Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Institution: Auburn University
Location: Alabama, United States
Category: Executive - Dean - Agriculture
Posted: 04/27/2020
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

Posting Number: P1733F

Job Description Summary


The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (AUCVM) seeks a student-focused, creative, collaborative leader for the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The selected candidate will be expected to lead the college's veterinary medical education program and to serve as an advisor to the Dean on all matters related to the DVM degree program. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will oversee the college's activities in admissions and standards, curriculum development, awards and scholarships, and student affairs, including assistance with professional, academic and health counseling. Activities will also include the enthusiastic recruitment of new students to the veterinary program and guidance of the evolution of our curriculum.

The position requires excellent communication skills, as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs serves as a collaborative leader in all aspects of student life, including recognition for accomplishments, and promotion of academic and professional standards. Additional duties are institutional analysis, outcomes assessment, strategic planning and implementation, budget development, and other responsibilities as assigned. The successful candidate will also foster and grow relationships with external organizations such as the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB; see below) and industry organizations who are supportive of AUCVM's mission and personnel. A history of participation in the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) would also be helpful.

The AUCVM is a vibrant, interactive community of students, faculty and staff. Auburn is prideful of its mission to train broadly skilled, practice-ready, entry-level veterinarians with a foundation to pursue careers in clinical practice, industry, and academics, including advanced training in pursuit of specialty certification. The successful candidate for Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will join in our mission to promote an educational environment for continuing excellence. The position requires an earned doctorate, either the DVM (or equivalent) or a PhD. Applicants with a DVM or equivalent degree are desired. Candidates must have the qualifications and experience sufficient to merit an academic appointment in one of the college's three departments. At least three years of experience in a supervisory role that includes mentoring is required.

The AUCVM has educated veterinarians and advanced veterinary medicine for over a century, and continues to grow and prosper as a leader in veterinary medical education. Currently, 490 students are enrolled in the DVM degree program. As a public land-grant institution for the state of Alabama, 41 resident students are admitted each year. Additionally, 38 students from Kentucky are admitted through a longstanding contract with the SREB. Fifty-one (51) students are admitted from an at-large pool of non-resident applicants. The College maintains modern, well equipped classroom facilities and operates a state-of-the-art veterinary teaching hospital. Over 133 faculty and 257 staff members support the broad mission of the College.

Auburn University is one of the nation's premier public land-grant institutions. In 2020, it was ranked 44th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor's, Master's, Educational Specialist, and Doctor's degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2019 enrollment of 30,460 students includes 24,594 undergraduates and 5,866 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn's 1,643 instructional faculty members-87% of whom are employed full-time-offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the "best small towns in America," with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers.

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Minimum Qualifications

  • The position requires an earned doctorate, either the DVM (or equivalent) or a PhD.

  • Candidates must have the qualifications and experience sufficient to merit an academic appointment in one of the college's three departments.

  • At least three years of experience in a supervisory role that includes mentoring is required.

Desired Qualifications

  • Applicants with a DVM degree or equivalent are desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2020 and will continue until a qualified applicant is recommended for appointment. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Applications must include: a letter of interest describing teaching, research, leadership/administrative philosophies, and a vision of the Department's role in the College and University; a curriculum vitae; and names, email, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Please apply at

Nominations, and/or inquiries can be sent to: Dr. Byron Blagburn, Professor and Search Committee Chair, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL 36849. Email:; Telephone: 334-844-2702.

Open Until Filled: Yes

References required for this position?: Yes

If yes, minimum number requested: 3

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