The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut is soliciting applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Animal Nutrition. Candidates with various disciplinary backgrounds and research interests in animal nutrition are encouraged to apply. This will be a 9-month, 60% research and 40% teaching, tenure-track position.
The Department of Animal Science includes 20 faculty and 20 staff members. Faculty expertise includes food science and microbiology, meat science and muscle biology, poultry and livestock production, growth physiology, genetics and genomics, reproductive physiology, animal nutrition, equine science, and animal biotechnology. The Department has approximately 400 undergraduate majors pursuing AAS and BS degrees and 35-40 graduate students pursuing MS and Ph.D. degrees. In addition to classroom instruction, the undergraduate curricula include experiential learning, study abroad opportunities, internships, and undergraduate research programs. A meat processing facility, commercial creamery, and AAALAC accredited farms (beef and dairy cattle, sheep, poultry, swine, and horses) that support both research and teaching are located on the Storrs campus. For more information regarding the Department of Animal Science, please visit the Department's website at https://animalscience.cahnr.uconn.edu/.
The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) has implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and extension programs. An essential component of that Strategic Vision is a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and extension. Faculty hired for this position will be expected to make significant impacts to this Strategic Vision through contributions in their area of expertise (https://cahnr.uconn.edu/visionandvalues/).
Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply
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Dismantling structural racism and fostering environments that advance racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for antiracist policies, practices, and norms
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Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The candidate is expected to establish a sustainable, extramurally funded, internationally recognized, and innovative research program in Animal Nutrition. The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate course in Animal Nutrition and a graduate course in the individual’s area of expertise, and advise undergraduate and graduate students. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with existing faculty within the Department, College, and University. In addition, the candidate will develop collaborative relationships with professional peers and industry partners across state and regional boundaries.
The candidate also is expected to:
Recruit graduate students in a nationally and internationally competitive graduate program.
Provide opportunities for undergraduate research in the Department of Animal Science.
Teach an upper-level Animal Nutrition class and scientific writing in nutrition.
Participate as a collaborative faculty member in the Department of Animal Science.
Contribute to experiential learning experiences within the Department of Animal Science.
Provide academic and professional services both within and outside of the University.
Commitment to promoting diversity through academic and research programs.
Ph.D. in animal science or a related area, with an emphasis on animal nutrition. Equivalent foreign degrees are accepted.
Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications from original research.
Previously taught or assisted with teaching at the university level.
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and strong interpersonal skills.
Experience in animal nutrition research.
Postdoctoral and grant-writing experience.
Experience with team-oriented teaching and research.
Demonstrated success in independently securing extramural competitive research funding.
Ability to pursue innovative, collaborative, and/or multidisciplinary research.
Active participation in major professional societies and meetings.
Record of effective classroom instruction.
Ability to integrate research into instruction.
Demonstrated experience in undergraduate or graduate student mentoring.
This is a 9-month, 60% research and 40% teaching, tenure-track position at the University of Connecticut’s main campus located in Storrs. The anticipated start date is August 23, 2023. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
A cover letter summarizing how your qualifications and experience meet the position requirements and how your work will address one or more of CAHNR strategic priorities (2-page max),
Statement of research interests (2-page max),
Teaching philosophy (2-page max),
Commitment to diversity statement (1-page max),
Names and contact information for at least three letters of reference.
Only complete applications submitted via Academic Jobs Online will be considered. Evaluation of applicants will begin on January 25, 2023, and will continue until a successful candidate is selected. Inquiries should be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. Mary Anne Amalaradjou (email@example.com).
At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.
This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
The goal of the Animal Science Department is to provide the citizens of the State of Connecticut with a first-class comprehensive program to meet the tripartite missions of teaching, research, and service to animal agriculture. This goal is closely aligned with both the University of Connecticut’s Academic Plan and College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources’ Strategic Plan.