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Distributed Veterinary Learning Community Academic Liaison, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Job ID: 20491

Updated: May 1, 2020

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) invites applications for a tenure-track Instructor position in mixed animal veterinary clinical education as one of our two Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC) academic liaisons. We are looking for additional faculty to join our team as we expand our undergraduate class size in September 2020.

UCVM employs a DVLC to deliver the majority of its fourth-year program. This position will have 50% of its time dedicated to supporting our DVLC veterinary educator partners and is expected to develop and deliver professional development programs in teaching, learning and assessment. This position will report to the Associate Dean, Academic for the academic liaison role. To help assist with meeting our mission and program competencies the successful candidate will work closely with other core clinical faculty members to provide appropriate support to our DVLC.

The position will have 40% of its time focused on teaching and 10% dedicated to service. Teaching will largely be comprised of clinical and professional skills teaching of DVM students. Additional contributions to didactic, field, and 4th year rotational course teaching, and course coordination, will be required. Demonstrated clinical teaching excellence is required, as is an understanding of the development and application of learning outcomes and assessment in clinical veterinary education. 

Qualifications include a DVM (or equivalent) and a minimum of five years of clinical experience that demonstrate a high standard of clinical practice. A strong understanding of the veterinary community within Alberta is expected. A graduate degree, advanced clinical training and/or demonstrated scholarly activity in a relevant area is considered an asset but not required. The applicant must be licensed or eligible for immediate licensure in the Province of Alberta. 

Appointments at the rank of Instructor require evidence of successful undergraduate teaching abilities. The duties of an Instructor will normally include, but not go beyond the scholarship required to maintain currency in pedagogy and content in the discipline.

UCVM has approximately 70 faculty members, 130 staff, 125 DVM students, 110 graduate students, 25 post-doctoral fellows, and 15 advanced clinical trainees. UCVM’s DVM program provides a comprehensive general veterinary education to approximately 30-32 students per year, with an expected expansion to 50 students. The program is an integrated core-elective program, with enhanced educational opportunities in defined areas that combine discipline-based courses with extensive on-campus and off-campus experiential learning. UCVM is a research-intensive faculty with expanding research, graduate education, and advanced clinical trainee programs. Descriptions of the Faculty, its programs, and its departments can be found at The University has established the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning ( that supports the development of teaching excellence and scholarly activity.

UCVM is located in Calgary, a vibrant, multicultural city of 1,200,000 near the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park, and Lake Louise. The University of Calgary is a research-intensive, comprehensive university that supports innovation in education, research, and service to the community.

Those applicants wishing more information are encouraged to visit the website or e-mail [email protected]

Interested individuals should submit a Curriculum Vitae; a statement of teaching and scholarly interests; and the names and contact information for three referees online via the ‘Apply Now’ link.

Applications are encouraged as soon as possible, but will be accepted until June 05, 2020. 

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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