College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology – Agricultural Sciences
The Extension Specialist & Lecturer/Senior Lecturer of Animal Science is a 12-month non-tenure track position that has a 75% Extension and 25% Teaching responsibility.
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in area of specialization to assist the Animal Science Programs, actively participate in student recruitment and advisement, contribute to program outcomes assessment, and serve on department, college, and institution level committees, and other duties as assigned by the department head. Extension responsibilities include providing technical information and guidance to county agents and livestock producers in the areas of feeding, breeding, general health, marketing, and management of livestock enterprises. Other responsibilities include providing leadership and serving as statewide Extension Specialist (small ruminants- meat and dairy goats and sheep) involved with continuing education for county agents and their clients, and creating new or revising existing informational materials and electronic-based livestock (especially small ruminants) management tools for Extension field staff, producers, and agricultural educators. The incumbent is also expected to be engaged in applied on-station and practical on-farm research in one or several aspects of small ruminant production systems, including forages and grazing management, feeding and nutrition, mating systems and genetic improvement, reproductive efficiency, and livestock products resulting in applied and publishable results. The individual will collaborate with Extension Specialists and research scientists at other institutions in Georgia and the Region in providing information and production system guidance in aspects of small ruminant management and marketing, and create newsletters in a variety of media for the purpose of keeping clients informed of Extension efforts and research results.
A Ph.D. in Animal Science or related field is required. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and other scholarly activities, skills in online instruction, and experience with academic advisement are preferred to be considered at Associate Professor or Professor level. An understanding of the operations and expectations of a land-grant university, and the county-based Extension system, including the role of support provided by Extension specialists required. Ability to effectively interact with people engaged in farming and livestock enterprises, as well as members of the Extension community, familiarity and experience with computer-based information exchange and use of social media as Extension tools, and a thorough understanding of and experience with the U.S. livestock industry, particularly small ruminant sectors preferred. Ability to conduct meaningful applied and field-based research preferred.
Interested persons should send an FVSU employment application, cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript(s), and three (3) professional reference letters to:
Office of Human Resources
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030