Department Head- Department of Pathobiology- Auburn University

Department Head
Department of Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine
Auburn University


The Department of Pathobiology in the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine seeks a strategic leader, established scientist, and accomplished educator to serve as its Department Head. The Department Head will be responsible for all aspects of the department’s academic mission in research, instruction, and clinical diagnostics. The mission of the Department of the Pathobiology is to discover and disseminate new knowledge of diseases through research and diagnostic services that will benefit the health of animals and the public, while engaging and educating students for productive careers in service and scholarship. The Department Head reports directly to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.


Qualifications: Required qualifications are the Ph.D., and/or D.V.M. (or equivalent) degrees with a strong record of independent biomedical research and professional/graduate teaching. We seek individuals with demonstrated effective leadership and administrative abilities, experience with diagnostic services, and veterinary medical and/or biomedical teaching. The candidate must have a history of an active research program. The successful candidate will demonstrate accomplishments sufficient to qualify for hire at rank of tenured Professor. Selected candidates must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work legally in the United States at the time of appointment for the proposed term of employment.


Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to provide creative leadership and integration for professional veterinary/graduate education, and for faculty development in areas of teaching, research, and diagnostic services. He/she will be expected to effectively represent and promote the Department and its faculty, and encouraged to participate in teaching, research, and/or diagnostic services.
Position available: Review of applications will begin January 15, 2019; position available June 1, 2019.


Application Procedure: Applications must include: a letter of interest describing teaching, research, leadership/administrative philosophies, and a vision of the Department’s role in the College and University; a curriculum vitae; and names, email, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Please apply at http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/3270. Nominations, and/or inquiries can be sent to: Dr. M. Daniel Givens, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Search Committee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL 36849. Email: givenmd@auburn.edu; Telephone: 334-844-2685.


The Department of Pathobiology (http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/academic-departments/dept-of-pathobiology/) is one of three academic departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Department personnel currently include 27 tenure-track, 5 non-tenure track, and 15 adjunct and affiliate faculty members as well as 33 staff and administrative/professional personnel and 13 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents. Activities of the faculty include: Instruction in veterinary and graduate curricula; research in areas of molecular virology and bacteriology including molecular diagnostics and pathogen detection, pathogenetic mechanisms of infectious diseases, embryo-pathogen interactions, epidemiology, food safety, public health, toxicology, aquatic pathobiology, molecular and cancer genetics, basic and applied immunology, platelet pathophysiology, parasitology, poultry pathology, and neuropathology. Diagnostic services include anatomic and clinical pathology, parasitology, bacteriology, mycology, virology, flow cytometry, and molecular diagnostics.


Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2018, it was ranked 52nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of 30,440 students includes 24,628 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, its positive work environment, its thriving student life programs, and its beautiful campus.


Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers.


Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer