Assistant Professor of Animal Science - Canine Behavior and Training
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Location: River Falls, Wisconsin
Internal Number: 8635
Appointment Type: Faculty
This is a full-time, nine-month, 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 Animal Science major has experienced considerable enrollment growth, serving over 800 students. Forty percent of those students are in the companion animal option. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interests, experience, and ability to teach and develop the companion animal behavior and training courses with an emphasis on the canine species. Other teaching opportunities may include courses in companion animal management or core animal science curriculum 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. Anticipated appointment date: August 21, 2023
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ph.D. in Animal Science, Animal Behavior (companion animal focus) or a related field, or a licensed DVM with relevant canine behavior and training experience at the time of appointment. ABD candidates will be considered for a conditional appointment and must complete their Ph.D. within one year of the date of the appointment.
Demonstrated experience in canine training and canine behavior modification.
Strong interest in developing a broad canine behavior and training program at the university level.
Professional priority for achieving excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Strong interest in or 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.
Record of interest, involvement, and contacts in the animal behavior and training industry.
Experience or interest in canine assistance training program development.
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB), or targeted certifications such as Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) with canine focus, Karen Pryor Academy Certification (KPA), Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA).
Interest in developing community-based training program and interest in interdisciplinary collaboration with university programs, dependent on candidate's interests, ability, and input.
Documented evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate level.
Interest in and ability to advise co-curricular activities such as student organizations, internships, and/or undergraduate research.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants are required to apply online. UWRF will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Applicants are required to provide:
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
A three-part statement (upload under other document), 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 companion animal experience, and - your applied research and scholarly activity agenda.
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: Professor Peter Rayne, DVM – Search Chair