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Chairperson and Professor Department of Animal and Food Sciences

The University of Delaware

August 10, 2018
Job location:
Newark, Delaware


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Full Time - One to seven years
Mixed, Other
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Preferred suitable education


Chairperson and Professor
Department of Animal and Food Sciences
The University Of Delaware
Newark, DE

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources seeks a visionary leader for the Department of Animal and Food Sciences who can enhance and expand interdisciplinary and collaborative relationships among public and private partners, and partnerships with other land-grant universities and colleges within the region; further the integration of animal and food sciences research; facilitate programming in research, teaching, and extension that results in impactful and applicable solutions to grand challenges in animal and food sciences; develop innovative academic and research-located initiatives that provide services to the farmers and citizens of Delaware; and establish ANFS as a leader within the University’s One Health initiative --an integrative multidisciplinary effort to understand the health issues connected with the interaction between humans, animals and the environment.

The chair’s functions include leadership abilities, budget management, fundraising, personnel management and development. The chair will represent the Department and its programs across the university and to external stakeholders, and participate actively in the administration of the College along with the dean, associate deans, and other chairs and unit leaders. Although this position will be primarily administrative, the candidate is expected to contribute significantly to the research, teaching, and/or extension programs in the department. The candidate should have strong communication expertise, excellent interpersonal expertise, understand the land grant mission, be team-oriented, have the capability to direct college resources for practical and applicable Delaware services; and have a vision of the future of animal and food sciences in higher education.

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences ( consists of 22 full-time faculty members actively engaged in the core research areas of infectious diseases, genomics, immunology, microbiology including food safety, physiology and nutrition. ANFS has strong ties and collaborations with area related industries the Delaware Biotechnology Institute and the Avian Biosciences Center, and Lasher and Allen Laboratories. Worrilow Hall, the main teaching and research laboratory building that serves the department, is undergoing a $30 million renovation and upgrade that will position the Department for success for decades to come. Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula provide an exceptional ecosystem and environment for research, education and outreach in ANFS disciplines.

The Animal and Food Sciences undergraduate programs are in high demand with over 350 students enrolled, including a nationally recognized pre-veterinary sciences program. The Bachelor of Science program in Food Science is accredited by the Institute of Food Technologists and has 100% of placement of graduates into food businesses or graduate schools. ANFS places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and discovery-located learning. ANFS offers two master of science (M.S.) degree programs with concentrations in either Animal or Food Science, as well as a joint Ph.D. degree program in Animal and Food Sciences.

The University of Delaware (UD) is committed to excellence and impact as a preeminent learner-centered research university. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a “highest research activity” institution, a designation achieved by only 3% of U.S. academic institutions. The University also achieved the Carnegie Engaged University classification in 2015. UD is located in the iconic college town of Newark, DE, an excellent geographic location within two hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. The University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant University, with externally sponsored activities exceeding $200 million annually.

Candidates will have a PhD. in animal, food science, or a related discipline with significant leadership abilities practice. A qualified applicant will have credentials commensurate with those of a tenured full professor, including a record of significant scholarly contributions to teaching, research and/or extension along with excellent administrative and interpersonal expertise. Candidates with these attributes from non-academic leadership abilities backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. candidates must submit a letter of application, including a statement describing their leadership abilities philosophy and how they would be a good fit for this position. candidates should also provide contact information for three references and a curriculum vitae as a single pdf document through the online application system . Candidates’ applications will not be shared beyond the department faculty until they are selected to move beyond the initial screening phase. candidates will be notified before references are contacted. For inquiries, contact: Dr. Michael Peterson, Search Committee Chair, 302-831-1014 (

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a discapability and veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon prosperous completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

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One of the oldest institutions of higher education in this country, the University of Delaware today combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. The University of Delaware is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant and Space-Grant institution with its main campus in Newark, DE, located halfway between Washington, DC and New York City. Please visit our website at


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