Assistant or Associate Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Calgary - Calgary, AB (9 months ago)

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Position Description

The University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) and the School of Public Policy invite applications for an Associate Professor (with tenure) or a Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position from scholars with expertise in Agri-food Policy and/or Agribusiness. The successful candidate will serve as the inaugural Director of the Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food Innovation and Public Education. This position will be in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with a 75% secondment to the School of Public Policy.

As Director of the Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food Innovation and Public Education the successful applicant will be tasked with establishing and leading the Simpson Centre, which will focus on the development of sound public policy on issues related to the agri-food sector, notably innovation in livestock production, food safety, and market development. The Director will engage with interested academics from across campus to develop innovative research initiatives and work with members of the agriculture and food industries to disseminate knowledge and promote best practices.

This position will be at the rank of Associate Professor (with tenure) or Assistant Professor (tenure track).

PhD in a relevant discipline, with expertise in agri-food policy or agribusiness
Demonstrated record of research in agricultural and/or food policy, including but not limited to policies and regulations affecting food production, distribution, trade and consumption
Leadership experience at the project or institutional level
A strong interest in public policy and a willingness to engage with media
Expertise on issues related to livestock or animal farming will be an asset

Applicants at the Associate Professor level must provide evidence of an established, externally funded research program, a strong publication record, evidence of successful teaching and graduate supervision, and evidence of established academic engagement in professional communities, government, and the agri-food industry.

Applicants at the Assistant Professor level must present evidence of an on-going research program beyond the doctoral dissertation, a publication record, evidence of successful teaching, and evidence of engagement with professional communities, government and/or the agri-food industry.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but applications will be accepted until March 20, 2020. Applicants should provide the following documents (in PDF format): current curriculum vitae; name and contact information for three referees; copies of recent research publications; a brief statement outlining a vision for the work of the Simpson Centre via the ‘Apply Now’ link.

UCVM has approximately 70 faculty members, 130 staff, 125 DVM students, 110 graduate students, 25 post-doctoral fellows, and 15 advanced clinical trainees. UCVM’s DVM program provides a comprehensive general veterinary education to approximately 30-32 students per year. The program is an integrated core-elective program, with enhanced educational opportunities in defined areas that combine discipline-based courses with extensive on-campus and off-campus experiential learning. UCVM is a research-intensive faculty with expanding research, graduate education, and advanced clinical trainee programs. Descriptions of the Faculty, its programs, and its departments can be found at The University has established the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning ( that supports the development of teaching excellence and scholarly activity.

The School of Public Policy is an institute at the University of Calgary located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 2008, the School is devoted to public policy research and education, and is led by Dr. PG Forest. Located at the University of Calgary’s downtown campus, it is home to over 60 full time or part time faculty and fellows. The School is organized in into four policy areas: Economic and Social Policy, Energy and Environmental Policy, Finance and Economic Policy, and International Policy and Trade. For more information about the School, please visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.