Professor of Practice, Animal Health

Apr 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position:

Kansas State University Olathe ( invites applications and nominations for a new Professor of Practice (non-tenure track) position in the area of Animal Health. This position will be a 12-month appointment with approximately 50% administrative and 50% teaching responsibilities with future potential for flexible distribution between administrative and teaching responsibilities. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Education. The faculty at K-State Olathe is particularly interested in individuals with demonstrated experience in collaborating broadly and working as a team member across disciplines, preferably within the theme of One Health. Highest consideration will be given to candidates who possess a strong background in research, professional service, and teaching as it relates to animal health and/or the animal health industry. It would also be preferred that this expertise synergize with current Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty interests in infectious disease, vaccinology, inflammation, toxicology, cancer, public health, or food safety.

Information about the College/Unit:

Kansas State University has set a visionary goal to be recognized as a Top 50 Public Research University by 2025. In support of this goal, the Olathe campus was launched in April 2011 and is the third and newest campus of Kansas State University. Olathe is located in Johnson County and the Kansas City metro area. The campus embodies a unique vision jointly developed with regional community, government, industry and university stakeholders for higher education partnership in an urban, innovative, industry centric and knowledge based environment. The campus is a strategic partner of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle. The Kansas City metro area has a diversity of industries ranging from trade, transportation, utilities, professional and business services and health and education. Major companies include Cerner, Garmin, Bayer Corporation, Merck, Burns and McDonnell, and Black & Veatch, as well as major health and food companies in the Animal Health Corridor stretching from Kansas to Missouri. The $1.2 billion National Bio and Agro Defense Facility is also being constructed at the Manhattan campus adjacent to the K-State Biosecurity Research Institute and will further strengthen partnerships, regional growth and economic development.

The campus has a mandate in research and graduate education and currently offers eight programs at the Master’s and doctoral levels in food science, horticulture, veterinary/biomedical sciences and adult education. Growth of educational offerings at the campus will continue to evolve to meet workforce and industry demands through a variety of credit and non-credit bearing programs that address technical as well as transferable skills. Faculty and instructors at K-State Olathe represent a combination of resident and non-resident, full and part-time experts and adjuncts from the industry/government sectors. There are ten laboratories in research areas currently ranging from food sciences to post-harvest physiology of fruits/vegetables. Additional initiatives include industry partnerships, such as the Merck Animal Health Microbial Surveillance Laboratory, Consumer and Sensory Research Center, and Innovation Accelerator.

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 provost 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 Successful Candidate will:

The Professor of Practice in Animal Health will:

1. Provide support for and be adaptable to the development, implementation and assessment of integrated and interdisciplinary graduate, executive and special educational programs and courses with particular emphasis on students who are working professionals in the animal health industry as well as targeted programs to meet the needs of animal health companies;

2. Design courses responsive to the demographics of the potential student population with local, national and international dimensions through face-to-face, online and hybrid course delivery methods, leading to certificates and/or Master’s/PhD degrees;

3. Support programming that is transformational and relevant to workforce development through innovative approaches to the changing demands of higher education and growing industry/government/academic partnerships that bridge education with research and translational opportunities;

4. Provide graduate-level instruction (approximately 50% teaching commitment) relevant to the successful candidate’s area of expertise and that align with academic priorities at the Olathe campus; primary focus will be those courses related to Animal Health. It would be preferable that this expertise overlaps disciplines that relate to the animal health industry, including regulatory affairs, project management, and other related transferable skills for professionals;

5. Recruit prospective graduate students to the K-State Olathe graduate programs, with primary focus on the Veterinary Biomedical Science (VBS) graduate program; recruitment activities may include the delivery of a topic-based seminar or webinar each semester and attendance at recruitment events that may occur after 5 p.m. on weekdays or on occasional weekends;

6. Supervise graduate students and/or serve as Major Professor or committee member on graduate student supervisory committees;

7. Provide input on instructional needs and staffing (e.g., joint hires across university departments, industry experts and adjuncts); evaluate performance and benchmark curricular content in alignment with K-State academic policies and standards; report regularly on graduate student status, including progress toward degree completion;

8. Be a team member in the community of support and supervising services related to student enrollment, retention, success, and career advising;

9. When requested, act as a liaison for K-State Olathe academic programs and faculty, serve on campus and university committees related to academic and student issues; and represent the campus within the university and in private/public sectors as appropriate.

The successful candidate must possess a DVM and/or PhD in a discipline relevant to veterinary medicine, or other terminal degree (e.g., MD), and evidence of administrative and teaching experiences in an academic and/or industry setting. Candidates with a MS degree and extensive experience will be considered.  He/she must demonstrate strong leadership and teamwork skills; commitment to shared governance; ability to work with diverse constituencies within the university and corporate/government/community sectors; and effective managerial, interpersonal and communication skills. University-paid travel between Olathe and the K-State campus in Manhattan, KS as well as within the greater Kansas City area is expected as part of the responsibilities of the position. The successful candidate may also be considered for appointment at the rank of ancillary/adjunct professor within other academic units at K-State.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate must possess a DVM and/or PhD in a discipline relevant to veterinary medicine, or other terminal degree (e.g., MD), and evidence of administrative and teaching experiences in an academic and/or industry setting.  Candidates with a MS degree and extensive experience will be considered.

  • A strong interest in new paradigms of integrating discovery and learning through different course delivery modalities and technologies
  • Demonstrated interest in professional education relevant to the animal health workforce
  • Demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations
  • A working knowledge and appreciation of university operations and organization, as well as the culture and environment of industry and the corporate sector
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and ability to build coalitions with a range of diverse individuals, stakeholders to achieve institutional and regional growth
  • Demonstrated ability to foster diversity and promote a collegial and constructive environment based on open communication, team building, and effective management
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven success as a teacher and educator in developing curriculum, delivering graduate-level coursework (including laboratory courses) and assessing course outcomes and program impact
  • Proven ability to mentor and ensure the success of graduate-level students from academic and industry sectors in diverse programs and disciplines
  • Demonstrated experiences relevant to student services, including recruiting, advising, and/or retention
  • Experience with non-academic institutions and diverse partnerships
  • Commitment to supporting innovative and interdisciplinary programs linking technical and transferable skill acquisition, including the use of learning management systems (LMS)

Special Instructions to Applicants:

All correspondence will be considered in confidence, and nominations and inquiries are encouraged.

Interested candidates should submit a detailed cover letter that includes specific information relevant to the applicant’s ability to meet the qualifications (3-5 pages), a statement of teaching interests and goals, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references (title, mailing address, phone and email). Application materials must be submitted online to be considered:

Nominations and inquiries should be sent to Roberta Robinson at or call (913) 307-7316. Questions regarding specifics of the position can be directed to Dr. Paige Adams, Search Committee Chair, at or call (913) 307-7367.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Review of applications will begin April 24, 2017, and it is anticipated that he/she will assume duties by July 30, 2017 or before.

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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