Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator in Dairy Management

Search #: 498159
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Extension Educator


The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for the position of Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator in Dairy Management. Candidates with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and extension and teaching interests in dairy management are encouraged to apply. This is an 11-month, 55% extension, and 45% teaching, non-tenure-track position at UConn’s main campus in Storrs.

The Department of Animal Science includes 20 faculty and 20 staff members. Faculty expertise includes food science and microbiology, meat science and muscle biology, poultry and livestock production, growth physiology, genetics and genomics, reproductive physiology, equine science, and animal biotechnology. The Storrs campus houses AAALAC-accredited farms (beef and dairy cattle, sheep, poultry, swine, and horses), a meat processing facility, and a commercial creamery that supports research, teaching, and extension. Our state-of-the-art dairy facility utilizes voluntary (robotic) milking units with an advanced analysis system to provide data on pregnancy and animal health. The Department has approximately 400 undergraduate majors pursuing AAS and BS degrees and 40 graduate students pursuing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition to classroom instruction, the undergraduate curricula include experiential learning, study abroad opportunities, and undergraduate research programs.

CAHNR has implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and Extension programs in the years 2020-2025. All faculty and technical staff are expected to contribute to one or multiple strategic priorities outlined below, as per their interests and expertise. (

  • Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
  • Dismantling structural racism and fostering environments that advance racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for antiracist policies, practices, and norms
  • Fostering sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
  • Advancing resilience and adaptation in a changing climate

The University and CAHNR prioritize scholarship in areas that impact quality of life, including human, animal, plant, and environmental health and sustainability. We encourage and provide support for cross-disciplinary, collaborative scholarship across the College, University, nation, and globe. UConn is committed to Life Transforming Education for students and Extension audiences. UConn is recognized as one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly campuses by the Sierra Club. 

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the success of the Department of Animal Science through extension and teaching activities, experiential learning opportunities, and the use of the animal resources available on the UConn Storrs campus. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating impactful extension programs in dairy management. Impactful extension programs are the result of identifying local needs in collaboration with dairy industry stakeholders, selecting appropriate teaching strategies for engaging clientele in outcome-focused educational programs, working with diverse audiences to ensure access to learning opportunities, and having an active presence throughout Connecticut. We are seeking a collaborative educator able to cultivate strong relationships with CT dairy producers (, allied industry professionals, extension educators, and University faculty to augment the impact of their extension and teaching efforts. It is expected that the individual will pursue internal and external funding to support extension programming and produce scholarly publications based on extension programming and education. The teaching component of this position will consist of undergraduate courses in milk production and dairy management and other dairy practice related courses, a graduate course in the individual’s area of expertise, and advising undergraduate students. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with existing faculty within the Department and CAHNR and contribute to the academic community through services within and outside the University. A commitment to promoting diversity through academic and/or extension programs is expected as well.


  • M.S. (or equivalent) in animal science, dairy science, or a closely related field. Equivalent foreign degrees are accepted.
  • Demonstrated experience in dairy management.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the dairy industry.
  • A strong interest in undergraduate teaching and advising.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and strong interpersonal skills.


  • Demonstrated ability to develop, deliver, and evaluate impactful extension programs.
  • Familiarity with the 4-H youth development program and/or the FFA program and a willingness to work with youth (K-12) audiences.
  • Knowledge of teaching and learning theories and models for youth and adult audiences.
  • Skills and experience with grant writing to secure extramural funding. 
  • Productive record of scholarship in Extension and/or teaching at the university level that would strengthen current department initiatives.
  • Experience and/or interest in working with voluntary (robotic) milking and advanced analysis systems.


This is a full-time, 11-month, 55% extension, and 45% teaching, non-tenure-track Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator position at the University of Connecticut’s main campus located in Storrs. The anticipated start date is August 23, 2024. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


 Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter summarizing how your qualifications and experience meet the position requirements. Be sure to mention how your work will address one or more of the CAHNR strategic priorities (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Extension statement, including approaches to developing an effective program and assessing program impacts (1-2 pages)
  • Teaching statement, including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, and commitment to effective learning. (1-2 pages)
  • Diversity statement, including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and extension, and applying effective pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact information for at least three references. Finalists will be notified prior to contacting references.

Only complete applications submitted via Academic Jobs Online will be considered. Evaluation of applicants will begin March 1, 2024, and will continue until a successful candidate is selected. Inquiries should be sent by email to the search committee chair, Jenifer Nadeau (

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

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All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

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