Assistant/Associate Professor, Veterinary Communications

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
28 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Clinical Sciences mission is to assure the health and productivity of animals to meet societal needs through high quality educational programs for professional veterinary medical students, graduate veterinarians, and the public through a faculty and veterinary medical center of excellence, and to advance and disseminate comparative biomedical knowledge in an environment of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Position Summary

The Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University seeks applications for a non-tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Communication. We are looking for someone with research and teaching experience in health professions education to transfer these skills to veterinary medicine. Like physician-patient encounters in pediatric medicine, veterinarian-client-patient interactions require effective communication to gather information, build client relationships, provide structure to the clinical interview, and educate clients to achieve clinical outcomes.

The Colorado State University (CSU) communication curriculum is a world renowned model among veterinary colleges and bestowed accolades from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education. One of our faculty has recently been recognized by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) with a prestigious teaching award. Veterinary students undergo an intensive and rigorous biomedical and professional curriculum to meet day one competencies for veterinary practice. Building communication curricula and research initiatives in veterinary medicine has been highly reliant on collaboration and mentorship with experts in medical communication.
CSU veterinary students receive 50 hours of highly experiential communication education integrated throughout the curriculum. The program conducts the FRANK and Communication Coaching Skills workshops with a national reputation for transformative continuing education. The assistant or associate professor will coordinate, instruct, and coach communication coursework, including 3 communication modules offered in “Foundations in Veterinary Medicine”, two immersive Junior Practicum “Clinical Communication Skills” Courses, Community Practice Senior Rotation, and the Healer’s Art. This position presents an opportunity to coordinate, instruct and coach in the FRANK and Communication Coaching Skills workshops. In both settings, the significant feature of the instruction is the communication laboratory where students interact with simulated clients (i.e. actor-educators), receive feedback from their peers and client and reflect on a video-recording of their performance. In addition to these educational roles, the assistant or associate professor will obtain grants, conduct outcomes-based research and publish scholarly manuscripts related to health/medical communication or education.

The CSU College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked 3rd in the nation by US News and World Report, and 2nd for federal research funding by Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Fort Collins is a beautiful, family-friendly, and entrepreneurial college town (pop 160,000) located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. It was ranked as a best town ever by Outside Magazine in 2017, as the 3rd healthiest midsize city by Gallup in 2014, and America’s most satisfied city by Time Magazine in 2014, boasting 300 days of sunshine.
This is a 9-month position with two years of summer salary funding. Future opportunities for securing summer salary are possible through consulting, continuing education, grants and research funding. For further information about the position, please contact or (970) 297-4007.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Requirements include advanced degree in health/medical communication or education with experience in teaching communication.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated competence in:
    • Teaching in higher education with strong student and peer evaluations
    • Experiential learning, adult learning theory and curriculum design
    • Communication coaching or small group facilitation in a healthcare setting
    • Outcomes-based research in communication or education
  • Expertise in qualitative or quantitative methods to assess communication or educational outcomes
  • Publications in communication and education
  • Successful collaboration, including research projects, grant writing and building strategic partnerships
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, critical thinking, receptivity to feedback and service orientation
  • Exemplary organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to make decisions and to work independently; and to be open to mentorship, as well as work as a member of a team
  • Desire to work within a dynamic, compassionate, progressive and innovative program
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and educational learning management systems

Special Instructions to Applicants

A CV/resume, letter of interest, and the names and contact information for three professional references are required to apply. Letters of recommendation will automatically be solicited electronically from your references once you have submitted your application in the system. All three letters of recommendation must be received for your application to be considered complete. The last day a reference can provide a letter of recommendation is 10/01/2017

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

DVM Student Communication Coursework

  • Provide instruction as the course coordinator, instructor or coach in each year of the communication curriculum (i.e. Communication Modules in “Foundations in Veterinary Medicine”, Junior Practicum “Clinical Communication Skills” Courses and Community Practice Senior Rotation)
  • Coordinate, participate in training sessions and facilitate the Healer’s Art, a course focusing on professional renewal and wellness
  • Respond to student needs and concerns in a timely manner
  • Deliver professional development communication coaching workshops for veterinary faculty, practitioner coaches and simulated clients (SCs)
  • Provide continued support, feedback and sustain relationships with communication coaches and simulated clients (i.e. actors-educators)
  • Conduct instructor briefings to prepare for the course and debriefings to identify strengths and areas for growth for curriculum improvement
  • Create curricular materials (e.g., course packet, learning activities, and videos)
  • Devise and implement assessment tools for students, coaches and simulated clients in order to evaluate student performance and guide the curriculum
  • Revise curriculum based on student, instructor, coach and simulated client feedback
  • Grade student assignments and support coach grading of video reflection papers
  • Conduct training, provide support and monitor progress of grading support
  • Provide administrative and organizational tasks for course coordination
  • Collaborate with course support personnel in preparing course materials and communication with students, coaches and simulated clients
  • Update, post and manage course materials on the learning management system (i.e. Canvas)
  • Coordinate, evaluate and grow the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award program, recognizing student communication performance based on video review and evaluation
  • Collaborate with the leader of Veterinary Communication for Professional Excellence in advancing the communication curriculum
  • Communicate with the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) regarding the needs for simulated clients and address concerns regarding simulated client performance and professional development
  • Collaborate with faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on creation and implementation of the communication curriculum

Percentage Of Time 45 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

Continuing Education (FRANK and Communication Coaching Skills Workshops)

  • Provide coordination, instruction and coaching for 5 veterinary communication workshops on an annual basis
  • Deliver professional development workshops for coaches and simulated clients (i.e. actor-educators)
  • Provide continued support, feedback and sustain relationships with communication coaches and simulated clients
  • Create curricular materials and exercises (i.e. handouts, videos, pre-workshop module and experiential activities)
  • Devise and implement assessment tools for capturing participants, coaches and simulated client feedback
  • Revise curriculum based on participant and partner feedback
  • Collaborate with the leader of Veterinary Communication for Professional Excellence in enhancing the communication continuing education program
  • Build and sustain relationships with key veterinary practice and industry partners
  • Present communication sessions and/or workshops at veterinary conferences

Committee Service

  • Serve on department, college and university committees


  • Build and maintain relationships with industry partners, corporate and large practice groups and veterinary organizations to provide communication training
  • Generate and provide communication workshops

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Outcomes-Based Research

  • Identify and apply for educational grants, build relationships and seek funding from the college (i.e. College Research Council Grant), foundations and industry partners to build a research program
  • Design and implement outcomes-based research related to veterinary communication and/or education
  • Contribute to peer-reviewed literature on veterinary communication and/or education
  • Make scientific presentations at veterinary communication (i.e. ICCVM, ICCH, AACH and EACH) and/or education meetings (i.e. AAVMC, Wellness Summit, Veterinary Educator Collaborative, AMEE, Ottawa, and VetEd Symposium)
  • Work closely with the leader of Veterinary Communication for Professional Excellence in expanding the communication research program
  • Build collaborative relationships with communication and education colleagues within and outside of Colorado State University
  • Build graduate studies program in veterinary communication

Percentage Of Time 25