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University of Idaho
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Posted: 09/20/2017
Department Head

University of Idaho

Department Head

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Faculty

Pay Range: $100,000 - $120,000

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

The University of Idaho seeks applicants for the position of Department Head of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. This is a 9-month position with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to represent and convey the land-grant mission of teaching, research, and extension/outreach to varying audiences and stakeholders, provide effective leadership and management of multidisciplinary programs, be a strong advocate for all aspects of the Department, and provide leadership for the continuing development of outstanding regional, national, and international programs. The successful candidate will have credentials for appointment as a tenured, full professor.

The mission of the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science (AVS ) is to conduct focused, comprehensive and integrated research, teaching, and extension programing that directly support animal agriculture. The AVS Department prepares students for careers in the fields of animal science, dairy science, and agribusinesses connected to animal agriculture, as well as for veterinary medical school. The Department of Animal and Veterinary Science is comprised of approximately 23 faculty, 6 classified/unclassified professional support staff, 20 graduate students, and 240 undergraduates. The department works closely with the dairy and beef industries that lead the state's agricultural economy, in addition to sheep, aquaculture and other animal industries. In a fast-changing agricultural industry, AVS prides itself on staying at the forefront of animal science. The Department provides a wide range of curriculum choices in traditional production sciences, and incorporates biotechnology as well as other integrated technologies across multiple disciplines. Students receive both hands-on experience and classroom instruction. New facilities are being developed to aid in research, extension and education. These include a meat science laboratory and abattoir in Moscow, the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFÉ) focused on a 2,000 cow dairy near Twin Falls, office and classroom expansion at the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center in Salmon, and a 10,000 acre rangeland center at Rock Creek Ranch near Hailey. The department also works closely with the US Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois.

Minimum Qualifications:

• PhD in Animal Science, Veterinary Sciences, or a closely related discipline

• Qualifications to meet tenure at the rank of professor in an academic unit within the college

• Demonstrated strong commitment to excellence in teaching, research and extension

• Experience in nationally peer-reviewed grant administration

• Possess outstanding leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to promote the Department and increase its national and international distinction

• Ability to communicate effectively and coordinate with diverse groups such as faculty, industry personnel, and government officials and experience in evaluating priorities and adapting to a changing environment with creativity and innovation

• Understanding of and commitment to program-wide diversity and serving underrepresented stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Previous administrative experience or evidence of administrative skills required to lead a large academic department

• Experience in teaching, research, extension and/or international programs at a land grant university

• Demonstrated work experience in animal agriculture, animal sciences, livestock production, or veterinary sciences

• Fiscal management skills or experience in administering grants and/or department budgets

• Leadership skills and experience to implement the University, College, and Department Strategic Plans

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Posting Number: F000564P

Posting Date: 04/05/2017

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

Review of application materials will begin May 5, 2017 and continue until the position has been filled. All applications submitted prior to May 5, 2017 will be given first consideration.

Please have a 3 letters of reference submitted directly to the search coordinator at the following address:

Marty Lunt

University of Idaho

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

875 Perimeter Drive MS 2335

Moscow, Idaho 83844-2335

Phone: 208-885-7759


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.