The University of Arizona’s College of Veterinary Medicine (UA-CVM) invites applications for a career track, non-tenure eligible faculty position with a focus on the development and delivery of the companion animal portion of the longitudinal Clinical Skills curriculum for first and second year veterinary students. This individual will work collaboratively with faculty to foster a culture of excellence in Clinical Skills training that is hands-on, practical, and innovative by design. The UA-CVM has adopted a distributed clinical training model and does not have a Teaching Hospital. Hence, the position is strictly teaching and does not entail a clinical component or any patient care duties.
The UA-CVM curriculum is built on an inclusive, evidence-based pedagogy that is organized into organ-system blocks. The Clinical Skills laboratories are fully integrated with these systems-based courses to co-teach and apply key principles to hands-on learning. Traditional didactic lectures are not part of our teaching program. The Year 1 Clinical Skills course entails hands-on labs with and without live animals designed to create engaging, interactive experiences for students to apply knowledge and clinical reasoning to real-world problems. Skills are attempted, observed, practiced, assessed, and refined. Reflective observation is incorporated into the learning process so that students can look back on and ultimately grow from past experiences. Year 2 involvement may include the development and delivery of Advanced Clinical Skills courses.
We value an inclusive environment that fosters adaptive, innovative learners who will be successful leaders in the field of veterinary medicine. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to joining and contributing to an academic culture of inclusive and active learning. Abundant faculty development resources are available to assist faculty in developing skills in active learning strategies.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities:
Partner with Clinical Skills team members (faculty and staff) in the design, development, delivery, and refinement of the Clinical Skills course within the pre-clinical veterinary medical doctorate curriculum.
Demonstrate clinical skills and assess student learning through commitment to objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs): develop rubrics for and launch assessments of hands-on skills as opportunities to “check in” with students and provide constructive feedback on opportunity areas for growth.
Collaborate with faculty leading organ-system block courses to ensure integration of the clinical skills curriculum across the continuum of the program and deliver curriculum content to veterinary students within the CVM vision of inclusive, evidence-based Team-Based Learning and Peer Instruction pedagogy.
Contribute to and/or design low-fidelity non-animal teaching tools (models and modules) to maximize student proficiency and competence when it comes to performing techniques or procedures.
Contribute to the clinical year training by leveraging experience with canine and feline species to support the development and implementation of opportunities for clinical training in companion animals.
Participate in the development of elective courses for students with an interest in companion animal practice and assist in identifying and coordinating supporting expertise for the electives.
Be accessible to diverse cohorts of veterinary students for office hours and scheduled meetings to assist students with learning.
Engage in ongoing assessment and professional development and participate in programs and professional organizations to facilitate innovation and application of best practices for clinical skills education.
Engage in the CVM collegial community, the university community, and the larger global academic community through participation in shared governance, advisory committees, and academic/professional society meetings.
DVM degree (or international equivalent).
At least two years of clinical experience within companion animal practice.
At least four years of clinical experience within companion animal practice.
Prior experience in the education of veterinary students and/or graduate trainees in clinical settings.
Experience in educational research and/or scholarship.
Board certification or board eligible in a relevant specialty, such as the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) Feline Practice or Canine/Feline Practice.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Understanding of educational pedagogy and active learning as it relates to the clinical sciences.
Exposure to and/or formal training in communication (e.g. Calgary-Cambridge model).
About University of Arizona, College of Veterinary Medicine
Our mission at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine is to lead the profession as a student-centered program focused on developing career-ready veterinarians who will live healthy meaningful lives and serve society.
We value creating an inclusive environment that fosters adaptive, innovative learners who will be successful leaders in the field of veterinary medicine.
We believe in emphasizing critical thinking and lifelong evidence-based learning to help students understand their own processes for problem solving and enable them to utilize those skills in their future careers.
We are committed to extending The University of Arizona’s rich history of outstanding education to provide our students with the resources that will help them succeed in their career and in life.