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Assistant Professor of Animal Science - Canine Behavior and Training
Jobs & Postdocs
Posted Dec 19
The University of Wisconsin - River Falls is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Animal Science - Canine Behavior and Training.  

This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track undergraduate faculty position (100% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Science. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The Animal Science major has experienced considerable enrollment growth, serving over 800 students. Forty percent of those students are in the companion animal option. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interests, experience, and ability to teach and develop the companion animal behavior and training courses with an emphasis on the canine species. Other teaching opportunities may include courses in companion animal management or core animal science curriculum depending on departmental needs, the individual’s interest, educational background, and skill level. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision, and other funding sources. Anticipated appointment date: August 21, 2023

The successful candidate will work with existing companion animal faculty to develop a university-level canine behavior and training program centered on science-based humane methodologies. Primary teaching responsibilities will include developing new coursework and modifying existing coursework in undergraduate canine behavior and training. Examples of course content may include introductory canine behavior and training, advanced canine behavior and training, and disorders of companion animal behavior.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Animal Science, Animal Behavior (companion animal focus) or a related field, or a licensed DVM with relevant canine behavior and training experience at the time of appointment. ABD candidates will be considered for a conditional appointment and must complete their Ph.D. within one year of the date of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated experience in canine training and canine behavior modification.
  • Strong interest in developing a broad canine behavior and training program at the university level.
  • Professional priority for achieving excellence in undergraduate teaching.
  • Strong interest in or demonstrated ability in teaching college-level courses in animal science.
  • Strong interest in and ability to provide academic advising to undergraduate students.
  • Well-developed and effective oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Record of interest, involvement, and contacts in the animal behavior and training industry.
  • Experience or interest in canine assistance training program development.
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB), or targeted certifications such as Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) with canine focus, Karen Pryor Academy Certification (KPA), Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA).
  • Interest in developing community-based training program and interest in interdisciplinary collaboration with university programs, dependent on candidate’s interests, ability, and input.
  • Documented evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate level.
  • Interest in and ability to advise co-curricular activities such as student organizations, internships, and/or undergraduate research.
Applications close on February 5, 2023.  For more information and to apply, please see the position posting found at the UWRF website: