Department Head and Professor - Animal and Veterinary Science
University of Idaho - Moscow, ID

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University of Idaho

Department Head
Animal and Veterinary Science

Open for Recruitment: November 19, 2012 - January 15, 2013
Announcement #: 12006001190
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Full or Part Time: Full Time
Location: Moscow

Materials Required:
Online Application ( Click here to apply )
Letter of Application
Curriculum Vitae
Contact Information for 3 References


Position available April 1, 2013

Department of Animal and Veterinary Science (AVS):
The mission of AVS is to conduct focused, comprehensive and integrated research, teaching, and extension programs which directly support animal agriculture. The Department of Animal and Veterinary Science prepares students for careers in the fields of veterinary medicine, animal science-production, dairy science, and agribusinesses connected to animal agriculture. The department works closely with leaders in the rapidly growing dairy and beef industries across the state. In a fast-changing agricultural industry, AVS prides itself on staying at the forefront of animal science. It provides a wide range of curriculum choices in traditional production sciences, and incorporates biotechnology as well as other integrated technologies across multiple disciplines. Students receive both hands-on experience and classroom instruction.

Position Summary:
Administrative: The Department Head will lead a large and diverse faculty and oversee the administration of all academic, research, and extension activities within the department. Faculty in the department are located at:

University of Idaho - Moscow
Caine Veterinary Teaching Center - Caldwell
Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station - Hagerman
Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension, & Education Center - Salmon
Caldwell Research & Extension Center - Caldwell
Twin Falls Research & Extension Center - Twin Falls
Idaho Falls Research & Extension Center - Idaho Falls

Teaching: The department’s undergraduate and graduate programs are constantly growing. There are approximately 300 undergraduate students in the science/pre-veterinary, business, dairy, and production options within the Animal Science major. The department has about 20 graduates students pursuing either a Master’s of Science, or a doctorate degree in animal science. The department also supports six student organizations; Block & Bridle, Dairy Club, Pre-Vet Club, Student Idaho Cattle Association (SICA), Livestock Judging Club, and the Horse Polo Club.

Research/Scholarship: The Department Head is responsible for leading the research and scholarship of the faculty in the department. Faculty members in the department have active, funded research programs in beef and dairy cattle reproduction, growth and development, dairy lactation and nutrition, meat and milk quality, animal health, and aquaculture production. Research in the department is supported by agencies including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), regional industry groups, and public-private partnerships.

Extension/Outreach: The Department Head oversees all extension and outreach activities conducted within the department. He/she develops and maintains external relationships with departmental stakeholders in all aspects of the animal and veterinary science fields across the state and region. The Department Head oversees all service, outreach, and extension activities for stakeholder groups within animal and veterinary sciences across the state of Idaho. The department head also works with the College’s Director of Development to enhance endowment programs in the department.

Required Qualifications:
An earned doctorate in animal science (PhD), veterinary sciences (DVM + PhD) or a closely related discipline. A strong record of academic scholarship to qualify for the rank of Professor in the department. Applicants should have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with students, peers, faculty, and clientele groups.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Previous administrative experience or evidence of administrative skills required to lead a large academic department is preferred. Candidates should have a demonstrated work experience in animal agriculture, animal sciences, livestock production, or veterinary sciences. Fiscal management skills or experience in administering grants and/or department budgets is desirable. Leadership skills and experience to implement the University, College, and Department Strategic Plans is preferred.

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences:
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences provides quality programs in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and related areas to the state of Idaho. In addition to academic programs, the college also advances knowledge in these areas through research conducted through the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station. It also provides information transfer and application of new knowledge to the state and nation through the Idaho Cooperative Extension System. Additionally, the college actively participates in international development and student and faculty exchanges throughout the world. For, additional information about the University of
Idaho and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences visit

The University and Community:
The University of Idaho is a land-grant institution with over 800 full-time faculty and 1,500 support staff, an enrollment of over 12,000 students, confers more than 50 doctoral degrees each year, and has annual research expenditures in excess of $50 million. Educational opportunities are provided statewide through three resident instructional centers, 10 agricultural research and extension centers, and 42 county extension offices. Since 1986, enrollment has grown steadily, the state economy is vibrant and the population growing rapidly. The University’s growth from regional to national prominence represents exceptional professional opportunities. Moscow, Idaho is a university town nestled in the rolling Palouse hills, close to the mountains, lakes, and resorts of northern Idaho. Moscow is located approximately 90 miles south of Spokane, Washington, and 80 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Moscow is serviced by the Pullman/Moscow regional airport and is a one hour flight to Seattle, WA. The University of Idaho and Washington State University are 8 miles apart and share over 800 cross-listed courses and many collaborative programs and research activities.

Application Process:
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2013 and continue until a suitable pool of candidates is identified. To apply please submit your letter of application, curriculum vitae, addresses and contact information for three (3) references online at:

Additionally, to preserve formatting of application materials, hard copies of all application materials and transcripts for all academic work should be sent to:

AVS Department Head Search Committee
c/o Dr. Jim Connors
Department of Agricultural Education & 4-H Youth Development
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2040
Moscow, ID 83844-2040

Direct Inquiries to:
Dr. Jim Connors
Voice: (208) 885-6358
Fax: (208) 885-4039

EEO Counselor:
Charity Buchert
Personnel and Diversity Coordinator
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
Perimeter Drive MS 2335
Moscow, ID 83844-2335

To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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