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Department Head, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Department Head, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Faculty Rank: To Be Determined
Posting Number: TR0160082
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Position Summary:

The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech seeks a creative and visionary leader for the position of Department Head.
The Department embraces a One Health approach as it implements a vision to expand life sciences at Virginia Tech through discovery, learning and service. One Health recognizes the dynamic interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health. In addition to strong programs in infectious and parasitic diseases, the department makes significant contributions in the areas of cell and tissue form and function, pharmacology and toxicology, immunology, pathology and clinical pathology. Departmental responsibilities include instruction in the DVM, MS and PhD degree programs, diagnostic service, and research and scholarship.
The Department Head will provide leadership and management of all departmental academic, research and service activities and will serve on the College Executive Board. This entails supervision of faculty and staff, administrative responsibility for planning, fiscal management, human resources and communication. The Department Head is also expected to advance the research, teaching and diagnostic service missions of the department, nurture interdisciplinary collaboration and work toward the strategic goals of the department, college, and university. In addition to departmental leadership responsibilities, the Head is expected to contribute personally to the teaching and/or service missions of the Department and maintain an active, extramurally-funded research program.

Required Qualifications:

• One of the following: PhD, DVM, MD or equivalent degree
• Demonstrated ability to develop a high-quality research program with sustained extramural funding
• Experience in academic leadership
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work effectively as a member of a team
• A scholarship record sufficient to be eligible for tenure as a professor in the Department
• Ability to articulate an innovative vision for biomedical sciences and pathobiology
• Evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration
• Willingness and ability to work in a high-tech environment consistent with computer-aided instruction and distance learning
• Commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in an academic environment

Preferred Qualifications:

• PhD and DVM or equivalent degrees
• Understanding of issues related to delivery of veterinary diagnostic services
• Direct experience with veterinary medical education
• Interest and/or experience in research mentoring of students

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How to Apply for this Job:

Applicants must complete the faculty application online at Posting #TR0160082 . To be included are a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and list of three professional references. Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
For further information, please contact Search Committee Co-Chair, Dr. Roger Avery (540 231-2201,

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Department: Biomedical Science
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 08/29/2016
Review Begin Date: 08/01/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference #1
  2. Letter of Reference #2
  3. Letter of Reference #3
  4. Other Doc
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