Chair of Department of Veterinary Science and Director of Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center
University of Kentucky
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Internal Number: 385074
Department Name: 81140:Veterinary Science
The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Veterinary Science who also serves as a Director of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. In addition, this position will work collaboratively with the Gluck Equine Research Foundation and its Board of Directors. The Chair of the Department of Veterinary Science provides academic leadership for faculty members located in the Gluck Equine Research Center and the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL). This is a tenure eligible, 12-month appointment in the Department of Veterinary Science with the distribution of effort negotiable on appointment and annually thereafter in compliance with university regulations. The anticipated start date is 01 January 2023.
The focus of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center is the scientific discovery, education, and dissemination of information for the health and wellbeing of the horse. Furthermore, the Gluck Center strives to be an international leader in equine research and to collaborate with the equine industry and veterinary community, as well as educating the next generation of researchers through its graduate program. The Gluck Equine Research Center has seven areas of expertise, including infectious diseases, immunology, genetics and genomics, musculoskeletal science, parasitology, reproductive health, and toxicology.
The Director of the Gluck Equine Center works closely with the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation Board and the college administration to direct programmatic investment of the income from a current endowment(s) and provide leadership to ensure the continued success of the philanthropic program. The Director of the Gluck Equine Center is expected to sustain highly visible and exceptionally cooperative relationships with all sectors of the large and growing equine interests. Global relationships are an integral part of the Kentucky equine industry, and candidates with international experience are highly desirable.
The UKVDL is a nationally and internationally recognized center for diagnostic excellence, serves the full breadth of animal industries and is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. Located in the heart of the Thoroughbred breeding industry, with long-standing and productive collaborations with equine hospitals, farms, and the Gluck Equine Research Center, the UKVDL is uniquely situated to study all aspects of equine health and disease. The UKVDL houses faculty and staff members with specialization in pathology, ruminant extension, toxicology, microbiology, serology, clinical pathology and epidemiology. The UKVDL conducts collaborative research and participates in the cooperative teaching program with Lincoln Memorial University for senior DVM students. The operational mission of the laboratory is overseen by the UKVDL Director, who reports directly to the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment.
The department chair administrative duties include but are not limited to:
· academic leadership, including, but not limited to, faculty development, annual performance reviews, two- and four-year reviews, dossier preparation, curriculum changes and development, overall faculty mentorship, faculty/staff searches, periodic program reviews/implementation, accreditation (as appropriate), institutional and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reporting
· maintain a working collaborative relationship with the UKVDL on projects, which advance veterinary knowledge and wellness of the horse and associated industries.
· provide leadership to support the timely dissemination of information to stakeholders.
· oversight and development of strategic plan to support equine research farms and facilities.
· fiscal analysis and strategic financial management, fiscal and reporting accountability to a variety of funding sources and entities
· innovative entrepreneurial activities for each and across mission areas
· personnel management, faculty and staff development
· stewardship of physical facilities and information technology resources
· compliance with university governing and administrative regulations
· internal and external communication
· citizenship on behalf of the college and university
· taking actions for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion
While leading the advancement of the departmental mission in equine health and wellbeing, the successful candidate will be a key partner in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's interdepartmental UK Ag Equine Programs (www.ca.uky.edu/equine). The mission of the Ag Equine Programs is to collaborate with equine related organizations and people throughout the Commonwealth to enhance Kentucky's reputation as the
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.