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Professor and Head, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 27, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership
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Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, Oklahoma

The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University (OSU) invites applications and nominations of energetic and visionary individuals for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. This 12-month appointment is administratively responsible to the Vice President and Dean of OSU Agriculture.

Department Profile

With more than 1000 undergraduate students, the Department has one of the largest undergraduate enrollments and scholarship programs on the OSU-Stillwater campus. Students may choose to earn a B.S. degree in Animal Science (4 option areas), or Food Science (4 emphasis areas). The Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Animal Science and Food Science. Graduate enrollment totals approximately 70 students. The Department currently employs 28 faculty, 28 support staff and more than 80 student employees.

Animal and Food Sciences has a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and Extension. The Department maintains classrooms and laboratories, as well as animal facilities i n support of its teaching, research, and extension activities. The Department operates more than 12,600 acres of land and has outstanding purebred livestock numbers. Animal and Food Sciences faculty conduct research in animal facilities as well as labs in the Animal Science Building, Noble Research Center and Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center.

Additional information can be obtained from the Animal and Food Sciences Department website.


  • Provide visionary leadership in planning, developing, integrating, and implementing departmental programs in teaching, research, and extension;
  • Manage the Department’s human, animal, financial, and physical resources
  • Provide administrative oversight to animal laboratory units;
  • Lead diversity efforts to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff, and students and help create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and teamwork;
  • Assign responsibilities to faculty and staff and evaluate their performance;
  • Foster professional and academic growth and development of faculty, staff, and students;
  • Pursue and encourage the pursuit of external grant and contract funding;
  • Maintain an active role in regional and national organizations and committees;
  • Represent departmental and faculty interests to administrators, other academic departments, outside agencies, alumni, individuals, and groups in agriculture, industry, and communities;
  • Collaborate with Division unit heads and other University administrators and faculty in providing leadership for delivering multidisciplinary programs to meet the needs of students, extension, and research clientele, and research sponsors;
  • Assist departmental faculty and staff in developing programs and activities supportive of the Department’s and the Division’s strategic plans; and
  • Maintain an active role in seeking support and resources for departmental programs and coordinating efforts for gift and endowment opportunities such as scholarships, graduate fellowships, and endowed chairs and professorships.
  • Collaborate with the Animal Science Alumni Association board as an ex officio member to enhance alumni relations and better the Animal and Food Sciences Department.


  • Earned doctorate in animal science, food science, or a closely related discipline;
  • Outstanding record of scholarly achievement and professional activities related to teaching, research, and/or extension that will qualify the individual to be tenured at the rank of Professor in the Department;
  • Strong understanding of, and advocacy for, the mission of a land-grant university;
  • Evidence of administrative ability to direct an academic department engaged in teaching, research, and extension activities in a major land-grant university;
  • Ability to provide visionary and progressive leadership;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively listen, communicate, and represent the Department with administrators, agencies, and on- and off-campus interest groups;
  • Excellent rapport and interactions with livestock and agricultural organizations, producers, food processors, and legislative leaders;
  • Ability to effectively manage human, financial, and physical resources;
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to make timely decisions;
  • Ability to inspire others, relate to people, demonstrate strong communication skills, foster professional development, assign responsibilities, and evaluate performance of faculty and staff;
  • Strong commitment to diversity in recruiting faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of agricultural, economic, environmental, and social issues affecting producers, business managers, consumers, and communities;
  • Commitment to international programs; and
  • Commitment to continue one’s own professional and leadership development.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications. 

Beginning Date

The position is to be filled by March 1, 2022, or as soon thereafter as a suitable candidate is available.


Although applications will be accepted until a successful candidate has been appointed, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by December 1, 2021, to receive optimal consideration. Nominations and application materials, which should include a letter indicating the applicant’s interest, experience and qualifications for the position, and curriculum vitae, must be submitted electronically to:

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

Buffkin/Baker | 336-721-9100

Nominations should include the name, address, email address, and telephone number of the nominee.

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Rob Terry, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, 405-744-8140, or

To learn more about OSU Agriculture and Stillwater, visit these websites.

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit https:///


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