Department Chair-Veterinary Preventive Medicine Job at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

  • The Ohio State University
  • Columbus, OH

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Job Title:Department Chair-Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Department:Veterinary Medicine | College Administration

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications and nominations for the Chair of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (VPM). We are seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Chair of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (VPM). In this role, you will have the opportunity to shape the future of a department committed to advancing the field of veterinary preventive medicine and making a lasting impact on animal, human and ecosystem health.

Position Overview

We are looking for a forward-thinking leader with a passion for excellence, a dedication to collaboration and a commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion and innovation. The Chair of VPM will have the unique opportunity to guide the department in a direction that embraces our multidisciplinary heritage and aligns with our land-grant, professional, scholarly and community-focused missions. Essential aspects of this role include the mentoring of faculty, staff, and trainees to utilize university systems and resources to support their day-to-day work, meet programmatic needs, and foster their career progression and success.

Key Responsibilities and Objectives

The Chair of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine will have opportunities and responsibilities at department, college, university, and external levels:


  • Provide Academic Leadership : Lead and guide the department's faculty in their scholarship and academic pursuits, their contributions to pre-clinical and clinical teaching in the Professional DVM Program, and their ongoing efforts in the development and implementation of the new curriculum.
  • Post-Graduate Training: Support the oversight of the graduate and residency programs, including the MPH/VPH (Master of Public Health/Veterinary Public Health) program, in partnership with the College of Public Health, and shared positions and partnerships with University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR), the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
  • Fulfill the Department's Mission : Ensure the department excels in teaching, research, clinical practice, and community outreach through the support and guidance of our dedicated faculty, staff, and trainees.
  • Department Budget: Develop and manage the departmental budget.
  • Personnel Planning : Develop and maintain a strategic personnel plan that addresses current academic, research, and teaching needs while also considering potential succession planning.
  • Promote a Culture of Collaboration : Model and foster an environment of collegiality, professional citizenship, and collaboration to encourage team science, team teaching, and shared governance.
  • Uphold our Values: Through intervention and coaching, proactively address circumstances where college values are not met, to ensure a collaborative, collegial, and inclusive environment where our faculty, staff, and trainees can work, serve, and learn.
  • Mentor and Develop : Assess, review, support, and mentor faculty and staff, fostering their professional growth and career advancement.
  • Faculty Reviews: Oversee and be actively engaged in the annual performance review of faculty and the processes and procedures for faculty appointments, promotion, tenure, and reappointment.
  • Strategic Planning : Advance departmental strategic planning to identify, prioritize, and implement initiatives.
  • Manage Effectively : Oversee departmental administrative processes, such as recruitment, policy development, and committee management, to ensure the department's efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ensure Compliance : Provide guidance and clarification regarding external, university, college, and department policies and procedures to uphold compliance and accountability.
  • Contribute to Teaching and Research : Maintain your own role as a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, engaging in teaching, research, and outreach as appropriate.


  • Support the College's Vision : Contribute to and help advance the College's Be The Model® strategic plan, working collaboratively with your colleagues and in alignment with the University’s Shared Values and our College Values.
  • Advancement: Work collaboratively with the college’s Advancement Team (fundraising, alumni affairs, marketing/communications, continuing education, and external relations) to promote the activities and initiatives of the department and foster and advance a culture of philanthropy.
  • Dean's Cabinet Collaboration : Be an effective and collaborative member of the Dean's Cabinet, offering your insights and leadership.
  • Veterinary Health System: Collaborate with the Veterinary Health System to manage the personnel and fiscal health of Large Animal Services in Marysville and the parasitology service in the Veterinary Medical Center.


  • Strengthen Partnerships : Maintain and enhance relationships with key university partners, including OSU Extension, the College of Public Health, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, University Laboratory Animal Resources, Infectious Diseases Institute, Discovery Themes, Global One Health, and Sustainability Institute, among others.


  • Engage with Constituents : Actively engage and communicate with critical college constituents, including livestock/poultry/production animal commodity groups and government agencies. As relevant, support or serve as the coordinator of the college's Animal Agricultural Advancement Board.
  • Facilitate Connections : Serve as a liaison and facilitate connections between faculty and external constituency groups within Ohio and nationally, including agricultural and companion animals, as well as wildlife-related groups.

Education and Experience Requirements

To be successful in this role, candidates should possess:

Required :

  • A DVM (or equivalent) and/or a PhD, MPH, or equivalent degree(s) in population medicine, epidemiology, and/or veterinary preventive medicine.
  • Relevant leadership experience, including formal leadership training.

Desired :

  • Understanding of the veterinary profession including the importance of the training of veterinary students, graduate students, residents, and interns; the diversity of roles within the profession; and the responsibilities of veterinarians to the wellbeing of humans and animals, the environment, and communities.
  • An understanding of the land-grant mission, including extension, and an appreciation of how these aspects support the health, productivity, and sustainability of animal agriculture, the human-animal bond, and the role and importance of veterinary medicine to community health.
  • Demonstrated achievement in scholarship and/or teaching, with qualifications consistent with the faculty academic rank of professor in VPM or similar achievements in government and/or private sectors.
  • Experience working in various roles/fields related to population medicine, including broad experience spanning multiple disciplines.
  • Proven experience in managing and evaluating personnel at various levels of the organization.
  • A proven track record of mentoring.
  • An accessible and engaging leadership style, committed to listening, learning, fostering shared governance, and a focus on results while maintaining a culture of accountability to shared values, professional behavior, and collegial interactions.
  • A demonstrated history of supporting and sustaining a collaborative and collegial environment in a multidisciplinary workplace with significant national and international partnerships.
  • Evidence of development and maintenance of relationships with external stakeholders.
  • Experience in partnering with advancement, fundraising, development activities.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin January 19, 2024. For detailed information about the position and to apply, please submit an application via Workday and submit the required materials with your online application.

Required documents include :

  • A Cover Letter that includes a statement of your Administrative Leadership Philosophy and how your experience and skills support that vision.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

For additional information about this search or the position, please contact Dr. Mary Jo Burkhard, Associate Dean for Faculty Success & Planning, at .

About the College of Veterinary Medicine

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has been a top-five program in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for the past decade and was ranked third among U.S. veterinary colleges and sixth in the world in the 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings. Our ambition is to Be The Model® comprehensive college of veterinary medicine in the world, impacting animal and human health through innovation, collaboration and excellence.

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is a national leader in the education of professional and postgraduate students, research in veterinary and comparative medicine and outreach to the community. More information about the College of Veterinary Medicine can be found at

The College of Veterinary Medicine is part of the most comprehensive single-campus health sciences center in the United States, consisting of the Colleges of Medicine and Allied Medical Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Public Health, a National Institutes of Health-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ohio State’s Infectious Diseases Institute.

Collegiality, civility, mutual support, and respect for others are strongly held values in the College of Veterinary Medicine. We support diverse beliefs and the free exchange of ideas and expect that faculty, staff, and students promote these values and apply them in a professional manner in all academic endeavors.

Department Information

The Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (VPM) was established in 1934 as the first of its kind and boasts a rich history. Its mission is dedicated to preventing and controlling globally significant diseases that impact animal populations, humans and ecosystem health. The department brings together expertise in veterinary microbiology, epidemiology, parasitology, public health, production medicine, animal welfare and clinical medicine.

The department is a vibrant community of more than 30 faculty members who work together to cultivate a collegial workplace culture, emphasizing the growth and development of students, faculty, and staff. Collaborative research programs tackle disease prevention across a wide spectrum of animal populations. The research scope extends to agricultural sustainability, productivity, efficiency, and the promotion of health in both human and animal populations.

The Department of Preventive Medicine is committed to training the next generation of experts. Residency and internship training programs are available in various specialized areas, including One Welfare, Livestock Production Medicine, Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Ecosystem Health, Laboratory Animal Medicine, and Veterinary Public Health. The department actively participates in a Veterinary Extension Outreach teaching program in collaboration with OSU Extension, extending its expertise and knowledge to a broader community.

The department also offers a unique Veterinary Public Health program that includes a specialization leading to a Master of Public Health degree, in partnership with the College of Public Health. Additionally, the Large Animal Ambulatory Services at Marysville provide fourth-year veterinary students with hands-on, valuable exposure to large animal primary care in both clinical and ambulatory settings, in a rural practice environment.

Through a partnership with the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the department’s Ecosystem Health Program addresses complex environmental challenges. Faculty in the University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) program support research, instruction, IACUC review, and compliance across the University. In addition, the College of Veterinary Medicine’s One Welfare and Sustainability Center is poised to become a global leader in animal population health, welfare, and sustainability, with a focus on conservation-based systems.

The foundation of the Department of Preventive Medicine rests upon a robust commitment to the land-grant mission, infused with a Global One Health focus that transcends borders and disciplines. The department actively engages with local, regional, and international organizations, fostering outreach and partnerships that are vital to its mission of improving the health and well-being of animals, humans, and the environment on a global scale.

For more information on the department, please visit:

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is a top-20 public university known for its commitment to academic excellence and diversity. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is a leading academic health center, recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes' list of best U.S. employers for diversity.

Eligible Ohio State employees receive comprehensive benefits packages. Eligible Ohio State employees receive comprehensive benefits packages, including medical, dental and vision insurance, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, and state or alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions.

In addition, this position may be eligible for participation in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).

The Ohio State University’s Shared Values include Excellence and Impact, Diversity and Innovation, Inclusion and Equity, Care and Compassion, and Integrity and Respect. Our university community welcomes differences, encourages open-minded exploration and courageous thinking, and upholds freedom of expression.

Ohio State is a dynamic community where opportunity thrives, and individuals transform themselves and their world. Positions are available in countless fields and specialties. Become a Buckeye and contribute to an incredible legacy that serves to guide our future and shape a better tomorrow.

Columbus is the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio, with a vibrant blend of arts and culture; inspired culinary, fashion, music and entertainment scenes; exciting collegiate and professional sports; and an open, entrepreneurial spirit. With a burgeoning downtown, lively urban districts and a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods, it's a city that invites exploration ().

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has established Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty and their loved ones. Service offerings include dual careers partner consultations, identifying potential employers and/or employment opportunities, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and in the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are provided to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering or transitioning to The Ohio State University.

Additional Information:

Location:Sisson Hall (0080)

Position Type:Regular

Scheduled Hours:40

Shift: First Shift

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