VIBS Department Head
The Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) seeks a dynamic
and innovative academic leader with a nationally recognized
research portfolio and strong interpersonal skills to serve as the
next department head (DH) in the Department of Veterinary
Integrative Biosciences (VIBS). The DH is responsible for ensuring
the highest quality academic, research, and administrative
leadership for the department, including strategic planning,
faculty recruitment/retention and diversity, resource development
and allocation, continuous quality improvement, and representation
to external entities.
The next DH will have the opportunity to build on the
department’s strong foundation and craft a vision that will
continue to foster discovery and excellence in veterinary
integrative biosciences. Areas of current research focus by the
department’s more than 40 tenure-track, clinical-track, and
professional-track faculty broadly include comparative animal
genomics, epidemiology, neuroscience, reproductive physiology,
scholarship of teaching, and toxicology. In addition, the
department has a critical educational responsibility for teaching
over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the biomedical
sciences, as well as more than 600 students in the DVM professional
program. The department also houses a robust science journalism and
scientific writing program for undergraduate and graduate students.
Reporting to the dean of the CVM, the DH will provide broad
leadership to strengthen and grow the department’s research
initiatives, resources, and educational contributions to the CVM’s
professional, graduate, and undergraduate programs. Opportunities
will also be available for the successful candidate to pursue
research and other scholarly activities and teach at the
undergraduate, graduate, or professional student level.
- Engage the department’s faculty and staff in defining its
vision for the future, in alignment with the university’s mission
and strategic plan.
- Recruit and develop a diverse cohort of professors who will
join the current faculty to execute the department’s mission and
provide a strong succession plan for research, teaching, and
- Work collaboratively with the college and the department’s
faculty and business team to manage the department’s budget.
- Demonstrate innovation in advancing the department’s national
prominence in its various research areas and play a central role in
building academic collaborations and partnerships across the CVM
- Foster the department’s continued innovation and leadership in
the use of transformational learning methodologies and
- Serve as a role model of integrity, demonstrating the highest
ethical standards in all aspects of the work of the department,
college, and university, and fostering interdisciplinary
collegiality at all levels.
The successful candidate will hold a PhD, DVM, or equivalent
degree. He or she will have a track record of scholarly excellence
that warrants appointment as professor, a robust research
portfolio, and evidence of leadership and administrative experience
in the academic biomedical sciences or an analogous realm.
Important qualifications also include proven skills in mentoring
professionals at all career stages.
Review of applications is expected to begin in early December
2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants
should submit their curriculum vitae and a letter of interest
addressing their experience that suits this position to Ms. Trudy
Bennett at email@example.com. Questions
regarding this position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
click here (VIBSoverview.pdf) for more information about
Texas A&M University is situated in College Station, Texas,
which along with its neighboring city of Bryan, makes up a
community of approximately 170,000 residents. The twin city area is
known for its family-friendly environment, affordable living, and
proximity to three major Texas cities: Houston, Austin, and Dallas.
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Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer. The CVM is especially interested in qualified
candidates who can contribute, through their teaching, research,
and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic