Search Open: Teaching Faculty – Open Rank – Dairy Management and Outreach

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Short Description Summarizing Position

Full-time, 100% 12-month appointment. Primary responsibilities will include teaching, advising, interacting with undergraduate students, and working as a liaison to the dairy extension and applied research programs. Initial appointments are typically at the rank of Instructor, Lecturer, Teaching Assistant Professor or Clinical Assistant Professor. Senior level appointment to Sr. Instructor/Lecturer or Teaching/Clinical Associate Professor or Teaching/Clinical Professor may be available for candidates with significant additional experience and stature.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will play a prominent role in teaching core courses within the dairy science focus of the department; teaching responsibilities will include coaching the dairy cattle judging team and co-coaching the Dairy Challenge team. Additionally, this position will provide leadership to the Illini Dairy Club and engage with the Dairy Focus Team.  The incumbent will be expected to design and implement an outreach program to dairy producers in the State of Illinois including informational sessions, training programs, demonstrations, on-farm evaluations and workshops, and applied research. This position will assist in serving as technical advisor to the Illinois Milk Producers Association (IMPA) and technical board of the 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management group in collaboration with current faculty. The appointee will be an integral member of the Dairy Science program and be expected to collaborate as part of the dairy science faculty in fulfilling the missions of teaching, research and extension in collaboration with ACES faculty and extension personnel. As such, the successful applicant may be asked to assume additional related responsibilities to enhance the mission of the department. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Graduate degree in Animal Science or related field with a specialization in biology or management of dairy cattle. Individuals with a MS or DVM degree may be appointed as Instructor.  PhD is required for Lecturer, Clinical or Teaching Professor position. Individuals working toward a graduate degree may be considered, but the degree must be obtained by the starting date.

Required Experience: Demonstrated teaching effectiveness and leadership potential commensurate with position sought. Knowledge of dairy management and dairy cattle evaluation, on-farm evaluation and problem solving. Ability to work efficiently in a team environment.  Excellent organizational skills.  Good oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and persuasively with a wide range of audiences, including stakeholders, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Preferred Experience: Coaching experience in dairy cattle judging. Proficiency in evaluation of dairy cattle and on-farm evaluation. Experience planning youth or producer outreach activities. Demonstration of competing successfully for external funding.


Commensurate with experience.

Proposed Starting Date

As early as January 16, 2019, or as negotiated.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a metropolitan area of approximately 232,000 people.


The campus is home to internationally recognized facilities and interdisciplinary programs including the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (, Beckman Institute (, W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics (, Carle Illinois College of Medicine (, Cancer Center at Illinois (, and National Center for Supercomputing Applications ( The Department of Animal Sciences ( currently has 35 faculty, 500 undergraduate students, and 100 graduate students.   The department maintains a Dairy Research and Teaching Center that houses approximately 350 cattle and animal facilities for beef, swine, horses, and poultry. The department has been a leader in establishing capabilities for the dairy sector through its instructional and outreach programs ( that are recognized nationally and internationally.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) ( is widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. In addition to its mission as a land-grant university, the campus offers exceptional programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and computer science.

Given the physical nature of the role of dairy management and outreach teaching faculty, when working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground.  In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may frequently weigh up to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally weigh up to seventy-five (75) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements.  More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the Department of Animal Sciences by contacting

Application Procedures

Please create your candidate profile at and upload your required documents, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and extension philosophy and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three professional references.  References will be contacted electronically within 2-3 days of application submission. Applications should be submitted by October 11, 2018.  In your cover letter please state which rank you are applying for.  Interviews may take place and offers may be made before the closing date, but all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration for an open position. All requested information must be submitted via the online system for your application to be considered.  For further information please contact Carolyn Thomas, Department of Animal Sciences, and Dr. Phil Cardoso, Chair of the Search Committee (