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CAHFS Endowed Chair

Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety
Veterinary Population Medicine Department - Center for Animal Health and Food Safety
Job requisition: 179404

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 an Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety. Based on qualifications and credentials this is a tenure-eligible or yearly renewable faculty position as the Global Animal Health and Food Safety Endowed Chair. The reappointment process as Endowed Chair is every five years.

The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) plays a key role in protecting people from animal diseases and food-borne illnesses. Since its inception in 2001, CAHFS has responded to emerging animal health, public health, and food safety issues by partnering with local, national and international stakeholders to improve food safety and public health. High quality work that is based on interdisciplinary engagement and responsiveness to the issues at hand are the hallmark of CAHFS.

The Center is uniquely positioned as the only academic institution in the United States that houses colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science, Extension Service, Public Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. The presence of these academic units, the Center's historically close working relationship with local, and national governmental agencies and the upper Midwest's vast network of food producers, processors, and the technology allows CAHFS to bridge organizational lines. Working with our partners, CAHFS strives to effectively address animal and food safety issues so that people and animals can live healthier lives.

The primary purpose of this position will be to provide leadership to sustain and strengthen existing programs and develop new nationally and internationally recognized animal health and food safety research, education and outreach programs within the strategic framework of CAHFS. This position will catalyze collective action by engaging individuals and organizations in the dissemination of transformative knowledge that promotes innovative, responsible and effective solutions to animal health and food safety challenges at local, national and global levels.

Required qualifications:
DVM/VMD(or foreign equivalent)/MD and/or PhD in epidemiology, infectious diseases, veterinary public health or related field of study and 10 years of experience in governmental, inter-governmental, educational or research program development related to animal health and/or food system safety.

Required personal and professional attributes include:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to build productive partnerships, the ability to continuously engage new collaborators, and demonstrated ability to work effectively across disciplines, sectors (public-private), cultures and countries.
  • Strong theoretically grounded approach to national or international policy with evidence of success in writing for both academic and non-academic audiences
  • The successful candidate also will possess a significant record of engaged scholarship, including public outreach and/or service to institutions and policy-makers in the public or nonprofit sectors.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, including employees, faculty, industry leaders, government officials and other potential supporters.
  • Positive experiences working in an interdisciplinary team environment with excellent interpersonal skills in both one-on-one and group interactions
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively with the media, and a wide range of public and private stakeholders

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create, facilitate and grow a strong global public-private-academic coalition which includes a consortium of universities, governmental agencies, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and private sector partners.
  • 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 system safety, strategic partnerships, integrative leadership and a shared global supply chain mindset.
  • Provide academic leadership in important areas of research and/or policy development that affects animal health and food safety. The scholarship of the endowed chair should be documented by programs, peer-reviewed publications, professional presentations, and a willingness to play a significant role in state, national and global policy-making.
  • Establish and maintain an active, funded program of scholarship, education and outreach, and teaching and advising graduate students, residents and mid-career professionals in government, academia, private and non-profit sectors.
  • Play an active key role in engaging professional leaders and policymakers in developing conceptual frameworks and innovative approaches to science and technology policy analysis and formulation. A key measure of success will be the capacity to bridge the divide between scientific research and public policy, and between academia and the broader public and private sector communities at all levels.
  • Garner resources, both direct and in-kind, to support animal health and food safety scholarship, education, and outreach including policy development.
  • The position will leave great latitude for the successful applicant to define their focus and activities, to include significant interaction with food and feed producers, processors, distributors, retail, food service, and state, national, and international agencies. As with any faculty position, the 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 (Food Pillar).
  • Establish and monitor key indicators (metrics) for animal health and food safety programs to evaluate quality and impact.
  • Contribute to the University mission in rank-appropriate ways and demonstrate a willingness to help prepare students for animal health or food safety leadership roles.
  • Provide input to the budget process and the management of financial resources; ensure appropriate allocation of resources through review of program budgets.

This work is generally performed at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. However, this position does 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 September 17, 2012 until a successful candidate is recruited. Interested candidates must apply online at the employment website 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: Dr. Scott Wells, Search Committee Chair, email: or phone: 612-625-8166

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