Associate Dean for Clinical Programs



Job description

Lubbock, TX

School of Veterinary Medicine
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Position: Associate Dean for Clinical Programs

Available: September 1, 2019

Application Deadline: July 30, 2019 or until suitable applicant is identified

The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine is the first comprehensive veterinary medical education program established in Texas in more than a century. The School is founded with a focus on the following objectives:

  • Graduate practice-ready, competent, and confident veterinarians who will serve small, agricultural and regional communities across Texas;
  • Provide access to affordable, high-quality veterinary medical education for Texans;
  • Develop a research-intensive School that enhances and complements the scholarly strengths of TTU and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and addresses the needs for research and expertise in veterinary medicine, food- and fiber-animal production, and the health sciences;
  • Provide opportunities for graduate education and research, and advanced clinical training in internships and residencies;
  • Support sustainability of livestock industries as they feed growing state, national, and global populations; and
  • Improve human, animal, and ecosystem health by integrating innovative One Health activities into our education, research and service activities.

The core values of the School are:

  • Courage, Integrity, and Responsibility to better ourselves, our communities and the world;
  • Community, Teamwork, and Inclusion to enrich everyone’s experience;
  • Compassion and Empathy for each other, our clients, and their animals;
  • Passion, Scholarship, and Innovation to improve what we do, our profession and the world;
  • Faculty, staff, and students are Empowered to pursue Excellence;
  • We believe in Work-Life Balance.

The School has begun the process of accreditation. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) conducted a consultative site visit during April, 2019. The School will be co-located with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center regional campus in Amarillo. Facilities, currently in design stages, will include state-of-the-art buildings to support all aspects of the School. A guiding principle framing the design of both the curriculum and facilities is need for competent and confident general veterinary practitioners in small, agricultural and regional communities.

Amarillo is a vibrant and growing community in the Texas Panhandle. With a metropolitan statistical area population of greater than 260,000, it offers attractions of a larger city while representing its agricultural roots ( Amarillo serves as a center of services for a large, multi-state area and is home to many agricultural associations such as the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.

The Associate Dean for Clinical Programs reports to the dean and provides key leadership for the School.

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for oversight of the distributed veterinary learning community (DVLC) and the operation delivery of academic program (D.V.M.) in the DVLC. Initially, the Associate Dean will lead development of the DVLC, including recruitment, evaluation, and preparation of partnering sites as adequate core or elective instructional sites as outlined within the standards of accreditation, and identification of sites in which School faculty can deliver professional services. As such, the Associate Dean will be integrally involved in establishing agreements with partnering sites and with accreditation and other approval processes. Successful delivery of the curriculum within the DVLC will require a close working relationship with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and others.
  • The Director of the Distributed Veterinary Teaching Hospital (DVTH) and Director of Continuing Education will report to the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs.
  • The successful candidate will chair the Clinical Partnerships Committee, which will be responsible for: 1) practice recruitment, establishing minimum standards for inclusion in the DVTH and evaluation of practices for inclusion; and 2) operational oversight of the DVLC specifically with regard the delivery of the academic program in the context of running the DVTH, engagement of DVLC sites in research activities, and placement of School faculty with clinical appointments to provide professional services. The Associate Dean will also co-chair a 4th-Year Coordination Committee with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.
  • The successful candidate will be part of the Dean’s Executive Leadership Council in addition to the Associate Deans for Academic and Student Affairs and Research, the School Chief Operating Officer, and when established, chairs of faculty departments, along with the directors of development and communication. This council will be involved in all major School programmatic decisions. It also serves as a primary conduit for faculty involvement, through the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in major School decisions.
  • It is anticipated that the majority of the successful candidate’s commitment will be involved in DVLC development and administrative responsibilities. Involvement in teaching, research, and service is expected, albeit commensurate with administrative demands.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to foster a values-based environment within the School and with the partnering sites. The Associate Dean will also be expected to develop a collegial relationship with leadership, faculty, and staff at Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and other institutions as appropriate.

D.V.M. (or equivalent) is required. Preference will be given to candidates with clinical experience in a small, agricultural or regional veterinary practice, and those who have experience in business or academic administration and personnel supervision.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track academic appointment.

How to apply

Applicants must apply on line at The requisition number is 17934. Please upload a cover letter and complete curriculum vita that includes a list of publications and any other information reflecting qualifications and professional activities related to academic leadership, scholarship, teaching, and service to stakeholders. Please provide the names of three references of individuals who can provide an evaluation of your qualifications and can be contacted for a letter if needed.

Contact the search committee chair with questions:
Guy H. Loneragan ([email protected])
Texas Tech University
School of Veterinary Medicine
Box 42141
Lubbock, TX 79409-2141

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

An EEO/Affirmative Action Institution

Texas Tech University prides itself on being a major comprehensive research university that retains the sense of a smaller liberal arts institution. Although enrollment is over 30,000, Texas Tech students boast of one-on-one interaction with top faculty and an environment that stresses student accomplishment above all else.