Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications and encourages nominations for Professor and Department Head of Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Department Head leads a talented group of individuals, including 30 faculty members, more than 30 staff and nearly 1,000 students who work and learn in state-of-the-art facilities. The department’s base budget exceeds $4 million and total expenditures exceed $11 million. This is a 12-month appointment focused on programmatic and administrative leadership including strategic planning and implementation. The Department Head ensures excellence in scholarship, instruction, engagement, diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to achieve complex goals and objectives, which is evidence of high-level leadership, communication, and management skills.
The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to achieve complex goals and objectives, which is evidence of high-level leadership, communication, and management skills. Required qualifications include:
An earned PhD in animal science, equine science or closely related field from an accredited institution and/or DVM with advanced training or degree in an associated field from an accredited institution; Sustained record of scholarly excellence necessary for meeting qualifications as a professor with tenure in the Department of Animal Sciences at CSU; Demonstrated exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills; Demonstrated ability to mentor and guide more junior professionals (e.g., faculty and staff), graduate students and undergraduate students in their career pathways and professional development; Demonstrated evidence of building successful teams and collaborative priority setting; A clear vision of a land grant university’s future role in animal and equine science as it relates to instruction, research, extension and engagement; Demonstrated ability to be fiscally responsible and adaptively manage resources with creativity and innovation; Demonstrated experience in successfully allocating, directing and monitoring large-scale, annual budgets; Evidence of research or industry initiatives of local, national and global importance that were developed collaboratively with agricultural, equine or natural resource stakeholders; Demonstrated commitment to the principles and strength of diversity in people and programs as indicated by an ability to appreciate diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences, successful international and cultural experiences and collaborations; and Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Preferred Evidence of working collaboratively with partners including: industry (e.g., agribusiness and/or commodity organizations); local, state or national government agencies (e.g., USDA agencies); and non-governmental entities (e.g., land trusts, public and private foundations); Demonstrated success in planning and implementing student success initiatives and curricular innovation; Experience in interdisciplinary research including multi-state and/or multi-agency efforts; Evidence of leading and/or significant contributions to institutional development such as fundraising, collaborations and contracts; Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing interdisciplinary academic programs; Evidence of developing and managing entrepreneurial business operations to resource academic unit(s); Evidence of active engagement with alumni groups and/or developing relationships with interest groups; and Demonstrated excellence with global research and engagement programs.
About Colorado State University
The Department of Animal Sciences has the unique mission of serving Colorado’s large and diverse livestock industries. Research, teaching and extension/outreach activities in the Department of Animal Sciences focus on developing industry leaders and improving profitable production of horses and food animals through the application of science and technology, resource management and food product enhancement, with emphasis on addressing societal issues concerning food safety, product quality and value, animal care and management, and environmental impacts of animal agriculture.