DEPARTMENT HEAD – VETERINARY & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
DIRECTOR OF ANIMAL DISEASE RESEARCH AND DIAGNOSTIC LABATORY
PROFESSOR, VETERINARY & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department (VBSD) in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications for the position of Department Head of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL). The University seeks a dynamic individual to provide strong and effective vision and leadership for the department and laboratory. This is a 12-month, administrative appointment that carries an academic rank of Professor in the VBSD. This position is full-time, benefit-eligible, and supervised by the Dean of CAFES. The desired start date is August 2021.
The VBSD includes 20 faculty members, 44 staff members, ~10 graduate students, and ~130 undergraduate pre-veterinary medicine students, and will soon include ~40 DVM students (20 per cohort). Graduate degrees are offered under the Biological Sciences umbrella. M.S. and Ph.D. specializations are Veterinary Microbiology and Veterinary Pathology. Details about the department can be found at http://www.sdstate.edu/veterinary-biomedical-sciences. CAFES and the VBSD have well-equipped research laboratories, along with a functional genomics core facility and animal research facilities. In addition, the VBSD administrates the ADRDL, which is a full-service animal diagnostic lab, accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The ADRDL is also a member of the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), FDA GenomeTrakr, FDA National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network (VET LIRN) and the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). The ADRDL includes Food Safety, Molecular Diagnostics, DNA Sequencing, Virology, Bacteriology, Clinical Pathology, Histopathology, Parasitology, Pathology/Necropsy, and Serology Laboratory Sections. A recently completed $60 million ADRDL/VBSD construction and renovation project provided 144,000 gross square feet of facility space including BSL-2, BSL-2 enhanced and BSL-3 laboratory areas. Other units within the college include the Swine Education and Research Facility, Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility, Ruminant Nutrition Center, Sheep Research and Teaching Unit, and Equine Teaching Facility, all under the Department of Animal Science, and the Dairy Research and Teaching Facility of the Dairy and Food Science Department.
SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
The Department Head of the VBSD is the academic and administrative leader of the faculty and staff, and also serves as the Director of the South Dakota ADRDL. The VBSD and ADRDL complement one another in mission and staffing is integrated and includes 62 total FTE. The ADRDL conducts over 500,000 diagnostic test procedures annually, serves all species, and is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The preponderance of the workload comes from the food animal production industry. The position also oversees the new Professional (DVM) Program in Veterinary Medicine (PPVM) in collaboration with the Director of the PPVM. The PPVM is a joint program with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine whereby 20 veterinary students per class are taught the first two years of the veterinary school curriculum at SDSU. Students then transfer to the University of Minnesota to finish the DVM degree program. The Department Head and Director must provide leadership for strong and relevant programming in research, teaching, Extension, and animal health diagnostic services; maintain AAVLD laboratory accreditation for the ADRDL; communicate effectively; provide leadership to establish goals and objectives for the department and build strong working relationships in the department and across campus and the state; recruit, evaluate, and retain faculty, Extension Field Specialists, staff, and students; develop and manage budgets; coordinate department fundraising and revenue streams; oversee management of departmental facilities; facilitate research and intellectual property development opportunities; represent the department in all official communications with the college and university; and foster and build strong working relationships with other disciplines and stakeholders.
Commensurate with qualifications.
SDSU offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.
Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by June 7, 2021.
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” The direct link to the posting is https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/postings/23084. This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of the following:
Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.
SDSU is a tobacco free environment.
It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to SDSU’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.
For questions on the position, contact Dr. Vikram Mistry, Search Chair, at email@example.com or (605) 688-5133.
South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.