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Assistant/Associate Professor of Animal Behavior
Jobs & Postdocs
Posted Feb 21
Assistant/Associate Professor of Animal Behavior
Stephens College
Columbia, Missouri, USA

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Job Type
Full-time, Contract
Stephens College invites applications for a full-time 9-month non-tenure track position in Animal Behavior (rank at hire commensurate with experience). The ideal candidate will join a nascent Animal Behavior program and help lead its development and expansion. We are most interested in a faculty member with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Applied Animal Behavior; Human-Animal Interactions; Animal Training, Care & Welfare; Conservation & Wildlife Behavior; Biological Basis of Behavior; or Veterinary Behavior. We are seeking a collaborative scientist who complements, and expands upon, the teaching, research, and outreach capacity of an interdisciplinary team including biology, psychology, and equestrian science faculty.
Stephens College is a dynamic women’s college invested in immersive and experiential learning. The new Animal Behavior program is a key component to the College’s strategic plan and leverages our existing equestrian program, a new collaborative animal research track for undergraduates (WiSR: Women in STEM Research), and a campus-wide commitment to the well-being of companion and service animals to provide expanded opportunities for student advancement and faculty development. We have strategic local, regional, and national partnerships with animal research, welfare, and outreach organizations in support of our animal-related programs, and the new faculty member will play a key role in setting future priorities, including increased community involvement and service.
Preference will be given to candidates with a plan to engage our campus and community in the program’s activities, undergraduate students in their research program, and fellow faculty and staff in developing new initiatives promoting animal welfare and/or healthy and sustainable human-animal interactions. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to an expanding set of opportunities for collaborative and undergraduate research in a small college setting, including the new WiSR Program, a research and education collaboration with a partner veterinary school. The specific area of research is open.
Job Duties:
  1. Develop and teach undergraduate courses in animal behavior and psychology
  2. Development and expand animal-focused programs on and off campus
  3. Academic advising for undergraduate students
  4. Develop and pursue a research program with undergraduate students
  5. Provide service to the college and profession
  6. Assist in development of curricula and programs within the School of Health Sciences
Education and Experience:
  1. Earned PhD with animal behavior research focus, and/or a DVM
  2. Experience managing an animal facility
  3. Experience teaching at the collegiate or university level
  4. Record of research accomplishments and program suited for undergraduate student participation
  5. Ability to implement innovative and diverse teaching styles to a wide variety of learners
  6. Excellent collaborative and communication skills
Highly Desired:
  1. Postdoctoral research experience
  2. Experience mentoring undergraduate research students
  3. Academic advising of undergraduate students
Stephens College is a women’s college proudly located in downtown Columbia, MO, home to the University of Missouri and two private colleges with a total student population of about 40,000. Since our founding in 1833, we’ve been offering innovative, career-focused programs sound in the liberal arts with a focus on creative arts and sciences. We take a hands-on, experiential approach to education, making sure our students get both quality classroom instruction and external work experiences that complement their coursework. Stephens College prepares students to become leaders and innovators in a rapidly changing world. Graduate, online, and certificate programs available to women and men as part of our commitment to lifelong learning. 
The college prides itself on fostering a close-knit faculty community and on providing a welcoming, learning-centered environment for students. The learning community is distinguished by small classes, close engagement with faculty, intellectual rigor, and dynamic programs of study that reflect the College’s mission of lifelong learning. Stephens College contributes to the vibrant social and cultural climate which makes Columbia such a desirable place to live.

Stephens College offers excellent benefits, including vacation/holiday/sick pay, health/dental/life insurance, tuition waiver and college-matched retirement plan.
Stephens College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status and all other classifications protected by law. Stephens College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX or disability accommodations, any other concerns related to equity or noncompliance, or requests for a complete copy of the College’s policy should be directed to the Stephens College Equity Compliance Team at [email protected], or (573) 876-2321 or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at