Professor of Anthrozoology position open at Carroll College

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Position - Carroll College, a private, Catholic diocesan, Liberal Arts College (Helena, Montana) invites applications for a one-year full-time Visiting Professor of Anthrozoology.   

Start Date - August 2023


  1. PhD in Anthrozoology, Animal Studies or related field (candidates from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences will be considered), or JD with Animal Law experience, or DVM with expertise in the areas required. 
  2. Documented record of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  3. Primary academic focus should be canine science, canine behavior, and canine training, with an emphasis on learning theory
  4. Must have a proven record of research preferably with dogs, but published work demonstrating the ability to design and conduct research with other animals (especially felines) will be considered.
  5. Minimum of three years of professional or competitive canine training work such as service dog training, animal-assisted interventions, search and rescue other scent work, or competition in obedience, agility, and so forth. 
  6. An additional area of expertise is highly preferred, such as (but not limited to) animal law, geography, history, public policy, animal sheltering, zoos, wildlife, children, or disability.
  7. Finalists will be asked to submit a written (one to two page) response to the College mission statement.


In the context of Carroll’s mission-based focused on blending the liberal arts with strong pre-professional programs, the applicant for this position will be required to develop an active and vibrant canine-research program, with a focus on topics such as canine cognition, behavior, genetics, welfare, and/or any other canine topic of value to students and society.

The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching classes in Canine Science and Canine Training and mentoring undergraduate students in the broader field of Anthrozoology.  As part of this work, the faculty member will help to provide students with opportunities to learn how to train dogs for a range of work including, but not limited to, therapy, service, or scent detection. This facet of the teaching and research requires maintaining a close relationship with animal shelters around the state and identifying appropriate dogs and/or cats for students to foster for an academic year.

In addition, this position will have the responsibilities of academic advising and mentoring of students, faculty committee work, supervision of undergraduate student research projects and community service. 

This Visiting Professor position is for the academic year 2023-2024. We will then be seeking a permanent, tenure-track position to begin Fall 2024. The Visiting professor will be encouraged to apply for this tenure track position. 

Rank and Salary:

Assistant or Associate Professor, full-time 10 month position. Salary commensurate with experience.

The Department:

Carroll College offers one of the nations’ first Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthrozoology. Our program began as a minor in the psychology department in 2007 and was formally approved as a stand-alone major in 2011. Our goal is to support the health and well-being of both humans and non-human animals through scholarship, research and experience. Through this innovative major, Carroll College is developing a new frontier for students and practicing professionals who are interested in working with animals in a social science, humanities or natural science setting by focusing on the scientific evaluation of human-animal interaction and relationships.  The successful applicant will join the Anthrozoology Program at an opportune and exciting time in the history of this innovative program. In 2020, The department moved into our new building, the Perkins-Call Canine Center, which houses our faculty offices, a classroom, a large training room, a research space, and our own Anthrozoology library. The successful candidate will play an integral role in collaborating with colleagues and staff from within the department and across the campus/curriculum to empower students, push research and pedagogical boundaries, and contribute to the welfare of the Helena community and the wider region. 

The College:

Located in Helena, Montana, Carroll College is a leading Catholic, diocesan, liberal arts, and pre-professional four-year institution. The college provides its 1,400 students an academically rigorous, affordable education incorporating service outreach and undergraduate research. Carroll is nationally ranked and award-winning for its academic quality and outstanding programs, including pre-med, anthrozoology, nursing, engineering, natural sciences, and mathematics.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Carroll College the #1 Regional College in the West, the #2 Regional Best Value College in the West, and the #1 Regional College in the West for Veterans.

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Helena, MT:

Situated in west central Montana, and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and Lewis and Clark National Forest, Helena offers an abundance of distinctive outdoor opportunities. You will find more than 75 miles of hiking and biking trails just minutes from campus, and Helena is in close proximity to the Continental Divide Trail, natural hot springs, Great Divide Ski Area, and the Missouri River. Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park are just a few hours away.  As the capital of Montana, Helena offers a rich diversity of opportunities that you simply will not find anywhere else. Our students have unparalleled access to internships at a wide range of offices, as well as state and federal agencies that are headquartered here.


Please submit vitae, transcripts, teaching philosophy, student evaluations (if available) and contact information for three professional references to   Position will be open until filled. Carroll College is an EEO employer.