College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Food ScienceAssistant Professor Genetics and Animal Breeding
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
The University of Wisconsin–River Falls invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Animal Breeding in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). This is a full-time, 9-month tenure-track undergraduate faculty position 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 courses in animal and dairy science. Primary course responsibilities include genetics and/or principles of animal breeding and other classes dependent on expertise and department needs. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision, and other funding sources.
The department serves nearly 700 Animal and Dairy Science majors, including approximately 150 Animal Science – Meat Animal majors, 100 Animal Science – Companion Animal majors, 250 Animal Science – Equine majors, 50 Animal Science – Vet Tech majors, and 140 Dairy Science majors. The department currently has 18 full-time faculty/academic staff members with teaching responsibilities in Animal and Dairy Science. The Campus (equine) and Mann Valley (dairy, beef, swine and sheep) laboratory farms are used heavily to meet the teaching mission of the department, and both are only minutes from campus. The department is one of five within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, which has a total enrollment of over 1350 undergraduate students.
Appointment date is August 21, 2017. More information about the college and department can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach undergraduate courses in animal and dairy science based on educational background, interests and departmental needs. Primary course responsibilities include genetics and/or principles of animal breeding. Other teaching responsibilities may include biometrics, animal management/production, and introductory courses for animal science and dairy science majors. Opportunities may exist to develop courses within your area of expertise and interest. Additional responsibilities include serving as academic advisor to undergraduate students and advisor to one of the many student organizations affiliated with the Animal and Food Science department. Other responsibilities include participating in and conducting department sponsored events such as the Academic Quadrathalon; judging contests, or coaching competitive teams; establishing and maintaining affiliations with livestock or companion animal industries at state, regional, and national levels. Participation in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college and university levels is also expected. Faculty members are also expected to engage in scholarly activity. Such activities are broadly defined and may address the scholarship of teaching, developing a research program, mentoring undergraduate research projects, and/or participation in professional organizations.
Ph.D. in Animal Science or a closely related field at the start of the appointment. Applicants who have finished course work and are still working on their dissertation may be considered for a conditional appointment and must complete their Ph.D. within one year of the date of appointment.
Undergraduate teaching as a primary career objective with interest in and demonstrated ability to teach college-level courses in Animal Science, particularly animal genetics, principles of animal breeding, and other courses offered by the department based on areas of expertise and interest.
Strong interest in and ability to teach a course focused upon a designated species that would include equine, beef cattle, swine, dairy cattle, or companion animals.
Strong interest in and ability to provide academic advising to undergraduate students.
Ability to advise co-curricular activities such as student organizations, internships, and/or undergraduate research.
Well developed and effective oral and written communication skills.
Ph.D. completed by date of appointment.
Demonstrated interest and/or experience in developing collaborations with North American commercial animal industry partners.
Demonstrated interest in applied and undergraduate student research, and a desire to promote or develop international experiences for undergraduate students
Interest and ability to coach judging and evaluation teams.
Materials not submitted electronically cannot be considered and will be shredded.
Curriculum vitae (resume)
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
A three-part statement, (listed as Other Document in the on-line application) 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 in developing collaborations with commercial animal industry partners in North America.
your plans to engage in scholarly activity
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. Steve Kelm, Search 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 March 1, 2017. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university is also interested in applicants who can support and extend our partnerships and initiatives in Asia (particularly China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India) and in Latin America. The university's strategic focus on international education encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the transition of international inbound students and out-bound UWRF students and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships in these regions.
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