The Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) (http://vetmed.tamu.edu/ ) at Texas A&M University invites applications for one 11-month instructional track assistant, associate or full professor positions to serve as veterinary gross anatomists in our 2+2 DVM program at the Texas A&M Veterinary Education, Research & Outreach (VERO) (https://vetmed.tamu.edu/vero/ ) center at West Texas A&M University campus in Canyon, Texas. Developed as part of the Texas commitment to animals and agriculture, VERO represents a dynamic partnership between the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and West Texas A&M University and is set in the heart of one of the most productive animal agricultural regions in the world. The Texas Panhandle and Plains area is home to the highest density of cattle in the country with approximately 30% of the nation’s beef cattle fed or finished in the region, another 2.5 million beef cattle in the area, and over 300,000 dairy cattle at any given time. VERO provides unprecedented opportunities for veterinary education and collaboration with industry partners and stakeholders from the region and across the nation. Canyon, Texas is located in the Texas Panhandle. Nearby is Palo Duro Canyon State Park, home to the second largest canyon in the country. This area provides scenic hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding. Additionally, winter skiing in Taos, NM is within driving distance!
Primary teaching responsibilities will be delivery of small animal (dog/cat) and/or large animal (horse, ruminant, pig and chicken) anatomy courses in the first two semesters of the 2+2 curriculum to a small cohort of eighteen veterinary medical students. The 2+2 curriculum is integrated and highly experiential, and those with interest in small-group teaching and active learning are encouraged to apply. The successful applicants will be expected to “cross-over” and teach in other courses to reinforce content related to their subject matter interest across the 2+2 program. Assistance with other courses is anticipated when anatomy instruction can be helpful and/or reinforced.
Instructional Track Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Veterinary Anatomy
Teach didactic lectures and laboratories in two anatomy courses, taught in the first year of the veterinary curriculum.
Develop well-organized creative lectures, laboratory materials, and student assessments for assigned anatomy courses in the professional curriculum. Faculty are encouraged to utilize clinical case material and other creative teaching methods to provide an innovative educational experience to a small cohort of 18 professional students.
Work closely with the faculty and staff at the College Station campus to provide well-matched learning outcomes and learning experiences between the two programs.
Participate in peer-review of teaching, a faculty mentoring program within the College.
Participate in teaching didactic lectures and laboratories in other courses to support integration of anatomy content across the first two years of the veterinary curriculum.
Participate in collaborative research or scholarship of teaching and learning.
Work with other faculty in the department and college to help support their research needs, as time allows.
Committee Assignments and Administrative Duties
Participate in departmental, college, and university committees as assigned.
Participate in committees of other professional associations as opportunities allow.
Participate in administrative duties as assigned by Department Head.
Other Duties and Considerations
Demonstrate evidence of satisfactory institutional citizenship and collegiality.
Complete other duties and tasks as assigned by the Department Head.
 Small Animal Anatomy (VIBS 910): Nomenclature, gross anatomical structures, and principles of functional anatomy of dogs and cats with an emphasis on topographical, radiographic and functional anatomy of structures with clinical importance. This course focuses on basic anatomical principles applicable to all domestic species as well as the clinically relevant gross and topographical anatomy of dogs and cats. Using cadavers, models, and images students will develop their anatomical knowledge, preparing them for future course work in the veterinary curriculum and future veterinary career settings.
 Clinical Anatomy of Large Animals (VIBS 912): Gross anatomical structures, radiographic, topographical and functional anatomy of domestic livestock with an emphasis on material of clinical relevance and importance. This course focuses on gross and topographical anatomy of domestic livestock, providing students with opportunities to learn normal equine, ruminant, porcine, and avian gross anatomy. Using cadavers, models, and images, students will build upon their prior anatomical knowledge as they work toward transferring that knowledge into a veterinary career setting. Students will gain a solid foundation in normal anatomy and the ability to recognize abnormal anatomy, preparing them for future course work in the veterinary curriculum.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of application describing their interest in the position, along with a curriculum vitae; a statement of prior teaching experience, responsibility, and philosophy; a statement of research and/or teaching scholarship interests and prior productivity; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references.
Screening of applications will begin and continue until the positions are filled. This is a new program and adjustments in the position design and flexibility in the faculty appointment will be considered. Anticipated start date is on or before August 1, 2022.
The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. Texas A&M University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and having policies that contribute to work-life balance. For more information, visit http://dof.tamu.edu/content/balancing-work-and-life. A background check is required.
The successful candidates will have an academic home in VIBS and will work collaboratively with VERO-based faculty, members of other disciplines, as well as faculty members located on the College Station campus to administer the 2+2 veterinary curriculum. Applicants must hold a DVM or equivalent degree, and be capable of delivering highly effective, clinically relevant, professional gross anatomy instruction. Preference will be given to applicants that have demonstrated a strong record of excellence in teaching. Documentation of teaching should demonstrate prior responsibility for both course lecture and laboratory teaching, or unique teaching experiences that can be carried forward from clinical veterinary practice. The successful applicant will be expected to devote up to 90% effort to teaching and a minimum of 10% effort to scholarship and academic citizenship. Scholarship may include collaborative research, or scholarship of teaching and learning in his or her area of interest. Documentation of prior productivity in scholarship is helpful for this academic position but not required. The successful applicant will join an active, clinically relevant veterinary anatomy teaching group with expertise in all aspects of veterinary anatomy and a department dedicated to excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.