Assistant or Associate Professor of Immunology (Open Rank)

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The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine is seeking to fill a faculty position to provide foundational science teaching, research, and outreach/service needs of an exciting, innovative, and fully funded new veterinary education program located in Amarillo, TX.  Texas is a rapidly growing and prosperous state.  The new School is the first program established in Texas in a century and focuses on veterinary medical and educational needs of rural and regional communities of Texas.

Applications are welcomed beginning August 31, 2020 (see below for instructions on how to apply).  Application packages will be reviewed semi-weekly and candidates will be invited for interviews when the review of packages indicates that an adequate pool of candidates have applied.

 

Background

The School and the focus of its comprehensive veterinary medical education program are founded on the following objectives:

  • Graduate practice-ready, competent and confident veterinarians who will serve rural and regional communities across Texas;
  • Provide access to affordable, high-quality veterinary medical education for Texans;
  • Develop a research-intensive School that enhances and complements the strengths of TTU and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), and addresses the needs for research and expertise in veterinary medicine, food- and fiber-animal production, and the health sciences;
  • Provide opportunities for graduate education and research, and advanced clinical training in internships and residencies;
  • Support sustainability of livestock industries as they feed growing state, national, and global populations; and
  • Improve human, animal, and ecosystem health by integrating innovative One Health activities into our educational, scholarship, and service activities.

 

The core values of the School are:

  • One Community
  • Integrity
  • Kindheartedness
  • Grit
  • Innovativeness

 

The School has begun the process of accreditation.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) conducted a comprehensive site visit during June, 2020.  The School is co-located adjacent to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center regional campus in Amarillo.  Facilities, currently under construction, include state-of-the-art buildings to support all aspects of the School.  A guiding principle framing the design of both the curriculum and facilities is the need for competent and confident general veterinary practitioners in rural and regional communities. 

 

Amarillo is a vibrant and growing community in the Texas Panhandle.  With a metropolitan statistical area population of greater than 260,000, it offers attractions of a larger city while holding true to its agricultural roots (https://www.visitamarillo.com).  Amarillo serves as a center of services for a large, multi-state area and is home to many agricultural associations such as the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.

 

Responsibilities of the Positions

  • Contribute to the School’s instruction, scholarship, and service activities.  The distribution of effort toward each activity will be individualized for each faculty member and outlined in the letter of appointment. 
    • It is expected that faculty members will establish extramural support of their scholarship and this will include support for graduate students and opportunities for involvement of professional students.  This expectation is proportional to percentage of effort assigned to scholarship in the letter of appointment.
  • Contribute to activities necessary to receive accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education, other regulatory or accreditation approvals, and admit and deliver the curriculum to the inaugural (and subsequent) cohorts of students of the professional program.
  • Curriculum development and related activities.
    • The curriculum framework has been developed based on Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE; see www.AAVMC.org), and is designed to be vertically and horizontally integrated.
    • Curriculum development will require considerable teamwork to effectively develop course syllabi and content relative to this integration, and to curricular outcomes.
    • Curriculum mapping of course-specific learning objectives against curricular outcomes.
    • Delivery of the curriculum within the professional program.  This might include serving as instructor of record for various courses or contributing lectures to other courses.
    • Development and participation in the School’s PhD program
  • Until such time that it is necessary to create departments (or department-like structures) within the School, the successful candidates will report to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.
  • Participation on various School committees.
  • Involvement to instruction, research, and outreach/service.  The proportional breakdown will vary depending on the faculty member.  Proportional to their contribution to scholarship outlined in their letters of appointment, it is expected that faculty members, both individually and as teams, establish externally funded research activities that support graduate students and provide opportunities for involvement of professional students.
  • The successful candidates will be expected to foster a values-based environment within the School, and to develop collegial relationships with faculty, staff and students at Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and other institutions as appropriate.

 

Qualifications

An earned PhD is required and a DVM (or equivalent) is strongly preferred.  The PhD must be in a veterinary immunology related field.  Preference will be given to candidates who have a successful track record of or show particular promise of future teamwork, curricular development, instruction, scholarship, and service.  The successful candidates must share and foster the School’s core values; faculty member’s contribution to the School’s core values will be included as part of the annual evaluation process.  Adaptability, persistence, and resilience will be important attributes for success in the evolving dynamics that are characteristic of a developing program. 

 

Preferences:  Texas Tech is a Hispanic Serving Institution and has a long history of serving first-generation students.  A commitment to working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is required.

 

Salary

A competitive salary and benefits package will be provided commensurate with qualifications and experience, and start-up funding will be provided to support research program development.  These are full-time, 12-month, tenure-track academic appointments.

 

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online at www.workattexastech.com search for requisition 21680BR.  Please upload a cover letter and complete curriculum vita that includes a list of publications and any other information reflecting qualifications and professional activities related to academic scholarship, teaching, and service to stakeholders.  In the cover letter, please clearly indicate the scientific disciplinary that aligns best with your expertise; while expertise that cross disciplinary boundaries is preferred, please select a primary discipline.  Please provide the names of three references of individuals who can provide an evaluation of your qualifications and can be contacted for a letter if needed.

 

Contact the search committee chair with questions:

John J. Dascanio (john.dascanio@ttu.edu)

Texas Tech University

School of Veterinary Medicine

7671 Evans Dr

Amarillo, TX 79106

 

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

 

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