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Department Head, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061

Job Description

The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech seeks a strategic leader, established scientist, and accomplished educator to serve as its Department Head. The Department Head will serve on the College Executive Board and be responsible for all aspects of the department's academic mission in research, instruction, outreach, and clinical diagnostics. This involves supervision of faculty and staff and administrative responsibilities for planning, fiscal management and communication. The Department is guided by a vision to achieve national distinction in biomedical research that involves One Health medicine, specifically in infectious disease, inflammatory and immunological diseases, neuroscience and regenerative medicine; diagnostic medicine and professional services; and professional and graduate student instruction.

In addition to departmental leadership responsibilities, the Head is expected to contribute personally to the teaching and/or service missions of the Department and maintain scholarly contributions that are nationally recognized. The Department Head is a full-time, twelve-month administrative leadership position that reports directly to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to provide creative leadership for faculty development in areas of teaching, research, and diagnostic services. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to effectively represent and promote the Department and its faculty, as well as participate in teaching, research, and/or diagnostic services. Other important duties include leadership of staff employees and resource management. The anticipated appointment will be for five years with successful performance, and subject to renewal at five-year intervals.

Applications must include a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, related qualifications, professional experiences, and leadership/administrative philosophies; a curriculum vitae; a statement summarizing experience and professional contributions in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the names and addresses of three professional references.

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Please send inquiries to Dr. Dan Givens, Dean and Chair of the Search Committee, at

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Virginia Tech and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for department head will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to broadening participation and advancing inclusion and belonging.

Required Qualifications

PhD or DVM degree (or equivalent); Experience with diagnostic medicine/services; A strong record of leading an active biomedical research program; A strong record of delivering professional/graduate veterinary medical and/or biomedical teaching; Demonstrated effective leadership, communication, and administrative abilities; Demonstration of scholarly accomplishments at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor

Preferred Qualifications

Strong leadership of a research program with sustained extramural funding beyond five years; Evidence of leading an interdisciplinary research team

Pay Band

Faculty; salary

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary; to commensurate with experience 

Review Date

January 1, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dean Dan Givens at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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