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Assistant/Associate Professor of Animal Science - Livestock Production

Louisiana Tech University
Kellys, Louisiana, US
Closing date
Jun 23, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Thank you for your interest in employment with Louisiana Tech University.

The School of Agricultural Sciences & Forestry at Louisiana Tech University seeks a full-time, nine-month tenure-track Animal Science Assistant or Associate Professor with an emphasis on livestock production or related specialty (animal nutrition, reproduction, etc.). The position is 70% teaching, 20% service, and 10% research (percentages may be negotiated depending on successful candidates' strengths). The successful candidate will join the ranks of a robust animal science program that thoroughly prepares students for professional careers and graduate study in animal science and veterinary medicine. The School of Agricultural Sciences & Forestry is home to 18 faculty and 9 staff serving approximately 400 students in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Education, Animal Science, Forestry, and Geographic Information Science degree programs. Our B.S. Animal Science degree program with concentrations in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Applied Animal Science is highly regarded for providing students with strong academic and professional development, with graduates being well prepared for employment or graduate school or professional programs following graduation. Experiential education and research opportunities are enhanced by access to 1,150-acre Tech Farm and its animal units (beef cattle herd, equine herd, sheep flock, swine herd), as well as a comprehensive meats processing facility and laboratory. Louisiana Tech values excellent teaching and places a high priority on impactful student learning and applied research.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching a variety of animal science courses at the undergraduate level, and may teach elective courses at the graduate level as needed. Teaching assignments will focus primarily on animal production, and may include livestock, equine and poultry production, nutrition, reproduction and other courses as needed. The successful applicant will have academic advising, student recruitment, and course development responsibilities, and will advise student clubs and organizations. Agricultural Sciences faculty members support youth agricultural organization activities such as FFA and 4-H. The individual hired to fill this position will have the opportunity to establish an applied research program, and engage with equine and livestock farm managers, industry professionals, and relevant professional organizations at local, state, and regional levels. Participation in departmental, college, or university committees is a shared responsibility of all Louisiana Tech University faculty members.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Animal Science or related field pertaining to food animal and/or equine science; DVM with agricultural animal experience will be considered. PhD candidates that have completed their dissertation defense (ABD) with a documented plan of completion by the appointment date will be considered. The successful candidate will exhibit effective teaching, communication, and interpersonal skills, and will demonstrate the capacity to work productively and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, peers, and administrators.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with education and professional experience. Louisiana Tech University has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options.

APPLICATIONS: Apply at Attach (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) university transcripts (unofficial), (4) 1-page statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and (5) a list of three professional references with contact details. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Screening of applicants begins April 26, 2024, and completed applications as of that date will receive full consideration. The expected starting date of September 3, 2024 is flexible and may be negotiated. For more information about the position and its responsibilities, contact search chair Dr. Mark Murphey (Agricultural Sciences program chair and search committee chair) at or (318) 257-2457.

ABOUT: Founded in 1894, Louisiana Tech University has approximately 11,000 students and is committed to quality in teaching, research, creative endeavor, public service, and economic development. Located in northern Louisiana's rolling hills, Ruston (population ~22,000) is a vibrant rural college town, with major airports and other metropolitan services located nearby in Monroe and Shreveport. Louisiana Tech University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer and places a high priority on the creation of an environment supportive of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Louisiana Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer and places a high priority on the creation of an environment supportive of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Posting Close Date: This position will remain open until filled.

Please Note: Applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on the Job Closing Date to ensure consideration.

Note to Applicant:

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications in their cover letter. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions at the Louisiana Tech University may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

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