Asst., Assoc., or Full Professor of Practice Position

Virginia Tech

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences seeks an exceptionally well-qualified educator with a strong interest in developing and educating the next generation of leader for animal agriculture to join the department as a Professor of Practice. The successful applicant will interface with dynamic faculty, advising staff, and undergraduate students, providing state-of-the-art expertise in education, advising, and mentoring.

This is a non-tenure-track, 12-month appointment in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences (APSC) with advising and teaching responsibilities. The successful candidate will be expected to bring specialized industry expertise to the instructional programs of the department, leading efforts in professional preparation of students, including but not limited to expanding internship and other experiential learning opportunities. The incumbent will teach classes in their area of interest and expertise, interface with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Programs Office; and contribute to existing scholarly efforts in the department, college, and university. The faculty member will be encouraged to remain active in the livestock, dairy, equine, and/or companion animal industries in ways that contribute to the undergraduate program in Animal Sciences.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in animal sciences or a closely-related field.  Preference will be given to candidates with: 1) a demonstrated understanding of production animal agriculture, the equine industry, and/or the companion animal industry; 2) prior experience and demonstrated success teaching Animal Science first year and/or sophomore-level courses; and/or 3) demonstrated dedication to undergraduate student advising and success.

SALARY: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  Virginia Tech offers a comprehensive benefits package.

APPLICATIONS:  Deadline for applications is June 15, 2021 or until the position is filled.  Candidates must submit on-line (; position #20353) a letter of application, curricula vitae, graduate transcripts, statements of research and teaching interests, and the contact information for at least three professional references.  Correspondence should be addressed to:

Katharine Knowlton

Department of Dairy Science

2240 Linton-Reaves Hall

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia


Located in the New River Valley, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has an enrollment of more than 30,000. The Town of Blacksburg and the New River Valley is a region noted for its high quality of life and progressive cultural environment. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities.