Faculty Job in Academic & University Professional Practice Instructor/Assistant Professor – Director of Equine and Human Services

Requisition: F1700262

Open Date: 05/30/2017

Review Date: 06/30/2017

Job Category: Faculty

Department: Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences

College/Unit: Colleg Of Agriculture & Applied Sci

Location: Logan Campus

Posting Duration: Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

The Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS) in the College of Agriculture and
Applied Sciences (CAAS) seeks qualified candidates for the position of a Professional Practice Instructor, or a Professional Practice
Assistant Professor, and Director of Equine and Human Sciences. This is a full-time, 12-month, fiscal year, non-tenure track appointment in
which the incumbent will have overall development, strategic and operational responsibilities within the broad area of Equine Assisted
Activities and Therapies (EAAT) in CAAS and human/animal bond in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Utah State University.


  • Follow established policies and procedures for development of an EAAT academic curriculum
    (undergraduate and graduate) and EAAT community service program.
  • Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and
    financial planning.
  • Supervise support staff for the EAAT program.
  • With input from stakeholders, develop a mission
    statement for the ADVS Equine and Human Sciences Community program.
  • Develop long-range strategic goals relating to mission
    statement and make consistent and timely progress on said goals.
  • Promote active and broad participation of community and university
    volunteers, staff and participants.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations and maintain official records and
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices, including developing and adhering to a program
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of EAAT.
  • Report progress and
    condition of the program and all important factors influencing it to ADVS Department Head.
  • Establish sound working relationships
    and cooperative arrangements with community, other university departments and professional association groups and organizations.
  • Represent the activities and points of view of the program to agencies, organizations and general public.
  • Under the Direction
    of ADVS Department Head, recommend recruitment and employment of all personnel, develop job descriptions, and perform evaluations for all
  • Maintain a climate that promotes a healthy working environment.
  • Work with College Development Officers to seek out
    fundraising opportunities as well as write grants for research and to fund on going programing.


The mission of the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS) is to conduct teaching, research,
extension and professional service activities that benefit the citizens and animal industries of Utah, the surrounding region, the nation,
and the international community. Our goal for undergraduate education is to provide classroom, laboratory and field learning experiences
incorporating the latest scientific principles culminating with a BS degree in Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences in one of four emphasis
areas: Animal and Dairy Science; Bioveterinary Science; Biotechnology; and Equine Science and Management. Research programs within ADVS
include animal nutrition; animal molecular genetics; reproduction and development; animal management; animal health and disease; and
toxicology that are important not only for the cutting-edge research being performed, but also for providing exciting opportunities for
graduate students seeking MS and PhD degrees in these disciplines. ADVS teaching and research activities are augmented by the activities of
Extension Specialists in beef, dairy, equine, poultry, veterinary medicine, and toxicology who serve individuals, commodity groups and other
stakeholders throughout the state.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • For
    Professional Practice Instructor, BS degree in a related field (psychology, rehabilitation counseling, education, etc.) with 1-3 years of
    managerial experience.
  • For Professional Practice Assistant Professor, MS degree in a related field (psychology, rehabilitation
    counseling, education, etc.) with 1-3 years of managerial experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of active experience (at least half-time
    employment) developing and providing EAAT programming.
  • Demonstrated experience riding, training, and evaluating equines in an EAAT
  • Certified equine specialist and therapeutic riding instructor; or an advanced therapeutic riding instructor qualified to
    become an equine specialist within one year.
  • Experience working with military veterans and/or people with disabilities.
  • Effective leadership experiences with the ability to demonstrate specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies
    that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Experience with community-based issues.
  • Demonstrated
    experience with data driven program evaluation.
  • Ability to manage and develop high-performance teams; set and achieve strategic
    objectives; within the confines of a public university budget and resource allocation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication
    skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to program planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in
    collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and
  • Track record of applying for and receiving competitive grants or willingness to learn.
  • Deep understanding
    of local, state and federal services used by program participants. Become familiar with local organizations who serve the populations
    targeted by clinic.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD degree with a Mental Health License
    and/or equivalent profession with 1-3 years of experience.
  • Experience conducting Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy as a mental
    health professional.
  • Experience teaching in higher education.
  • Ability to manage and develop high-performance teams; set
    and achieve strategic objectives; and manage a budget.
  • Strong marketing, public relations and fundraising experience with the
    ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.

Opportunity Type: Full-Time w/benefits package

Percent of Time or Hours per Week: 100%

Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Required Documents (The names and contact information of 3 references will be collected during the application

Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Other Required document types/Special Instructions to Applicants:
Cover letter with statement of interest

Often Functional Requirements (25-75% time):
Use of fingers (e.g. typing),Both hands required or compensated by the
use of acceptable prostheses,Extended sitting,Walking,Standing,Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously

Continuous Functional Requirements (75%+ time):
Routine visual requirements (e.g. reading with attention to details;
seeing activities near and far),Routine hearing ability (e.g. whispers at close range; voices at 15 feet; converse by telephone)

Often Environmental Factors (25-75% time):

Continuous Environmental Factors (75%+ time):
Working closely with others

ADA Cognitive Requirements:
Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and
practical problems. Deal with non-verbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.) in its most difficult
phases. Deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables. Comprehend complex, hard-to-understand concepts.

ADA Math Requirements:
Apply knowledge of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques such as differential and
integral calculus, factor analysis, and probability determination, or work with a wide variety of theoretical mathematical concepts and make
original applications of mathematical procedures, as in empirical and differential equations.

ADA Communication Requirements – Speech:
Expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order verbal skills such
as ability to lecture to large groups, ability to speak on complex issues without prepared notes.

ADA Comm Requirements – Comprehension:
Comprehensive and expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order of
composition skills such as ability to do this as primary function of the job, to draft and edit publication-quality papers, to prepare
highly complex documents such as wills and contracts. May involve a large volume of such composition.

ADA Travel Requirements:
Minimal travel required – ability to travel infrequently (i.e., annually) for activities such
as developmental sessions at a centralized training center.

Utah State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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