Clinical Assistant Professor - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States


Detailed Job Description

This is a full-time (12 month) clinical track position with teaching, diagnostic service, and scholarly activity responsibilities in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP) and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL). Rank is at the level of Clinical Assistant Professor.

The position is defined as approximately 45% diagnostic veterinary pathology service, 35% pre-clinical instruction, and 20% scholarly activity. The successful candidate will also be expected to be active in the academic service arena.

1.Diagnostic Pathology Service and Training (approximately 45%)

The faculty member recruited to this position is expected to devote primary effort of approximately 45% to diagnostic pathology within the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory while providing instruction within the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology to fourth year veterinary students enrolled in the Diagnostics Block and graduate students/residents in the anatomic pathology training program. The work will be conducted in an academic setting and will consist of training and teaching post-DVM graduate students in veterinary anatomic pathology and in Anatomic Pathology Seminar, and teaching fourth year DVM students rotating in the Diagnostics/Necropsy Block. This will include rotations as Course Director for the Anatomic Pathology Seminar. The 45% effort will include service duty assigned in the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory as a consulting pathologist, necropsy senior pathologist, surgical pathologist, and case coordinator.

2.Classroom instruction (approximately 35%)

The instruction responsibility includes teaching and directing the 3 credit hour Veterinary Virology fall semester course in the professional veterinary medicine curriculum. The course is one of the core offerings of the Department and is taught in a clinically relevant context as is appropriate for pre-clinical second year veterinary students. The candidate will seek to excel in teaching and will interact closely and effectively with other teaching faculty in the department, and be actively involved in the Department’s collaborative teaching efforts. The latter includes small-group, case-based learning exercises (the Diagnostic Challenges exercises) and an independent study course by which new teaching cases are developed each year. Specifically the recruited faculty member will be expected to be deeply engaged in one of the Diagnostic Challenge exercises each year and to help develop a new teaching case. At the College level, the faculty member will actively participate in discussions of curriculum and outcomes, the development of innovative teaching approaches, and other teaching-related matters that arise. In addition, the college’s Teaching Academy supports best practices in development, delivery and assessment of instruction in both lecture and clinical settings.

3. Scholarly activity/Collaborative Research (approximately 20%)

The recruited faculty member is expected to devote approximately 20% effort to collaborative research and other scholarly activity with the expectation for creative publication of diagnostic laboratory case information (for example, case reports, retrospective summary studies, test development), collaborative research results, and other activities that contribute to the missions of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology/WADDL/College of Veterinary Medicine. There will be an expectation to publish scholarly efforts as primary author or co-author in peer-reviewed journals appropriate for the topic. The successful candidate will also be expected to be active in the academic service arena.

Required Qualifications

A DVM (or equivalent) degree is required. Successful completion of a post-DVM residency training program in veterinary anatomic pathology, and American College of Veterinary Pathologists board examination eligibility and intention to become an ACVP diplomate (or current certification by the European College of Veterinary Pathologists) is required. The successful candidate will have experience in teaching and mentoring with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD (or equivalent) degree and training in veterinary virology.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology is one of five departments/schools in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The departmental mission is “to enhance animal and public health through teaching veterinary and graduate students, training veterinary pathology and microbiology residents, and conducting biomedical research in infectious diseases/immunology”. The department takes pride in what we believe is an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, personal and professional growth, and productivity. Although few faculty members are personally involved in all the traditional missions of teaching, research, and service, we value and seek excellence in all three.

The personnel of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, the USDA-ARS-Animal Disease Research Unit, the School for Global Animal Health, and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory are housed together in the College of Veterinary Medicine. There are many productive interactions among the individuals in the four units and many faculty members have appointments in multiple units. There are congruencies of interests and fruitful collaborations among the faculty and personnel in these four units, and aside from some unit-specific responsibilities, it is an overarching cohesive organization. Our aim and our expectation is that to the degree possible, the programs of the four units will be seamless.

LABORATORY: Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory is a fully accredited (AAVLD), full service, sophisticated unit integrated within the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. The WADDL mission is to provide accurate, state-of-the-art, timely and cost-effective diagnostic services, consultation, disease surveillance and outreach in order to safeguard animal health, the food supply and public health and to contribute to the University and College of Veterinary Medicine through discovery, scholarly activity and education. WADDL is a founding member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and is a Laboratory Response Network for Bioterrorism reference laboratory. Main divisions of WADDL include aquatic health, avian health, bacteriology, histopathology, immunodiagnostics (including immunohistochemistry and serology), molecular diagnostics, necropsy, parasitology, toxicology and virology.

UNIVERSITY: Washington State University is a land grant, comprehensive research institution with an enrollment of approximately 19,500 students on the Pullman campus. There are eleven colleges offering doctoral degrees in 46 disciplines; masters and bachelor’s degrees are offered in 67 areas of study. The University is one of the largest residential universities in the West; Pullman offers a safe, friendly, small-town living environment. Branch campuses are located in three urban communities across the state. The university’s web page ( offers information about WSU.

AREA: Washington State University’s Pullman campus is situated in the rich agricultural area known as the Palouse, in eastern Washington. Pullman has a strong school system and a reputation as an excellent, safe environment to raise a family. Pullman is only eight miles from the University of Idaho at Moscow, Idaho, approximately 1.5 hours south of Spokane, Washington, and 5.5 hours from Seattle, Washington. The Pullman environs offers many recreational activities including, skiing, fishing, hunting, whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. Pullman is near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and near numerous rivers, lakes and wilderness areas; including the Snake, Salmon, and Clearwater rivers, Coeur d’Alene, Pend Oreille, and Priest lakes, and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness to name a few. To learn more about the Pullman community, visit:

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Not Specified
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Research Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Non-Tenure Track
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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