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Department Head of Population Health and Pathobiology, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 12, 2023

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Practice Area
Large Animal, Food Animals
Position Type
Leadership / Executive
Contract Type
Organization Type

As one of the top veterinary schools in the country, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to being a leader in professional education, clinical service and research. The college also has an essential role to play in improving the quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina, the nation and the world. The college’s mission is to advance the veterinary profession and animal and human health through ongoing discovery and medical innovation; provide animals and their owners with extraordinary, compassionate medical care; and prepare the next generation of veterinarians and biomedical research scientists. The college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

The college anchors the 250-acre Centennial Biomedical Campus, an extension of NC State’s Centennial Campus. Instruction is provided through three academic departments: Clinical Sciences, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Population Health and Pathobiology. There are approximately 400 students enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional program and over 90 students enrolled in the multidisciplinary Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program. The college and teaching hospital are supported by more than 150 faculty and 450 staff members, and over 100 house officers (interns and residents). A unique feature of the campus is the 80-acre Teaching Animal Unit, a dynamic teaching lab for students to learn husbandry, production management and livestock production procedures.

Diversity and inclusion are critical to the success of the college, which promotes a values-driven culture of mutual respect that supports all of its community members, prioritizes relationships and collaborations, and promotes innovation and the pursuit of one’s passions. DVM students develop key competencies necessary for success in private practice, industry, government and academia. The curriculum includes instruction and practice in teamwork, client interactions, and public communication as well as the development of interpersonal and organizational skills. The NC State Veterinary Hospital sees an average of 35,000 cases annually. Clinical faculty include internationally recognized certified specialists in over 30 disciplines, supported by highly trained veterinary technicians and staff. Small animal services are available across 17 specialty departments and equine services are available across six departments. The Veterinary Hospital provides state-of-the-art patient care for companion animals, equine and farm animals spread across three main facilities: The Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, the Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center and the Veterinary Health and Wellness Center.

The college’s world-leading faculty and clinicians are at the forefront of interdisciplinary biomedical innovation, conducting solution-driven research that defines the interconnections between animal and human health. Research programs at the college represent more than 20 species in 9 research areas of emphasis: biological barriers, computational biology and bioinformatics, gastroenterology, genetics, global health, immunology, infectious disease, neurobiology, pharmacology, regenerative medicine, and spontaneous animal disease models. The college is also a participant in four university initiatives, research centers and institutes: the Genetics and Genomics Initiative, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, and the Comparative Medicine Institute. In addition to participating in interdisciplinary collaborations within the university, the college engages in research partnerships with local higher education institutions, including UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Essential Job Duties        

The CVM has achieved national recognition in research, teaching and clinical excellence, and the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology (PHP) plays critical roles in all of these areas. PHP is dedicated to excellence in educating and training veterinarians and comparative biomedical scientists, and is home to 39 multi-disciplinary faculty, as well as staff, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, residents and interns (house officers). Disciplines represented in PHP include Epidemiology and Public Health, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Parasitology, Poultry Health Management, Ruminant Health Management, and Swine Health and Production Medicine. PHP trains veterinary medical students, residents and interns (house officers) as well as MS and PhD students interested in a career in Comparative Biomedical Sciences and other disciplines. The department focuses on advancing knowledge and offering solutions to improve the quality of health in animals.

The PHP Department Head must be an innovative, creative, visionary and collaborative leader with the ability and experience required to guide the members of this multi-disciplinary department in achieving its mission. The PHP Department Head must possess the leadership skills and vision to advance the impact and reputation of the PHP Department nationally and internationally.

The PHP Department plays a critical role in the College’s success.

Primary duties of the Department Head include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide academic and scientific leadership in defining and achieving the goals of the Department. Grow the departmental research enterprise. It is anticipated that the Department Head will have a strong track record in research and may continue to pursue a personal research program. Improve the service and teaching activities of the department, as part of the larger College mission in those areas. Serve as the primary Departmental advocate in enhancing the visibility and prestige of the departmental sections and disciplines, and in growing interdisciplinary programs Uphold One CVM values by prioritizing community, practicing inclusivity and collaboration, promoting innovation and pursuing our passion. Continue to build a strong mentorship program for professional development of department members. Manage fiscal planning and administration, direct and evaluate faculty and administrative staff.


Minimum Education and Experience:      

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)/Veterinary Medicine Doctor (VMD) (or equivalent) and PhD preferred, or PhD. Demonstrated academic leadership. A record of active participation in professional/scientific affairs and of research and teaching experience. Current Rank of Tenured Full Professor or currently eligible or under evaluation for such

Other Required Qualifications:   

The Department Head must possess the interpersonal skills and a leadership vision that will advance the impact and reputation of the PHP Department nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of achievement in the areas of clinical excellence, research and teaching.


Candidates must have:

  • Strong communication skills Demonstrated academic leadership and administrative experience Experience with extramurally funded research programs and a strong track record in research A record of collegial and productive interactions with faculty, staff and students Interest, enthusiasm, and experience in mentorship, particularly in guiding junior faculty toward successful careers in research, teaching and clinical excellence Experience working across disciplinary boundaries and interest in supporting highly interdisciplinary and collaborative faculty Experience and enthusiasm for innovative pedagogy and teaching excellence Demonstrated success in establishing collaborative relationships both within the university and with the private and public sectors Understanding and enthusiasm for the integral role of the extension services and clinical teaching hospital environment in a College of Veterinary Medicine Ability to work with departmental members to develop departmental vision and for planning and implementation of strategic initiatives

Preferred Qualifications:              

  • Demonstrated success in clinical or extension services, particularly in the production animal industry
  • Specialty Board Certification


Required License(s) or Certification(s)     N/A

Valid NC Driver's License required             No

Commercial Driver's License required      No

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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