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Assistant Professor of Agricultural Science, Tenure Track

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The School of Science at Buena Vista University seeks a dynamic teacher in the Agricultural Science program focusing on the animal science track for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Buena Vista University emphasizes strong teaching skills and preparation of undergraduates for varied futures in the agriculture industry or graduate school. Teaching expectations are for classes specific to animals in agriculture, including animal science, and upper-level classes in physiology, nutrition, and reproduction, among others. There is further opportunity to develop elective classes in their area of expertise. In addition, introductory-level courses for non-majors will be required in support of the general education program. BVU has an Ag Experiment Station that is used to provide hands-on learning in the Ag Science courses. For candidates holding a master’s degree, a term position with the possibility of renewal may be considered. The preferred start date is August 2024.

The Agricultural Science program in the School of Science was developed in 2019 as part of BVU’s initiative to offer new agricultural programs in the region. The major is grounded in a solid science foundation with advanced courses in animal science that emphasize the anatomy, physiology, genetic improvement, and nutrition of meat production animals. Internships and field experiences are strong and well-supported components of this program.

Commitment to teaching in a liberal arts-centered environment is essential. Likewise, service to the university is expected in the form of committee work, continuous professional development, and maintaining pace with the field. Buena Vista values collegiality and an inclusive environment. To foster this objective, members of historically underrepresented groups in science are encouraged to apply to be part of a changing dynamic in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A terminal degree, typically D. in Animal Science or related field with emphasis in animal physiology, animal reproduction, genetics, or animal nutrition.
  • Understanding or experience in working with multiple animal species.
  • Teaching experience at the post-secondary/undergraduate level.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A n M.S. degree that includes at least 18 graduate credits in animal science or related area.
  • Relevant industry experience.
  • Ability to teach a variety of courses in animal science and agriculture.
  • Ability to teach, advise, and guide the professional development of students.
  • Ability to build connections with professionals in the industry.
  • Interest and ability to contribute to our other major programs, Agronomy, Biology, Biomedical Science, or exercise science.
This position is not eligible for an employer-sponsored visa and all applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Buena Vista University’s main 60-acre campus is situated on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake located in northwest Iowa. One of Iowa's premier vacation spots, it hosts an array of retail shopping, dining, and professional services, and a vibrant arts and multicultural environment. Storm Lake has an active and energetic business community, with a healthy mixture ranging from small businesses to multinational food processing and agribusinesses. Most importantly, Storm Lake residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living and a high quality of life.

Please submit a letter of application, graduate school transcripts (photocopies acceptable but official copies required for appointment), teaching evaluation summaries, teaching philosophy statement, and current vita with the names of 4-6 references (including title, address, e-mail address and telephone number) to Dr. Thomas Bonagura, Dean, School of Science, at Buena Vista University, 610 W. 4th St., Storm Lake, IA 50588 or e-mail Full consideration will be given to applications received before Dec 22, 2023. Review of applications will begin then and will continue until the position is filled. No references will be contacted without prior notification of the applicant.

A background check will be conducted on the final candidate. Buena Vista University is an EOE/ADA/Smoke-Free Employer, and especially welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to any aspect of the university’s diversity.


Buena Vista University

BVU, a private university, is a community of doers, cultivators, and creators who believe in transformative higher education. At BVU, we possess an innate instinct to build. It’s rooted in our identity as Beavers and in our belief that we can and should better the world around us. We are an institution forging new ways of learning and serving. We are committed to empowering our students and know that their work does not just stay in Storm Lake, Iowa. Beavers carry it with them as they build throughout the region and across the globe.  

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