Chairperson, Small Animal Clinical Sciences - EAST LANSING, MI US

Listing from July 16th 2019 to October 14th 2019

Contact Information

Dr. Andras Komaromy
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Job Description

Michigan State University (MSU), the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, is one of the top research universities in the world. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic departments, residential colleges, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists, alumni, and leaders.

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SCS) is educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and providing the finest clinical services available. Our diverse faculty works closely with students pursuing DVM degrees, veterinarians in internship and residency programs, and MS and PhD students. Learning to better understand, diagnose, and treat disease takes place in some of the most advanced facilities and laboratories. Faculty and students work together to find new solutions and put them into practice for a better world. SCS’ main clinical and educational facilities include the Small Animal Clinic in the Veterinary Medical Center, where faculty members and students provide emergency care as well as diagnostics, medical and surgical treatment, and therapeutic services for dogs, cats, and many other species, including exotics and wildlife. SCS’ main research areas include Comparative Orthopedics, Comparative Ophthalmology, Medical Genetics, and Feline Health and are supported by endowed research chairs. Our faculty members – over 30 in the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor in both the tenure and Health Programs (HP) track – are innovative researchers, dedicated teachers, and gifted practitioners. Their combined accomplishments have made us one of the top-ranked veterinary schools in the country. Every day, faculty members advance knowledge in a broad range of specialties and create new knowledge that is rapidly put into practice in a clinical setting. Our students learn from some of the brightest, most creative minds in veterinary medicine. Our residents and interns work closely with the faculty researchers and clinicians, and support staff help make sure everything runs smoothly in the lab and the clinic.

The MSU community has a long history of collegiality that fosters collaborations across many different academic disciplines and with off-campus stakeholders. Barriers to collaboration between colleges is low and there is great interest in the connections between animal health advances and human biomedical research. The state-funded MSU AgBioResearch unit supports innovative, multidisciplinary research through partnerships with eight MSU colleges including CVM. The new Institute of Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering connects animal and human health with advanced engineering faculty and novel imaging modalities. A university-wide Drug Discovery program also bridges basic, animal, and human health research. A key role of the SCS Chairperson will be to foster and promote a collaborative environment that extends well beyond the college. The ideal candidate will be encouraged to embrace opportunities to network with other campus-based units such as the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, various research centers and departments with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with the goal of building and delivering impactful programs to better serve students and stakeholders. The department faculty are uniquely positioned to network with off-campus entities such as other academic institutions and private industry, and practitioners to generate advancements in the health and well-being of animals and people. The successful candidate will be expected to not only foster these existing relationships, but also explore other collaborative opportunities with the goal of enhancing the department’s research and educational programs.

At a time of significant change to traditional paradigms of veterinary education, service, and research, we seek candidates who will actively lead the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences through the implementation of a new curriculum and AVMA COE accreditation process. The Chairperson will help shape the future of the Department with a focus on advancing educational, clinical service, research, and faculty development goals. The Chairperson will have a 50% administrative commitment, and the remaining commitment provides for the opportunity to pursue teaching, clinical service, research, outreach or other interests.

The ideal candidate will have leadership experience through roles requiring strong management, financial, and administrative skills. We seek candidates who are committed to shared governance and are willing to listen and learn to faculty and staff, while acting decisively in the best interests of the whole.

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences is experiencing a shift in mission areas. Applicants should demonstrate success in program-building in areas including, but not limited to research, clinical, or educational programs, such as fundraising, grantsmanship, and/or collaboration with industry, stakeholders and government agencies.

As a department with a dedicated, progressive faculty and staff, the candidate will be able to creatively support faculty and staff with non-traditional career tracks and provide flexibility to allow faculty to develop their areas of strength. Additionally, the Chairperson should be committed to equal opportunity and diversity through both understanding of obstacles faced by underrepresented faculty groups and action to ensure the success of all faculty, house officers, staff and students.

Of critical importance, the leader of the Department must have a demonstrated record of exceptional communication skills as a listener, writer, and speaker. We seek candidates who approach leadership with a philosophy of shared success through mentorship, personnel development, and advocacy for the Department and its faculty, staff and house officers. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an accessible and engaging leadership style, actively seeking feedback and input from the members of the Department. As a leader, the Chairperson will convey vision and purpose to students, house officers, staff, faculty, administration, alumni, external constituencies. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will demonstrate integrity, patience, resilience, and energy, paired with uncompromising standards of excellence.


The SCS Chairperson must actively engage with multiple stakeholders both internally and externally with regards to the university. Developing new educational, clinical, outreach and research opportunities for all department employees aligned with University, College, and VMC priorities is a key responsibility.

Identifying and pursuing financial support from industry, the veterinary community, and philanthropic sources will be important. In support and development of programs within the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, the Chairperson will work closely with the College Director of Development and Director of the Veterinary Medical Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. This will require a collaborative spirit and a willingness to actively and enthusiastically engage in development/advancement activities to benefit the College, Department, and the Veterinary Medical Center.

The Chairperson will foster a shared sense of purpose within the department, with a deep appreciation and understanding of the role that a large public university plays in the vitality of surrounding communities locally, regionally and nationally.

The Chairperson must be willing to actively engage with the veterinary community beyond the College, keeping abreast of emerging new trends and expectations from students, animal owners, producers, veterinary practitioners and society in general. The practice of veterinary medicine is becoming increasingly competitive, and the candidate will be expected to work with the VMC Director to remain competitive and to ensure that owners/producers are aware of the full spectrum of care available at the VMC.

The Chairperson will cultivate partnerships with public and private veterinary organizations and practices as well as industry at local, regional, state, and national levels. Identifying and implementing opportunities to expand the College’s reach. Developing unique and creative opportunities to meet MSU missions will be an important aspect of the Chairperson’s work.


Applicants for the position of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SCS) Chairperson are expected to have earned a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine (DVM or equivalent) or philosophy (PhD). An advanced degree in research (i.e. PhD or MS) is preferable but not required. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a combination of academic accomplishments sufficient to qualify for appointment as an associate or full professor in the tenure-track systems at Michigan State University. This includes evidence of sustained excellence in teaching, research (basic or clinical), and service. A history of successful extra-mural research funding is also desirable.

Candidates for the SCS Chairperson position are expected to have significant experience in, and a strong commitment to, promoting and maintaining a high-quality, innovative, responsive learning environment for undergraduate, graduate, professional students, and house-officers (interns and residents). In addition, the candidates must have an understanding and appreciation of how best to balance the missions of teaching, clinical service, and research across a diverse and expansive SCS faculty. The candidate should be able to demonstrate a history of successful mentorship of faculty in the clinical and/or tenure track systems; as evidenced by the progression of mentored faculty through an academic promotion system.

Candidates must also have experience in, and a commitment to, providing excellent clinical service. The Chair is expected to work closely with the Director of the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) to accomplish this goal.


Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the search committee chair, Dr. Andras Komaromy (, with any questions or requests for additional information. Applications (curriculum vitae, a statement of interest highlighting specific strengths relating to this position including previous administrative experience and accomplishments, research interests, and funding history, a statement about commitment to diversity, and names and contact information for three professional references) can be submitted through, Posting 590025. Review of applications will begin on July 17, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.