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FACULTY POSITION AVAILABLE

Instructor – Texas Christian University seeks a non tenure-track Instructor in Biology to begin August 2019.  Indefinite annual reappointments are possible.  Minimum of Ph.D. degree in Biology or related subject is required.  Responsibilities include teaching courses in Anatomy and Physiology and other courses as needed, and academic advising to biology students.   All applications must be submitted electronically at https://tcu.igreentree.com/CSS_Faculty/CSSPage_Welcome.asp.

Review of Applications will begin October 1st, 2018 and ending November 1st, 2018

Specific application directions, a more complete job description, and information about the Department and TCU can be found below.

TCU is an EEO/AA employer.  Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  The search committee is chaired by Dr. Giridhar Akkaraju (g.akkaraju@tcu.edu)

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS

TCU uses an online application protocol administered by Human Resources.  To apply, please go to https://tcu.igreentree.com/CSS_Faculty/CSSPage_Welcome.asp.  Then: i) complete the personal/contact information and voluntary survey; and ii) upload a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching interests and experience, and contact information for three references.  Three confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the reviewer or dossier service to: hrtalentacquisition@tcu.edu.  Do not send documents directly to the Department.  According to university policy, only applications submitted online will be considered.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE POSITION

A. START DATE: August 2019.

B. TENTATIVE TEACHING

 In the fall and spring semesters, the successful candidate will teach an Introductory-level anatomy and physiology course for nursing, movement science, and biology students, and teach 4 laboratory sections of anatomy and physiology.  The successful candidate’s teaching schedule is subject to change based on Departmental needs.

 TCU, THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY AND FORT WORTH

A. About TCU:

TCU is committed to both teaching and research within the personalized atmosphere of a smaller college.  Located in the economically stable and expanding Fort Worth/Dallas area and occupying a prominent position in the community, TCU offers the opportunity for participation in enriching personal and professional activities both on and off campus.  Construction and refurbishment of facilities into state-of-the-art learning environments, a commitment to relevance and educating students to make a difference in the world, and nationally-ranked athletic programs have created an excitement and vibrancy on campus that led to TCU being named to US News and World Report’s Top 20 “Up-and-coming National Universities”.  TCU is among the universities “making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life.”

See www.tcu.edu and www.tcu.edu/at-a-glance.asp for comprehensive information about TCU.

Academic Profile

TCU is currently (2017) ranked by U.S. News & World Report as No. 82 among National Universities. The Carnegie Commission lists TCU’s undergraduate profile as “More Selective,” its highest ranking. For the class that entered TCU in Fall 2016, the middle 50 percent scored between 1160 and 1360 on the SAT, or between 26 and 30 on the ACT. The median rank in graduating high school class was top 13%.  Based on SAT/ACT profiles of the entering first year class and acceptance rates, comparable schools in the west include Pepperdine University, the University of California, Davis and the University of Washington. In the Midwest, Marquette University, Miami University (Ohio), Michigan State University and Purdue University have profiles that are similar to TCU. In the south, Florida State University, Texas A&M University, the University of Alabama and Virginia State University have similar profiles. In the northeast Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, Syracuse University and the University of Massachusetts are all comparable to TCU. Data from admissions and US News & World Report.

Church affiliation

TCU is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the “C” in TCU is a reflection of this historical relationship. We are not a traditionally “Christian university”; nor are we connected to the Disciples with the same strong institutional ties of the past. Students come from more than 60 religious traditions and can participate in 23 recognized student religious organizations on campus, including groups for Christian, Jewish and Muslim students, among others. Faculty and staff belong to a wide array of religious affiliations (including no religious affiliation) and there is no religious “test” or expectation for employment. Data and text from http://www.tcu.edu/96.asp and https://tcuadmission.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/faculty-feature-the-c-in-tcu/.

B. About the Department of Biology:

We are a student-centered department that is 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.  We train our students broadly across all areas of biology from the biomedical to the ecological using an evolution-centered curriculum.

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.  The department regularly provides financial support for faculty and students to present their research at scientific meetings.

Advising and mentoring students is a critical part of our mission.  Faculty members have an open-door policy to students, and students feel comfortable meeting with faculty outside of designated office hours.

Our department’s curriculum and all faculty-related policies have been developed via consensus of the 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.

The Biology Department is housed in Winton Scott Hall, which has undergone recent, multi-million dollar renovations to our research and teaching facilities.  Our labs are well equipped for a relatively small department, with DNA sequencing, confocal and electron microscopy, real-time PCR, and many other capabilities.  TCU’s library, including on-line resources and personnel, is considered a strength by the Biology faculty.

C. About Fort Worth (see http://www.fortworth.com/about-fort-worth/ for more details). As the nation’s 16th-largest city, Fort Worth combines a small-town feel with the amenities of a large city. Home to a cultural district that includes one of the finest art museums in the southwest (the Kimble Art Museum) and the world-class Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth’s proximity to Dallas provides an abundance of cultural and entertainment opportunities. TCU is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, and the cost of living in Fort Worth is 11% lower than the national average, which is one reason Fort Worth is currently ranked as the fourth best city in the U.S. for relocation (http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/americas_top_relocate_cities.aspx).