Management Structure

The Department of Microbiology, Parasitology, and Biotechnology follows a well-defined structure to ensure effective organization and efficient functioning. The department’s structure encompasses various components, including administrative leadership, department members, research teams, and supporting staff. Here is the structure for the department.

 

Head of Department:

The Head of Department (HOD) plays a crucial role in coordinating the administrative and academic affairs of the department. These are the ways in which the HOD fulfils this role:

  1. Administrative coordination:
  • The HOD oversees the day-to-day administrative operations of the department, ensuring smooth functioning and efficient utilization of resources.
  • The HOD coordinates the department’s budget, manage financial resources, and allocate funds appropriately for various activities, such as teaching, research, and community services.
  • The HOD facilitates communication and collaboration among staff, and students, fostering a supportive and productive work environment.

2. Academic coordination:

  • The HOD collaborates with department members to develop and implement the department’s academic programmes, including curriculum development, course scheduling, and programme evaluation.
  • The HoD ensures compliance with academic policies, regulations, and accreditation requirements set by the university or relevant governing bodies.
  • The HOD oversees the process of course evaluations and feedback, working with department members to address concerns and improve the quality of teaching and learning.

3. Leadership and authority:

  • The HOD exercises leadership by providing guidance, mentorship, and support to department members, staff, and students.
  • The HOD sets strategic goals and priorities for the department, aligning them with the overall mission and vision of the university.

4. Recruitment and promotion of staff:

  • The HOD plays a key role in the recruitment process, participating in the selection of new department members and staff. The HoD identifies the department’s staffing needs, establishes job descriptions, and participates in interviews and evaluation processes.
  • HoD provides recommendations for the promotion and advancement of department members based on their performance, teaching effectiveness, research contributions, and service to the department and the community.

5. Maintenance of teaching, research, and consultancies:

  • The HOD oversees the delivery of teaching, research, and consultancies, ensuring their effectiveness and relevance.
  • The HoD supports department members in their teaching and research activities, providing resources, facilitating collaborations, and promoting professional development opportunities.
  • The HOD promotes community engagement and partnerships, facilitating outreach activities, and fostering relationships with external stakeholders.

 

Academic Staff:

The department academic staff play the following roles:

  1. Engages in cutting-edge research, securing grants, publishing scientific papers, and presenting findings at conferences.
  2. Provides instruction and mentorship to students in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  3. Collaborates with colleagues within the department, the college, university and external partners on research projects.
  4. Actively participates in professional and scientific organizations related to their areas of expertise.

 

Department committees

Department committees play crucial roles in various aspects of the department and each committee has its role in making smooth running of the Department.

 

Research Teams:

Organized into specialized research teams focused on specific areas within veterinary microbiology, parasitology, and biotechnology. The teams are led by department members with expertise in their respective research areas. Conducts independent research projects, often in collaboration with other research institutions and industry partners. The teams consist of research fellows, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and technicians who contribute to the research efforts.

 

Administrative Staff:

Supports the department’s administrative operations, including budgeting, finance, human resources, and procurement.  Facilitates communication between department members, university authorities, and external stakeholders.

 

Technical Support Staff:

Technical support staff play the following roles in the Department:

  1. Provides technical expertise and support in laboratory techniques, equipment operation, and research methodologies.
  2. Assists department members, research teams, and students in conducting experiments, data analysis, and troubleshooting.
  3. Maintains laboratory equipment, ensures safety protocols are followed, and manages laboratory supplies and inventory.