The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking applications and nominations for an outstanding scientist, educator and administrator to serve as Chair of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences. The Department has developed integrated teaching, research and extension education programs that focus on genetics and cell biology, nutrient utilization and management, reproduction and development, pathobiology and infectious diseases, and animal behavior and well-being. The Department currently has 22 faculty members and offers BS, MS and PhD degree programs for approximately 288 undergraduate and 36 graduate students. The Chair is the chief administrative officer and provides leadership for the faculty, staff, students and programs of the Department.
The University of Maryland is ranked 13th among Forbes’ Top Public Colleges and 15th among U.S. public institutions ranked within Best Global Schools by U.S. News & World Report. In 2021 the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources was featured as the 11th best Sustainable Agriculture Degree Program by bestvalueschools.org. Close proximity to both Washington D.C. and Beltsville, Maryland allows for a competitive advantage of partnerships with many federal and state agencies including the FDA, USDA-ARS, EPA, NIH, and Maryland Department of Agriculture. For more details, please visit the website of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences (www.ansc.umd.edu), the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (www.agnr.umd.edu), and the University of Maryland (www.umd.edu).
The Chair will provide vision and leadership to all Department personnel and programs; effectively administer the finances, policies and facilities of the Department; work productively and effectively with department faculty, staff, students, and the Dean and other University personnel; provide proactive liaison with leaders of industry, government, other academic institutions, the public and professional societies; facilitate Departmental excellence by the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and foster the professional and scholarly growth of these individuals; and, contribute directly to scholarly activities of the Department.
The Chair is responsible for all aspects of the Department operations including faculty, staff, student, budget and facilities. The Chair represents the Department to all constituencies, both internal and external of the University of Maryland. The Chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as the leader of one of six academic departments in the College. The Department’s annual operating budget is approximately 11.6 million, one-third of which is derived from external competitive grant sources. It is a priority for the Chair to expand the portfolio of external grants and actively develop new sources of support for research and educational programs.
The successful candidate will: 1) hold a Ph.D. degree in animal science, dairy science, poultry science, or a related field; 2) be qualified to be tenured at the rank of Professor; 3) be internationally recognized for accomplishments in research; 4) have demonstrated a commitment to teaching or extension; 5) possess outstanding oral and written communication skills; and 6) have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, staff, administrators, and industry and/or other clientele.
Best consideration will be given to applications received by November 10, 2023; however, the search will continue until the position is filled. All interested individuals are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted through eTerp2 at https://ejobs.umd.edu/. Completed applications must have a letter of application addressed to: Department Chair Search Committee, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland. The position must be indicated in the application letter as Department Chair. Applications must include a description of research, teaching, and extension accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for four professional references. Applications will be kept confidential.
● Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital state, genetic information, or political affiliation.
Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.