Coordinator of Animal Science
Iowa State University
United States

Coordinator of Animal Science

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Job Description:

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, seeks applicants for a 9-month Assistant Teaching Professor (not tenure-eligible) with responsibilities including teaching Animal Science courses primarily related to meat science and livestock production, academic advising, as well as coordination of the ISU Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team. The position is a 3-year term with the option for renewal and is eligible for advancement of rank. Position responsibilities are approximately 75% teaching and 25% institutional service. The faculty member will contribute significantly to the department's teaching mission through teaching courses in the animal sciences major including, but not limited to, animal food composition laboratory, issues in animal agriculture, and introduction to animal husbandry. It is expected that the faculty member will participate in ongoing classroom improvement and participate in high-impact learning practices. The service component will include advising undergraduate animal science student organizations and serving as the Intercollegiate Meats Judging Coordinator. In this role, the faculty member will have the capacity to encourage a competitive judging environment and develop relevant professional skills in students. The position may require some travel and work during the evenings and weekends.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

- M.S. or Ph.D. in animal science and/or meat science or a closely related area

Preferred Qualifications:

- Evidence of effective teaching and communication skills.

- Experience in academic advising of undergraduate students.

- Experience working in a team-based, collaborative environment.

- Experience in coordinating and/or leading an intercollegiate meat judging program and/or experience in competing on an intercollegiate meat judging team.


Department/Program & College Description:

The Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University is a recognized leader in its field, both nationally and internationally, with a balanced emphasis on research, teaching, and extension. The department is home to more than 1000 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students. The Department enjoys strong support and interactions with the livestock and meat processing industries in the State. It’s collegial environment, embedded in a strong livestock industry, makes the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University an excellent base for faculty interested in pursuing a rewarding and impactful career in the animal sciences.


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Iowa State University is one of the world’s leading institutions of agriculture, with more than 160 years of leadership in science, education, and extension. The College educates future leaders, conducts mission-oriented research, and shares new knowledge for the betterment of Iowa and the world. Iowa State plays a leading role in meeting the ever-growing demand for highly qualified students who will become the next generation of industry leaders and educators in Iowa, the nation, and the world.  Offering expert animal science training, research and engagement from the Department of Animal Science and CALS is critical to continuing the university’s mission.

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Proposed Start Date:

August 16, 2024


Proposed End Date or Length of Term:

May 15, 2027


Number of Months Employed Per Year:

09 Month Work Period


Time Type:

Full time


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:


1. A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications.

2. Your teaching and advising philosophies.

3. A vision statement for the meats judging program at Iowa State University.

4. A curriculum vitae.

5. Names and complete contact information for 3-5 references.


For guaranteed consideration, all application materials must be received by May 20th, 2024.


For more information, contact Dr. Jodi Sterle, search committee chair at or 515-294-7997, or Dr. Jason Ross, Department Chair, at or 515-294-2160. If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Why Choose ISU?
Iowa State Faculty enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:
• Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans
• Generous leave plans
• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa)
• Life insurance and long-term disability
• Flexible Spending Accounts
• Various voluntary benefits and discounts
• Employee Assistance Program
• Wellbeing program


Original Posting Date:

May 2, 2024


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Job Requisition Number:



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