Contributes to the university’s mission through teaching, research and service, some variation by academic unit.
About the Department and/or College
Established in 1923, Texas Tech University is a Carnegie R1 (very high research activity) Doctoral/Research-Extensive, Hispanic Serving, and state-assisted institution. Located on a beautiful 1,850-acre campus in Lubbock, a city in West Texas with a growing metropolitan-area population of over 300,000, the university enrolls over 40,000 students with 33,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. As the primary research institution in the western two-thirds of the state, TTU is home to 10 colleges, the Schools of Law and Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate School. The flagship of the Texas Tech University System, TTU is dedicated to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. It is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world.
The Davis College includes the departments of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Agricultural Education & Communications, Animal and Food Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Plant & Soil Science, and Vet Sciences along with multiple research centers and institutes. Davis College also houses eight research centers and institutes including the Center for AgriScience Communications, Davis College Water Center, Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, Institute for Genomics of Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance, International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness, International Center for Food Industry Excellence, Texas Cooperative Research Unit, and the Thornton Agricultural Finance Institute. For the current academic year, the College has 2,747 undergraduate students and 519 graduate students. Davis College has 111 tenure-track faculty, 30 non-tenure track faculty, and 169 support staff. Faculty in Davis College generated approximately $16 million in extramural funding to support research, teaching, and outreach and engagement missions.
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/afs/) at TTU exists to address challenges of a growing and changing world. We tackle these challenges by empowering students, advancing discovery, and disseminating knowledge. Our core values (to elevate others, foster discovery, pursue excellence, and value people) define our culture and those we seek to hire. AFS takes pride in its tradition of student success and experiential learning through curriculum taught by faculty who are dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and engagement. Innovative creativity to address regional issues with global implications, while engaging with external community members through citizenship, are also hallmarks of the program. The department is housed in a modern research and teaching facility and is supported by several off-campus units (Equestrian Center, Equine Therapeutic Riding Teaching & Research Center, Grantham Companion Animal Research Facility, and an Agricultural Field Laboratory with canine, sheep/goat, swine, beef cattle, Burnett Center, and feed mill units). There are approximately 30 faculty members in the department, many of whom are leading researchers in their respective fields. Areas of research excellence include meat science & muscle biology, food science & safety, animal nutrition, health & welfare, and companion animal science. The department continues to experience unprecedented growth in student enrollment and is comprised of more than 1,450 undergrads and graduate students.
About Lubbock Referred to as the “Hub City” it serves as the educational, cultural, economic, and health care hub of the South Plains region, Lubbock boasts a diverse population and a strong connection to community, history, and land. With a mild climate, highly rated public schools, and a low cost of living, Lubbock is a family-friendly community that is ranked as one of the best places to live in Texas.
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor in Meat Science position to begin 2024. The distribution of effort will be 50% research and 50% teaching. Research programming is expected to align with current strategic initiatives in the sustainability of meat and livestock production systems. Teaching expectation includes a minimum of 12 credit hours of instruction over the fall and spring semesters, including a baccalaureate-level principles of meat science course (ANSC 3403) required of all majors in the department, and a new senior-level baccalaureate course in meat production. In addition to teaching and research efforts, participation in service activities with professional organizations, the department, college, and university is expected. Opportunities exist for collaborative outreach and engagement.
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences’ Meat Science and Muscle Biology Program, a part of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence, is a premier program and unique in the nation. It consists of highly qualified, nationally recognized professors with outstanding achievements in both teaching, research, and outreach & engagement. The program is supported by a modern Animal and Food Sciences building, Experimental Sciences building, Agriculture Field Laboratory with Animal Units, and the Gordon W. Davis Meat Science Laboratory. The meat laboratory is well-equipped for research and teaching in the development, processing, and evaluation of meat products. In addition, a pathogen processing and microbiology laboratory is available at a separate location for collaboration with industry and food microbiologists. The program attracts exceptional students at all levels with approximately 40 M.S. and Ph.D. students enrolled in the program annually. In addition to student enrollment in the Meat Science concentration of the Bachelor of Science degree, the program also employs more than 100 undergraduates each year through Raider Red Meats, research labs, and leadership positions.
In line with TTU’s strategic priorities to engage and empower a diverse student body, enable innovative research and creative activities, and transform lives and communities through outreach and engaged scholarship, applicants should have experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels within individual or across the areas of teaching, research/creative activity, and service.
Ph.D. in Animal Science, Food Science, or related discipline with an emphasis in meat science and/or muscle biology
Evidence of effective teaching of meat science and/or muscle biology courses, including delivery, learning outcome driven curriculum development, assessment of learning outcomes, and teaching evaluation (student, peer, and/or self-reflection).
Evidence of research activity demonstrating the integration (from production to final consumption) of livestock and meat production systems with attention to meat quality and safety?, as evidenced by: peer-reviewed, referred publications, and proposal development and/or federal and industry grant funding.
A record of service to professional organizations, commodity groups, scientific journals, and/or academia.
In addition to the required qualifications, individuals with the following preferred qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:
Evidence of outreach and engagement activities with internal and external stakeholders, especially youth and the meat industry.
Demonstrated engagement in extracurricular activities for undergraduates, including competitive opportunities and undergraduate research.
Evidence of performing experiential learning in an applied laboratory environment.
Evidence of curricular learning and personal interest in experimental design and statistics.
Demonstrated collaborative research with multi-, inter-, or transdisciplinary teams with an appreciation and/or interest in the discipline of systems thinking.
A history of engagement with industry stakeholders in scholarly activities.
Adherence to robust safety practices and compliance with all applicable health and safety regulations are responsibilities of all TTU employees.
Does this position work in a research laboratory? Yes
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan by visiting www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/payplan.
Up to 25%
M-F 8:00-5:00 - may have scheduled evening classes
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.
The Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences is one of seven departments within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. The department is housed in a modern research and teaching facility and has excellent research support. There are 31 faculty members in the department, many of whom are leading researchers in their respective fields. Areas of research emphasis include meat science and muscle biology, food science and safety, animal nutrition, health, and welfare, and companion animal science. This position is an integral part of focused strategic areas for growth of research on campus. The successful applicant will be expected to provide leadership in their area of expertise and to build collaborative programs with faculty members in the department, as well as other departments in the College and University, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and/or the newly established School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo.
Texas Tech University is one of four major state-supported universities within the Texas Tech University System. The University consists of 10 colleges, the School of Veterinary Medici...ne, School of Law, and the Graduate School. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center sits adjacent to the university. In Fall 2019, Texas Tech was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), making it one of only 16 HSIs that are also Carnegie Research 1 institutions. Currently, more than 40,000 students attend classes at the Lubbock campus. The City of Lubbock has approximately 266,000 residents, a moderately low cost of living, and enjoys 264 sunny days per year on the Southern High Plains, a major agricultural production region of Texas.