Assistant Professor/Livestock Judging Coach

North Dakota State University   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 3, 2024
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Assistant Professor in Animal Sciences and Livestock Judging Coach

The Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources at NDSU seeks applicants for a 12-month position with responsibilities including teaching courses, as well as coaching the Livestock Judging Team. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the department's on-going emphasis in student development through classroom teaching and participation in high impact practices. Position responsibilities are 70% teaching and 30% extension. It is expected that responsibilities in these areas will be closely supportive of each other. The successful candidate will contribute significantly to the teaching mission of the department through teaching while developing, recruiting, and training students to participate in a competitive judging environment. Hosting judging camps and clinics, and organizing clinics for livestock judges are required. The successful candidate is also expected to collaborate with faculty and staff providing leadership for 4-H, FFA, and other youth programs in recruiting prospective students. The position will require travel and frequent work during the evening and weekends.

This position is supported by the Faculty Endowment Fund which is a perpetual source of support to enhance the longstanding tradition of faculty and coaching excellence in livestock evaluation and leadership of animal sciences judging teams at NDSU. Funds can be used to enhance (supplement) the salary and benefits of the position holder, judging teams (including recruitment, marketing, teaching, coaching, travel) and other Program support. The successful candidate will work closely with the NDSU Foundation to provide an annual report of activities related to the program and plans for the coming year.

Review of applicants will begin on 07/31/2024, and applications must be received before then for guaranteed consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled.

Required Education and Experience:
  1. PhD in animal science or related area,
  2. Experience in teaching, and
  3. Experience coaching livestock judging teams.
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to motivate students
  5. Effective oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
  1. Experience in developing effective extension programs geared toward youth audiences
  2. Evidence of effective teaching and communication skills
  3. Experience working in a team-based, collaborative environment
  4. Experience working with alumni and donors to develop strong linkages and support for programming

Salary: Dependent upon experience

For further inquiries about this position, please e-mail Dr. Travis Hoffman, Search Committee Chair at


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 ).