Texas Christian University — Instructor of Biology (Cell / Molecular Biology)

Texas Christian University (TCU) seeks a non-tenure track, full-time faculty at the rank of Instructor in Biology beginning August 2022 or January 2023. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biological Sciences or related field is required. The successful candidate will be expected to: i) teach in our required second-year Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology course, ii) develop and teach an upper-level lab course in their area of expertise, iii) teach additional courses based on departmental needs and applicant’s expertise, iv) participate on the Health Professions Advisory Committee, and v) provide academic advising for pre-health students.

Rank and Salary
Instructor, non-tenure track. This is a renewable position with an annual contract and the possibility of promotion to Instructor II and Senior Instructor. The contract period can be extended to three years following promotion to Instructor II. Salary and benefits are highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Department Details
The TCU Department of Biology offers a rigorous, evolution-based curriculum to undergraduate and graduate students across all areas of biology. We are a student-centered department that is committed to the teacher-scholar model. Faculty members have an open-door policy to students, and students feel comfortable meeting with faculty outside of designated office hours. 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. Collegiality and teamwork are a hallmark of our department with departmental curriculum and faculty-related policies developed via consensus of the faculty.

See www.tcu.edu and www.tcu.edu/at-a-glance.asp for comprehensive information about TCU and https://cse.tcu.edu/biology/index.php for more information about the department.

School/College Description
The TCU College of Science & Engineering encompasses 10 departments (Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Nutritional Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology) as well 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 TCU Energy Institute and the Institute for Ranch Management. 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


Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 299 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes eight schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, which is operated in collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Currently, TCU enrolls 9,474 undergraduates and 1,490 graduate students. Twenty-six percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, 5 percent are international students, and 42 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, 87 percent of whom hold a terminal degree. For nine consecutive years, TCU has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For®.

At TCU, diversity, equity and inclusion are an educational imperative that is tied directly to our University mission and vision. For the second consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights our ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with our core values and to create a campus culture where everyone is respected and feels included. Among TCU’s actions this year was approving a resolution to adopt DEI into its core curriculum.


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 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

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement on Promotion of Equity & Inclusivity
  • Three Confidential Letters of Recommendation

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a statement of teaching philosophy, a CV, and a statement that addresses your practices as an instructor and advisor that promote equity and inclusivity and how you would contribute to the departmental mission of DEI. In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of evaluation to be sent on their behalf. Evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring/advising will also be accepted. Applications will be evaluated starting when posted for an August 2022 or January 2023 start-date.

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.

Apply at: https://jobs.tcu.edu/en-us/job/497500/instructor-of-biology