Professor-Tenure System, Chairperson, Animal Science

East Lansing, MI
Mar 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number: 4833

Internal Posting Date: 01-25-2017

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 03-31-2017

Job Title: Professor-Tenure System

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Primary Department: 10002063 ANIMAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT - ANR

Position Employee Group: Tenure System Faculty-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Tenure System Faculty

Employment %: 100%


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Position Summary: Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites applications and nominations for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Animal Science, an interdisciplinary department that provides a stimulating intellectual environment for engaged scholarship. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to embody and convey the land-grant mission of teaching, research, and Extension/outreach to varying audiences, 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 full time, annual appointment position is available beginning July 1, 2017.

The Chairperson of the Department of Animal Science provides facilitative leadership of the Department in all teaching, research, extension, and outreach programs and is expected to maintain and enhance a creative and productive environment for faculty, staff, and students. The Chairperson serves as the principal representative of the Department with authority and responsibility for administrative decisions. The Chairperson reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and interacts with senior leadership of the College, Michigan State University Extension, and MSU AgBio Research on a regular basis.

Key responsibilities of the Chairperson include:
-Provide visionary leadership for creating, advancing, and articulating the mission of the Department and the land-grant mission, promoting national and international prominence;
-Encourage balanced and integrated teaching, research, extension, and outreach programs throughout Michigan, nationally, and internationally;
-Work with faculty to identify existing and emerging opportunities and develop strategic short- and long-range plans for departmental enhancement;
-Recruit outstanding faculty and staff, assign responsibilities, evaluate performance, and promote faculty, student and staff development;
-Support faculty and student achievement and foster a culture of inclusion, collaboration, creativity and mentorship and create a departmental culture wherein diverse faculty, staff, and students thrive;
-Manage and administer Department budgets, including departmental farms, and provide oversight in the procurement of financial and other resources;
-Work cooperatively within the departmental governance structure, which currently includes an associate chair, coordinators of undergraduate and graduate programs, and a department-elected Department Advisory Committee;
-Serve as liaison and advocate for the Department within the larger governance structure of the College and University;
-Communicate and foster relationships with clientele, including departmental alumni, governmental leaders, MSU administrators, other campus units, stakeholders, and professional and disciplinary groups;
-Represent the Department to state and federal agencies, private organizations, partners and collaborators, and key industry groups; and
-Advance fund development at the Department, College, and University levels.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements The Department of Animal Science is seeking a dynamic individual with an outstanding record of achievement, including a distinguished record of scholarship, leadership, team building, and dedication to the land grant mission. The applicant should have an appreciation for the range of disciplines in animal science and the diverse functions of teaching, research, Extension, and outreach, and must exhibit preparedness for administration of a large, diverse faculty. The successful candidate must possess outstanding leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to promote the Department and increase its national and international prominence. Qualified candidates must have a doctorate in animal science or related discipline and meet the requirements for tenure at the rank of full professor in the Department of Animal Science.

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Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants for the position of Chairperson are asked to submit two documents: 1) a CV and 2) a cover letter describing your interest in the position with an emphasis on your experience and philosophical approaches to achieving a culture of diversity and inclusion. At the end of the cover letter, please also submit names and contact information for three references who are familiar with your work and leadership skills.

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Fred Derksen/Chairperson, FSHN/

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Union Affiliation: Non Union

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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