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North Carolina State University
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Posted: 08/12/2022
Head - Poultry Science

Job Prospectus for Department Head, Prestage Department of Poultry Science NC State University


Raleigh, NC | Fall 2022


The Opportunity


North Carolina State University (NC State) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) invite nominations and applications for the position of Head for the Prestage Department of Poultry Science.


The Prestage Department of Poultry Science


North Carolina State University’s Prestage Department of Poultry Science is one of six remaining independent departments in the nation focused on poultry science in a state where poultry production is the number one agricultural industry. The Department has 17 tenure-track faculty (9 full professors, one associate professor, five assistant professors, and two open searches) including two named endowed faculty positions. In addition, there are two non-tenure track faculty, 24 support staff, 2 post-docs, and 20 graduate students. The research, teaching, and extension programs of our faculty, staff and students span nearly all aspects of poultry production - management, physiology, reproduction, processing, muscle biology, animal welfare, alternative protein, feed milling, nutrition, value added feed products, immunology, infectious diseases, food safety, and waste management. Our department is also unique, in that we work across all the major poultry sectors - broilers (including breeders), layers, and turkeys; and we have dedicated facilities for each of these species and areas of research, including the Chicken Education Unit, Talley Turkey Education Unit, Animal and Poultry Teaching facility, the Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center, Feed Mill Education Unit, and the Piedmont Research Station which is a partnership with the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


The department also has a strong commitment to innovative education. We have the second-largest undergraduate poultry science program with 100-125 students. We offer several specialized educational programs including the Professional Science Master’s, Master of Poultry Science, minors in poultry science and feed milling, and certificates in feed milling and in data analytics for the poultry and swine industries. The Department administers an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Livestock and Poultry Management with the Department of Animal Science under the umbrella of the Agricultural Institute. The Department also hosts the Master of Physiology program, which is the College's largest graduate program, serving over 200 pre-professional students annually. Our faculty also contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses that are key to other programs at NC State (Animal Science, Biotechnology, Biomanufacturing, Food Science, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition, Genetics and Genomics, Physiology, and Microbiology).


Finally, in keeping with the land-grant mission, our faculty have a deep commitment to outreach and extension, regardless of their appointment. We have numerous programs serving state, regional, and international stakeholders. Outreach includes high school students, 4-H, K-12 programs, annual workshops, and conferences for specific industry segments, collectively serving about 3000 stakeholders annually. In addition, coordination with county area agents brings educational resources to poultry extension programs all over the state.


Position Overview

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science is seeking an innovative leader with a vision to guide our dynamic multidisciplinary department as we develop science-based solutions for the poultry industry of today and generations to come. The Department Head must have a track record of leadership, effective management skills, excellent communication skills, and the ability to foster a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive environment. The Head will play a key role in developing and implementing a vision for the department through recruitment and development of diverse faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, the Head will serve as a strong advocate for the Department both within NC State and with external stakeholders, including organizing and leading efforts relative to departmental fundraising and enhancing allied industry and alumni relations.


The Head will also play a key leadership role in the NC State Food Animal Initiative. The Food Animal Initiative is an interdisciplinary, intercollege program designed to ensure that the state of North Carolina is the world leader in food-animal sciences. The program is led by CALS and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) with support from the University, the state, and industry.



The successful candidate must:


• have a strong record of professional achievement in one of the disciplines central to the future of poultry science.

• have an understanding and strong appreciation for the land-grant mission.

• have a vision for the field of poultry science and be able to articulate a plan for how the Department will be an integral part of the future of the industry.

• demonstrate effective communication skills, management skills, and team building abilities.

• have previous leadership experience in multidisciplinary science, engineering, agri-business, and/or biotechnology.


How to Apply


Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and may be directed to Frank Barragan, recruitment services manager, NC State Executive Search Services, at (919) 791-7641 or or Todd See, committee chair and department head of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at


Confidential review of applications will begin in October 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter, a statement of your research, teaching, and extension vision for the department and outline of your leadership plan to realize that vision (uploaded as Other Document 1), and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials may be submitted online at (position #00000213).


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences works to fulfill the university's land-grant mission by preparing students to thrive in a global marketplace, pursue cutting-edge research and put those results to work across North Carolina and beyond.


The college is a connected community of 3,600 extraordinary undergraduate, graduate and Agricultural Institute students, 345 tenure-track and professional faculty, 100 postdocs, 898 staff and 598 county operations employees. Diversity benefits everyone, and the college, in part through its dedicated Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and equity where each student, faculty and staff member can reach their full potential.


Students can study agricultural and life sciences across 17 undergraduate majors, 21 undergraduate minors, 12 undergraduate certificates and 11 graduate certificates in the 12 academic departments. The college offers 19 bachelor’s degrees, 91 master’s degrees and 45 doctoral degrees. The Agricultural Institute is the college’s two-year program offering six associate of applied science degrees and the same rigor and hands-on learning as the four-year programs.


The college brings together the brightest minds in academia, government and industry to drive the vital research and innovation necessary to tackle agriculture and life sciences challenges. Award-winning researchers in the college are conducting bold, interdisciplinary research at the NC State Food Animal Initiative, N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative, Plants for Human Health Institute, Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, the North Carolina Food Innovation Lab, four University Field Labs and over 30 facilities on-campus and off-campus. In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, the college operates 18 agricultural research stations to test research in real-world scenarios under natural conditions.


About NC State

At NC State, we create prosperity for North Carolina and the nation. We value diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. We began as a land-grant institution grounded in agriculture and engineering. Today, we’re a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels across disciplines.


NC State is a powerhouse in science, technology, engineering and math. We lead in agriculture, education, textiles, business and natural resources management. We’re at the forefront of teaching and research in design, the humanities and the social sciences. And we’re home to one of the world’s best colleges of veterinary medicine.


Our more than 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students learn by doing.They pursue original research and start new companies.They forge connections with top employers and serve communities local and global.Through it all, they enjoy an outstanding return on investment.


Whether it’s Princeton Review ranking NC State among the nation’s best values for universities, Money magazine naming it the No. 1 best college for your money in North Carolina, or U.S. News & World Report ranking NC State among the top 10 best values in public higher education, the university has many reasons to be proud. We’re also No. 2 in the country for research commercialization among U.S. universities without a medical school.


Each year, NC State adds $6.5 billion to the statewide economy, equivalent to creating more than 90,000 new jobs. That represents a significant return on investment for the citizens of North Carolina in the form of research advances, innovative technologies, successful companies, skilled graduates and new jobs waiting for them.

Our 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Together, they forge powerful partnerships with government, industry, nonprofits and academia to remake our world for the better. We expect everyone to give of their talents, skills, time and effort to make NC State an environment of inclusive excellence for all.


About Raleigh and North Carolina


North Carolina’s rapid growth makes the state a diversity leader and top spot for young professionals and families. Raleigh reflects statewide growth as a city on the rise:

• No. 2 among the best places to live in the U.S. (U.S News & World Report, 2021)

• No. 5 among the best-performing economies in the U.S. (Milken Institute, 2021

• One of America’s top 10 recession-resistant cities (Smartasset, 2020)

• Among the top 10 “Best Cities to Move to Right Now” (Curbed, 2020)


With Durham and Chapel Hill, the capital city anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The region’s top companies — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — rank among the country’s best employers. NC State also maintains strong agricultural partnerships with Bayer, BASF and Syngenta, companies that lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.


Celebrating its 135th year in 2022, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day our career- ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning, discovery and engagement available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.