Assistant Professor (Teaching) or Associate Professor (Teaching), Small Animal Clinical Sciences

University of Calgary

Job ID: 31714
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated April 30, 2024

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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) at the University of Calgary invites applications for academic scholars in Small Animal Clinical Sciences. There are two, full-time or part time, limited term (3 years) positions available. Opportunities for joint hires with external practices are a possibility. The successful candidates will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (Teaching) or Associate Professor (Teaching). The anticipated start date is August 15, 2024, or a mutually agreed upon date.

Position description and associated responsibilities
The position will have 90% of its time focused on teaching with 10% dedicated to service. Teaching will largely be comprised of hands-on instruction of undergraduate DVM students in clinical skills laboratories and in the professional skills program. There will also be a requirement of administrative duties to support the clinical skills course. A small contribution will be to didactic, clinical and field course teaching. Clinical duties are integrated within the teaching role and the time allocation spent on clinical duties is open for discussion. Teaching will be assigned by the Associate Deans, Faculty Affairs & Development. Service includes time to be on committees that help contribute to the functioning of the university.

Position requirements, qualifications, skills and achievements required for the appointment
Qualifications include a DVM (or equivalent) with demonstration of continuing education and experiences that demonstrate a high standard of small animal clinical practice. A minimum of 5 years of clinical practice is expected. Past teaching experience is considered an asset. The applicant must be licensed or be eligible for immediate licensure in the Province of Alberta as a general practice registered veterinarian.

Appointment to 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 to the rank of Associate Professor (Teaching), in addition to the requirements for 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.

Applicants to the teaching-focused stream will devote the majority of their time to teaching within UCVM, which can include lecture teaching, lab instruction, graduate program teaching along with service on teaching-related committees. Clinical duties are integrated within the teaching role and the time allocation spent on clinical duties is open for discussion. Service to the department, faculty, University, and community is also expected.

Application instructions and position posting closing date
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link on the UCalgary careers website:

Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. A complete application includes the following:
• Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of 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.

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

Application Deadline: July 2, 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’s DVM program provides a comprehensive general veterinary education to approximately 50 students per year, with an expected expansion to 100 students. 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 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. For more information about the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, click here.

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