Assistant or Associate Professor (Teaching), Mixed Animal Veterinary Clinical Education
University of Calgary
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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) in the University of Calgary invites applications for academic scholars in mixed animal veterinary clinical education as one of our two Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC) academic liaisons. Depending on qualifications and career track expectations, the appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor (Teaching) (tenure track) or Associate Professor (Teaching) (with tenure). The start date will be April 1, 2024 or at a mutually agreeable date.
Position Description and Associated Responsibilities
UCVM uses a DVLC comprised of partner veterinary practices and veterinary-related enterprises to deliver the majority of its fourth-year DVM program. This position will have 50% of its time dedicated to supporting our DVLC veterinary educator partners and is expected to develop and deliver professional development programs in teaching, learning, and assessment. This position will work with the Associate Deans Curriculum for the academic liaison role. To help assist with meeting our mission and program competencies, the successful candidate will work closely with other core clinical faculty members to provide appropriate educational support to our DVLC. UCVM will be expanding its intake from 55 to 100 students per year in 2025. The successful candidate will aid in curricular revision to accommodate the increased class-size while maintaining and enhancing the DVLC as a high-quality experiential learning environment.
The position will have 90% of its time focused on teaching and 10% dedicated to service. Teaching will largely be comprised of developing and coaching DVLC instructors in teaching, learning, and assessment in the DVLC. With the expansion of the class size, there will also be considerable work to ensure the quality control of learning experiences with the increased number of students. Additional contributions to didactic, field, and 4th year rotational course teaching, and course coordination, could be required.
Position Requirements and Qualifications
Demonstrated clinical teaching excellence is required, as is an understanding of the development and application of learning outcomes and assessment in clinical veterinary education. The successful candidate will demonstrate effective teaching skills. Service to the department, faculty, University, and community is also expected.
Qualifications include a DVM (or equivalent) and a minimum of five years of clinical experience that demonstrate a high standard of clinical practice. A strong understanding of the veterinary community within Alberta is expected. A graduate degree, advanced clinical training and/or demonstrated scholarly activity in a relevant area is considered an asset but not required. The applicant must be licensed or eligible for immediate licensure in the Province of Alberta.
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/13416424-assistant-professor-teaching-or-associate-professor-teaching-mixed-animal-veterinary-clinical-education-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:
Associate Dean Professional Development
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
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