Assistant or Associate Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 011300 - Animal & Dairy Science
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Position Function:

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized research (50%), extension (30%) and teaching (20%) program in dairy sciences.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Animal and Dairy Sciences Department currently houses approximately 530 undergraduate students and 20 faculty, both on campus and at research and extension centers throughout Mississippi. The Department conducts teaching, research, and extension activities on the 1,200-acre H.H. Leveck Animal Research Center and Bearden Research Dairy. The Bearden Dairy Research Facility is a 1,200 acre farm with 135-150 free-stall housed lactating cows, milking ~100 Holsteins and ~35 Jerseys in a modern Double 8 parallel milking parlor that was renovated in 2021-2022. The heifer/dry cow facility can house ~100 head. The cull cow herd of ~25-35 head is used for teaching in Animal and Dairy Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine. The Department’s 15,000 sq. ft. Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory was completed in 2018 and houses state of the art equipment to harvest and fabricate carcasses and process into wholesale and retail cuts. The Animal and Dairy Sciences building is also new and opened in 2019. This 38,000 square foot facility houses three teaching areas including a teaching laboratory and distance education equipped classrooms as well as research laboratories and animal rooms for teaching and research needs. More information is available at the departmental website at .

Area of Specialization:

Dairy Science.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2024. 

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The candidate must pursue extramural funds to support programmatic activities and publish results in peer reviewed journals. In addition, the candidate will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with colleagues internally and externally to Mississippi State University. Establishment of a strong record of securing extramural funding and developing scholarly publications and presentations is expected. Teaching responsibilities will be determined based on departmental needs and include undergraduate and graduate courses. The successful candidate should be able to effectively advise undergraduate students and train graduate students. A collaborative and collegial approach with faculty and staff in the department, college, and university and with external partners and stakeholders is essential. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to service through activities such as participation on department, college, and university committees and via service to appropriate professional associations. The successful candidate must be able to support the dairy industry in the state and maintain relevant dairy adult and youth programs in the state, mostly consisting of small farms and niche dairies with specialty product production. The desired candidate should be able to support a wide variety of production methods and help farmers with animal care and welfare, production decisions, current trends and technologies applicable to a small dairy industry. In addition, the Bearden Dairy is a great education center for outside groups. It is imperative that we maintain an outreach to outside entities for adult and youth educational programs hosted at the Dairy. There is also an expectation for assisting with the state 4-H youth education contests.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. in animal science, dairy science, or closely related field with an emphasis in dairy science. Candidates must have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to foster a diverse and inclusive team atmosphere.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with a demonstrated track record of grantsmanship and publication in peer-reviewed journals are preferred. Experience managing student research projects, training students in research, conducting extension programming and innovative classroom instruction are desired. Preference will be given to those with demonstrated success in evidenced in cross discipline collaborations and experience working with stakeholder and end-user groups.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online at, and will be required to submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and transcripts of all degrees. Please include a statement of philosophies in extension, research and teaching, including demonstrated commitments to fostering an inclusive environment. Names and contact information of 3 professional references are also required. Official transcripts for all degrees will be required from the successful candidate. Any social security numbers on requested transcripts or other applicant documents should be redacted. Inquires can be emailed to Dr. Christy Bratcher at or by phone at (662) 325-2802. Application reviews will begin Oct 20, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Screening Date:

October 20, 2023 until filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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