College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Food Science
Assistant Professor – Companion Animal
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The companion animal emphasis within the Animal Science major is a new and quickly growing program within the Department of Animal and Food Science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). The increasing student enrollment has provided the opportunity to find a tenure-track professor interested in developing, expanding, and maintaining this strong student interest. This is a nine-month, full-time academic, tenure-track undergraduate faculty position (100% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Science. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interests and ability to teach undergraduate courses in animal science with an emphasis on companion animal management, behavior, and the human-animal bond. Other teaching opportunities may include courses in the core animal science curriculum such as physiology, genetics, nutrition, or animal behavior depending on departmental needs, the individual’s interest, educational background, and skill level. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision, and other funding sources. Information about the college and department can be found at: https://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/ Appointment date: August 27, 2018
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Primary teaching will include undergraduate courses in animal science with an emphasis on companion animal management, behavior, animal-human interaction and the human-animal bond. Other teaching opportunities may include introductory animal science courses, and other courses in the core animal science curriculum such as physiology, genetics, nutrition, or animal behavior depending on departmental needs, the individual’s interest, educational background, and skill level. Additional responsibilities include serving as academic advisor to undergraduate students and advisor to student organizations and clubs within the department such as the Companion Animal Respect and Education Club. Other responsibilities include participating in and conducting department sponsored events such as the Academic Quadrathlon and judging contests, or coaching competitive teams. It is also expected that the individual will establish and maintain affiliations with companion animal groups or associations at the state, regional and national levels. The University requires participation in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college, and university levels. Faculty members are also expected to engage in scholarly activity broadly defined as the scholarship of teaching, the scholarship of research, or similar activities.
Ph.D. in Animal Science or a closely related field, or a licensed DVM with either a relevant graduate degree or at least 5 years relevant work experience at the time of appointment, or ABD candidates may be considered for a conditional appointment and must complete their Ph.D. within two years of the date of the appointment.
Primary educational/professional expertise in companion animals.
Professional priority for achieving excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Interest in and demonstrated ability in teaching college-level courses in Animal Science.
Strong interest in and ability to provide academic advising to undergraduate students.
Well developed and effective oral and written communication skills.
Experience, contacts, and involvement in the companion animal industry.
Education and experience in one of the following disciplines: animal behavior or physiology.
Familiarity with U.S. animal agricultural practices.
Documented evidence of successful teaching at the college level.
Interest in and ability to advise co-curricular activities such as student organizations, internships, and/or undergraduate research and global experiences.
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (Cover Letter)
A three-part statement, not to exceed 3 pages, covering
your primary and secondary teaching interests, experience in classroom, and any evidence of successful teaching at the college level
your experience and involvement in the companion animal industry, and
your applied research and scholarly activity agenda. (Other Document)
An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (References).
Inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Sylvia Kehoe, Professor and Search Committee Chair Department of Animal and Food Science firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by January 6, 2018. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
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