Tenure Track Faculty Position - Washington State University
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the search has been expanded so a DVM is no longer a requirement. This will hopefully attract the most qualified pool of candidates. I am a member of the search committee.
DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: This is a tenure-track teaching/research position in the
Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. Rank is at the level of Assistant
RESPONSIBILITES: The position is defined as 35% teaching and 65% research and graduate education. Responsibilities include teaching and directing the 3 credit Veterinary Virology course (3 lectures per week for the 15 week fall semester; no laboratories) in the professional veterinary medicine curriculum. The course is one of the core offerings of the Department and is taught in a clinically relevant context, as is appropriate for second year veterinary students. The successful candidate will seek to excel in his/her teaching and will interact closely and effectively with other teaching faculty in the Department, and be actively involved in the Department's collaborative teaching efforts. The latter include small group, case-based learning exercises that are offered two times per year and VPa 501, an independent study course by which
new departmental teaching cases are developed each year. At the College level the faculty member will actively participate in discussions of curriculum and outcomes, the development of innovative teaching approaches, and other teaching related matters that arise. The research focus will be on infectious diseases of animals, the hosts, the agents, the interaction of host and agent, and on the animal-human interface. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a productive, extramurally funded research program in his/her area research focus, and to establish effective collaborations with current WSU research programs. As a faculty member, the successful candidate will be expected to become and remain active in the Department's graduate program, including mentoring graduate students and serving as a member of student advisory committees. The successful candidate will be expected to be active in the academic service arena especiallyas more seniority accrues. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to become selectively active within his or her profession.
QUALIFICATIONS: A DVM and a PhD degree are required. The PhD degree and/or any
postdoctoral training should be on research on an infectious disease in an area compatible with the Departmental research focus. For the research component of the position, preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated abilities in attracting funding, conducting and publishing the results of hypothesis-based research, and interest and experience in quality graduate education. Preference will be accorded to applicants with ongoing research on viral pathogens as this is most synergistic with the teaching focus. For the teaching component, preference will be given to candidates with experience and a record of achievement in teaching veterinary students.
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for and interest in collaboration, and a sustainable commitment to excellence - both in teaching and research. Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists is valued but not required.
DEPARTMENT: The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology is one of three
departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Departmental mission is "to enhance animal and public health through teaching veterinary medical students, graduate education and resident training, and biomedical research in immunology, infectious diseases and food safety, and pathology." Programs in the Department are well funded and focused on the immunology, pathogenesis and genomics of infectious organisms that produce disease in animals or are transmitted via food or water. Many of these programs are internationally recognized. The Department takes pride in what we believe is an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, personal and professional growth, and productivity. Although few faculty members are personally involved in all the traditional missions of teaching, research, and service, we value
and seek excellence in all three.
COLLABORATING UNITS: The Department, its personnel, and programs benefit
significantly by having three strong and productive collaborating units co-housed within the same facilities. These are the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the USDAARS- Animal Disease Research Unit, and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory is a fully accredited State diagnostic laboratory for which most faculty members have their academic appointments in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. It provides accurate, state-of-the-art, timely, and cost effective diagnostic services, consultation, disease surveillance and outreach to safeguard animal health, the food supply, and public health. The ARS-Animal Disease Research Unit scientists collaborate on research and graduate programs with the Department and the ADRU also has an infectious disease research focus which includes investigations on bacterial, prion,
protozoal, and viral diseases. The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health focuses on infectious diseases using the approaches of emerging pathogen and disease detection, development and deployment of vaccines, and control of disease transmission from animals to humans especially in Africa, South America, and Asia. Collaborations are encouraged respect to the primary unit of the collaborators.
UNIVERSITY: Washington State University is a land grant, comprehensive research institutionwith an enrollment of approximately 18,250 students on the Pullman campus. There are 12colleges offering masters and doctoral degrees in over 100 degree programs. The University is one of the largest residential universities in the West; Pullman offers a safe, friendly, small-town living environment. Branch campuses are located in three urban communities across the state.
AREA: Washington State University's Pullman campus is situated in the rich agricultural area known as the Palouse, in eastern Washington. Pullman has a strong school system and a reputation as an excellent, safe environment to raise a family. Pullman is only eight miles from the University of Idaho at Moscow, Idaho, approximately 1.5 hours south of Spokane, Washington, and 5.5 hours from Seattle, Washington. The Pullman environs offer many recreational activities including, skiing, fishing, hunting, whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. Pullman is near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and near numerous rivers, lakes and wilderness areas; including the Snake, Salmon, and Clearwater rivers, Coeur d'Alene, Pend Oreille, and Priest lakes, and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness to name a few. J:\\VMP-Searches\Notice of Vacancy_Infectious Diseases
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin October 15, 2011. The
starting date for the successful candidate may be January 1, 2012. To apply and for more information go to www.wsujobs.com. The application letter should indicate the applicant's short and long term goals and outline his/her qualifications for the position, including teaching and research interests and accomplishments.
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services.
WSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, persons of
disability, and/or persons over the age of 40 are encouraged to apply.