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Colorado State University Assistant to Associate Professor, Equine Assisted Services Faculty Researcher in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Assistant to Associate Professor, Equine Assisted Services Faculty Researcher

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Posting Number 202100002F

Proposed Annual Salary Range $85,000-$95,000 plus comprehensive benefits package

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) and the State of Colorado are committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time classified employees in the following University benefit areas.

Position Type Faculty

Work Hours/Week 40

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Animal Sciences is seeking a motivated and qualified individual to advance the research efforts in the Temple Grandin Equine Center. The Temple Grandin Equine Center aims to integrate education and research in Equine Assisted Services (EAS).

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes

% Research 70

% Teaching 10

% Service 20

% Administration 0

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 02/08/2021

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

Position End Date

Position Summary

This position embodies the scientist-practitioner model. As such, the successful candidate will develop a program of applied research related to EAS. The intent of this model is for high quality research to inform the services provided at TGEC and throughout the EAS industry, and for applied practice to shape critical research questions. The successful candidate will forge interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty members and students both within the Department of Animal Sciences, and other academic units at Colorado State University (e.g. occupational therapy, social work, health and exercise science, human development and family studies, etc.). This position will include advising and supervising undergraduate and graduate students in the conduct of research, with the integrated aims of educating tomorrow’s leaders in the EAS industry and advancing high quality research.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed PhD or equivalent in an appropriate field by anticipated start date.

  • Evidence of an active program of research related to EAS.

  • Evidence of EAS publications in refereed journals that is commensurate with experience.

  • Evidence of grantsmanship, and the ability to obtain extramural funding.

  • Ability and interest in advising and supervising undergraduate and graduate research.

  • Evidence of excellent written communication skills.

  • Evidence of strong leadership and team-building skills, and the potential to effectively collaborate WITH interdisciplinary research teams.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles and strength of diversity in people and programs as indicated by an ability to effectively relate to diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences, successful international and cultural experiences and collaborations.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Advanced training and/or degree(s) in EAS or a relevant health profession (i.e. occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, social work, clinical psychology, etc.).

  • Evidence of collaboration with community partners, particularly organizations providing EAS programming.

  • Evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Evidence of advising and supervising graduate students and research staff.

  • Demonstrated interest, and evidence of required qualifications, to successfully compete for federal career development awards (e.g. NIH K-award).

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by 2/8/2021.  Complete applications include: 1) Cover Letter addressing required and preferred qualifications, 2) CV, 3) Statement of Research Philosophy (limit up to 2 pages, single spaced, 4) Statement of Teaching & Advising Philosophy (limit up to 2 pages, single spaced), 5) Unofficial Academic Transcripts and, 6) Contact Information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair  For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at 

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University 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 history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also 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 Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact Jessica Metcalf:

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


Develop a program of applied research related to EAS, and supervise/oversee clinical services in an equine environment (e.g. occupational therapy, psychotherapy, physical therapy). The intent is for high-quality research to inform the clinical services provided at TGEC, and for applied practice to shape critical research questions.

Percentage Of Time 70

Job Duty Category Teaching and Advising


Provide hands-on research and clinical experiences to students in the Department of Animal Sciences who are interested in pursuing careers in EAS.

Percentage Of Time 10

Job Duty Category Service and Outreach


Foster interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences and other academic units at CSU such as the School of Public Health; Departments of Exercise Science, Human and Development and Family Studies, Occupational Therapy, Social Work in the College of Health and Human Sciences, or Department of Psychology in the College of Natural Sciences. Promote external service and outreach within the equine-services industry and greater equine community (e.g. through presentations, serving on boards, etc.) that would expand CSU’s footprint and develop potential funding partnerships. The position may provide clinical services commensurate with their clinical degree (i.e. equine-assisted occupational therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy).

Percentage Of Time 20

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Statement of Research Philosophy

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • Unofficial Transcripts

Optional Documents