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CAHFS Endowed Chair

Endowed Chair of Global Animal Health and Food Safety
Job requisition: 193100


The University of Minnesota, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department of the College of Veterinary Medicine is recruiting for senior faculty member for an Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety. The successful candidate will serve a five-year term, with potential for reappointment.

The mission of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) is to improve global animal health, food safety, and public health by building veterinary public health capacity, facilitating collaborative research, and delivering relevant outreach. Since its inception in 2001, CAHFS has partnered with local, national and international stakeholders to respond to emerging animal health, public health, and food safety issues. The hallmark of CAHFS is high quality work based on transdisciplinary engagement and responsiveness to issues important to private industry and society. The Endowed Chair will hold an academic appointment in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, which is comprised of over 60 faculty engaged in research, education, service and outreach focused on food animal and equine health management, ecosystem health, and veterinary diagnostics.

The University of Minnesota is one of the few academic institutions in the United States that houses colleges of Veterinary Medicine; Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences; Public Health; Medicine; and Extension Service all at the same campus. The colocation of these academic units, their close working relationships with local and national governmental agencies, and the upper Midwest's vast network of food industry enterprises allows CAHFS to bridge institutional and disciplinary lines.

The Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety will catalyze collective action by engaging individuals and organizations in the integration and dissemination of transformative knowledge that promotes innovative, responsible and effective solutions to animal health and food safety challenges at local, national and global levels. The endowed chair will provide leadership to sustain and strengthen existing CAHFS programs and to develop novel research, education, and outreach programs addressing animal health and food safety. The successful candidate will have considerable latitude to define the focus and activities of the Endowed Chair across the animal food chain.
 

Required qualifications:

  • DVM/VMD(or foreign equivalent)/MD and/or PhD in epidemiology, infectious diseases, veterinary public health or related field of study.
  • At least 10 years of experience in educational or research program development related to animal health and/or food safety in governmental, inter-governmental, academic educational or industry settings.

Required personal and professional attributes include:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to engage new collaborators, build productive partnerships, and work effectively across disciplines, sectors (public-private), cultures and countries.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in both one-on-one and group interactions, and demonstrated ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams.
  • A significant record of scholarship, public outreach and/or service to institutions and policy-makers in the public or nonprofit sectors.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively with the media, and a wide range of public and private stakeholders.


Specific duties and responsibilities include: 

  • Provide leadership to develop nationally and internationally recognized animal health and food safety research, education, and outreach programs within the strategic framework of CAHFS.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to develop nationally and internationally recognized animal health and food safety research, education, and outreach programs within the strategic framework of CAHFS.
  • Provide academic leadership in the scholarship of integration and application, which includes making connections across disciplines to bring new insights and interpretations (integration), and applying knowledge responsibly (application) to positively impact animal health and food safety. The scholarship of the endowed chair should be documented by programs, peer-reviewed publications, professional presentations, and impacts on state, national and global policy.
  • Provide leadership to sustain and strengthen existing CAHFS programs. This will include garnering resources, both financial and in-kind, to support animal health and food safety scholarship, education, and outreach.
  • Ensure successful animal health and food safety program delivery to program participants and consortium members that includes key principles such as the transfer of best practices, improved food safety, strategic partnerships, integrative leadership, and a global supply chain perspective.
  • Active participation in education and outreach, including teaching, mentoring, and advising graduate students, residents, and mid-career professionals in government, academia, private and non-profit sectors to prepare them for leadership roles.
  • The endowed chair will be expected to participate in departmental, collegiate, and university activities as appropriate.
     

Additional responsibilities:

  • Serve as a catalyst for innovation, and play an important role in the University of Minnesota integrated food portfolio.
  • Establish and monitor metrics to evaluate the quality and impact of CAHFS programs in animal health and food safety.
  • Provide input to the CAHFS budget process and the management of financial resources.

The activities of the Endowed Chair will be centered at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. However, this position will involve considerable national and international travel for external meetings, programs, and partnership-building activities. Ability to travel extensively is a condition of employment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
 

Salary/Rank: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. The expected start date will depend on the availability of the selected candidate

Application Process:
Completed applications will be reviewed beginning October 31, 2014. To expedite the search process, applicants will be reviewed beginning September 18, 2014. Interested candidates must apply online and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of three professional references. For specific questions related to the search you may contact: Peter Davies, Search Committee Chair, email: davie001@umn.edu or phone: 612-625-8290


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