Professor / Department Head

Feb 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University Mission: The mission of Kansas State University is to foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop the highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation and the international community. University Information: Kansas State University educates more than 24,000 of tomorrow's potential leaders, and provides some of the best global food systems and biosecurity research in the world.  In fact, the university is progressing toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options.  The Graduate School offers 65 master's degrees, 45 doctoral degrees and 22 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines.  The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation's best colleges, and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S.

Commonly referred to as K-State, the community is proud of its welcoming environment, and considers all K-Staters family.  Our athletic teams, known as the Wildcats, compete in the Big 12 Conference and frequently win titles and championships.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice president for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

The Opportunity: Kansas State University seeks applications for the position of Head, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.  This is a 12-month position with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The successful candidate will have credentials for appointment as a tenured, full professor.  Position available 06/01/17 or later as negotiated.  Department Information: The Department has internationally recognized faculty with diverse backgrounds in programs encompassing teaching, research, extension and service in animal and food sciences. The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry is currently comprised of 56 faculty, 60 classified/unclassified professional support staff. Student numbers include 44 Ph.D., 57 M.S., 82 distance M.S., and 1,226 undergraduates. Although based in Manhattan, the department also has faculty on the Olathe campus and in multiple research and extension stations throughout Kansas. The Department manages 6,300 acres of pasture and 280 acres of cropland. In addition, the department has support facilities for beef, dairy, horse, meat goats, poultry, sheep, and swine, along with food and animal products processing. Please visit and for more information. Job Description:

The Department Head provides leadership and administrative guidance to:

Foster excellence in research, extension, teaching, and both domestic and international service

Promote quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate programs

Actively involve faculty in the decision-making process, using appointed and elected committees as appropriate

Provide leadership in planning and supervising programs relevant to the department's mission within the land grant university system, manage departmental budgetary and financial matters, and assist in generating extramural support

Create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, teamwork, and ability to work in a multicultural setting

Evaluate, counsel, and promote professional development of faculty, staff, and students

Recruit, hire and retain talented faculty, staff, and students

Engage and interact with stakeholders and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and university administrators

Represent and promote the department on campus and in industry and scientific communities

Facilitate development and fundraising for various departmental activities

Continue personal professional development in administration and/or research, teaching, or extension 

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctorate in Animal Science or related discipline

Candidate must have credentials for appointment as a tenured, full professor

Demonstrated leadership qualities, including administrative, personnel management, budgeting, communication skills, grantsmanship, and the ability to positively represent the department to scientific, stakeholder, and community groups

Strong commitment to excellence in teaching, research, extension, and both domestic and international service; appreciation of the important role of distance education in meeting the needs of a diverse student population

Experience in assessing priorities and adapting to the changing environment with creativity and innovation

Strong commitment to expanding diversity in the department and broader university community 

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Exemplary record of professional achievement 

Search Process:

Please complete the PageUp application process and upload a letter of interest that addresses your vision, administrative philosophy and qualifications; curriculum vitae; and the names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five professional references.

Screening will take place as candidates are received. 

General Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Mike Tokach - [email protected]

Must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

Salary Range/Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Kansas State University has an attractive benefit package that includes a retirement plan, group medical, dental, and life insurance plans, worker's compensation insurance, vacation leave, sick leave, and other benefits. Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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