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
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.
- 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
- Teaching experience at the post-secondary/undergraduate
- 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
- Ability to teach, advise, and guide the professional
development of students.
- Ability to build connections with professionals in the
- 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.