Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyo., is seeking a part-time professor in farrier science. The position starts in January for the spring 2019 semester.
The position is a non-tenure track, benefited faculty position, with a possibility to teach evenings and weekends. Qualified applicants have experience as a master farrier and blacksmith.
In the Certificate of Farrier and supporting courses, the successful candidate provides applied lecture and laboratory instruction. The instructor will work in collaboration with agriculture faculty and staff on developing curriculum, programming and maintaining equipment. The college emphasizes that the instructor needs to be team-orientated and has active community and industry involvement, ensuring that students are prepared to become entry-level farriers. This includes coordinating with local horse owners to provide live horses for the shoeing program. Successful candidates have strong communication skills and engage students in the farrier discipline as well as promote academic excellence. The expected contract is 9 months part-time.
The successful candidate has the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) Certified Journeyman Farrier certificate. An associate degree or higher is preferred, as well as previous teaching experience. Transcripts are required. Base salary, with an associate degree, begins at $35,000 and can be as high as $68,000 if a doctoral degree is held. Prospective candidates should have a strong knowledge of equine anatomy and physiology in relation to locomotion. They should be familiar with equine pathologies related to the lower limb and be able to troubleshoot horseshoeing problems as the shoe relates to the horse and function.
Farrier knowledge, including blacksmithing and tool making, is required. The expert candidate should be able to manage students and horses safely and humanely while working with a broad range of student abilities. Demonstrating proper shoeing techniques is key, as well as time management skills and being committed to learner-centered instruction. Some work will be performed outdoors with exposure to dirt, dust, noise and mechanical hazards when operating tools and equipment. Heavy lifting is required.
The instructor’s time will be divided between classroom instruction and preparation, working with local business and organizations, and assisting with student advising, recruiting and AFA certifications.
There is an employer/employee match retirement plan as well as group health, dental and life insurance with flex benefits. The position allows 2 paid days per year on personal leave. Medical, emergency and bereavement leave are also paid. Tuition is waived for employees. The instructor will receive three free meals per week in a modern campus dining facility. Other amenities include free parking, collaborative work environment, onsite fitness center and professional development. Employee discounts for Verizon, Microsoft, Dell and HP are also offered.
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