Chair, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, Job ID: 353169

University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Closing date
May 6, 2023

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Life Sciences, Veterinary Medicine
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Academic Dean/Dept. Head
Organization Type

The University of Minnesota’s (UMN) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) seeks a highly  accomplished researcher/educator/clinician with proven leadership skills to be the next Chair of  the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM). 

This individual will contribute to leading vital research, teaching, clinical and outreach programs  in a veterinary school that is part of UMN Health Sciences on the campus of a major public  research and land-grant university. The role offers exceptional potential for transdisciplinary  research and curriculum development in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs  focused on health and disease challenges. The CVM is committed to advancing the concept of  One Health, “the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally  to attain optimal health for animals, people, and the environment.”

With its 59 faculty, 34 staff members, and 48 graduate assistant/fellows/house officers/residents,  VPM is one of three departments in the CVM, which also includes Veterinary Clinical Sciences  and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. VPM is a premier research department, discovering  new knowledge about animal, ecosystem and human health and disease; translating and  communicating new knowledge into innovative applications to health professionals, animal  producers, industry stakeholders, and scientists. VPM faculty are recognized nationally and  internationally for teaching and research excellence in infectious disease, genomics,  comparative medicine, raptor conservation, public health, ecosystem health, epidemiology, and  food-animal production and medicine. VPM has a long history of success in securing external  funding from diverse sources.

VPM faculty educate outstanding veterinary students and train residents through clinical  instruction in medicine, surgery, production medicine, pathology, public health and other  specialty areas. Faculty mentor a diverse body of graduate students in the Veterinary Medicine,  Comparative and Molecular Biosciences and transdisciplinary graduate programs. Faculty  members provide clinical services in the University of Minnesota Leatherdale Equine Center and  Large Animal Hospital, as well as diagnostic services through the Veterinary Diagnostic  Laboratory, and play lead roles in the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, John Fetrow  Dairy Education Center, Swine Disease Eradication Center, Minnesota Center for Prion  Research and Outreach, West Metro Equine Practice, and The Raptor Center. Our faculty  consult with producers, government and tribal agencies and veterinarians in the community and  provide continuing education and extension programs for veterinarians and stakeholders. 

Reporting to CVM’s dean, the Chair will provide academic and administrative leadership for  VPM, including faculty and curriculum development, research, budget management and  allocation of resources. In collaboration with the faculty, the Chair will foster excellence in  research, teaching, clinical services, and outreach for the advancement of animal and human  health. The Chair will establish interdepartmental and intercollegiate relationships to generate  new opportunities.

While no candidate may embody all, the following are the qualifications, experience, skills, and  qualities of the ideal candidate:

● Earned veterinary degree (DVM or equivalent), and/or a requisite terminal degree, such as  PhD.

● Proven skills as an effective, innovative, collaborative leader gained through serving in an  academic leadership position requiring solid management, financial and administrative skills,  ideally in a large public research university.

● A combination of accomplishments sufficient to qualify for a tenured appointment at the rank  of full professor at UMN.

● An accessible and engaging style with the inclination to circulate, listen and learn; the  commitment to consult extensively, act decisively when required or when consensus is  elusive, a bias for action and an orientation towards results.

● Able to inspire constituencies, students, faculty, administration, alumni, as well as external  audiences, with vision and leadership.

● Ability to lead and inspire within a model of shared governance and demonstrated capacity  and commitment to mentoring faculty and staff to assume expanded responsibilities, and a  proven track record of appropriate delegation.

● Demonstrated ability to build and foster partnerships and teams; with demonstrated  excellence in inter- and multi-disciplinary academic pursuits.

● Experience building collaborations with public and private sector veterinary organizations,  practices, and industry.

● Outstanding communication skills as a listener, writer, articulate speaker.

● Record of success securing funds from government agencies, industry or foundations for  research or other types of programs, and assisting or supporting others in their pursuit of  financial resources.

● Commitment to professional, undergraduate and graduate education and to promoting and  maintaining a high quality learning environment, responsive to changing needs and  expectations.

● Deep appreciation and understanding of the role a public land grant university plays in the  vitality of the region and state.

● A strong record of promoting and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through  collaborative leadership with faculty, students and staff from diverse academic, personal, and cultural backgrounds, particularly Black, Indigenous, People of Color, those with  disabilities and/or people who identify as LGBT and/or Queer or from marginalized  backgrounds.

Qualified applicants should apply online at and  use Job ID 353169 in the search function. Candidates should attach 1) a cover letter, 2)  curriculum vitae, 3) statement of intent highlighting relevant accomplishments, experience and  interests (maximum three pages) 4) DEI written statement (see instructions below), and 5)  names, addresses and email contact information for three professional references. Applicants  will be notified before references are contacted

To be considered for this position, in addition to the standard application process, all applicants  must submit a separate written statement on: why diversity and inclusion are important to you  and offer specific examples of how you have demonstrated this commitment. Applicants are  encouraged to reflect on their philosophy of diversity, experiences, and how diversity affects the workplace and Veterinary Medicine. The maximum word length is 500 words. Examples could  include:

● Created a program that impacted low-income communities.

● Identified and met a need in care for a certain community. 

● Current participation in professional development in DEI and attending DEI conferences,  etc.

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