Assistant, Associate, or Professor (Teaching), Surgery and Surgical Skills

University of Calgary

Territorial Acknowledgement

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Regions 5 and 6.

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) invites applications for a full-time or part-time academic scholar in Surgery and Surgical Skills. Depending on qualifications and career track expectations, the appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor (Teaching) (tenure-track), Associate Professor (Teaching) (with tenure), or Professor (Teaching) (with tenure). The anticipated start date is August 1, 2024 or a mutually agreed upon date.

Position description and associated responsibilities:

The successful applicant will teach in the undergraduate program with an emphasis on basic and general surgical skills with an emphasis on participating in small animal surgery.

We are looking for additional faculty to join our team for our expanded class size. Teaching will be 80%-90% of this position pending rank and will include didactic, clinical and professional skills laboratories, and 4th year rotation teaching in the DVM program. Clinical and teaching duties in addition to basic surgery instruction will be assigned based on needs of the program. UCVM employs a distributed veterinary teaching hospital and clinical duties, and rotation teaching will occur in partner practices and other practice settings. Service will be 10-20% of assigned duties pending rank.

Position requirements, qualifications, skills and achievements required for the appointment:

The candidate must have the education, training, expertise, professional development, or a combination thereof, appropriate for the subject. Qualifications include a DVM (or equivalent) and advanced clinical training in surgery (such as extensive continuing education, surgery internship or residency). Board certification (ACVS or ECVS in small or large animal) is considered an asset but is not a requirement. A graduate degree in clinical or educational research is considered an asset. The candidate must be eligible for immediate licensure in the Province of Alberta as a general practice registered veterinarian.

Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (Teaching) normally requires evidence or promise of teaching effectiveness or competency in teaching and learning, an awareness of how to apply scholarly approaches to teaching and learning practices, participation in reflective practice, and professional learning activities related to teaching and learning. Commitment to, or experience with, defining learning goals, supporting student learning activities and engagement, and creating assessment strategies may also be required. Engagement in the research and scholarship required to maintain currency in pedagogy and curriculum design of the relevant discipline or field as well as engaging in other scholarly professional or creative activities that strengthens and informs the academic staff member’s knowledge base and expertise is required.

Appointment at the rank of Associate Professor (Teaching), in addition to the requirements of an Assistant Professor (Teaching), requires evidence of teaching effectiveness, a demonstrated ability to apply scholarly approaches to teaching and learning and student engagement, to design student learning experiences and assessment strategies grounded in a clearly articulated teaching philosophy, and to engage in scholarly, professional, or creative activities. Continuous development and demonstration of a scholarly foundation for designing and implementing innovative teaching and that supports student learning, ability to create respectful and inclusive learning environments that promote student engagement, participate in learning activities, networks and communities, and engagement in reflective practice to adjust and strengthen one’s teaching, learning and assessment practices is required.

Appointment at the rank of Professor (Teaching), in addition to the requirements of Associate Professor (Teaching), normally requires a demonstration of the highest quality of contributions to a research-informed practice of, and reflective inquiry into, teaching and learning. Notwithstanding demonstrated distinction in teaching effectiveness and expertise, appointment at the rank of Professor (Teaching) shall normally only be recommended where there has been clearly established an outstanding reputation, demonstrated through educational leadership contributions to the theory and practice of teaching and learning, and by impact on, or innovation within, the relevant community, discipline or field, resulting in distinguished peer-recognition.

Application instructions and position posting closing date:

Please apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ link:

Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments, which may require you to merge documents. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following:

Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information for three referees
Statement of teaching philosophy or teaching dossier
Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Within your application, indicate the rank you are applying for, as well as if the application is for a full-time or part-time position.

Questions may be addressed to:
Aylin Atilla, VMD, MS, DACVS-SA
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development
[email protected]

Applications are accepted until July 1, 2024.

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Information about the faculty

UCVM 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 University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

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)

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. 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.

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