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Assistant or Associate Professor - Cow/Calf Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University
Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 26, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, seeks applicants for a 12-month, tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor rank with responsibilities in beef cow-calf extension and outreach, research, teaching, and service. The responsibilities are proposed as 60% extension and outreach, 20% applied research, 15% teaching, and 5% service.  

The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership in developing and delivering an effective extension education program serving the needs of the Iowa cow-calf industry.  Research responsibilities will include developing an applied research program that contributes to the productivity of the Iowa cow-calf industry. Teaching responsibilities include working with faculty in the department to contribute to a dynamic curriculum in beef production.

Areas of expertise should be one of the following: cow herd nutrition and management, applied beef reproduction, forage or pasture management, animal breeding and genetics, or beef systems management to address the cow-calf industry on a holistic basis. Additional responsibilities will include working in cross-disciplinary teams with faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine and the staff of the Iowa Beef Center to provide professional development and serve as a resource for the ISU regional beef extension program specialists.

This position requires collaboration with diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and external constituents. The key to success will be cultivating relationships with stakeholders that are mutually beneficial for the department, college, and university. Exceptional oral and written communications and a demonstrated ability to broadly communicate science with diverse audiences are essential.

All faculty members have a common responsibility to support and sustain our core values and are expected to convey good citizenship within the department, college, and university activities, interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior. Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse students, staff and community members. Iowa State University especially seeks candidates who are committed to contributing to the diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching and outreach and support the University’s Principles of Community. We encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of traditionally underrepresented groups, including but not limited to African American or Black, Asian American, First Nations, Indigenous, Native American, and Latinx populations. We are committed to the retention of new faculty, and as such the successful candidate will be provided with a faculty mentor within the department of Animal Sciences.

Review of applicants will begin on February 28, 2022. However, the position will remain open until filled.

Proposed start date: 7/1/2022, or as negotiated


Required Qualifications:

 A Ph.D., completed by start date, in animal sciences or related discipline


Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver extension education programs in beef cow-calf production and management.

Demonstrated ability to conduct impactful applied research.

Demonstrated ability to effectively teach and mentor others.

Ability to secure extramural funding.


To apply for this position, please go to the following webpage and click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application.

The application should include:

  1. A full curriculum vitae
  2. In one document, please include statements on the following: a) extension programming interest and philosophy, b) research interests and outlook, b) teaching philosophy and vision for contributing to existing or new courses in Animal Science, and c) perspectives related to the University’s Principles of Community (,
  3. The names and contact information for three to five references (including at least one outside the applicant’s current place of employment)

For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Loy (; 515-294-1058).


The Iowa State University Animal Science program is recognized globally as one of the best programs for students to receive experiential learning. We boast state-of-the-art research facilities in swine nutrition and ruminant nutrition and have teaching farms in the areas of swine, sheep, beef, poultry, dairy and equine.  Students can gain the knowledge needed to succeed in an Animal Science or Dairy Science career. We invite you to get to know our outstanding faculty and staff and become familiar with our diverse curriculum in the animal sciences. We take pride in integrating science, practice and innovation to serve the needs of citizens and animal industries.

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University ( serves as the extension program to cattle producers through the development and delivery of the latest research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry. The Center maintains important partnerships with commodity groups including Iowa Cattleman’s Association, the Iowa Beef Industry Council, government agencies and non-government organizations. With nearly 20,000 producers and 900,000 cows, beef cow-calf production is an important sector of Iowa’s agriculture. Abundant feed resources and a vibrant cattle feeding sector add to the potential for sustained industry growth.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

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