Utah State University

Assistant or Associate Professor of Beef Cattle Management

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(11/8/2023 1:12 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University (USU) is seeking applicants for a 12-month (fiscal year) tenure-track faculty position in Beef Cattle Extension that will contribute to the Extension (70%), Research (25%), and Service (5%) missions of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) at USU. The successful candidate will be responsible for statewide educational programs that focus on the needs of Utah beef cattle producers. Working with Utah’s beef cattle industry leaders, the incumbent will help address ongoing and new challenges that impact the profitability of the beef cattle industry in Utah. In addition to conducting educational outreach programs through traditional channels such as seminars, workshops, one-on-one consultations, Extension Fact Sheets, and bulletins/handbooks, newer methodologies should be utilized, such as distance education (e.g., interactive video conferencing) or electronic/social media (e.g., blogs, webinars, developing and expanding online learning courses/tools, etc.) to broaden the impact and reach of Extension training. The incumbent will be expected to remain current with innovations relevant to the beef cattle industry, including interpretation of original research involving reproduction, breeding/genetics, nutrition, management, economics, etc., and determine how such novel information applies to Utah beef cattle producers including cow-calf, purebred, and feedlot operations.  

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original, applied research in beef cattle production science that complements his/her extension programs and addresses information gaps of particular importance to Utah’s beef cattle industry, including disciplines of nutrition, genetics/genomics, breeding, reproduction, cow/calf production, or animal welfare. Research results should be published in refereed journals and Extension or popular press publications. The incumbent will be expected to successfully compete for external funding to support their research and Extension activities.  

Service will be expected on relevant departmental, college, university, and industry committees, and the incumbent will serve in an advisory capacity in the management of the USU Beef Center.
For question regarding this position please contact Lee Rickord at lee.rickords@usu.edu or 435-797-2195


  • Provide high-quality leadership of Extension programming to meet the needs of Utah’s beef cattle industry.
  • Develop and implement statewide educational programs that focus on the needs of Utah beef cattle producers and that addresses challenges that impact the profitability of the beef cattle industry in Utah.
  • Develop an applied research program focused on beef cattle management that addresses critical information gaps for Utah’s beef cattle producers.
  • Obtain extramural funding to support applied research activities.
  • Publish Extension products (e.g., fact sheets, bulletins, media content) and research results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Provide mentorships for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Collaborate broadly with scientists and professionals at USU, USU Extension, other institutions, other stakeholders, and with federal, regional, and state agencies.
  • Provide service to the department, university, community, state, and scholarly discipline as appropriate.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. degree with an emphasis in beef cattle production science and management.
  • Ability to plan and successfully conduct beef cattle outreach programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written form at the scientific/technical, producer, and youth levels.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and as a team member. 
  • Willingness and ability to travel/drive statewide to provide educational programming. Applicant must obtain a valid Utah Driver's License.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends for Extension programming activities.
  • Computer literacy, especially with electronic media and distance education systems.
  • Experience with the Land Grant University System.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the Western range livestock industry and associated environmental/political issues.
  • Skills with electronic/social media to enhance outreach (e.g., development of beef production smartphone apps).
  • Ability to publish refereed scientific research and obtain funding for research.

Additional Qualifications for Rank of Associate Professor

  • Demonstrated leadership in Extension with a strong professional reputation and evidence of substantial and impactful scholarship in Extension.
  • Record of success in implementing and directing Extension programs that are responsive to clientele needs and issues.
  • Record of success in obtaining and managing funding support for Extension activities and research programs.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter - Statement of interest

3) 1- to 2- page statement addressing Extension philosophy, experience, and/or programming ideas in beef cattle management

4) 1-page statement addressing experience or plans for applied research in beef cattle management


*Documents 2-4 to be uploaded under "Other Documents 1-10"


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

*updated 09/2023


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