Midwestern University Chair - Department of Medicine - College of Veternary Medicine in Glendale, Arizona


College of Veterinary Medicine

Chair, Department of Medicine

Position Announcement

Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Medicine. This is a faculty position available at the associate professor or professor level. The successful candidate will provide leadership and vision for the department while participating with the dean, associate deans, other department chairs, and directors in policy-making and governance of the college. The department chair will oversee faculty recruitment, evaluation, retention, workload distribution, professional development and provide guidance for and monitor academic, curricular, service, and research activities of the department. The chair should also be actively involved, to the extent possible, in teaching, research, and/or clinical service.

Specific Duties

The department chair will effectively manage the department through application of organizational and problem-solving skills. Specifically, the chair is expected to:

  • Actively and effectively manage the departmental budget
  • Identify departmental needs and provide a realistic plan to meet those needs
  • Create an environment that embraces and rewards excellence in teaching, research/scholarship and university service and encourages external service to the profession and to local communities
  • Judiciously assign teaching responsibilities and workload in a manner that acknowledges all aspects of the academic triad in faculty professional development while considering individual strengths of the faculty
  • Work in collaboration with Animal Health Institute directors to ensure that faculty clinical service assignments support the clinical operations needs
  • Ensure adherence to course, department, college and university policies
  • Communicate effectively with administration, faculty, staff and students
  • Represent the college and department in local, state and national organizations
  • Serve as a representative and advocate for the departmental faculty and staff
  • Communicate administrative priorities accurately and effectively to department faculty and staff
  • Effectively, cooperatively, and respectfully interact with other CVM departments, the Basic Science Division, and other programs and colleges
  • Provide oversight of course development, implementation, and administration and promote ongoing review of departmental curricula
  • Promote faculty and staff development and professional growth
  • Personally model teaching, scholarly activity and service while ensuring an environment conducive for all to develop professionally
  • Supervise and evaluate faculty and support staff in a fair, open, honest, and accurate manner
  • Work closely with faculty in creating annual faculty development plans
  • Develop action plan in collaboration with faculty to address deficiencies noted in annual development plans and evaluations
  • Maintain professional interactions with colleagues, staff, administration and students

Required Qualifications:

  • DVM or equivalent degree
  • Arizona veterinary license eligibility
  • Board certification in any clinical specialty housed in the academic department. These include internal medicine (large animal and small animal), neurology, oncology, and primary care.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in academia
  • Sound and consistent record of scholarly activity or scholarship in teaching and learning
  • Evidence of management and mentoring ability
  • Track record of cooperatively and collegially working with administration, faculty and staff.
  • Dedication to the education of our students through student-driven, interactive learning

The following qualifications are desirable but not required:

  • MS or PhD degree in a relevant field of study
  • Additional advanced training

Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides graduate and professional education in the health sciences. The University has two campuses -- one in Downers Grove, Illinois and the other in Glendale, Arizona. More than 6,200 full-time students are enrolled in graduate programs in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia, cardiovascular perfusion, podiatry, optometry, clinical psychology, speech language pathology, and biomedical sciences. Over 500 full-time faculty members and 400 staff members are dedicated to the education and development of our students in an environment that encourages learning, respect for all members of the health care team, service, interdisciplinary scholarly activity, and personal growth. The addition of veterinary medicine on the Glendale campus provides an excellent opportunity to train students following the principles of One Health at Arizona’s first veterinary college. The MWU-CVM has received provisional accreditation in 2015 and anticipates full accreditation in 2018. The third class of 100 students will matriculate in August 2016.

The CVM is housed in Cactus Wren Hall and in the Animal Health Institute. Cactus Wren Hall is a new facility with ample classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, conference rooms, and offices. The Animal Health Institute is comprised of The Companion Animal Clinic, the Equine and Bovine Center, and The Pathology Laboratory. The Companion Animal Clinic is a modern and innovative veterinary hospital for small animals. The 110,000 sq. ft. building contains state-of-the-art surgical, dental, and intensive care facilities. The hospital is equipped with digital radiography, fluoroscopy, C-arm, CT, ultrasound, endoscopy, laparoscopy, and arthroscopy equipment. In addition to outstanding clinical facilities and equipment, the Companion Animal Clinic houses a pharmacy, a large and well-equipped surgery teaching laboratory, simulated examination rooms for clinical communications training using standardized clients/patients, and ample conference and small-group meeting rooms. A full-service clinical pathology laboratory is in development. Adjacent to the Companion Animal Clinic is the Equine and Bovine Center, which houses large animal teaching and treatment facilities, and small herds of cattle and horses. The Pathology Laboratory offers a full range of anatomical pathology services, and also contains ample teaching spaces.

We are seeking a department chair who is excited about being involved in a new veterinary college and influencing its clinical and teaching programs. Providing excellent patient care, and training day-one ready, competent, confident graduates are our top priorities.

If you would like to learn more about this positions or about the CVM, please submit your letter of intent and application through Midwestern University’s online job board:

  1. Visitwww.midwestern.edu
  2. In the Quick Links section, select “Employment at MWU”
  3. Select “Employment Opportunities”
  4. Select “Faculty” for job category, “Arizona” for location and click “Search”.
  5. Your online application should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae with the names and contact information of at least three professional references.

A letter of inquiry or intent should be sent (preferably via email) to:

Thomas K. Graves, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVIM

Dean and Professor of Internal Medicine

College of Veterinary Medicine

Midwestern University

19555 N. 59th Avenue

Glendale, AZ 85308


Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a).

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Doctorate or better

Posted: August 20, 2016