Chair of the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences: Animal & Veterinary Sciences
Chair of the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Location: Clemson University



The Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department within the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences at Clemson University invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Chair.



This leadership role will provide vision and leadership to facilitate and strengthen the teaching, research and extension mission. The department seeks to advance animal agriculture for the betterment of society through science-based learning, outreach and research and desires to be the preeminent animal and veterinary science program in the Southeast recognized for the positive impact on society by the students, research and outreach.

The department serves over 500 students annually and offers Bachelor of Science degrees in the following concentrations: Pre-veterinary and Science, Animal Agribusiness and Equine Business. Graduate degree programs offered by Animal and Veterinary Sciences include Ph.D., M.S. thesis and M.S. non-thesis.

The Department Chair will be an innovative individual with vision and strong leadership skills who is committed to establishing collaborative relationships; maintaining and advancing strong teaching, research and outreach programs; recruiting and evaluating faculty and staff; and engaging with external partners and stakeholders.



It is required that the successful candidate will have a PhD in animal science or a related field and will possess the appropriate qualifications to obtain the rank of tenured, full professor within the university.


Other Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Strong administrative, interpersonal, communication, personnel management and consensus building skills;
  • Strong knowledge, insight, and appreciation of the mission of a land-grant university with the ability to lead and manage a multidisciplinary academic department engaged in teaching, research, and extension pursuits with faculty on and off campus;
  • A strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education with an emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and scholarship;
  • Ability to garner and continue external support for the department through fundraising;
  • An effective collaborator who can connect with multiple constituencies and enable partnerships with government agencies, stakeholders and commodity groups;
  • Commitment and vision to align the departmental strategic plan, goals and efforts with the goals and priorities of the Clemson Forward Plan;
  • A commitment and strategy to integrate diversity into the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department and represented programs and curricula;
  • Capability to identify, recruit and retain strong faculty;
  • Ability to advocate for and connect the Department with areas of opportunity within the College;
  • A commitment to student success.



Applicants should submit the following: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for five references via Interfolio. It is preferred that all nominations and applications be submitted no later than February 25, 2019. The review process will continue until the position is filled. Please direct any questions regarding the position to the following:


Porsha L. Williams, Vice President

Erin Raines, Principal

Parker Executive Search

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Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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