College of Science and Engineering-Assistant Professor of Biology
Texas Christian University
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Internal Number: 498255
Application Deadline Until Filled
Position Details This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.
TCU seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology. A PhD degree in the area of Biology and two-years of post-graduate research experience (e.g., post-doctoral training, government, or industrial research) are expected. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in teaching, research, and service as follows: 1) contribute to existing courses and develop upper-level undergraduate/graduate courses in their area of expertise; 2) maintain an active research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students (MS and PhD) and has the potential for extramural funding; 3) serve on departmental committees and advise undergraduate Biology majors.
A. START DATE: August 2023.
B. RESEARCH The successful candidate’s research will strengthen existing areas of ecological, evolutionary and/or environmental research in the Department, including but not limited to invasion biology, ecotoxicology, microbial ecology, urban ecology, and/or restoration ecology. The research statement should indicate how the candidate’s research would complement the current lines of research within the Department. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active research program that results in publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific meetings. The successful candidate must be able to develop undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) research opportunities in their lab. Attempts to seek extramural funding of research projects are expected. A start-up package will be offered to allow the successful applicant to engage in productive research.
C. TEACHING The successful candidate will contribute to existing courses and develop additional undergraduate and graduate level courses in their area of expertise. The cover letter should indicate how the candidate plans to contribute to current courses offered in the Department, as well as new courses they propose within their areas of expertise. The successful candidate’s teaching schedule is subject to Departmental needs. The Department of Biology’s philosophy is to phase in new faculty teaching loads over a period of 2 years. This approach gives new faculty time to establish their research lab while developing rigorous and stimulating courses.
Specific application directions, a more complete job description, and information about the Department and TCU can be found below. For further inquiries please contact the chair of the search committee Dr. Dean Williams (email@example.com).
D. SERVICE AND STUDENT ADVISING The candidate will be expected to advise undergraduate Biology majors. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in service activities at the Department, College, or University levels depending upon their interests and the needs of these units.
Department Details The TCU Department of Biology offers a rigorous, secular, science-based curriculum grounded in evolutionary theory to undergraduate and graduate students across all areas of biology. We are committed to the teacher-scholar model. Teaching is central to our department’s mission; we hire faculty who are passionate about teaching and highly trained in their area of teaching specialty.
Research plays a major role in the professional life of our tenure-track faculty. Our research programs support our teaching mission and allow us to expose students to the process of science when they conduct research in our labs. Faculty have access to a variety of research-related equipment (https://cse.tcu.edu/biology/student-experience/facilities.php). TCU’s library, including on-line resources and personnel, is considered a strength by the Biology faculty.
Our department’s curriculum and all faculty-related policies have been developed with consultation of the full faculty. We work together as a team, with the utmost respect and appreciation for all types and ways of contributing to our students and their success. Collegiality and teamwork are a hallmark of our department. See https://cse.tcu.edu/biology/index.php for more information about the department.
School/College Description The TCU College of Science & Engineering (CSE) encompasses 10 departments (Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Nutritional Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology) as well as the Ranch Management Program, which offers a one-year certificate program. The College is also home to the Pre-Health Professions Institute, the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development, the Institute of Behavioral Research, the Institute for Ranch Management and the Monnig Meteorite Gallery. The College is the second largest at TCU in terms of both undergraduate enrollment and number of majors. The College contains a disproportional percentage of high achieving students, as evidenced by the fact that almost one-half the students in the Honors College have majors in the College of Science & Engineering. Research opportunities abound for undergraduates, with over 40 percent of majors engaging in a substantive experience during which they work one-on-one with their faculty mentor. The College also has five doctoral programs and 16 master’s programs as well as two graduate certificate programs. The College faculty are true teacher/scholars, meaning that instruction and research are viewed as complementary and not competing activities.
University & Fort Worth Description ABOUT TCU
Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.
Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.
At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.
ABOUT FORT WORTH
Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.
Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.
Required Application Materials & Application Instructions Applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter indicating their qualifications for this position 2) a CV 3) a statement of research experience and future plans, which should include research funding plans 4) a statement of teaching philosophy 5) a statement that addresses how the applicant will promote equity, diversity, and inclusion 6) the contact details (i.e., name, affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number) for three academic references (we will contact the references for letters).
Applicant evaluations will begin October 24, 2022 for an August 2023 start date.
TCU uses an online application protocol administered by Human Resources. All application materials must be submitted electronically at: https://jobs.tcu.edu/en-us/listing/.
AA/EEO Statement As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
TCU is all about the experience. This is a place where students learn how to adapt to whatever the future might bring, develop critical thinking skills and expand their creativity. With a choice of rigorous academic programs in 130 undergraduate areas of study, 61 master’s level programs and 24 areas of doctoral study, Horned Frogs have opportunities to search for meaning and examine values, yet graduate well-prepared for professional accomplishment. Whether in the fine arts or business or engineering, Horned Frogs can develop their full creative potential here. For example, both MBA and undergraduate students at the Neeley School of Business benefit from an experience ranked at the top by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report — not in spite of, but because of, the focus on the individual. At TCU, professors love being in the classroom. These mentoring teacher-scholars also conduct well-published, leading-edge research, often with undergraduates at their sides. Horned Frogs live, learn and play 24-7 in a 277-acre setting in a vibrant city. They work out in state-of-the-art recreation facilities, catch Big 12 NCAA athletic competition and participate in 200+ organizati...ons, all without leaving the campus. That’s when they’re not providing thousands of hours of volunteer service to their community, interning in New York or LA, practicing journalism in Washington, D.C., experiencing international business in China or perfecting Spanish in Seville. It’s how Horned Frogs are learning to change the world.