Assistant or Associate Professor of Foundational Sciences

  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Pomona, CA, USA
  • Dec 27, 2023
Full time Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description


Assistant or Associate Professor of Foundational Sciences

Posting Number: F00579
Position Status:
Campus: Western University Campus-Pomona, CA
Department: 1701-College of Veterinary Medicine

Function: College of Veterinary Medicine
Family: Instruction
Classification Series Title:

Classification Pay Scale
In compliance with SB 1162, Western University of Health Sciences is providing a pay scale for this position. The pay scale reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for this position. Within this range, the individual pay is determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, and work location. Please note that the compensation details listed reflects the base salary only.

Full Salary Range
Minimum: $107,000.00
Maximum $110,000.00

Expected Pay Scale
Minimum: $107,000.00
Maximum: $110,000.00

Job Summary
We invite you to join the innovative and diverse faculty at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine (WesternU-CVM). We are seeking a colleague to contribute to the college's mission to educate veterinary professionals and advance knowledge to address the contemporary needs of society. This team member will:

  • Provide content expertise in one or more Foundational Sciences, contributing to scholarly advancement of the science, and incorporating a specific discipline in the veterinary curriculum.
    • The CVM implements an innovative Problem-Based Learning (PBL) curriculum during the pre- clinical years.
    • The CVM is seeking individuals with specific expertise in various disciplines. Please specify in the cover letter the level of expertise you have in any of the following disciplines:
      • Anatomy
      • Animal Behavior
      • Animal Reproduction (Theriogenology)
      • Epidemiology
      • Genetics
      • Immunology
      • Microbiology (Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology)
      • Nutrition
      • Parasitology
      • Pathology (Anatomic, Clinical)
      • Pharmacology
      • Physiology
      • Toxicology

    • The CVM organizes much of the pre-clinical curriculum based on body systems. Please indicate in the cover letter any expertise you have in the basic sciences related to any of the following systems:
      • Cardiopulmonary
      • Endocrinology
      • Immune and Inflammatory
      • Integumentary
      • Gastrointestinal
      • Musculoskeletal
      • Neurology
      • Reproductive
      • Special senses
      • Urinary
  • Assume various teaching roles, when required, to meet curricular demands and as assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  • Provide support in the training of students in all levels of the DVM curriculum.
  • Serve on college and university standing committees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess this knowledge, these skills, and abilities, or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

1. Ability to orally communicate with others. Ability to effectively interact with administration, faculty, staff, students, and outside contacts.
2. Ability to handle detail-oriented assignments and maintain confidentiality.
3. Organizational skills necessary in prioritizing workload and delegating responsibility.
4. Knowledge of educational needs for contemporary veterinary practice.
5. Knowledge and skills in his/her discipline.

Required Qualifications
EDUCATION: An advanced degree (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (ie, DVM, VMD), PhD, or equivalent degree) in the discipline of expertise is required.

EXPERIENCE: The college is seeking an optimal match between individual qualifications and assessed ability to contribute to the College’s mission. All qualified candidates will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Posting Date: 02/22/2023
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled:

Special Instructions to Applicants

Essential Job Duties

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty

1. Contribute to the training of veterinary students in Foundational Sciences (25 – 55%):
 a. Participate in the curricular activities for Year 1 and 2 students, including but not limited to content expertise in the various disciplines, facilitation of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) activities, foundational science lectures & laboratories, veterinary issues discussions and presentations, and other ancillary activities as determined in the curriculum development process.

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty

2. Pursue scholarly endeavors and professional self-development, with opportunities to engage in research, as negotiated (40 – 70%):
 a. Develop a self-sustaining research program.
 b. Participate in the development of post-DVM training programs.
 c. Participate in the research mentoring of veterinary students.
 d. Participate in local, national, and/or international continuing education programs

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty

3. Participate in college and university committees. Represent the college to external persons and agencies, including funding agencies (5%).

The relative distribution between job functions above is negotiable. The candidate is expected to incorporate the founding principles of the College of Veterinary Medicine of student-centered learning, reverence for life, and strategic partnerships and alliances in their work, and to contribute to development and implementation of programs consistent with these founding commitments.

This position reports to the Dean. Academic activities are supervised by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; research activities are supervised by the Associate Dean for Research; and professional activities are supervised by the Executive Associate Dean.

Percentage Of Time

Describe Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties of the Faculty Member are normally performed in a typical office setting, classroom setting, or laboratory setting. Depending on individual professional specialty, curriculum duties may require different environmental settings which may include, but is not limited to classrooms, farms, clinical practices, research and academic laboratories, and other off campus settings. Occasionally the employee is exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in these settings is usually moderate due to telephone calls, office equipment, normal student traffic, and depending on species – animal noises. Some travel is required, and work environment characteristics will change to that of the regional norms. Virtual delivery of the curriculum might be considered based on the characteristics of the needs of the curriculum for this discipline.


The above description is intended to provide a summary of the typical functions of the position and is not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the position. As such the responsibilities, tasks, and duties might differ from those outlined and other duties, as assigned, might be included.

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