Assistant Professor - Sheep and Meat Goat Extension Specialist

Apr 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


General Description of Position: The Department of Animal Sciences & Industry and the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University invites applications for a Tenure Track, Assistant Professor position in the area of Sheep and Meat Goats.  This position is 30% Teaching and 70% Extension.

The starting date is negotiable.  Professorial rank is based on academic experience and accomplishments commensurate with departmental guidelines for each academic rank. Salary will commensurate with the applicant's experience and qualifications.  

Information about the Department: The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry has a long and rich heritage. From the down-to-earth animal husbandry group that emerged from the Farming Department in 1901, to its current form as one of the largest Animal Science departments in the United States, K-State animal science has held fast to its commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and extension.

Moreover, we are fully engaged in embracing the challenges of the future in order to continue providing the objective information and training needed by the citizens of Kansas and elsewhere to thrive in the midst of change. The Animal Science program at Kansas State University ascribes to and seeks to model the core values articulated by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

Those core values include:

  • Integrity (displaying the characteristics of honesty, trust, credibility, responsibility, stewardship and accountability)
  • Communication (exhibiting excellence in listening, speaking, writing, and working together)
  • Scholarship (striving for excellence in the discovery, integration, dissemination and application of knowledge)
  • Leadership (clearly displaying vision, teamwork, customer-focused service, and innovation)
  • Inclusion (showing respect and appreciation for all clientele, co-workers and others with whom we interact)

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan, which has a population of about 56,000. Faculty in Animal Sciences and Industry are housed in two buildings on the K-State campus (Weber Hall and Call Hall). The buildings contain well-equipped laboratories, teaching facilities, a dairy processing plant and a meat processing facility.

Field research facilities for beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, horses, and sheep are located in close proximity to campus. The department manages about 6,500 acres of land for research purposes. In a typical year, departmental research and teaching facilities accommodate about 2000 to 3000 cattle, 3500 swine, 1500 laying hens, 250 sheep and 45 horses.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

The Successful Candidate will: The successful candidate will have the ability to:  
  • Develop and lead extension, applied research and teaching programs in sheep and meat goat production and management
  • Develop multi-disciplinary extension collaborations to deliver technical / scientific information
  • Oversee the K-State Sheep and Meat Goat Center
  • Teach undergraduate sheep and meat goat science, advise undergraduate and graduate students and supervise collegiate wool judging team
  • Secure extramural support for funding of both extension and applied research programs
  • Serve as liaison between producers, youth operations, allied industry and Kansas State University
  • Work in a diverse and multicultural environment
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Animal Science and/or DVM or related area by the start date.
  • Trained and experienced in the production and management of sheep and/or meat goats.
  • Demonstrated evidence of being a successful team member and leader, including the ability to collaborate with a diverse team of colleagues, staff, students and sheep and meat goat stakeholders.
  • Documented oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write scholarly and industry-relevant publications/conduct workshops to effectively communicate with stakeholders.
  • Established profieciency in the interpretation and translation of scientific/technical information into educational resources for extension and teaching programs.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous teaching, advising and wool judging experience.
  • Experience securing extramural support and conducting extension programming and applied research with sheep and/or meat goats.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should complete the application process and upload the following: Letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three reference contacts and copies of university transcripts. Screening of Applications Begins: May 31, 2017 or until an acceptable candidate is identified. Salary Range / Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience  Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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