Department Head, Animal Science (515224)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jun 15, 2022
Full Time Animal Control or Services Sciences and Laboratory

Job Description


The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California, is seeking a full-time, Associate/Full Professor 12-month Department Head for its Animal Science Department.

This position has an anticipated start date of January 3, 2023 or July 1, 2023 but will be open until filled. The Department Head is a tenure-track position and will provide leadership for all programmatic and administrative functions including instruction, research, production units, and alumni and industry engagement. The Animal Science department consists of 18 tenure/tenure-track faculty, 6 full-time lecturers, 8 part-time lecturers, and 16 full- and part-time staff members who engage with approximately 820 undergraduate students.

This position will oversee the Animal Science Department in:
  • Faculty and staff hiring, development, mentoring, and workload assignments
  • Development of external funds and advancement
  • Management of budget, facilities, and departmental resources
  • Departmental curriculum development, assessment, and strategic planning
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts

The successful candidate may teach undergraduate and graduate courses and may engage in scholarly activities (i.e., research, publishing, grant writing) as part of professional development. Cal Poly embodies the "teacher-scholar model," which emphasizes scholarly activities (i.e., research, publishing, proposal writing and program development) as a complimentary to teaching excellence.

Department Head appointments and 12-month assignments are made and continue at the pleasure of the College Dean. Tenure is earned only in the faculty portion of the position, which includes teaching, research, and service. Credit towards tenure at the time of appointment may be awarded depending on the candidate's years of teaching experience, professional development, and rank. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with the selected candidate's qualifications and experience.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

  • A Ph.D. in Animal Science, or a related field, or D.V.M., or other qualifications for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure
  • Strong record of academic achievement and a strong commitment to teaching excellence
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborative priority setting and decision-making
  • Demonstrated ability to manage resources and solve problems with creativity and innovation
  • Ability to interact with Animal Science and Dairy Science-related industry stakeholders in developing research and industry initiatives of local, national and global importance
  • Evidence of institutional development such as fundraising, collaboration and contracts
  • Outstanding written and verbal English communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Experience in successfully allocating, directing, and monitoring annual budgets
  • Work within one or more commercial animal industries, preferably analogous to the Department's operational units: the J and G Meat Processing Center, Animal Nutrition Center, Beef Center, Sheep and Goat Center, Poultry Center, Swine Center, Oppenheimer Family Equine Center, Dairy, Creamery, and Veterinary Clinic.
  • International experience or the desire to cultivate international partnerships


The person holding this position must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


The Animal Science Department offers B.S. degrees in Animal Science and Dairy Science and minors in Equine Science, Meat Food Science, Poultry Science, Range Resource Management, and Dairy Science. The College offers an M.S. degree in Agriculture with a specialization in Animal Science. The Department manages commercial herds and flocks of dairy and beef cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine, and poultry on over 6,000 acres with the support of several new facilities, including the recently completed Oppenheimer Family Equine Center. Graduates of Animal Science and Dairy Science are prepared for meaningful careers in the animal industries, allied professions, and graduate studies.


The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences is the fifth-largest public college of agriculture in the United States, with over 4,100 undergraduate students, 184 full time faculty and staff, 15 majors, and five graduate programs. We have a very strong faculty and an accomplished student body with an incoming high school GPA of 4.0, a large university farm (over 10,000 acres of cropland, pasture, and forest, with student-run enterprises in dairy, beef cattle, poultry, sheep, horses, organic and conventional crops, and a food science pilot plant, the new Oppenheimer Family Equine Center, a commercial winery in the Justin and J. Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture, under construction, and many other facilities), several research centers, and the Learn By Doing ethos that is central to Cal Poly's mission. See for more information about CAFES.


Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by October 3, 2022 for full consideration; however, applications received after this date may be considered. Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter providing some detail of applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) resume/CV; (3) unofficial transcripts of the highest degree; (4) a statement of philosophy on leadership and management of an academic department; (5) a statement describing the candidate's experience(s) with diversity and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to advance Cal Poly's commitment to inclusive excellence (, and (6) at least three professional references with names and email addresses. The selected candidates will be required to provide official transcripts prior to appointment for final consideration.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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