Chair of the Department of Comparative Pathobiology

North Grafton, Massachusetts
Depending on experience
Mar 05, 2021
May 04, 2021
Job Function
Position Type
Full Time
Senior Level

Dean’s Office


Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is seeking a chair for the Department of 
Comparative Pathobiology (formerly the Department of Biomedical Sciences). The department is 
committed to excellence in its education, research, and diagnostic service missions. Currently 
carrying out this mission are 18 faculty, 16 staff members, as well as residents, postdoctoral 
scholars, and graduate students. Faculty members teach basic and diagnostic sciences across the DVM 
curriculum and within our graduate programs. Federally and privately funded research programs 
within the department include neuroscience, reproductive biology, and pathology. In addition, 
faculty provide anatomic and clinical pathology expertise for our academic clinical and research 
programs, and support our laboratory animal medicine service.

The chair, reporting directly to the dean, will be responsible for leading an inclusive strategic 
vision for the future growth of the department. The chair is also expected to support the 
professional development of faculty and staff, and to foster collaborative research within the 
department and across the University. This individual will manage the department budget and 
administrative affairs, and work collaboratively with colleagues and senior leadership at the 
school and university level. For more information, see Guidelines for Appointment of Cummings 
Department Chairs.

Tufts University is dedicated to the work needed to become an anti-racist institution. At Cummings 
School of Veterinary Medicine, we are committed to building a community that is diverse, inclusive, 
and welcoming to all groups. Faculty, staff, and students work together to promote a culture where 
all are empowered to reach their full potential. We are actively seeking a leader who will 
contribute to these important efforts.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must possess a DVM, or equivalent degree, and/or a PhD, and have an 
academic background that aligns with the strengths of the department, with demonstrated academic 
leadership experience and an understanding of the research and academic diagnostic environments. 
For holders of a DVM degree, a PhD or board certification will be considered an asset. The 
successful applicant will have administrative and management skills, excellent interpersonal and 
communication skills, a strong record of scholarly activities, and a demonstrated ability to mentor 
DVM students and advanced trainees. Experience in promoting diversity/inclusion and a demonstrated 
ability to work with others and build a collegial team atmosphere are essential. Academic rank, 
expected to be either an associate or full professor, and salary will be commensurate with 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing 
their qualifications, including relevant leadership and administrative experience, and interest in 
the position. Please address your strengths and experiences in diversity and inclusion as it 
relates to leadership, teaching, research, and/or service in your cover letter. The names and 
contact information for five references should be provided. They will only be contacted with your 
permission. Application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio 
( Application review will begin June 1st, 2021. The position 
start date is negotiable. Please direct any questions regarding the position directly to the dean 

Cummings is situated in Grafton, MA on a 600-acre pastoral campus, forty-five minutes west of 
Boston and next door to Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts.  There is a regional 
rail service stop adjacent to campus and easy access to cultural and sporting events. The campus is 
a short drive from beautiful beaches, mountains, and other unique features of New England. The area 
is a hub of biotechnology and higher education. The K-12 education system is excellent. Housing is 
readily available close to campus or in any number of surrounding towns.

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to 
increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff. If you are an applicant with a disability who is 
unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling Johny 
Laine in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617.627.3298 or at 
Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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