The Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applications for a youth meat extension assistant professor position. This 12-month (calendar year), non-tenure track appointment will develop, deliver, and direct an innovative statewide 4-H program focused on livestock and meat, including the complete chain of events from animal selection, proper feeding and management, and conversion to meat products for human consumption. The apportionment is 35% teaching and 65% extension. This position will be located in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Extension Focus (65%) The Youth Meat Extension Assistant Professor will contribute to the integrated extension and teaching land-grant mission of the home unit and IANR, as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy.
Nebraska Extension is an organization that values excellence and as a member of the Nebraska Extension team, this individual will create and deliver world-class learning experiences focused on comprehensive educational programs of excellence in youth-related animal products and animal science, including incorporating scientific principles into livestock selection and animal management, leading to high-quality meat production.
Duties will include:
Develop, deliver, and direct an innovative statewide 4-H program focused on livestock and meat, including the complete chain of events from animal selection, proper feeding and management, and conversion to meat products for human consumption.
Strengthen the capacity of 4-H extension educators to manage 4-H livestock and meat educational programs and develop 4-H leaders for livestock and meat programs.
Assist with statewide 4-H youth livestock and meat educational programs and carcass contests, including planning, policy management, and coordination of the Nebraska State Fair livestock competitive and educational events, the Premier Animal Science Event, FFACareer Development Events, and other livestock and meat events.
Serve on Extension Teams and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of extension educators and specialists, research scientists, educators, and others to evaluate and deliver effective, integrated pre- and post-harvest food animal programs, animal welfare, and the economic profitability of food animal production systems.
Contribute to collaborative programs within IANRand Nebraska Extension across the state to develop student career readiness skills (critical thinking, leadership, teamwork, confidence, and communication), enhance hands-on and experiential learning opportunities, enhance youth skills related to meat and livestock production, and build relationships with meat and livestock stakeholders.
Develop strategic partnerships with meat and livestock organizations and commodity groups in the state and region.
Teaching Focus (35%)
Serve as the coach for the intercollegiate meats judging team and recruit students to Animal Science and the Meat Science Option. Specific courses could include Animal Science 300A, Principles of Meat Evaluation, Grading and Judging; Animal Science 400A, Advanced Meat Grading and Evaluation; and Animal Science 300D, Principles of Meat Animal Evaluation (co-taught).
Mentor undergraduate students.
In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.
Minimum of a Ph.D. degree in animal science, meat science, or a related field by the time of hire.
Knowledge and experience in livestock management and meat science.
Experience teaching animal and meat science-related coursework.
Experience in engaging youth in non-formal educational settings.
Ability to effectively coach and enhance student success through the intercollegiate meats judging program.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work in a diverse team atmosphere.
Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and capability to develop innovative, effective methods of teaching undergraduate courses.
Previous experience and capabilities to serve as the coach of the intercollegiate meats judging team.
Ability to reach youth audiences through creative outreach efforts.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Animal Science are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.
Review of applications will begin September 30, 2022 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to https://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_220152. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum; see https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement); 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
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