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Department Head of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Employer
Texas A&M University-School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Location
College Station, Texas
Salary
commensurate
Closing date
Nov 12, 2022

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Applications are invited for the position of Department Head of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the School of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. The incumbent will serve as the chief
administrative officer of the department and as an advocate for the department’s academic, research, clinical,
outreach, and service programs. The Department Head reports to the Dean of the School of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The Head is responsible for leading and managing departmental staff and
faculty with a scope of responsibilities including supporting clinical activities within the Large Animal Teaching
Hospital; increasing contributions to knowledge and science through research; supporting excellence in
professional and graduate education; fostering professional development and interdisciplinary collaboration;
strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholder groups such as industry and legislative entities; promoting
key outreach programs locally and across the state; collaborating with development to promote well-stewarded
philanthropy, and continuing to build the Veterinary Educational Research and Outreach (VERO) partnership
with West Texas A&M University (WTAMU). This is a full-time 11-month appointment with an anticipated start
date of June 1, 2023. The position has significant administrative responsibilities, with some flexibility for
teaching, research, and clinical activities based upon the interests and experience of the applicant.


The Texas A&M University Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (https://vlcs.tamu.edu) is 1 of 5
departments in the highly ranked School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, which was founded in
1916. The department houses approximately 35 faculty members (including 2 endowed chairs) who are
located on our College Station campus and at VERO in Canyon, Texas. Departmental faculty are very active
in the delivery of all 4 years of our highly experiential and integrated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
curriculum. They are also involved in supporting our VERO-based DVM 2+2 program. Pre-clinical training in
College Station occurs within our Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC), a 330,000-square-foot,
state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2016. VBEC is home to a variety of educational venues for lectures,
laboratories, small group learning, and an array of hands-on skills training. This complex also houses the
Center for Educational Technologies, which provides pedagogical support to faculty for teaching and learning.
Our 34,000square-foot VERO facility was completed in 2020 on the campus of WTAMU in Canyon, Texas, and
supports key research initiatives focused on the livestock industry in the Texas Panhandle as well as our DVM
2+2 program.


Clinical operations are based primarily in the Large Animal Teaching Hospital, which is totally climate controlled
with separate facilities for isolation and theriogenology cases as well as an intensive care unit.
Clinical services in the hospital include equine orthopedic surgery, equine soft tissue surgery, equine internal
medicine, equine community practice, equine sports medicine & imaging, equine theriogenology, and food
animal medicine & surgery. Equine and food animal field services provide ambulatory services. The imaging
facilities within the LA-VMTH include a dedicated ultrasonography room with numerous start-of-the art
ultrasound units, 3 dedicated radiography rooms (3 digital radiograph units), and a full array of endoscopic
equipment. There is an attached Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center which houses additional
imaging equipment including a 3T Siemens Verio MRI, and a 40-slice Siemens computed tomography unit
designed to accommodate both small animals and horses. The Department has over 25 interns and residents,
with approved residency training programs in internal medicine, radiology, surgery, and theriogenology.

Areas of research emphasis in the department include infectious diseases, production medicine, reproductive
biology, antimicrobial resistance, biosecurity, and imaging. Departmental faculty enjoy productive
relationships throughout the Texas A&M University System and with other external collaborators. Extramural
acquired primarily from industry and the United States Department of Agriculture. The department has a
robust graduate education program and engages undergraduate students in experiential learning of applied
research.

Texas A&M University is one of the largest universities in the United States, with more than 73,000 students
from all 50 states and 124 countries. It is supported by a multibillion‐dollar endowment (ranked 4th among
public universities) and is a top-20 research enterprise. The community of Bryan-College Station (BCS),
population 250,000, is a growing and diverse college town with a wide variety of cultural and recreational
opportunities, excellent schools, and a relatively low cost of living. BCS is centered in the Texas Triangle, a
megaregion consisting of the state’s 5 largest cities. The VERO Program is located in the Texas Panhandle,
one of the most productive animal agricultural regions in the world. The Texas A&M University System has
invested nearly $160 million in new facilities and programs at WTAMU to promote the future of agriculture and
animal health in the region.

Qualifications
Applicants for the Department Head position must have earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent
degree. Tenured/tenure upon review applicants, and clinical track applicants, at the rank of Associate or Full
Professor will be considered. Demonstrated experience in academic administration is preferred. Applicants
should provide evidence of visionary leadership; innovative thinking; commitment to student education and the
land-grant mission; the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students; and the ability to represent
those departmental constituencies effectively to university administrators, state and federal agencies, industry,
stakeholders, and the general public. A commitment to promoting a multidisciplinary, multicultural, and diverse
community of scholars and educators is essential. A record of success in the development of funding and
program support is also highly desired.


Application Instructions
Interested applicants must submit: 1) a statement highlighting career accomplishments relevant to the position
and administrative philosophy, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) a statement of the applicant’s ’s commitment to and
involvement in diversity enhancement, and 4) names of 5 individuals who have been requested by the
applicant to act as references to the Search Committee Chair. Applications must be submitted online for
Tenured/Tenure- Track: apply.interfolio.com/112962; Academic Professional/Clinical Track:
apply.interfolio.com/111661. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be considered until
the position has been filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Jonathan Levine (Chair, Search Committee) at
(979) 845-2351 or jml15@tamu.edu.


Texas A&M University is a smoke-free workplace. Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the
learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture
that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and
identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.


Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educator dedicated to
excellence through diversity.

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