The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine (TTU
SVM) is seeking to fill a faculty position to provide instruction,
scholarship, and outreach/service needs of our exciting, and
innovative veterinary education program located in Amarillo,
TX. Texas is a rapidly growing and prosperous state.
The TTU SVM is the first veterinary medical program established in
Texas in a century and focuses on serving the unique needs of rural
and regional communities of Texas.
Tenure-track or non-tenure track position at the rank of
assistant professor, associate professor, or professor
Large Animal Surgery
Timing of availability
Beginning January 3, 2022, and thereafter until position is
Applications are welcomed beginning October 18, 2021 (see below
for instructions on how to apply). Application packages will
be reviewed semi-weekly and candidates will be invited for
interviews when the review of packages indicates that an adequate
pool of candidates have applied.
All faculty and staff are expected to foster the Core Values
of the School. Contribution to fostering the School’s values
will be evaluated as part of your annual performance review.
The School and the focus of its comprehensive veterinary medical
education program are founded on the following objectives:
- Graduate practice-ready, competent and confident veterinarians
who will serve rural and regional communities across Texas;
- Provide access to affordable, high-quality veterinary medical
education for Texans;
- Develop a research-intensive School that enhances and
complements the strengths of TTU and Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center (TTUHSC), and addresses the needs for research and
expertise in veterinary medicine, food- and fiber-animal
production, and the health sciences;
- Provide opportunities for graduate education and research, and
advanced clinical training in internships and residencies;
- Support sustainability of livestock industries as they feed
growing state, national, and global populations; and
- Improve human, animal, and ecosystem health by integrating
innovative One Health activities into our educational, scholarship,
and service activities.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on
Education (COE) granted the TTU SVM provisional accreditation in
2021. The School enrolled its inaugural class of 64 students
in August 2021 and classes began 16th of August, 2021.
Admissions is underway for the second class of 80 students.
The TTU SVM is adjacent the Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center (TTUHSC) regional campus in Amarillo. The
state-of-the-art 260,000 square-feet of buildings support all
aspects of the School and include approximately 26,000 square-feet
of dedicated research laboratories. In addition, teaching
laboratories and classrooms may serve as research sites when
conducting scholarship. The TTUHSC also maintains a vivarium
on their campus as well as other core facilities in Amarillo in
addition to the numerous core facilities across the institutions
that comprise the Texas Tech University System. The TTU SVM
will maintain populations of domestic animals, and the region is
home to large numbers of production animals and wildlife providing
further opportunities for field-based research.
Amarillo is a vibrant and growing community in the Texas
Panhandle. With a metropolitan statistical area population
approaching 270,000, it offers attractions of a larger city while
holding true to its agricultural roots (https://www.visitamarillo.com).
Amarillo serves as a center of services for a large, multi-state
area and is home to many agricultural associations such as the
Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the American Quarter Horse
Responsibilities of the Positions
- Contribute to the TTU SVM’s instruction, scholarship, and
service activities. The distribution of effort toward each activity
will be individualized for each faculty member and outlined in the
letter of appointment.
- It is expected that tenure-track faculty members will establish
extramural support of their scholarship and this will include
support for graduate students and opportunities for involvement of
professional students. This expectation is proportional to
percentage of effort assigned to scholarship in the letter of
- Contribute to activities necessary for accreditation from the
American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education, other
regulatory or accreditation approvals, and admit and deliver the
curriculum to the students of the professional degree program.
- Development and participation in the School’s research
enterprise and PhD program
- Curricular development and related activities. Most
curricular development will focus on Equine Medicine and Surgery
and Food Animal Medicine and Surgery courses.
- The curricular framework has been developed based on Competency
Based Veterinary Education (CBVE; see
AAVMC.org), and is designed to be vertically and horizontally
- Curricular development will require considerable teamwork to
effectively develop course syllabi and content relative to this
integration, and to accomplish desired outcomes.
- Curricular mapping of course-specific learning objectives with
- Delivery of the curriculum within the professional program.
This might include serving as instructor of record for various
courses, contributing lectures to other courses, or participating
- Participation in instructional development and delivery of
Clinical Skills Laboratories focusing on surgery, equine, and food
- Participation and delivery of Clinical Case Presentations
- Clinical service, for the purpose of veterinary student
clinical instruction, may be provided through specific private
practice sites that serve as clinical learning centers for
students. Effort may be directed towards developing the site in
anticipation of instructing students in their clinical year such as
expanding the clinical caseload; supporting the practice with
advanced diagnostics, therapeutics, and surgical support; advancing
the education of veterinary practitioners; and supervision of
clinical year students.
- Until such time that it is necessary to create departments (or
department-like structures) within the School, the successful
candidates will report to the Associate Dean for Academic and
- Participation on various School committees.
- Additional comments:
- The curriculum is grounded on general veterinary practice in
rural agricultural and regional communities. A central function of
subject-matter experts is to provide instruction such that
graduates can competently and confidently practice veterinary
medicine at a distance from referral hospitals.
- Those with experience in rural and regional community practices
will provide important feedback that will inform the admission
process, instruction, and continuing education.
A DVM (or equivalent) is required. Texas Veterinary Licensure
(current or obtained on re-location to Texas) will be required.
Preference will be given to:
- Candidates who have a successful track record of or
show promise in future teamwork, curricular development,
instruction, scholarship, and service.
- Candidates with advanced surgical experience or those with ACVS
board certification or eligibility.
- Candidates with experience in primary-care medicine/surgery in
rural and/or regional communities.
- Experience organizing and leading a veterinary care team.
Texas Tech is a Hispanic Serving Institution and has a long
history of serving first-generation students. A commitment to
working with diverse student populations and first-generation
students is required on the cover letter.
A competitive salary and benefits package will be provided
commensurate with qualifications and experience, and when
applicable, start-up funding will be provided to support research
program development. These are full-time, 12-month, academic
appointments. Appointments may be tenure- or non-tenure-track
depending on the preference of the successful candidate. When
appropriate, non-tenure-track appointments will be at a fitting
rank within the Professor of Practice title (i.e., Assistant
Professor of Practice or Associate Professor of Practice).
Applicants must apply online at www.workattexastech.com and
should search for requisition 26099BR. Please upload a cover
letter and complete curriculum vita that includes a list of
publications and any other information reflecting qualifications
and professional activities related to academic scholarship,
teaching, and service to stakeholders. In the cover
letter, please clearly indicate the scientific discipline that
aligns best with your expertise; while expertise that cross
disciplinary boundaries is preferred, please select a primary
discipline. Please provide the names of three individuals who
can provide an evaluation of your qualifications and can be
contacted for a reference letter if needed.
Contact the search committee chair with questions:
David Dutton (email@example.com)
Texas Tech University
School of Veterinary Medicine
7671 Evans Dr
Amarillo, TX 79119
As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of
building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and
working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage
applications from all those who can contribute, through their
research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence
of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university
welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, veterans,
persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.
An EEO/Affirmative Action/Vet/Disability