Assistant Professor of Animal Science - Equine

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic west central Wisconsin.  Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible.  UWRF’s 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges:  Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science; Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities.  A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students.  Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.  More information about UWRF can be found at: More information about the Animal and Food Science Department is available at

The Position:

This is a tenure-track undergraduate faculty position (100% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Science. The normal teaching load is equivalent to 12 contact hours per semester. This is a nine-month, full-time academic position. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, and other funding sources. Appointment date: August 27, 2013; depending on candidate availability.


Teach undergraduate courses in animal science with an emphasis on equine management and production.  Other teaching opportunities may include introductory animal science courses, and other courses in the core animal science curriculum such as physiology, animal breeding, genetics, nutrition,  or animal behavior depending on departmental needs, the individual’s interest, educational background and skill level. Additional responsibilities include serving as academic advisor to undergraduate students and advisor to student organizations and clubs within the department. Other responsibilities include participating in and conducting departmental sponsored events such as the Academic Quadrathlon, judging contests or coaching competitive teams such as Intercollegiate Horse Show Association teams, and establishing and maintaining affiliation with industry groups at the state, regional and national levels. Participation in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college and university levels is also expected. Faculty members are also expected to engage in scholarly activity. Such activities are broadly defined and may include the scholarship of teaching, the scholarship of research, or similar activities.

Qualifications (Required): The following items are required within potential candidates:

  • Ph.D. or ABD in Animal Science or a closely related field, or a DVM with a graduate degree related to Animal Science is required at the time of appointment.
  • Primary educational/professional expertise in equine science
  • Professional priority for achieving excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Interest in and demonstrated ability in teaching college-level courses in Animal Science
  • Strong interest in academic and club advising
  • Well developed and effective oral and written communication skills
  • Sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University’s commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages and identities.

Qualifications (Preferred): The following attributes are highly desirable within potential candidates:

  • Experience, contacts, and involvement in the North American equine industry
  • Familiarity with U.S. animal agricultural practices;
  • Ability to positively interact and collaborate with faculty members and students across campus.

To Apply:  Online applications are required at:


  1. Curriculum vitae (resume)
  2. Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy (other document 1)
  4. A separate diversity statement addressing – in full - your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and identities (diversity statement).
  5. An unofficial transcript (unofficial transcripts and if needed, unofficial transcripts continued) -official copies of transcripts will be required if hired.
  6. Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (references). 

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Peter Rayne, Committee Chair and Professor of Animal Science
Department of Animal and Food Science

Deadline to Apply: Review of Applications will begin on March 1, 2013.
 For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by this date.
 Materials NOT submitted electronically cannot be considered -

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.  A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.

Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university is also interested in applicants who can support and extend our partnerships and initiatives in Asia (particularly China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India) and in Latin America. The university's strategic focus on international education encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the transition of international inbound students and out-bound UWRF students and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships in these regions.

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