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Institution:  Midwestern University

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Midwestern University invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Research. This individual will be responsible for developing and implementing a research strategy for the college that aligns with its mission and objectives, which involves identifying research priorities, collaborating with faculty, and identifying/securing funding. This position reports to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Essential Duties:

  • Advise the Dean on college-wide research issues to assist in moving the institution to its vision of research excellence.
  • Maintain a collaborative research program in a field germane to veterinary medicine, and that provides synergy with other college and campus investigators.
  • Keep faculty informed of research and funding opportunities.
  • Assist faculty with matters related to IACUC and IRB applications.
  • Assist department chairs in mentoring of faculty in the areas of grantsmanship, research methods, and study design.
  • Evaluate research performance of the college, including assessing the impact of research output and identifying areas for improvement.
  • Find ways to include veterinary students in college research programs to the extent possible.
  • Oversee research activities of the college, ensuring compliance with regulations and ethical guidelines.
  • Establish a welcoming atmosphere to improve morale and to promote collegiality among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Track and prepare accreditation data, by developing metrics and benchmarks to advance the college’s research footprint.
  • Prepare reports as requested by the Dean.
  • Meet regularly with the Dean.
  • Maintain an open-door policy for students and faculty in need of research-related assistance.
  • Work closely with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Center for One Health to foster productive research collaborations in a positive academic environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • V.M. and/or Ph.D. in an area relevant to veterinary medicine and other biomedical sciences
  • Strong evidence of leadership
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in academia
  • A strong record of scholarly achievement
  • Demonstration of ethics and integrity
  • Collaborative mindset and a commitment to teamwork
  • Strong leadership, communication, presentation, and organizational skills

Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides graduate and professional education in the health sciences. The University has two campuses — one in Downers Grove, Illinois and the other in Glendale, Arizona. More than 6,700 full-time students are enrolled in graduate programs in veterinary medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, precision medicine, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia, cardiovascular perfusion, podiatry, optometry, clinical psychology, speech language pathology, and biomedical sciences. Over 500 full-time faculty members and 400 staff members are dedicated to the education and development of our students in an environment that encourages learning, respect for all members of the health care team, service, interdisciplinary scholarly activity, and personal growth.

The CVM is Arizona’s first veterinary college. The College is fully accredited by the AVMA Council on Education. The CVM is housed in Cactus Wren Hall and in the Animal Health Institute. Cactus Wren Hall contains ample classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, conference rooms, and offices. The Animal Health Institute is comprised of The Companion Animal Clinic, The Large Animal Clinic, and The Diagnostic Pathology Center. In addition to outstanding clinical facilities and equipment, the Companion Animal Clinic houses a pharmacy, a large and well­ equipped surgery teaching laboratory, simulated examination rooms for clinical communications training using standardized clients/patients, and ample conference and small-group meeting rooms. Full service clinical pathology and clinical microbiology laboratories are housed in the clinic building.

The CVM is seamlessly integrated into a network of programs at Midwestern University including osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and health sciences dealing with various human healthcare professions. This environment provides a firm foundation for the university-wide One Health initiative that fosters collaborative multi-disciplinary research and cross-pollination of ideas. The CVM’s major areas of research focus cover a broad array of diseases and disorders that afflict veterinary and human populations including infectious diseases, inflammatory disorders, cancer, and cardiovascular disorders, as well as efforts to identify biomarkers and therapeutics against these diseases. The Associate Dean for Research will be required to support continued growth of the College’s research endeavors in these areas. Research within the College is complemented by clinical trials in veterinary patients through the Animal Health Institute.

Laboratories and equipment in the Foothills Science Center, Cactus Wren Hall, and the Animal Health Institute support research activities of CVM investigators in various departments. The College has more than 17,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art research laboratory space within CWH and the AHI.  An approximately 18,000 sq. ft. vivarium exclusively for research in located in the new Therapy Institute building adjacent to the Animal Health, which is available to investigators across the Glendale Campus. This facility houses nearly $1,500,000 in advanced research instrumentation in four key areas: qualitative and quantitative cytometry, secreted product analyses, molecular analyses, and microscopy. The details are available for review in a dedicated web page at

This facility strongly supports the efforts of CVM investigators in immunology, infectious, disease, and inflammation.

The CVM maintains extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, Boehringer-Ingelheim, the Arizona Department of Health Science Services, PetSmart Charities, and private foundations. Many of the College’s D.V.M. students are involved in research, mostly through Summer fellowships, and this is a critical aspect of the College’s mission.

We are seeking a faculty member and administrator who is excited about participating in the growth of a young veterinary college and having a role in shaping its research programs.

If you would like to learn more about this position, please submit your application through Midwestern University’s online job board at  Your online application should include a letter of intent and a curriculum vitae with the names and contact information (including email addresses) of at least three professional references.  Please note that although faculty positions are usually listed as “Assistant Professor”, initial appointment at a higher rank is possible based on the academic experience of the applicant.

For more information about this position, please contact:

Carla L. Gartrell DVM, JD, DACVIM
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
Midwestern University
19555 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308
P: 623-537-6360 |


Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/).  Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.





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