Texas Christian University — Assistant Professor of Biology

Position Details
This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.

TCU seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology beginning August 2023. 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) teach an upper-level Biostatistics course, contribute to a sophomore-level course in Ecology, and develop an upper-level lecture and laboratory course 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. Application review will begin Sept. 30, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

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 (dean.williams@tcu.edu).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE POSITION

A. START DATE: August 2023.

B. RESEARCH. The successful candidate’s research will strengthen existing areas of ecological and 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: 1) teach Biostatistics to upper-level and graduate students, 2) contribute to the sophomore level Ecology and the Environment course, and 3) develop an additional undergraduate/graduate level course with a laboratory in their area of expertise. The successful candidate’s teaching schedule is subject to change based on 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.

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.

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, and 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 September 30th, 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/.

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.

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