The Texas Tech University (TTU) School of Veterinary Medicine
(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.
Assistant Professor /Associate Professor (tenure-track), or
Assistant / Associate Professor of Practice (non-tenure track)
Communication in the Health Professions
Timing of availability
Beginning July 1, 2022, and thereafter until position is
Applications are welcomed beginning April 11, 2022 (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 approximately 80
The TTU SVM is adjacent the Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center (TTUHSC) regional campus in Amarillo. 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
- Be a constructive and collaborative member of the team of
faculty and staff that lead the Clinical and Professional Skills
- Curricular development and related activities. Most
curricular development will focus on professional skills coursework
including training of veterinary students in communication,
interprofessional collaborations, ethics, leadership, and managing
- 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 collaborative 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
- 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
- Participation on various School committees.
- Additional comments:
- Veterinarians frequently serve as community leaders within
rural and regional communities. It is imperative that they have
good communication skills, they can effectively manage teams, and
they have the tools to manage stress.
- The curriculum is grounded on general veterinary practice in
rural 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 an important mental model of practice that will inform
the admission process, instruction, and continuing education.
- This position reports to an Assistant Dean
A DVM, or a degree in communication or a related field, or in
another relevant social scientist profession (ie: LCSW, LPC,
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 professional skills training especially
communications training and experience in facilitation/coaching of
- Candidates with experience in medical education (human or
veterinary) or practice.
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 28309BR. 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 clinical and/or professional
skill 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
Contact the search committee chair with questions:
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