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Animal Health Science, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 532952
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Agriculture, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Don B Huntley College of Agriculture


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.  Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona, and 41% of new students were transfers in Fall 2022.  57% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 53% Latinx, 22% Asian, 14% White, 3% Black, 2% International, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence and Student Success.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below. 

Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria:


  1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations; 
  3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
  5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
  6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
  7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
  9. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

Don B Huntley College of Agriculture:

The Huntley College of Agriculture was founded in 1938 and is the second largest by enrollment of five agricultural colleges in California. It is the sole provider of comprehensive agricultural programs focusing on the needs of the $1 trillion Southern California economy and its 21 million people. The College provides a unique integrative approach to agricultural education that recognizes the strong disciplinary interdependencies related to professional orientation and culture, basic societal needs, lifestyles, and social and environmental responsibility. The College is well positioned to meet the expanding demand for qualified graduates in highly specialized fields within the agricultural, food, fiber, ornamental, and animal industries. With an enrollment of over 2,100, which has grown over the last decade, the College has evolved in step with changing urban agricultural education needs. The faculty recognizes the need for change and has continued to develop a vision for its future.

College distinctions include:

  • One of four California State University campuses sharing dedicated state funds for the Agricultural Research Institute
  • Largest four-year degree-granting College of Agriculture Hispanic Serving Institution in the U.S.
  • Second largest accredited animal health science program in North America
  • One of the largest animal and veterinary science undergraduate programs in the U.S.
  • The only department-based apparel program in California and one of only 13 nationwide to be endorsed by the American Apparel & Footwear Association
  • $8 million state-of-the-art urban agriculture facility, AGRIscapes
  • Home of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center

For further information, visit the College website at:


Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

The Animal & Veterinary Sciences Department offers a four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with subplans in Pre-veterinary Science/Graduate School, General Animal Science and Animal Health Science. The Pre-veterinary Science/Graduate School subplan meets requirements for admission to most schools of veterinary medicine, related medical technical fields, and for graduate study in animal nutrition, meat science, animal breeding and animal physiology.

Animal Health Science major is a program accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Graduates from the program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Students who pass this exam are then able to be licensed as a veterinary technologist (RVTg). We aim to maintain a VTNE pass rate of 90% or above.

The department maintains 330 acres of range land and 100 acres of irrigated pasture. Livestock includes a breeding herd of Angus and Angus Crossbred cattle; the Kellogg Arabian horses; flocks of purebred Rambouillet and Suffolk sheep, goats, and a herd of various commercial breeds of swine.

Position description:

Teaching: Tenure-track faculty position focused mostly on teaching, providing instruction in the Animal & Veterinary Sciences Department, Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture, for undergraduate courses in the Animal Health Science (AHS) major. The AHS major prepares students to become registered veterinary technicians with a curriculum focused on veterinary nursing.  Applicants are expected to teach broadly in the curriculum, including performing surgery for the capstone surgery course, and be well versed in current and best practices in the industry. The AHS program provides extensive hands-on experiences for students and requires clinical and practical veterinary knowledge from the faculty. 

Research/Scholarship: The new faculty member will conduct research/scholarly activities commensurate with their area of expertise and seek collaborations with faculty or external organizations (e.g., veterinary industry).

 Service: Committee service to the Department, College and University will also be expected. The new faculty member will participate in departmental service including curriculum development, program assessment and development, student recruitment and retention, service to the college and university.


Minimum requirements include

  • DVM or equivalent.
  • Evidence of collaborative work and willingness to work with and collaborate with research faculty and work in partnership with animal units and centers.
  • Expertise in veterinary medicine with an emphasis on small animal medicine/surgery
  • The ability to conduct research in applicant’s area of expertise.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for teaching students.
  • Demonstration of ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and/or service, and experiences of or a commitment to teaching and working in an inclusive environment.
  • Licensure in California as a DVM or be able to obtain a license by hire date.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of clinical veterinary experience.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and training veterinary support staff.
  • Experience in teaching at the university level.
  • Clinical experience working with large animals, horses, exotics and/or laboratory animal species.
  • Successful scholarship, including research and grant writing experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity. Evidence should be provided in a Student Success Statement that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success.”

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

Application Process: A completed application will consist of:

  • Cover letter that describes your interest in the position, relevant experience/interests and addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description. A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your Statement).
  • A current curriculum vita comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form that also includes the names, titles, email address, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position. Note that finalists for the position will be required to provide three recent letters of recommendation/reference.
  • Unofficial transcripts showing highest degree earned (official transcripts will be required of finalists); and finalists for the position will be required to provide three recent letters of reference.

Finalists for the position will: 

  • be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview. 
  • be required to provide three letters of reference dated within the last two years. 
  • Final candidates being interviewed are expected to make a presentation discussing candidate’s creative work and clinical experiences, and a teaching demonstration to faculty that includes interaction with students. 

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than December 15, 2023.  


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Applications accepted only via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.

Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity  Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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