Submitted: 6 February 2021
Department: College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Anthropology (joint appointment)
Institution: University of Arizona
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 5 March 2021
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The University of Arizona’s College of Veterinary Medicine (UA-CVM) and School of Anthropology (SOA) invite applications for a jointly appointed tenure track position with a focus on Human-Animal Interaction (HAI), broadly conceived. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, animal behavior, biology, physiology and cognition; evolutionary perspectives on human-animal interaction; the biopsychosocial effects of human-animal interaction; One Health; and behavioral ecology. The successful candidate will contribute to the University of Arizona’s growing emphasis on research at the intersection of humans and nonhuman animals and will create bridges between the CVM and SOA.

The UA SOA consistently ranks as one of the best anthropology programs in the US and provides graduate and undergraduate training across the four anthropology subdisciplines: archaeology, biological, linguistic, and sociocultural anthropology. Faculty and graduate students from across these subdisciplines share interests in anthrozoology (the study of HAI). The successful candidate will join the biological anthropology faculty and contribute to this thematic area. While the specific area of research is open, we seek an outstanding scholar whose work will complement our existing research programs investigating human and animal behavioral ecology, physiology, and cognition through an evolutionary lens.

The successful candidate will have a proven record of designing, conducting, and publishing research, including evidence of efforts to generate external funding, and a clear commitment to teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They will be expected to maintain an extramurally funded research program that complements and contributes to the research missions of the College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Anthropology, integrate veterinary and anthropology students into their research program, mentor doctoral-level graduate students, and teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in their given area of expertise in the School of Anthropology. Research with companion animals is desirable, as is work with other animal species.

A Ph.D. in anthropology or an equivalent field relevant to Human-Animal Interaction, or DVM/PhD with established expertise in Human-Animal Interaction is required.

The documents required are: Cover Letter and Reference requirements 3-5 required (contact information only); CV; Statement of Research; Statement of Teaching; Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; and Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

The UA-CVM curriculum is built on an inclusive, evidence-based pedagogy with the goal of graduating “day-one-ready” veterinarians prepared to excel in diverse career trajectories. By partnering with SOA to explore the broad scientific areas underlying HAI, the UA-CVM aims to transform veterinary research and training and to equip DVM graduates with innovative approaches to client communication and support. The successful candidate will aid in developing the UA-CVM research program on HAI as well as connections between the University and animal organizations in the local region.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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