Assistant Professor in Human-Animal Interaction

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University invites applications for an academic-track faculty position in human-animal interaction (HAI).  The individual selected for this position will join the Department of Clinical Sciences and Center for Animals and Public Policy on the Grafton campus of Tufts University, and be a senior fellow of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.  The faculty member is expected to assume a leadership role in the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction (,  to be active in Tufts Paws for People, the university’s animal-assisted intervention program, and to develop research collaborations with the Cummings School’s Shelter Medicine program.  Research, teaching, and supervision of graduate/professional student research are all components of this position.  Requirements include teaching experience at the university level and a PhD degree in psychology, child development, or other related field.

Teaching responsibilities include courses taught in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Masters of Animals and Public Policy programs, as well as an undergraduate HAI course offered on the Medford campus.  Preference will be given to individuals with an established research program in HAI and current research grants.  Excellent opportunities exist to collaborate with investigators on the Boston and Medford campuses of Tufts University, including the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.

This position is available immediately.  An initial review of applications will be take place after October 15, 2016, but the search will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Applicants should send a letter of intent outlining their interests, experience, and qualifications, current curriculum vitae, and the names of three professional references to Dr. Nicholas Frank, Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536.  Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Lisa Freeman, Director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.