Rod Bagley


Title: Professor and former Chair; Director of Professional Success; Faculty Director of the Emerging Leaders Academy; Director of the American Association of Veterinary Medicine Colleges’ Leadership Academy
Department: Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Scholarly Expertise 

Veterinary Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Communication and non-technical skill development
Critical thinking and Executive decision-making
Leadership studies

Why do you mentor?

I have immensely enjoyed my academic career as a faculty member (close 30 years now). I would hope that others can find similar happiness in a faculty career.  As a former chair, I have mentored countless faculty on important issues as they have progressed through the ranks. While there are great opportunities, there are numerous “potholes” to avoid as well. I would hope that my broad perspective (both as faculty member and as an administrator) can significantly help other and specifically, early career faculty achieve the success they desire while avoiding the pitfalls that can derail that journey.

Motivations for Serving as a College Peer Mentor 

To share the experiences and knowledge gained with others so that they can find the fulfillment and success they desire.

Greatest Achievement/Proud Moment/Contribution as a Faculty Mentor 

As chair, I was able to support numerous early career and mid-career faculty achieve academic success and specifically, advancement and promotion.  All faculty members that we advanced were successful. Additionally, as Chair, I was able to hire over 50 new faculty to the university which transformed the culture and climate of our department.  Many of those faculty have remained here at Iowa State and have brought a new spirit of success and standards of excellence which I hope will last for generations.

Favorite Mentoring Quote or Key Mentoring Advice

“Stay positive; Move forward.”

What is a key faculty mentor quality that begins with the same first letter in your first name?

Responsibility and Resiliency