Department Chair

Ithaca, New York
11 Jun 2019
15 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Contract

Department of Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University

Position Description:

  • Provide strategic vision for the Department of Clinical Sciences to meet the current and future needs of the profession
  • Provide academic leadership and administrative support to encourage balance and excellence in research relevant to veterinary medicine, clinical service, and instruction in the Department of Clinical Sciences
  • Facilitate success of the research enterprise in the department through faculty development, staff support, and expanding funding opportunities
  • Align goals and activities with those of the departmental faculty, the hospital administration, and the college leadership to create collaborative action plans supported and facilitated throughout all levels of the organization
  • Establish new and promote existing interfaces between the Department of Clinical Sciences and college, institutional, inter-campus and professional initiatives
  • Continue to evolve and improve compliance of administrative structure, guidelines, policies, and processes at the departmental and college levels
  • Recruit, develop and promote faculty, including effective mentoring for faculty at all career stages
  • Foster a supportive environment that engages, encourages and recognizes excellence, and provides opportunities for continuous professional development of faculty at all ranks, house officers, and staff
  • Actively provide performance feedback through a variety of formal and informal mechanisms for faculty
  • Provide effective resource management to facilitate the success of the department
  • Promote the financial health of the department through fiscal oversight, and facilitation of external funding including foundation support, philanthropy, and extramural funding
  • Allocate a minimum of 50% effort distribution toward department administration, with additional clinical and/or research effort

The College of Veterinary Medicine seeks an exceptional leader to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS). The chair will be a scholar of demonstrated and recognized scientific stature with strong leadership skills. The new chair will have the opportunity to guide
department strategy and support continued implementation of college strategic plans.

Department faculty advance treatment and prevention of animal disease, promote animal health and productivity and utilize our unique access to naturally-occurring clinical disease to explore mechanisms of fundamental importance to biomedical science. Clinical and basic research are equally valued, and faculty strive to integrate their research programs with clinical veterinary medicine. DCS is one of five
departments in a College of Veterinary Medicine that has consistently been ranked in the top two nationally. Among the college's major research strengths are cancer biology and oncology, functional and comparative mammalian genomics, immunology, and the biology and clinical manifestations of  infectious diseases. These priorities align with university-wide initiatives in genome biology, immunology, infection biology, data science, and sustainability. In these and other academic fields, the college has adopted a strong emphasis on translational medicine, an area that affords significant  growth opportunities for this department.

The department is home to more than 70 internationally recognized tenured/tenure-track and clinical-track faculty, who are board-certified specialists. The college and faculty are noted teachers within a strong problem-based learning and hands-on longitudinal curriculum. Department faculty teach in pre-clinical and clinical aspects of the curriculum, including core and elective material. Clinical service and teaching is centered in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals and also includes formal and informal international and programmatic collaborations including City University in Hong Kong. The CUHA,
administered separately but in close collaboration with the DCS faculty and chair, includes the Companion Animal Hospital, Equine and Nemo Farm Animal Hospital, Small Animal Community Practice, Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Clinic, Ambulatory Service, and Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists. These units provide both primary and specialized care and clinical training in all aspects of small, large and non-domestic animal medicine and surgery. The CUHA cares for over 80,000 animals annually, generating approximately $25 million in revenue.

The successful candidate will be a board-certified veterinarian (DVM or equivalent) and internationally recognized for research, clinical, and teaching excellence, leadership, and scholarship. Additionally, the candidate will have a sound vision for the future of the department and the disciplines it represents, the skill to lead and advance a clinical and research-oriented department, the ability to both recruit and mentor exceptional faculty, and a passion for educational excellence at the professional and post-graduate levels.

Qualified individuals must demonstrate:
(i) academic leadership in a college of veterinary medicine
(ii) a record of active participation in professional/scientific affairs; and
(iii) appropriate teaching and research experience in a university or substantially equivalent setting

Applicants should hold credentials sufficient for appointment to the rank of Professor at Cornell University. Chair positions are typically renewable, five-year term appointments.

Located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, Cornell University is a center for discovery, academic leadership, and service. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s

We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We welcome candidates who are equally committed to these values and who will strengthen our climate by fostering diversity and inclusion. Collegiality, civility, mutual
support, and respect for others are strongly held values in the College of Veterinary Medicine. We support diverse beliefs and free exchange of ideas and expect that faculty, staff and students encourage these values and apply them in a professional manner in all academic activities. The College of Veterinary Medicine also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples through Cornell’s Dual Career program and membership in the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

The committee will review applications and nominations from qualified individuals no later than July 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, submit a cover letter including a statement of career goals, research interests and plans, and contributions to inclusion and diversity; a curriculum vitae; and the names of 3 individuals who can provide references through Academic Jobs Online by clicking the apply button.

What is a Statement of Contribution to Inclusion and Diversity?
This statement invites applicants to describe their past, present, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their careers as researchers and educators, and/or to convey how they see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation can focus on teaching, research or service, or all three factors.

Please send questions to the chair of the search committee, Associate Professor Ursula Krotscheck, at

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.