Columbia, MO

University of Missouri - Columbia (MU)

Job Description

The Department Chair is responsible for directing all aspects of the Veterinary Pathobiology Department.We seek a dynamic individual who will provide vision, leadership and guidance for academic and research programs; recruit and retain a diverse world-class faculty, high-caliber students, postdoctoral fellows and staff; develop resources to strengthen the long-term viability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the department's research, teaching, and service programs; promote collaborative research within the department and across MU, fostering interactions amongst basic science investigators, clinical faculty and clinician-scientists; administer the departmental budget; support/lead external development opportunities; be an advocate for the department; and mentor faculty at different stages of their career. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a strong extramurally funded research program and to participate in departmental teaching.


Minimum Qualifications:DVM and/or PhD with Board Certification in a relevant discipline(s)

Candidates will be evaulated on: The successful candidate will have the following qualifications or attributes: an earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline; academic accomplishments that merit appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure; a history of extramural funding and an established record ofexcellenceinteachingand research in an area that complements departmental strengths;demonstrated effective leadership, management and communication with faculty, staff, students, and other administrators; commitment to innovative strategies in diversity and inclusion initiatives as it applies to faculty, staff and students; familiar with national trends in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; passionate about improving education for all students; a strong collaboration record and willingness to collaborate with others; and a willingness to adopt a transparent, open-minded, respectful and approachable leadership style.

Prior administrative experience or leadership at successive levels of responsibility; an understanding and commitment to the mission of an AAU Research 1 university and the College of Veterinary Medicine's mission; experience with external stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels; commitment to shared governance, collegiality, and continual professional development for faculty and staff; commitment to leading departmental discussions regarding departmental vision and strategic plans with a particular emphasis on translational research strategies; desire to lead developmental activities and cultivate alumni and donor relations.

Application Materials

Application materials must be submitted online:

Interested candidates should be prepared to attach: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) A two-page summary of research accomplishments and future plans; (4) A narrative of administrative and leadership philosophy, including a statement describing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion; (5) A narrative of teaching philosophy; and (6) Names and contact information of four references (Candidate will be notified prior to references being contacted).

Review of applications will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the position is filled. For information or to submit nominations, contact Dr. Christian Lorson, Chair of Search Committee (

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until an acceptable candidate can be identified and hired.

Other Information

The University of Missouri (MU) College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (

The Department has a strong comparative medicine program, including two NIH Resource and Research Centers (mutant mouse, rat) and a NIH T32 Comparative Medicine Training program. There is also a strong infectious disease research component, including the Regional BL3 Biocontainment Facility and a recently developed undergraduate Microbiology major.

The Pathobiology Department consists of 42 faculty and active research programs comprised of graduate students from multiple cross-disciplinary programs, post-doctoral fellows, professional students, and residents. The diagnostic faculty provide high quality, state-of-the-art diagnostic service to veterinarians, animal owners, academia and private industry through the activities of theVeterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

Through our service activities, we strive to identify the causes of new diseases, to promote the health of agricultural, companion and research animals, and to enhance the animal industry, both in Missouri and globally. The mission of the department is to acquire, advance and disseminate knowledge in the fields of pathology, parasitology, microbiology, immunology, comparative medicine, genetics and related disciplines that will ultimately lead to better diagnosis, control and prevention of animal and human diseases and to provide training of the next generation of researcher scientists.


Salary will be commensurate with education, training and experience.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Posted: 06/24/2022