University of Connecticut, Animal Science

Position ID:UConn-AnimalScience-497591 [#25016, 497591]
Position Title: Department Head and Professor, Animal Science
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Animal Science
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/06/16, finished 2024/01/26)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Department of Animal Science at the University of Connecticut in Storrs (UConn) within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) invites applications for the position of Department Head with an appointment as Associate or Full Professor. We are seeking an inspirational, dynamic, and visionary individual to provide sound leadership for a highly ranked and productive department in alignment with the strategic plans for the College and the University. This is a full-time, 9-month position with a 10th month of service in this administrative capacity. The Department Head serves as an advocate and leader for animal science at UConn and with external constituents. Active participation in teaching, research, or extension programs is expected. The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of professional accomplishments commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with the opportunity for tenure at hire.

The Department of Animal Science is one of eight academic departments within the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR). CAHNR is the oldest college at UConn, setting the foundation for the University. The goal of the Department is to provide a first-class, comprehensive program to meet the tripartite missions of teaching, research, and extension in animal science and husbandry. The Department includes 20 tenured, tenure-track, and teaching faculty and 21 staff members. The diverse expertise of the faculty encompasses equine science, food science and microbiology, growth physiology, genetics and genomics, meat science and muscle biology, poultry and livestock production, reproductive biology, and biotechnology. The Department maintains research and teaching farms (beef cattle, sheep, poultry, swine, horses, and a state-of-the-art dairy facility) on the Storrs campus. The Department also manages a commercial creamery, a meat lab, and forage crops. The University of Connecticut Animal Care facilities, including the Animal Science Farm Units, are AAALAC accredited.

Undergraduate and graduate programs balance the development of breadth of knowledge, core technical and professional skills, and the global and social literacy needed upon graduation. The undergraduate curricula are strengthened through hands-on learning practices and established Honors, internship, and undergraduate research programs. Currently, the Department has approximately 400+ undergraduate majors pursuing AAS and BS degrees and 35+ graduate students pursuing MS and Ph.D. degrees. For more information, see

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


As the departmental administrative officer, the Head reports directly to the Dean. Duties include:




This is a full-time, 9-month position with a 10th month of service in this administrative capacity. Salary is competitive and commensurate with the applicant’s experience. The University provides an extensive benefits package, which includes retirement and health insurance coverage. A start date of August 23, 2024 is anticipated. Applicants must meet University requirements for appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with tenure.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

Review of applications will begin on September 25, 2023, and will continue until a successful candidate is selected. Inquiries should be sent by email to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Mary Anne Amalaradjou ( with a copy to Ms. Virginia White (

All UConn employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce.  The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner.  This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all.  We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

 The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
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University of Connecticut
Department of Animal Science
17 Manter Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4040