Department Head and Professor, Animal Science
Search #: 495608
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track
The Department of Animal Science at the University of Connecticut in Storrs
(UConn) invites applications for the position of Department Head with an
appointment as Associate or Full Professor. We are seeking an inspirational,
dynamic, and visionary individual to provide sound leadership for a highly
ranked and productive department in alignment with the new strategic plans for
the College and the University. This is a full-time, 9-month position with a
10th month of service in this administrative capacity. The Department Head
reports directly to the Dean. Active participation in the undergraduate
curriculum and research or extension programs is expected.
The goal of the Department is to provide a first-class, comprehensive program
to meet the tripartite missions of teaching, research, and extension in animal
science and husbandry. The Department includes 19 tenured, tenure-track, and
teaching faculty and 22 staff members. The diverse expertise of the faculty
encompasses equine science, food science and microbiology, growth physiology,
genetics and genomics, meat science and muscle biology, poultry and livestock
production, reproductive biology, and biotechnology. The Department maintains
research and teaching farms (beef cattle, sheep, poultry, swine, horses, and
a state-of-the-art dairy facility) on the Storrs campus. The Department also
manages a commercial creamery, a meat processing facility, and forage crops.
The University of Connecticut Animal Care facilities, including the Animal
Science Farm Units, are AAALAC accredited.
Undergraduate and graduate programs balance the development of breadth of
knowledge, core technical and professional skills, and the global and social
literacy needed upon graduation. The undergraduate curricula are strengthened
through hands-on learning practices and established Honors, internship, and
undergraduate research programs. Currently, the Department has approximately
400+ undergraduate majors pursuing AAS and BS degrees and 35+ graduate
students pursuing MS and Ph.D. degrees. For more information, see
Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of
the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state's flagship institution of higher
education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses
throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in
Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in
Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and
32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000
graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1
(highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public
universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach,
UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged
citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the
health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural,
and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a
beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation
and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly,
research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting
opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate
applications and support for student success have enabled the University to
become extraordinarily selective.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As the departmental administrative officer, the Head reports directly to the
Dean. Duties include:
Support and promote the excellence of our multi-faceted teaching,
research, extension, and service activities.
Manage administrative responsibilities for academic, personnel, and fiscal
affairs and provide oversight of physical facilities.
Teach a minimum of one undergraduate course and participate in research
and/or extension programs.
Represent and promote the Department within the College, the University,
and the State, as well as at the National and International levels.
Promote collegiality and enhance a multicultural and diverse community of
students, faculty, and staff in the Department.
Advance CAHNR's commitment to equity and inclusion by 1) considering sources of bias and structural inequity based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender, and sexual orientation, and 2) facilitating programs that address the burden these injustices impose on members of the campus community and residents of the state where appropriate.
Acquire and maintain current knowledge of all relevant campus, college,
and union policies and procedures, and develop appropriate policies as
Actively engage in development on behalf of the Department in
collaboration with the College's Director of Development.
Mentor and support the unionized faculty, staff, and graduate students in
academic and professional endeavors.
Serve as a team-builder to encourage interactions among faculty within the
Department and among departments to achieve individual and departmental
Inspire, initiate, and support entrepreneurial missions.
Develop and supervise effective support staff and structure.
Perform other responsibilities as related to the Department Head
Ph.D. in Animal Science or a closely related discipline; DVM or equivalent
in a relevant field is also acceptable.
Demonstrated excellence in scholarship and professional activities related
to teaching, research, and/or extension that will qualify the individual
to be tenured at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the Department
of Animal Science.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to sustaining a
mutually respectful environment and delivering quality academic programs
within an inclusive work environment.
Evidence demonstrating a commitment to enhancing the diversity and
inclusion of students, faculty, and staff.
Demonstrated leadership in developing departmental programs, coordinating
capital improvements, or stimulating external funding from both public and
Evidence of a nationally and internationally recognized program of
scholarship in research, teaching, or extension.
Demonstrated engagement and rapport with stakeholders, industry, and/or
Prior administrative experience suited to leadership of an academic
department engaged in teaching, research, extension, and service
activities at a major Land Grant University.
Demonstrated ability to encourage consensus while coming to and executing
decisions in a collegial atmosphere.
Experience recruiting highly qualified and diverse graduate and
undergraduate students, faculty, and staff, including those who are
traditionally underrepresented in Animal Science and related fields.
Experience supervising a diverse set of animal units, crop units, animal
products processing facilities, or related facilities.
Full professorship or equivalence in Animal Science or a closely related
This is a full-time, 9-month position with a 10th month of service in this
administrative capacity. Salary is competitive and commensurate with the
applicant's record. The University provides an extensive benefits package,
which includes retirement and health insurance coverage. A start date between
July 1 and August 23, 2022 is anticipated. Applicants must meet University
requirements for appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful
candidate's compliance with the University's Mandatory Workforce COVID-19
Vaccination Policy. This Policy states that all workforce members are required
to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment
at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful
completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online
https: // academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19442 and submit the following
A cover letter that includes a statement of administrative experience
(up to 3 pages);
Curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications, grants
received, and records of teaching, extension and service;
List of your 5 most impactful publications with full references;
List of contact information for three (3) professional references ;
For the statements below please include how your professional accomplishments
in research/teaching/extension outreach will contribute to the College's
success in achieving its Strategic Vision;
Statement of vision and leadership philosophy (up to 3 pages);
Research and scholarship statement , up to 1 page (innovative
concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in
proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
Teaching statement , up to 1 page (including teaching philosophy,
teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new
course development, etc.);
Commitment to diversity statement that addresses prior experience,
current interests/activities and future goals to promote an environment
that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion, up to 2 pages (including
broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in
instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of
diverse learning styles, etc.).
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021, and will continue until
a successful candidate is selected. Inquiries should be sent by email to the
Search Committee Chair, Dr. Sarah Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy to
Ms. Virginia White (email@example.com).
At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented
by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.
This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.
All UConn employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which
may be found at https:// www. ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a
multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The
diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the
number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who consistently
make UCONN their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes
serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions,
leading to UCONN's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities.
UCONN's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our
vibrant, multicultural, and diverse University community. As an Affirmative
Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UCONN encourages applications
from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally
Advertised: Sep 03 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Nov 02 2021 Eastern Daylight Time