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Head, Department of Animal Sciences
Purdue University

Date Posted Apr. 15, 2020
Title Head, Department of Animal Sciences
University Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, United States
Department Animal Sciences
Application Deadline Aug. 23, 2020
Position Start Date TBD
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Zoology/Genetics
    Veterinary Science/Medicine
    Poultry Science
    Meat Science
    Dairy Science
    Animal Science
    Animal Genomics

Purdue University seeks a highly accomplished scholar and visionary, innovative, leader as Head of the Department of Animal Sciences who is dedicated to promoting excellence in and advocating for our diverse teaching, research, extension, and outreach programs. The Head provides transparent leadership to foster academic growth and professional development, recruitment, and retention of diverse and talented faculty, students, and staff. The Head is charged with providing leadership that supports preeminent research programs, prepares students to become high-performing professionals, and cultivates productive relationships with numerous stakeholder groups.

The Department: Housed in the newly built (2018) Hobart and Russell Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences, the Department provides 90,000 ft2 of state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, extension and research. Also new and connected to Creighton Hall is the Land O’Lakes, Inc. Center for Experiential Learning and Purina Pavilion that provides an abattoir, meats and sensory laboratories, and a 7,800 ft2 pavilion. The Department consists of 37 faculty, 34 professional staff, 71 graduate students and post-doctoral associates, 36 clerical and service staff, and has a strong working relationship with the on-site USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit. Animal Sciences has the largest undergraduate program within the College of Agriculture with ~660 students. Students are provided a robust curriculum including a variety of options for transformational activities. Graduate degree programs are offered at both the MS and PhD levels. Animal research and teaching facilities for aquaculture, beef, dairy, poultry, sheep and swine are located 11 miles from campus. Additional research and educational facilities are located at outlying Purdue Agricultural Centers. The internationally recognized research and extension programs for the Department have applications in both biomedical sciences and animal agriculture. The current departmental budget is in excess of $16.6 million per year with $6.9 million for on-campus department funds, $5.4 million in research center funds and $4.3 million in extramural support.

The College: The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked sixth in the US in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), and to excellence in international activities and perspectives that span all mission areas. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 300 faculty, 2,841 undergraduate students, and 740 graduate students. The College’s current strategic plan can be accessed at

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in animal science or a related field and eligibility for tenure at the rank of professor. A record of distinguished scholarly achievement that demonstrates excellence in leadership, and superior communication and outreach skills. A demonstrated ability to work successfully within the framework of a large university and with external groups and stakeholders. A commitment to actively supporting and promoting the College’s diversity goals within the Department and a deep understanding of the land-grant philosophy. The successful candidate must be able to articulate and advocate the vision and goals of the Department. Interest and experience in international activities are highly desirable.

Application Procedure: Qualified persons must submit the following: a letter of application that includes the applicant’s 10-15 year vision for research, teaching and engagement in animal sciences; a statement of administrative philosophy emphasizing their ability to foster faculty/staff development and growth; experience and qualifications; and a complete curriculum vitae, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail for five references. Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval of the applicant.

The Department and College are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution –

Nominations of outstanding potential candidates are welcomed. Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Andy Mesecar, Chair, Animal Sciences Head Search Committee, Purdue University. All application materials must be submitted electronically as a single pdf to this site –… Application reviews will begin August 23, 2020 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Questions regarding the position may be addressed to Dr. Andy Mesecar at (765) 494-1636 or A background check is required for employment in this position.

  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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