Assistant or Associate Professor of Veterinary Communications
- Amarillo, Texas, West Texas
The Texas Tech University (TTU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is seeking to fill a faculty position to provide instruction, scholarship, and outreach/service needs of our exciting, and innovative veterinary education program located in Amarillo, TX. Texas is a rapidly growing and prosperous state. The TTU SVM is the first veterinary medical program established in Texas in a century and focuses on serving the unique needs of rural and regional communities of Texas.
Assistant Professor /Associate Professor (tenure-track), or Assistant / Associate Professor of Practice (non-tenure track)
Communication in the Health Professions
Timing of availability
Beginning July 1, 2022, and therafter until position is filled
Applications are welcomed beginning April 11, 2022 (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.
All faculty and staff are expected to foster the Core Values of the School. Contribution to fostering the School’s values will be evaluated as part of your annual performance review.
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 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) granted the TTU SVM provisional accreditation in 2021. The School enrolled its inaugural class of 64 students in August 2021 and classes began 16th of August, 2021. Admissions is underway for the second class of approximately 80 students.
The TTU SVM is adjacent the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) regional campus in Amarillo. The TTU SVM will maintain populations of domestic animals, and the region is home to large numbers of production animals and wildlife providing further opportunities for field-based research.
Amarillo is a vibrant and growing community in the Texas Panhandle. With a metropolitan statistical area population approaching 270,000, 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
- Be a constructive and collaborative member of the team of faculty and staff that lead the Clinical and Professional Skills courses.
- Curricular development and related activities. Most curricular development will focus on professional skills coursework including training of veterinary students in communication, interprofessional collaborations, ethics, leadership, and managing health-care teams.
- The curricular framework has been developed based on Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE; see www.AAVMC.org), and is designed to be vertically and horizontally integrated.
- Curricular development will require collaborative teamwork to effectively develop course syllabi and content relative to this integration, and to accomplish desired outcomes.
- Curricular mapping of course-specific learning objectives with curricular outcomes.
- Delivery of the curriculum within the professional program. This might include serving as instructor of record for various courses, contributing lectures to other courses, or participating in laboratories.
- Contribute to the TTU SVM’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 tenure-track 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 for accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education, other regulatory or accreditation approvals, and admit and deliver the curriculum to the students of the professional degree program.
- Development and participation in the School’s research enterprise and PhD program
- Participation on various School committees.
- Additional comments:
- Veterinarians frequently serve as community leaders within rural and regional communities. It is imperative that they have good communication skills, they can effectively manage teams, and they have the tools to manage stress.
- The curriculum is grounded on general veterinary practice in rural and regional communities. A central function of subject-matter experts is to provide instruction such that graduates can competently and confidently practice veterinary medicine at a distance from referral hospitals.
- Those with experience in rural and regional community practices will provide an important mental model of practice that will inform the admission process, instruction, and continuing education.
- This position reports to an Assistant Dean
A DVM, or a degree in communication or a related field, or in another relevant social scientist profession (ie: LCSW, LPC, etc).
Preference will be given to:
- Candidates who have a successful track record of or show promise in future teamwork, curricular development, instruction, scholarship, and service.
- Candidates with professional skills training especially communications training and experience in facilitation/coaching of these skills.
- Candidates with experience in medical education (human or veterinary) or practice.
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 on the cover letter.
A competitive salary and benefits package will be provided commensurate with qualifications and experience, and when applicable, start-up funding will be provided to support research program development. These are full-time, 12-month, academic appointments. Appointments may be tenure- or non-tenure-track depending on the preference of the successful candidate. When appropriate, non-tenure-track appointments will be at a fitting rank within the Professor of Practice title (i.e., Assistant Professor of Practice or Associate Professor of Practice).
Applicants must apply online at www.workattexastech.com and should search for requisition 28309BR. 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 clinical and/or professional skill discipline 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 individuals who can provide an evaluation of your qualifications and can be contacted for a reference letter if needed.
Contact the search committee chair with questions:
Texas Tech University
School of Veterinary Medicine
7671 Evans Dr
Amarillo, TX 79119
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 minoritized candidates, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.
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