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Prof, MA McPhail Chair -Tenure Sys

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences 10046518
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Assoc./Full Professor-McPhail Chair Tenure System

Position Summary

The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University seek candidates for the prestigious full-time Tenure System (TS) faculty position as the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, depending upon qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate will lead and enhance programs in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation with emphasis on the sport of dressage, specifically by:

  1. Conducting leading-edge research that addresses important questions related to health and athletic performance of dressage horses and informs horse owners, riders and trainers engaged in relevant disciplines.
  2. Communicating research findings to the equine community in a timely fashion via publications, presentations, and other forms of information dissemination. 
  3. Providing graduate and post-graduate training to the next generation of equine sports medicine professionals and the opportunity to contribute to teaching in the professional veterinary curriculum.
  4. Collaborating with scientists and clinician scientists within the MSU community and externally to improve the health and wellbeing of dressage horses.

The Mary Anne McPhail Chair is a prominent position within the College of Veterinary Medicine that serves as a catalyst for enhancing collaborative research and graduate / post-graduate training with other departments as well as nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable interest in the sport of dressage and their research program will include work that applies directly to the dressage horse. The offer will include a competitive startup package, laboratory facilities (including use of the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center), and annual discretionary funding from the Mary Anne McPhail Endowment.

The successful applicant’s role will encompass clinical service, education, and research/scholarly activity. The amount of time dedicated to each of these endeavors is flexible and will be geared toward the applicant’s interests, strengths, and qualifications. Tenure system appointments require more time dedicated to independent and collaborative, externally funded research, with less time devoted to clinical service. More information about the Tenure System is available at Tenure System Hiring Information (

We seek to enhance existing collaborations and build on research strengths including locomotion/lameness and rehabilitation, biomechanics, bone biology and arthritis, obesity/endocrinopathies and performance, and horse-rider interactions. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a commitment to education and mentoring graduate and professional students, and a commitment to collaboration, collegiality and building an inclusive academic environment.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The mission of the College is to be inclusive as we learn, discover, heal, and protect. As a College, we aim to identify, attract, and retain talented students, faculty, and staff reflective of the diversity of the populations in our state, the nation, and the world. Our academic, scholarly, and service roles, considered separately and collectively, form the foundation of an inclusive culture committed to respecting, nurturing, and advancing all individuals.

CVM Core Value of Diversity: We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided opportunities to flourish and open doors in their pursuit of excellence. We encourage and welcome our community to share ideas surrounding opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The College’s vision is to be the destination for teaching, innovation, care, and service. Six goals, backed by specific strategies, guide our organization as we move forward. Read more at to learn about the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s goals, strategies, and progress.

Michigan State University is located on one of the nation’s largest and most beautiful campuses, and the University is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists, teachers, and leaders. East Lansing’s cultural venues, renowned sports teams and facilities, and collegiate atmosphere are complimented by low living costs with convenient access to other cultural centers such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. East Lansing and surrounding communities provide excellent public-school systems. In addition, Michigan, the Great Lakes State, with its numerous inland lakes and rivers, state and national parks, national lakeshores, world-class golf courses, and four seasons, offers various outdoor recreational activities. Visit the Pure Michigan© website, for more details.

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Other -DVM/VMD or Equivalent

Desired Degree

Doctorate -PhD

Minimum Requirements

  • DVM/VMD (or equivalent) with a renowned record of research accomplishment in the field of equine sports medicine applicable to the dressage horse, and a plan for continued scholarly and creative growth  .
  • Commitment to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Applicants must have an established and current record of obtaining extramural funding consistent with an appointment as an associate or full professor in the tenure system
  • A demonstrated commitment to graduate student education and mentoring

Desired Qualifications

  • Diplomate status with emphasis on equine performance in an appropriate specialty college such as the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, or an equivalent specialty certification.
  • An earned PhD in an appropriate field is also desired.  
  • Evidence of commitment to promoting open science principles and ensuring the highest level of research rigor and reproducibility

Required Application Materials

Required Application Materials:

Letter of Intent/Cover Letter:

A letter of intent highlighting specific strengths related to this position, overall related qualifications, experience, accomplishments, and career goals. For tenured and continuing system positions, include research interests and funding history.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume:

Your most recently updated CV


Full names and contact information

(phone/email) of three (3) individuals to serve as professional references.

Teaching Philosophy

Diversity Statement:

Statement on your commitment to diversity.

Diversity is defined as the state or quality of being different; we are all uniquely different as individuals. To be an inclusive campus is to respect and value differences. We embrace people from all backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 27, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Contact information for three references is requested, but will only be used, with permission from finalists. Application materials should be submitted through PageUp. Questions about the position can be directed to any member of the search committee, Dr. Pamela Ruegg (Chair,, Dr. Birgit Puschner (, Dr. Andres Contreras (, Dr. Stephanie French (, Dr. Ana Dias Moreira (, Mary Anne McPhail (

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Summary of Physical Demands

  • May require lifting of 50 pounds or more.

Summary of Health Risks

  • May work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement

The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (LCS) is educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and providing the finest clinical services available.

Our diverse faculty focuses on areas ranging from dairy, food animal, and specialized equine services to intensive research and student training. They work closely with students pursuing DVM degrees, veterinarians in internship and residency programs, and MS and PhD students. Learning to better understand, diagnose, and treat disease takes place in some of the most advanced facilities and laboratories. Faculty and students work together to find new solutions and put them into practice for a better world.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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