Director Online Food Safety Program

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Job Description: 
The Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences invites applications for the position of Director of the Online Food Safety (OFS) program. The OFS program, formed in 2002, attracts students from throughout the country and internationally. The program has 346 alumni and just under 300 current students. We engage students in various forms of online coursework and practical training to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to succeed as food safety professionals and to realize our vision of providing a global online learning experience in food safety.
The Director of the Online Food Safety program will advance, strengthen, and promote all activities associated with the three elements of the program: the Master of Science in Food Safety (MSFS) degree, the Executive Education programs, and the Online Continuing Education in Food Safety non-credit courses. The Director is responsible for the overall curriculum and implementation of the three program elements; oversees quality control and assurance procedures and processes; program admissions; and enrollment. The Director is held accountable for the effective application of core competencies and demonstration of related skills throughout the program’s courses and for successfully maintaining the program’s affiliation with the Professional Science Masters organization. The Director manages the activities of a large number of MSU and off-campus faculty that contribute to the OFS program, OFS program support staff, as well as a stakeholder Advisory Council. The Director of the OFS program has oversight of the program’s budget including projection and year-end reconciliation.  The Director is expected to contribute to teaching within the OFS program consistent with their expertise. Opportunities to contribute to other academic programs will also exist. A willingness to engage in scholarship activities related to the successful candidate’s expertise or in the area of online education is desired.
The position is in the university’s fixed term appointment system. Academic rank will be determined based upon qualifications and experience. This is an on-campus position in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the program’s office is located in the Food Safety & Toxicology Building. The Director of the OFS program will report directly to the Chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.
Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • 20% Teaching
  • 50% Administration
  • 10% Research
  • 10% Curriculum development
  • 10% Recruitment

The successful candidate will have an advanced degree (PhD, DVM, MD, or equivalent) with emphasis in the safety of foods, familiarity with food production and processing systems, experience working in food safety or related fields, demonstrated administrative skills, previous leadership role with faculty or instructors, and strong interpersonal skills. Other essential attributes include strong written and oral communication skills; experience engaging and fostering a collaborative and healthy work environment among diverse groups of faculty and/or food safety professionals, instructors, staff, and students. The MSU campus and the College of Veterinary Medicine are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their leadership, teaching, and service. Successful candidates must be committed to and have demonstrated excellence in working with diverse student and community populations.

The successful candidate should have demonstrated experience or understanding of the organizational aspects of online teaching and an understanding of its potential impact on the educational landscape.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively with professional peers and colleagues, program stakeholders, general public, and students in relevant undergraduate, graduate, and professional fields of study. Also the ability to understand the scientific literature and to translate research findings into objective, understandable, and useful information for target clientele in food industry, food regulation, and academia.

The successful candidate should have excellent skills in networking and partnership development.

Some travel is required for this position.

Ideal Candidate: 
A successful candidate will have teaching experience, both in-class and in various online formats and a strong commitment to excellence in education. A successful candidate will also have experience with the production and safety of food of animal origin as well as an ability to contribute to scholarly literature.

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • One-page statement of leadership background and experiences
  • Three references with contact information

Special Instructions

Application review will begin June 4, 2018, and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Interested individuals wishing more information are invited and encouraged to contact Heather Ricks, Chairperson, Search Committee, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Online Food Safety Program, Michigan State University,1129 Farm Lane, B51, East Lansing, MI  48824-1314. [517-884-2079]


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