Assistant or Associate Professor (Teaching), Small Animal Community Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary
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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) in the University of Calgary invites applications for academic scholars in small animal community veterinary medicine. This position will help with the development of a community care veterinary clinic and contribute to the DVM teaching across all years. Depending on qualifications and career track expectations, the appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor (Teaching) or Associate Professor (Teaching). This is a limited-term (3-year) position. The start date will be April 1, 2024 or at a mutually agreeable date.
Position Description and Associated Responsibilities
We are seeking an energetic leader to collaboratively develop and launch our new community veterinary care initiatives. This position will develop initiatives to enhance small animal clinical teaching. Under the successful candidate’s leadership, the community care veterinary clinic will provide a safe and supportive clinical environment where veterinary students perform and assist in wellness exams, spays, neuters and minor surgeries, routine dental care, urgent care, and more. In collaboration with small animal faculty, the successful applicant will be involved in developing the curriculum as well as working with the Assistant Dean Curriculum and Associate Deans Curriculum to develop new clinical teaching opportunities for students in the DVM program. This will include integrating clinical teaching in already existing courses (e.g., clinical skills, professional skills) as well as creating clinical rotations in core veterinary skills (e.g., general medicine, surgery, anesthesia, etc.). With this, the successful candidate will join an energetic team that will help to create learning objectives, competency outcomes, and help to develop longitudinal assessments to ascertain competency in the fourth-year program.
The position will have the majority of its time dedicated to the lead the development and running of the new community care clinic, with the remainder of the time focused on DVM student teaching and service (e.g., committee work). Teaching will largely be comprised of small animal primary care medicine and surgery in clinical settings, didactic, and laboratory teaching of DVM students. Contributions to course coordination may be required. Emphasis is placed on the ability to coach students successfully through common primary care procedures.
Position Requirements and Qualifications
The position requires the ability to build strong relationships with the community to promote health and wellbeing of underserved animal populations through collaborating with community shelters, while creating a great learning environment for our students.
Essential qualifications include a DVM (or equivalent) and a minimum of three years of clinical experience preferably in a shelter medicine or general practice setting. Experience in a high volume spay/neuter, basic knowledge of ultrasound, and experience with dentistry, or the willingness to learn, is valued. An understanding of the veterinary and shelter community is expected. The applicant must be licensed or eligible for immediate licensure in the Province of Alberta as a general practice registered veterinarian.
Appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor (Teaching) normally requires evidence of teaching effectiveness, an awareness of how to apply scholarly approaches to teaching and learning practices, participate in reflective practice, and professional learning activities related to teaching and learning. Commitment to, or experience with, defining learning goals, supporting student learning activities and engagement, and creating assessment strategies may also be required. The rank of Assistant Professor (Teaching) also requires engagement in the research and scholarship required to maintain currency in pedagogy and curriculum design of the relevant discipline or field as well as engaging in other scholarly professional or creative activities that strengthens and informs the academic staff member’s knowledge base and expertise.
Appointment to the rank of Associate Professor (Teaching), in addition to the requirements for an Assistant Professor (Teaching), requires evidence of teaching effectiveness, a demonstrated ability to apply scholarly approaches to teaching and learning and student engagement, to design student learning experiences and assessment strategies grounded in a clearly articulated teaching philosophy. The rank of Associate Professor (Teaching) also requires the continuous development and demonstration of a scholarly foundation for designing and implementing innovative teaching and that supports student learning, ability to create respectful and inclusive learning environments that promote student engagement, participate in learning activities, networks and communities and engagement in reflective practice to adjust and strengthen one’s teaching, learning and assessment practices.
Information About the Faculty
UCVM’s DVM program provides a comprehensive general veterinary education to approximately 50 students per year, with an expected expansion to 100 students. The program is an integrated core-elective program, with enhanced educational opportunities in defined areas that combine discipline-based courses with extensive on-campus and off-campus experiential learning. UCVM is a research-intensive faculty with expanding research, graduate education, and advanced clinical trainee programs. Descriptions of the Faculty, its programs, and its departments can be found at http://www.vet.ucalgary.ca/.
The University has established the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning that supports the development of teaching excellence and scholarly activity.
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link on the UCalgary careers website: https://vetmed.careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/13418958-assistant-professor-teaching-or-associate-professor-teaching-small-animal-community-veterinary-medicine-faculty-of-veterinary-medicine
A complete application should include:
• Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees
• Statement of teaching philosophy or teaching dossier
• Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Within your application, indicate the rank you are applying for. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments, which may require you to merge documents.
Questions may be addressed to:
Aylin Atilla, Associate Dean Professional Development
Application Deadline: December 4, 2023
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