Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Director, Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (Internal)

College: Ontario Veterinary College

Department: Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses

Date Posted: October 31, 2018
Deadline: January 2, 2019
Please reference AD #18-57

Position Description:

The Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, invites applications or nominations for the position of Director, Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) from tenured faculty members holding a faculty position at the Ontario Veterinary with significant experience and accomplishments in research with relevance to the work of the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses.

The University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses was created in recognition of existing strengths at the Ontario Veterinary College and the University of Guelph in animal-related aspects of public health. The goals and strategic directions of the CPHAZ are focused around three broad areas: research, education, and knowledge dissemination. CPHAZ supports a collaborative and multidisciplinary one health approach to address public health challenges at the human-animal-environmental interface. Areas of focus include but are not limited to public health, food safety, zoonotic disease, and eco health, with methodological approaches ranging from the molecular to the population-level.

The Director of CPHAZ will serve a five-year term (renewable once for an additional five years following review and a determination of satisfactory performance).

The successful candidate will possess a doctoral degree of relevance to the area of public health and zoonoses. A DVM degree (or equivalent) would be considered an asset by the selection committee. In addition, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate leadership or management experience within the research environment in an academic setting.

The Director will be tasked with promoting and facilitating collaborations in public health research among scientists in academia, government and industry. They will develop and steward strong relationships with public health organizations and agencies and represent CPHAZ through various mediums to ensure the public are well informed on its activities. The Director will strategically lead CPHAZ in advancing public health research and education at the University of Guelph and beyond while creating and supporting working relationships between researchers across disciplines, while advancing education related to zoonoses and public health. In addition, the Director will facilitate collaborations across disciplines, and with relevant animal and public health organizations, allowing this collective to address complex topics, to disseminate results to a broad range of stakeholders, and to inform provincial and national public health policy. Under the Director’s leadership CPHAZ’s mission will be enhanced through encouragement of strong student interest in public health, including DVM, MPH, MSc, and PhD students. The Director will create a positive, collaborative and forward-looking environment, to lead a cohesive group of faculty and researchers in increasing the University’s profile in the area of public health, and in supporting the one health agenda of the University.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter (preferably as a single PDF file) summarizing qualifications and leadership approach, a vision statement for the position, a detailed CV, a research and teaching statement, and the names and contact information of at least three references by January 2, 2019 to: ovcdean@uoguelph.ca
or by mail to:

Office of the Dean, Ontario Veterinary College
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Attention: Dr. J. Wichtel, Professor and Dean, Ontario Veterinary College

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you have a medical condition that requires accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.