The University of Minnesota, the public land-grant research University of the State of Minnesota, invites applications by May 1, 2021 for the position of Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The University seeks a collaborative leader to take advantage of the current moment for veterinary medicine and academic health sciences to inspire a new strategic plan for the college; provide administrative oversight for all aspects of academic life within the college; foster University and community collaborations in the role that veterinary medicine plays in health disparity and One Health interdisciplinary initiatives; and advance the excellence of the college’s educational, research, clinical, and outreach programs. The appointment is anticipated to begin at the start of the University’s fiscal year on July 1, 2021.
The Dean reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and is the chief executive and academic officer of the college. The Dean serves as a senior academic administrative leader at the University and works with other collegiate deans as a member of the Council of Twin Cities Deans to advance the educational mission of the University. The Dean also serves as a member of the Academic Health Sciences Deans Council to support integration across the health sciences in interprofessional education, research, clinical work, and outreach.
Fully accredited, the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is recognized as one of the top veterinary medical schools nationally and internationally. The college's faculty is nationally and internationally recognized for teaching, research, outreach, and clinical excellence. The college offers DVM, PhD, and MS degrees, as well as a number of dual-degree programs. Students benefit from one of the largest veterinary teaching hospitals in the country, as well as world-renowned faculty. The college has graduated more than 4,800 veterinarians and hundreds of scientists throughout its 74-year history.
As part of one of the largest and most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation, CVM collaborates with partners across the allied health sciences, the broader University, and globally to advance a One Health vision of education, health, research, and outreach at the interface of animals, humans and the environment. The academic health sciences at the University of Minnesota includes schools of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy, and Dentistry, as well as interprofessional and allied health programs. The University is one of only five in the nation with schools of human and veterinary medicine, biological sciences, and agriculture on a single campus.
The Dean of the college is responsible for ensuring excellence in education, research, outreach and service. Additionally, the Dean is responsible for all matters relating to the administration of the college, including academic programs, faculty, staff, students, alumni, facilities, resources, budgets, fund raising, and relationships with the university and community. The College of Veterinary Medicine includes the departments of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences;;Veterinary and Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Population Medicine; Veterinary Medical Center; Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; the Raptor Center; and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety.
Role and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate must have a substantial history of senior administrative leadership; a demonstrated commitment to veterinary medical education, research, outreach, and clinical care; and a demonstrated commitment to promoting and strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion.
The key responsibilities and duties of the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine include:
Develop, in consultation with the college’s various constituencies, the vision, strategic direction and programs to guide the college in meeting rapid and revolutionary advances in veterinary medicine.
Support and enhance academic and intellectual excellence in teaching, research, service and outreach, and clinical practice of the college through the recruitment, retention, professional development, and support of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.
Promote and support a diverse and inclusive collegiate community of faculty, staff and students.
Enhance excellence in the college’s educational programs and students’ educational environment to ensure that its graduates have the competencies required of tomorrow’s veterinarians and researchers in a multicultural state, nation, and world.
Foster excellence in the college’s clinical programs; oversee the Veterinary Medical Center to ensure support of the college’s academic mission.
Enhance and support the college’s research mission and goals.
Support excellence in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in collaboration with the Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture and State Veterinarian to ensure appropriate diagnostic services for the animal industries of Minnesota; serve as a non-voting member of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
Secure and foster adequate resources for the college, including operating funds, capital funds, additions and renewals to endowments, private philanthropic support, research grants and contracts, and clinical income. Build strong relationships with state and federal legislators and agencies in order to assure continued funding at the state and national level.
Oversee the management of the college’s administrative, business, and financial affairs; develop and oversee annual financial plans and compacts for the college and its departments and centers; ensure compliance with university and collegiate policies and procedures.
Foster and promote interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to research, learning and service; represent the College of Veterinary Medicine on the Twin Cities Deans Council and Health Sciences Deans Council, collaborating to advance strategic initiatives including interdisciplinary and interprofessional programs advancing college and university priorities.
Build strong relationships with state and national human and animal health and veterinary medical agencies and entities, such as the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Animal Health, Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota Extension Service, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, AAVMC, and the Animal Humane Society.
Enhance and support faculty, staff, and student governance.
Serve as the public and academic advocate for the college, reflecting and advancing its standing within the local, state, national and international animal and human health communities.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Dean is a full-time, 12-month, senior academic administrative appointment. The Dean is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Executive Vice President and Provost. Salary will be commensurate with background and experience. Qualified candidates may also hold a secondary faculty appointment with or without tenure based on qualifications and professional accomplishments.
QUALIFICATIONS, CHARACTERISTICS AND EXPERIENCE:
The successful candidate for the position of Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine must exhibit:
DVM degree, or a recognized equivalent (e.g., BVSC, VMD, DMV).
A track record of successful leadership in academic administration and management.
Demonstrated success in managing and leading a complex organization, in higher education or a related field.
Demonstrated ability to create, promote, and support an inclusive and collaborative collegiate community of faculty, staff, and students, including a demonstrated commitment and success in promoting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students and in veterinary medicine education, clinical care, research, and outreach.
Ability to represent the college effectively, to build strong relationships with internal and external constituents, and to be an effective advocate for the college and advancement of the profession.
Effective communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to effectively lead and work collaboratively with many and diverse communities.
Proven experience or demonstrated potential in successful fundraising and development activities and in developing new revenue streams.
Proven experience in building strong relationships with state and national legislators.
Although no individual candidate for the position may embody them in equal proportions, preferred experience and characteristics include:
Demonstrated ability to engage internal and external constituencies in support of a shared strategic vision and to effectively lead its implementation.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with internal and external constituents, including donors and alumni.
Appreciation of processes associated with garnering extramural funding (e.g., NIH, USDA, NSF, CDC) and the ability to generate resources and build multidisciplinary programs in teaching, research and outreach.
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
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