The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) seeks an innovative and energetic Inaugural Dean for the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM). This is a full-time, twelve-month position. Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and qualifications.
Reporting to the Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will oversee all elements of the SVM’s academic enterprise. The Dean will be responsible for further development of the capacity of the school and advancing all the associated programs in reputation, distinctiveness, and influence. The dean will expand the physical, fiscal and human capital of the school while serving as a critical member of the senior academic leadership at the university.
The SVM will offer a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree and is expected to develop a B.S. degree in Veterinary Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. The SVM is also expected to be actively engaged in research and extension commensurate with UMES as an 1890 land-grant university.
The dean will provide overall vision and leadership for the school. The major responsibilities will include:
Providing administrative leadership, management and planning to enable the school to fulfill its responsibilities and goals while working with a team of department chairs and associate/assistant deans;
Navigating the accreditation processes with the AVMA-COE and ensuring full compliance with all accreditation and regulatory requirements;
Assessing the external landscape for strategic opportunities that enhance the SVM program and student outcomes;
Reviewing and enhancing the curriculum;
Recruitment and retention of students, and provision of high levels of support to ensure success and timely graduation;
Recruiting, supervision, mentoring, and performance evaluation of faculty and staff;
Representation of the school within the University and with external stakeholders;
Stewardship of the school’s physical, fiscal and human resources including public, private, and competitive grants and contracts;
Enhancing relationships with other academic programs at UMES while enriching the intellectual environment for faculty, staff, and students;
Enhancing collaboration with partners from other departments across the university and externally to secure grants and contracts, which build capacity and enhance mission delivery;
Representing the school/UMES on internal and external committees, task forces, advisory boards, and to agencies and professional organizations as appropriate; and
Perform other duties as
Candidates must possess a DVM degree or equivalent veterinary professional qualification, with additional advanced professional or academic degrees or advanced specialty board certification or comparable professional recognition preferred;
Over 10 years of excellent academic and administrative leadership experience including fiscal and physical and human capital management;
A record of achievement that would allow the applicant to be appointed as a tenured professor in the school.
Demonstrated success in overseeing a complex academic organization, including management of academic, financial, operational, and administrative elements, preferably in a College/School of Veterinary Medicine;
Evidence of development of high-quality curriculum and academic programs, with focus on the student experience and student learning outcomes;
A record of attracting, developing, mentoring, motivating, and retaining high-quality faculty and staff and building a high-performing team;
Evidence of the development and implementation of a strategic plan that prioritizes and mobilizes institutional assets to enhance student outcomes;
Demonstrated experience as a collaborative leader, committed to the importance of disciplinary strength as well as inter- and multi-disciplinary efforts;
Commitment to promoting faculty development and strengthening the research efforts of a multidisciplinary department;
Strong leadership and communication skills including writing and interpersonal skills; and
Ability to function effectively as an independent administrator and as part of a senior administrative team.
Appreciation, support, and enhancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, gender, and individual differences.
Skills and Knowledge
Administrative experience in academia;
Evidence of development of productive collaborative partnerships across academic units, and professional, public service and outreach units;
Demonstrated ability to interact and work effectively with external constituencies and stakeholders including public and private organizations;
Demonstrated commitment to actively increasing the diversity of the faculty and staff;
Ability to take on new responsibilities and work effectively in an environment of change and ambiguity;
Demonstrated ability to embrace rapid technological changes including use of distance education and meeting technologies, and other new tools;
Collaborative and open style that engages a broad range of stakeholders and empowers faculty members, supporting the distinct needs of individual units and programs and encouraging continued development and participation in cross-institutional initiatives;
Analytical, critical, and research-based approach to evaluating trends and solutions based on historical context, qualitative information, and quantitative data;
Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm, innovative spirit, bold and creative thinking, and a willingness to take calculated risks within limits of authority and with appropriate support; and
Ability to successfully engage with different cultures and diverse groups; and an genuine, pleasant manner and ability to build relationships and gain support from faculty, staff, students, board members, and external audiences.
Reviews will continue until the position is filled. The position will be filled as soon as an acceptable applicant is available. Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae including list of refereed and non-refereed publications, a statement of their administrative and teaching philosophy, current and future research plans, and have three professional letters of recommendation sent to the Department of Human Resources, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD 21853-1299. E-mail: email@example.com
Note: Individuals with degrees outside of the US may be subject to verification. Verification of degree is the responsibility of the candidate.
UMES is an EEO/AA employer, maintains a drug-free workplace and enforces a no smoking policy applicable to all campus building. The successful candidate must be able to show acceptable documentation establishing the right to accept employment in the United States of America. Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the State’s Historically Black 1890 Land Grant Institution, is a teaching, research, and doctoral institution that nurtures and launches leaders in a student-centered environment. Committed to providing high quality programs in an ethnically diverse environment, the University prepares students who will serve and shape the global economy. UMES is a growing, primarily residential university with a mission focused on learning, discovery, and engagement. This is consistent with valuing the scholarship of faculty in discovering new knowledge, and disseminating and applying it to the extended community. The University recognizes its responsibility for developing human potential, enriching cultural expressions , and sharing its expertise with individuals, businesses, educational, governmental, and non-governmental organizations . These aspirations are in accordance with UMES’ legacy and mission as Maryland’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution. Founded in 1886 under the aegis of the United Methodist Church, UMES is proud of its long history of continuous educational service.