The Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (VPM) at The Ohio State 
University College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Environment 
and Natural Resources (SENR) at the College of Food Agricultural and 
Environmental Sciences invite applications for a 9-month, tenure-track 
faculty position in Wildlife and Ecosystem Health. The position will 
have a primary appointment in VPM (0.7 FTE) with a joint appointment
(0.3 FTE) in SENR. The successful candidate will be part of a core 
Ecosystem Health teaching and research faculty appointed in VPM, SENR, 
and at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The position is expected to be 
filled at the Assistant Professor level, but faculty rank will be based 
upon qualifications and experience of the candidate.

Teaching and Administrative Responsibilities:  The successful candidate 
will spend approximately 50% of time teaching. The candidate will be 
expected to create a new undergraduate course and a new graduate course 
focused on wildlife health and disease ecology.  In addition, he or she 
will lead the creation and implementation of a new graduate 
specialization in Ecosystem Health within the existing Master of 
Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) degree program. This role will 
include administrative duties as well as the supervision and mentoring 
of graduate students enrolled in the specialization.

Research Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will spend 
approximately 50% of time conducting research. The candidate will be 
expected to develop a nationally recognized scholarly research program 
incorporating graduate and undergraduate students, including independent 
or collaborative research relevant to both VPM and SENR. The candidate 
will develop an externally funded research program that incorporates 
Ecosystem Health MENR graduate students. Opportunities exist for 
collaboration with other ecosystem health specialists, ecologists, 
epidemiologists, microbiologists, and related specialists working in 
diverse areas of ecology, animal health, population health, 
environmental health, and zoonotic diseases within the Departments of 
VPM and SENR. Additional multi-disciplinary opportunities are also 
available within the OSU including the Infectious Diseases Institute and 
the Global One Health Initiative.

Required characteristics of the successful candidate include:
•       PhD degree in a discipline directly relevant to Ecosystem Health 
(e.g. Wildlife Ecology, Epidemiology,  Biological Sciences, or related 
field), or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or equivalent)
•       Clear evidence of scholarly expertise in a discipline directly 
relevant to Ecosystem Health
•       Experience in teaching undergraduate or graduate courses
•       Experience mentoring undergraduate or graduate students
•       Excellent oral and written communication skills
•        Willingness and ability to work cooperatively with other 
faculty and staff, as well as with wildlife, fisheries and veterinary 
professionals within and outside the university, including wildlife 
conservation agencies and non-governmental organizations

Other desired characteristics of the successful candidate include:
•       Board certification in an appropriate veterinary medical 
specialty college, additional graduate training or post-doctoral 
training, OR relevant certification (e.g. The Wildlife Society or 
American Fisheries Society certification)
•       Experience in field work or conducting research with free-
ranging wildlife
•       Demonstration of ability to work with local, state or federal 
wildlife agencies

The Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine provides the major 
population medicine and ecosystem health focus for the College of 
Veterinary Medicine.  Activities in the department combine basic and 
applied research to address problems in broad areas of animal health, 
production and veterinary public health.  There are approximately 35 
faculty members in the department located at the College of Veterinary 
Medicine in Columbus, the Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) in 
Wooster, and The Ohio State Large Animal Services at Marysville. This 
structure provides extensive teaching resources and considerable 
opportunity for collaborative research. 

The School of Environment and Natural Resources provides a focus on the 
interactions of people and the environment, with expertise in both 
terrestrial and aquatic environments. There are approximately 45 members 
located on both the Columbus and Wooster campuses. Research areas of 
focus include quantitative ecology, conservation biology, wildlife 
management, human dimensions in environment, and aquatic science and 
management. Wildlife faculty in SENR maintain a cooperative relationship 
with Ohio Division of Wildlife through the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology 

The Ohio State University was recently ranked third nationally on the 
list of best places to work in academia, according to The Scientist 
magazine. Columbus is the 15th ranked city by size in the United States 
(population of 730,000) and supports a vibrant, multifaceted community. 
Collegiality, civility, mutual support, and respect for others are 
strongly held values in our College. We support diverse beliefs and the 
free exchange of ideas and expect that faculty, staff, and students 
promote these values and apply them in a professional manner in all 
academic endeavors. 

Review of applications will begin March 15th, 2018 and will continue 
until an acceptable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit: 
1) a letter of application, 2) a statement of professional goals, 3) a 
statement of teaching philosophy, 4) a statement of research interests 
and how those would be integrated into the OSU Ecosystem Health program
5) a current curriculum vitae, and 6) the names, addresses and phone 
numbers of three professional references, including one person mentored 
by the applicant. Please indicate which individual serves as the 
mentored reference. Application packages should be addressed to: Dr. Pam 
Dennis, Search Committee Chair, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio 
State University, 1920 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210; phone 614 292 
1206; and should be submitted by email to Ms. Casey Hofmann 
<>.  Further information can be obtained at 

Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, 
minorities, veterans, and women. The Ohio State University is an EEO/AA 
employer and is a tobacco-free campus.

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