Lead VMS into the Future

The NDSU Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences is currently seeking a senior colleague for the position of Department Head. Our faculty train undergraduate and graduate students in a broad range of topics in the areas of microbiology and immunology, including infectious diseases, microbial ecology, genetics and genomics. In addition, the department has well equipped laboratories and nationally recognized areas of research funded by NIH, NSF, and USDA. The Head will foster excellence in research, teaching, and service within the department. In collaboration with faculty, the Head will lead the continued development and articulation of the departmental vision. In addition, the Head will develop and maintain productive, collegial working relationships with the university, scientific communities, and the public, as well as agricultural constituencies. The Head will manage the department’s human, financial, and physical resources, which will include conducting performance evaluations, preparing and submitting administrative reports, administering merit-based pay increases, and providing oversight of budgets and physical facilities. The Head will recruit and retain outstanding students, staff, and faculty; will promote an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and teamwork; and will actively seek resources for the support of departmental programs including leading advocacy efforts at the national and state levels. It is anticipated that the Head will contribute to academic, research and/or service programs as is commensurate with the Head’s administrative responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned Ph.D. in life sciences from an accredited institution
  • Distinguished academic credentials and eligibility for appointment as a tenured, full professor
  • Evidence of successful and effective leadership experience
  • Evidence of effective oral and written communications skills
  • Evidence of ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  • A commitment to shared governance with faculty, staff, students, and administrators
  • Experience with budgets and professional staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in recruiting, evaluating, and retaining high-quality, diverse faculty, staff, and students
  • Knowledge of and experience in the land grant university system or a willingness to learn
  • Evidence of an active, successful research program in life sciences
  • Evidence of successful and effective teaching at the post-secondary level
  • Evidence of leadership and team-building beyond departmental and disciplinary lines
  • Evidence of academic or professional international experience
  • Experience mentoring faculty
  • Ability to advocate for the department within the university and to external stakeholders, government, and scientific groups


North Dakota State University is a student-focused, landgrant, research university, ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education among the top 108 public and private universities in the country.


North Dakota enjoys one of the best economies in the nation. That economy is built on historically strong and increasing agricultural productivity that leads the nation in 12 commodities. Livestock production and a growing processing industry are important components of North Dakota’s economy. That economy is bolstered by an energy industry that made North Dakota the second largest oil-producing state in the U.S.

Fargo, ND

Home of NDSU and the largest city of North Dakota. Located in southeast corner of the state, Fargo boasts safe, clean neighborhoods, excellent schools, and diverse community activities. Fargo ranks high as one of the country’s most livable cities.

To Apply


Begins June 1, 2015


Contact Dr. Frank Casey, Search Committee Chair

p. 701-231-8577 / e. francis.casey@ndsu.edu