmental faculty to excellence in the teaching, research, service, and civic engagement activities for the Department and School.
  • Coordinate development and improvement of professional and post-graduate programs.
  • Promote acquisition of resources needed to support scholarly activity and motivate department faculty toward sponsored scholarship productivity.
  • Be responsible for an annual budget for his/her administrative area and its subsequent execution.
  • Provide for the control, maintenance and general supervision of movable and fixed property and all official records assigned or delegated to the department.
  • Facilitate and improve the efficiency and operation of organizational units assigned to the department.
  • Formulate and execute departmental policies and execute School and University policies as these affect the department, with due regard for the prerogatives and responsibilities of the faculty.
  • Implement policies for the safety and protection of employees and students in the department.  The department head has the authority to take whatever emergency action deemed appropriate to avoid accidents or damage to personnel or property, pending investigation by the Dean and appropriate safety committees and other officers.
  • Develop and execute, with counsel from the faculty, long range departmental strategic planning.
  • Call and preside over all meetings of the departmental faculty and staff.
  • Serve as a member of the Dean’s Cabinet and Administrators’ Council of the School.
  • Serve as communications officer for all official business within the department and with the Dean of the School.
  • Promote the public image of the department, the School, and the University.


  • Coordinate the recruitment of new faculty members and support staff with the counsel of departmental faculty, and advertise vacancies appropriately, consistent with the University’s policies on equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
  • Recommend, after due faculty consultation where appropriate, appointment, reappointment, salary increases and adjustments, promotion, tenure, dismissal and other personnel actions relating to the members of the faculty and staff under his/her direction.
  • Promote and facilitate faculty professional development thereby enabling each faculty member to realize full potential in teaching, research, and service.
  • Serve as a facilitator / team-builder to encourage interactions among faculty within the department and between departments to achieve individual and departmental goals.
  • Develop and supervise an effective support staff and structure.

SUPERVISION:  Reports to the Dean.  Supervises departmental faculty, research and office staff, graduate students.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD, DVM, VMD, MD or equivalent in a biomedical sciences discipline


Preferred Qualifications

Experience in a School/College of Veterinary Medicine or a Health Sciences Center is desired.  Leadership and mentorship experience, especially involving fiscal and personnel management is desired. 


Other Qualifications

The applicant should have a history of continuing success in obtaining extramural funding, and have accomplishments commensurate with the title of full professor and approval as a member of the LSU Graduate Faculty.  The applicant should demonstrate an interest in graduate and professional education, and appreciate the missions of the department which include basic and applied research in infectious disease, anatomic and clinical Pathology, and collaboration with the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.  The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively as a writer, listener and articulate speaker at all levels of the university, industry and private sectors; and be strongly committed to graduate student recruiting and the professional development of faculty, staff and students, with an appreciation for the value of diversity and inclusiveness.  Attributes should include integrity, high energy, resilience, patience, and a sense of humor.  The Head should have the capacity to lead in a model of shared faculty governance, and should be innovative, with an interest in building collaborations both intramurally and extramurally.


Special Requirements

Must be authorized to work in the United States.


Special Instructions:

A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.

Please provide CV, cover letter, and three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.

Additional Position Information: Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.


Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

EEO Statement:

LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity / equal access employer.

HCM Contact Information: Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed HR@lsu.edu