Fresno State campus

Animal Science Dairy

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Agriculture

California State University, Fresno
Jordan College of Agricultural Science & Technology
Department of Animal Science and Agricultural Education


Animal Science-- Dairy
Assistant/Associate Professor
Tenure Track
Fall 2024 (August 2024)

Position Summary:

The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure-track 9-month position as an Assistant/Associate Professor in Animal Science (Dairy). This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of teaching undergraduate courses, scholarship (research in field of interest, grants, etc.), and service (student advising, committee work, etc.). Specifically, development of an active research program; serving as an advisor to student organizations; advising undergraduate students; participate in applied research programs at the University Agricultural Laboratory; participate in outreach conferences, activities and programs within the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology relative to attracting and retaining undergraduates and masters graduate students; serve on appropriate College and University committees; and to be an active member in professional organizations and associations. Assist with the annual Fresno State FFA Field Day, participation in department, college, and university events, and serve on department, college and/or university committees.


The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, basic animal science (pre-professional), pre-veterinary medicine, livestock business management, dairy science, equine science, and meat technology. Courses integrate animal evaluation, behavior, disease, environment management, genetics, health, marketing, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, production, and reproduction. Instruction in the animal science disciplines is enhanced through practical application at the various farm laboratory units. The facilities include the Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Meat Lab, Quarter Horse, Sheep, and Swine units which are maintained to support this educational endeavor. The department is extremely proud of its outstanding faculty and the level and quality of student activities in which they participate.

The San Joaquin Valley has been the world's top agricultural producer since the 1940s, with over 220 commercial crops grown throughout the six counties.  California is the nation's leading dairy state, producing 20% of all the milk consumed in the nation.  Fresno and neighboring Tulare counties are the nation's top producing dairy counties, with milk value in excess of 2 billion dollars annually.  California has about 1 million beef cows and ranks in the top 10 states in the U.S. for cattle in feedlots.  In addition, California ranks second in the nation in horse numbers with about 500,000 horses.


California State University, Fresno, a forward-looking and diverse institution located in California’s central region, is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The university is known for its agriculture, reasonable housing costs, cultural diversity, and proximity to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The campus of Fresno State sits in the San Joaquin Valley, a land rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures.

Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Animal Science, Dairy Science or other closely-related discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required..
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, for appointment, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2024

Required Qualifications/Experience:

  1. Experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate dairy, and/or animal science courses (teaching experience as a graduate assistant is acceptable);
  2. expressed interest in effective undergraduate and/or graduate teaching;
  3. excellent written and oral communication skills;
  4. demonstrated knowledge to conduct applied research and pursue extramural funding; and
  5. ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

The preferred candidate will:

  1. demonstrate the ability to interact with students, colleagues, producer groups, industry stakeholders, government agencies, allied industries, media and the general public;
  2. experience with dairy cattle production;
  3. possess experience with the management of dairy operations including production, herd health, financial budgeting and marketing;
  4. have a documented record of applied research, publications, and seeking and/or securing extramural funding; and
  5. have experience advising undergraduate and/or graduate students, and student organizations.

Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by January 17, 2024; review of applications may continue until the position is filled.  This position automatically closes on March 31, 2024. Note: All positions at Fresno State are subject to funding availability.

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Attach the following:

  1. a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications;
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. ) teaching philosophy
  4. diversity statement (e.g., a statement addressing commitment to working with diverse faculty, staff, students, and communities and how your teaching will be responsive to diverse populations and
  5. list of four professional references (names and contact information).

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  1. Three current letters of recommendation (dated within 12 months of full consideration date.)
  2. Official transcript, and
  3. research statement.

Committee Information and Search process:

Search Chair:   Dr. Amanda McKeith,
                      Committee Chair; California State University, Fresno;
                      Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education;
                      Jordan College of Agricultural Science & Technology
                      Phone: 559.278.4331

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged university. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Fresno State is committed and dedicated to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior.

Fresno State is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The university has had a strong history of service and preparation of educators since the institution’s founding as a Normal School in 1911. Fresno State is ranked sixth in the nation for social mobility in the Wall Street Journal/College Pulse 2024 Best Colleges. Fresno State is ranked 26th in the nation by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research, and promoting public service. The campus is classified as an R2 university (Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity) per the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Commensurate with education and experience the anticipated hiring range is $7,400-$7,700 per month for Assistant Professor (12 monthly payments per academic year).  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

Out of State Employment
Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

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