The Department of Agriculture & Food Science at WKU is hiring an Assistant Professor of Animal Science. The Department is committed to educating our students concerning equity and diversity in a multicultural society. The selected candidate will be expected to teach six to nine hours during each semester of the regular academic year, advise both undergraduate and graduate students, and maintain research productivity. Reduction of the teaching load through reassignment of duties is possible with administrative approval. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop a research program with a focus on livestock production. Service activities may include service to the department, college, university, industry and professional groups, and outreach to the surrounding community.
Western Kentucky University has excellent livestock facilities located four miles from the main campus. Livestock facilities include a one hundred head covered feedlot, a covered cattle-working area; a sixty head free stall dairy barn, and laboratory space. Bovine facilities are located on an 800 acre farm with abundant pastures, row crops, beef, equine, and dairy herds. The successful candidate will assist with the management of the livestock facilities and associated personnel including livestock and dairy technicians. The anticipated start date for this position would be August 15, 2020. Job Requirements:
Candidates will be expected to teach livestock courses including animal science, livestock management, livestock production, livestock evaluation, livestock genetics, and/or meat science. Candidates must have knowledge and experience in livestock production and evaluation, including bovine, swine, and/or small ruminants and will be expected to advise student clubs. Applicants should demonstrate experience and commitment to mentoring all students including female students, students of color and students with disabilities. This candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, along with the ability to operate effectively in a diverse multi-ethnic/multicultural environment. Candidates must be able to function in a highly collaborative student centered environment. This position requires a strong commitment to teaching, student advisement, and the professional development of students at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Educational requirements include a Ph.D. in Animal Science or related discipline with experience in livestock production. Candidates nearing the completion of their Ph.D. may also be considered provided the candidate has an M.S. degree with the provision that the successful candidate must have completed their Ph.D. before beginning employment. The successful candidate must be willing to develop a competitive research program with traditional scholarly outcomes (including publications and presentations) in livestock production by obtaining external research grant funding. The successful candidate must be willing to promote multicultural education and awareness. Additional Information:
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all candidates. Western Kentucky University will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745-5121.