Animal Science Lecturer

North Dakota State University   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 3, 2024
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POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Animal Sciences Department at North Dakota State University is seeking to fill a 12-month, non-tenure track Lecturer position. The department is seeking a quality individual to join the 22 faculty members whose specialties encompass physiology, reproduction, nutrition, genetics, meat science, livestock management, human animal interactions, and utilization of livestock products. The Department of Animal Sciences has three majors: Animal Science, Equine Science, and Veterinary Technology.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will:

• Develop and manage high-impact learning opportunities for Animal Sciences undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff.

• Teaching and learning activities may include introductory animal science labs, 200-level livestock production courses, 200-level discipline-oriented courses (i.e. animal nutrition), and other animal sciences courses based on departmental needs.

• Demonstrate skills in pedagogical methodologies that enhance student learning.

• Coordinate and supervise undergraduate internship placement, advisement, and evaluation.

• Serve as academic advisor for animal science undergraduates.

• Serve the department, college, and university in such capacity as (for example) student club advisor, planning and execution of recruitment and retention of undergraduate students' activities, and as a representative of responsible animal agriculture.


• Completed M.S. degree at or within 6 months of hire start date in animal sciences, agriculture education, or related area.

• Experience teaching livestock production or animal science related coursework.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Knowledge of and/ or experience with the modern Land Grant University.

• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a diverse team atmosphere.

• Valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one.


• Demonstrated ability to bring energy and innovation to traditional and nontraditional instruction.

• Ability to promote animal science recruitment operations through creative and innovative means targeting youth audiences.

• Advanced pedagogical training (i.e. completion of a teaching certificate at an accredited university; led or attended pedagogical/teaching development workshop).

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is commensurate with qualifications. NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following the date of hire. Other benefits include wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, employee assistance program, sick leave, and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans. Information about employment benefits is available at here .

REQUIRED APPLICANT DOCUMENTS: Cover letter outlining interest in and qualifications for the position, curriculum vita, statement of academic interests and plans, statement of teaching philosophy, names and contact information of three professional references (phone, postal, and email addresses), unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if candidate is selected for an interview.

Application Deadline: Initial screening of applicants will begin on June 24, 2024 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Applications received by the screening date will ensured full consideration. The position is available August 1, 2024, but will remain open until a suitable applicant is identified.

For further inquiries about this position, please e-mail Dr. Lauren Hanna, Search Committee Chair at . Include a phrase such as "Inquiry into NDSU Animal Science Lecturer Position" in the subject line.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University is composed of 22 full-time faculty and 30 support personnel. The department offers undergraduate majors in animal science, veterinary technology, and equine studies, and graduate opportunities in numerous disciplines related to animal science. Current enrollment is approximately 320 undergraduate and 20 graduate students. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in extension, research, and teaching. Highly productive and dedicated faculty members have developed robust research programs in diverse areas ranging from animal production systems to molecular biology. Core research areas include ruminant nutrition, reproductive biology, and meat science. State-of-the-art facilities include well-equipped laboratories with ample space for teaching and research purposes. Our faculty members interact with county extension agents, off-campus extension staff, scientists at research extension centers, other departments, universities, state and federal agencies, and also collaborate nationally and internationally. In addition, our faculty members provide leadership in nationally recognized extension and outreach programs, which serve a variety of stakeholders. For further details about the department and research and/or extension programs go to our web site at .

EO/AA Statement: NDSU is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Women & traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The University: North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is in Fargo, N.D., with Extension and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the U.S. for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work, offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing lifelong learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events, and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs more than 6,000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in North Dakota, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made's top 10 list of cities to find a job and was ranked at No. 11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities, including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full-time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums, and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members who thrive in a higher ed environment to join our university.

Mission - We provide transformational education, create knowledge through innovative research and share knowledge through community engagement that meets the needs of North Dakota and the world.

The Community: The home of NDSU, Fargo is a bustling metropolitan area that often is listed as one of the best places to live in the country. Fargo-Moorhead is the largest community between Minneapolis and Seattle. Nearly 250,000 people make their home in Cass and Clay counties, which are in the rich farmlands of the Red River Valley. Often cited as a leader in economic development and job creation, the area is noted for its entertainment options, wealth of activities, excellent schools and parks, and outstanding shopping. Safe and clean, the community is receiving national acclaim. In a ranked listing for, Bloomberg Rankings said Cass County is the "best affordable" place in the country. To learn more about the Fargo-Moorhead area, visit .

The State: North Dakota enjoys one of the best economies in the nation. That economy is built on historically strong and increasing agricultural productivity that leads the nation in 12 commodities. That economy is bolstered by an energy industry that recently has become the third most productive in the nation and made North Dakota the second largest oil-producing state. The viability of this industry is anticipated to extend several decades into the future. North Dakota's economic strength is providing a springboard for steadily increasing opportunities to apply the university's research and discoveries. As a result, North Dakota is experiencing unprecedented economic diversification. To learn more, visit .


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see ).