Assistant or Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery
Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine
Location: Amarillo, Texas
Type: Full Time
DVM or equivalent
Internal Number: 32442BR
The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine (TTU 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.
Tenure-track or non-tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor or associate professor
Small Animal Surgery
Timing of availability
Beginning March 1, 2023, and thereafter until position is filled
Applications are welcomed immediately (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 has enrolled its’ first two classes. Admissions is underway for the third class of 100 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
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
Curricular development and related activities. Most curricular development will focus on Small Animal Medicine and Surgery courses.
The curricular framework has been developed based on Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE; see AAVMC.org), and is designed to be vertically and horizontally integrated.
Curricular development will require considerable teamwork to effectively develop course syllabi and content relative to this integration, and to curricular outcomes.
Curricular mapping of course-specific learning objectives against curricular
Delivery of the curriculum within the professional This might include serving as instructor of record for various courses, contributing lectures to other courses, or participating in laboratories.
Participation in instructional development and delivery of Clinical Skills Laboratories focusing on surgery and small animal skills.
Participation and delivery of Clinical Case Presentations
Clinical service, for the purpose of veterinary student clinical instruction, may be provided through specific private practice sites that serve as clinical learning centers for students. Effort may be directed towards developing the site in anticipation of instructing students in their clinical year such as expanding the clinical caseload; supporting the practice with advanced diagnostics, therapeutics, and surgical support; advancing the education of veterinary practitioners, supervision, and instruction of clinical year students in core and/or elective clinical year rotations specific to Small Animal.
Participation on various School
The curriculum is grounded on general veterinary practice in rural agricultural 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 important feedback that will inform the admission process, instruction, and continuing education.
A DVM (or equivalent) is required. Texas Veterinary Licensure (current or obtained on re-location to Texas) will be required.
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 advanced surgical experience or those with ACVS/ECVS board certification or
Candidates with experience in primary-care medicine/surgery in rural and/or regional
Experience organizing and leading a veterinary care
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. This is a full-time, 12-month, academic appointment. Appointments may be tenure- or non-tenure-track depending on the preference of the successful candidate.
Applicants must apply online at www.workattexastech.com and should search for requisition 32442BR. 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. 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
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.
An EEO/Affirmative Action/Vet/Disability Institution
About Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine
The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine strives to meet the current and future needs of Texas and its citizens through a commitment to excellence in:
Providing high-quality, affordable veterinary medical education that emphasizes One Health principles and general veterinary practice in rural and regional communities across the major domestic species;
Delivering veterinary medical education using an integrated core-elective curriculum both on our campus and through our community-based partners;
Engaged scholarship that enriches students' educational experience, instills life-long learning skills, and discovers and translates new knowledge that benefits animals, humans, and our ecosystem health, the profession, and society more broadly;
Providing opportunities for advanced graduate education and research, and clinical training in internships and residencies;
Empowering faculty, staff and students to engage in service that enhances our community-based partners, their clients, patients, and communities, the wider veterinary profession, and the citizens of Texas and beyond; and
Delivering innovative life-long education programs for our graduates, practice partners, the wider veterinary community, and our stakeholders.