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Assistant Professor in Dairy Extension and Education

Application Procedure:

 Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online ( and submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter summarizing how your qualifications and experience meet the position requirements. Be sure to mention how your work will address one or more of the CAHNR strategic priorities (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching statement, including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, and commitment to effective learning. (1-2 pages)
  • Extension statement, including approaches to developing an effective program and assessing program impacts (1-2 pages)
  • Diversity statement, including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and extension, and applying effective pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact information for at least three references. Finalists will be notified prior to contacting references.


Only complete applications submitted via Academic Jobs Online will be considered. Evaluation of applicants will begin February 15, 2023, and will continue until a successful candidate is selected.  

Inquiries should be sent by email to the search committee chair, Dennis D’Amico (  

Job Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the success of the Department of Animal Science through teaching and extension activities, experiential learning opportunities, and the use of the animal resources available on the UConn Storrs campus. The teaching component of this position will consist of undergraduate courses in milk production and dairy management and other dairy practice related courses, a graduate course in the individual’s area of expertise, and advising undergraduate students. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with existing faculty within the Department and CAHNR and contribute to the academic community through services within and outside the University. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing and maintaining impactful extension programs in dairy management We are seeking a collaborative educator able to cultivate strong relationships with CT dairy producers (, allied industry professionals, extension educators, and university faculty to augment the impact of their extension and teaching efforts. It is expected that the individual will pursue external funding to support extension programming and produce scholarly publications based on extension programming and education. A commitment to promoting diversity through academic and/or extension programs is expected as well.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • D. or D.V.M. (or equivalent) in Animal Science, Dairy Science, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated experience in dairy management
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering outreach programs for the dairy industry
  • A strong interest in undergraduate teaching and advising
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and strong interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate experience in the dairy industry or in an academic setting 
  • Skills and experience with grant writing to secure extramural funding
  • Productive record of teaching and scholarly activity at the university level that would strengthen current department initiatives 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, deliver, and evaluate impactful extension programs
  • Experience and/or interest in collaborating on applied research and data analyses
  • Skills and experience in writing scholarly publications
  • Experience and/or interest in working with voluntary (robotic) milking and advanced analysis system

Institution Description

The Department of Animal Science includes 20 faculty and 20 staff members. Faculty expertise includes food science and microbiology, meat science and muscle biology, poultry and livestock production, growth physiology, genetics and genomics, reproductive physiology, animal nutrition, equine science, and animal biotechnology. The Department has approximately 400 undergraduate majors pursuing AAS and BS degrees and 35-40 graduate students pursuing MS and Ph.D. degrees. In addition to classroom instruction, the undergraduate curricula include experiential learning, study abroad opportunities, internships, and undergraduate research programs. A meat processing facility, commercial creamery, and AAALAC accredited farms (beef and dairy cattle, sheep, poultry, swine, and horses) that support both research and teaching are located on the Storrs campus. For more information regarding the Department of Animal Science, please visit the Department's website at

The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) has implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and extension programs. An essential component of that Strategic Vision is a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and extension. Faculty hired for this position will be expected to make significant impacts to this Strategic Vision through contributions in their area of expertise (

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


State Benefit Package

    Application Due Date: 2023-02-15
    Job Start Date: 2023-08-21
    Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
    City: Storrs
    State/Province/Region: CT
    Institution: Department of Animal Science/University of Connecticut
    Reports To: Department Head
    Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
    Reports In Office: Dr. Xiuchun Tian

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