Instructor/Assistant Professor, Animal Science

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Job Title:

Instructor/Assistant Professor, Animal Science

Type of Employment:

Regular Full-Time

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Employment Term:

Academic Year

Position Type:

Faculty (Non-Tenure-Track)


Animal and Equine Science

Summary of Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Full-time, nine-month Instructor/Assistant Professor position to begin August 15, 2022.

Teach 12 hours per semester of courses in animal science including (but not limited to) Introduction to Animal Science, livestock nutrition, reproduction, and management with specific emphasis on core classes. Successful applicant will have academic advising, student recruitment and course development responsibilities. The successful candidate will also be expected to serve as an advisor to student clubs and organizations, to work closely with equine and livestock managers, to interact with an industry advisory committee, and develop a working relationship with industries relevant to the programs. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in research and professional development activities. Involvement in service/leadership activities to the school, university, industry and state, regional, and national professional organizations will be included as a part of position responsibilities. Actual teaching assignments will be based on the specific strengths of the successful candidate and the curricular needs of the school.

Minimum Education Requirements:

Master’s degree in Animal Science or related field is required.

Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:

Significant skills/work experience in the livestock industry required. Demonstrated competence in the area of Animal Science is also required. The ability to teach and work in a multidisciplinary School of Agriculture is expected.

Preferred Education and/or Experience Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Animal Science is preferred. ABD with a documented plan of completion by start date will be considered. Previous teaching experience at a college/university and/or work or farm management experience in food animal science, particularly beef cattle, is preferred. Experience working with graduate students and graduate programs and experience with competitive teams (judging teams, Quadrathalon, etc.) is also preferred.

Note: If the successful candidate is master’s prepared, the position will be filled as a non-tenure track, instructor. If the successful candidate holds a terminal degree, the position will be filled as a tenure-track, assistant professor.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Along with the application, the following items must be included:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae

To assist the search committee in effectively reviewing your application materials, please be sure that your letter of application and vitae demonstrate your skill sets, credentials, and degrees held as requested by the posted advertisement.

If you are ABD, please include a statement that outlines your plan for completion, which should also include the name of your committee chair, phone number and email address along with your anticipated defense date and anticipated graduation date. For example: My dissertation committee anticipates that I will be completed by August 1, 2025, as my defense date is currently set for May 28, 2025. Currently, my data has been collected and analyzed and Chapters 1 through 5 of the dissertation have been submitted to the committee. My dissertation committee chair is: Dr. Michael Jordan, 1000 Eastman Way, Atlanta, GA 40012, 815-000-0000, email: [email protected]

For best consideration, please submit a completed application along with all required materials by June 13, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Working at Murray State University

For almost 100 years Murray State University has served students from the region, the nation and the world. Founded in 1922, the University has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to 10,017 today. Students receive personalized attention from supportive faculty and staff as the University offers a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Murray State University has ranked among the top universities in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's annual publication, America's Best Colleges, for the past 28 consecutive years. Additionally, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Murray State a "Great College to Work For" for 7 of the past 10 years.

Recognition of the quality of Murray State programs is reflected in accreditations. Murray State has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1928. Program accreditations have also been attained in animal health technology, art, business, counseling, dietetics, engineering physics, several engineering technology programs, chemistry, journalism and mass communications, music, nursing, occupational safety and health, physics and engineering physics, social work, special education, teacher education and veterinary laboratory diagnostics.

Located in the Jackson Purchase lake area of west Kentucky, Murray State is a state-supported comprehensive University with four academic colleges - business, education and human services, humanities and fine arts, and science, engineering and technology - a school of agriculture, and a school of nursing and health professions. The University's 236-acre main campus is in Murray, a city of 17,741. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, professional instruction, as well as continuing education programs.

The main campus comprises more than 70 major buildings, including classroom and office buildings and two libraries. The Waterfield Library houses the circulating collection, reference sources, government documents, microforms and periodicals. The historic Pogue Library contains special materials relating to the history and culture of west Kentucky and the region. Murray State also operates the Pullen Farm, Hancock Biological Station, Breathitt Veterinary Center and The Arboretum at Murray State. In addition to the main campus in Murray, the University's regional campuses and educational presences include Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

The University's mission statement is as follows:

Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities. We offer relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs with core studies in the liberal arts and sciences, leading to degrees from certificates to advanced practice doctorates that prepare students for success. Through effective and creative teaching, the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to real-world situations, and academic and student support services, our quality faculty and staff foster student growth in knowledge, critical inquiry, and innovative thinking.


As a public comprehensive university dedicated to diversity, global awareness, and intellectual curiosity, we actively engage students, faculty, staff, and the community in collaborative scholarship, creative activity, and research. We invest in our communities through thoughtful public service in our 18-county service region and beyond. Our uniqueness arises from our combination of academic excellence, welcoming atmosphere, and dedication to student success through mentored, real-world learning opportunities in an open-minded and supportive learning environment.

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