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Assistant Professor of Practice, Companion Animal/Animal Behavior (UPDATED)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Animal Science

Posting Number: req10513

Department: Animal&Biomedical Sciences-Ins

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Please note: This posting has been updated in its Contact Information for Candidates section. The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences invites candidates to apply for the position of Professor of Practice at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful applicants will have a graduate degree in Animal/Veterinary Science or related field with an emphasis in applied animal behavior. This is a Career Track, non-tenure eligible faculty position with a total Full Time Equivalency (FTE) of 1.0, Instruction (90%) and Service (10%). Candidates must have a Masters, Ph.D. or DVM degree.

The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences supports Inclusive Excellence. The University diversity strategic initiative is designed to engage every member of the university community in diversity and inclusiveness. Candidates are encouraged to support the department's diversity and inclusiveness efforts and to be especially supportive of underrepresented communities in STEM.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate for this appointment will teach 18 units (equivalent to 3 courses x 3 units per semester) per 9 month academic year, typically for undergraduate students. Courses will be taught in-person and/or online and cover topics such as animal behavior, welfare, learning theory, and applied animal behavior in companion animals. Instruction will be a mix of independent instruction and team teaching, and will include engagement with the local community (e.g., animal shelters, youth education). Examples of specific courses include the following (descriptions can be found in the UA Course Catalog).

  • ACBS 311 Understanding Dog & Cat Behavior
  • ACBS 481 Principles of Applied Companion Animal Behavior
  • ACBS 482 Applied Companion Animal Behavior in Practice
  • ACBS 497B Applied Animal Behavior Workshop

In addition, the review and redesign of the current Animal Sciences curriculum is likely to result in a change in core courses. Thus, applicants with experience in teaching lower-division courses in Animal Behavior and Welfare will be preferred.

This position will have active engagement in curriculum development and creation of innovative learning resources for the Applied Animal Behavior emphasis.

An important aspect of teaching within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is ensuring that all instruction is inclusive for our diverse student population. The successful candidate will be able to work with colleagues to refine and shape course offerings to create a positive and impactful educational experience. Developing course resources to ensure 100% engagement and developing life-long learning habits are essential to our mission.

Teaching duties may be adjusted to meet the needs of the School and College.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrate a student-centered approach to teaching using active and adaptive learning strategies, including significant experiential learning and reflection opportunities.
  • Ability to develop new applied animal behavior courses or materials for other domesticated animals, especially livestock.
  • Interest in helping develop a vision to improve animal welfare for all animals in our School.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters, PhD or DVM in Animal/Veterinary Science or related field.
  • Experience in applied animal behavior especially in companion animals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in animal behavior science in both teaching and research.
  • Experience in teaching lower-division college courses in Animal Behavior and Welfare.
  • Experience in addressing emerging issues in the companion animal industry.
  • Background in ethology.
  • Experience with teaching college-level courses across different modalities (e.g., online, in person, hybrid, practicums).
  • Experience in techniques for addressing diversity and inclusion in the classroom and/or experience in contributing to the diversity and inclusion mission for the candidate's department, college, university, and/or profession.

Rank: Assistant

Tenure Information

Career-Track (CT)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Research Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $67,000 - $75,000 DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Netzin Steklis Associate Professor of Practice

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please submit the following:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter
3. A Statement of Teaching Philosophy in the 'Additional Document' slot
4. A Statement of Diversity & Inclusion describing the candidate's philosophy or experience in techniques for addressing diversity and inclusion in the classroom, and, if relevant, contributions to the diversity and inclusion mission for the candidate's department, college, university, and/or profession. (To be placed in the 'Additional Document' slot.)
5. Three professional references in the 'Additional Document' slot.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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