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Assistant Professor – TCU seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology beginning August 2017. Minimum of a Ph.D. degree in the Biological Sciences is required. The successful candidate will be expected to: i) teach an upper-level biochemistry course, ii) develop upper-level specialty courses, iii) conduct research involving undergraduate and graduate students, iv) participate on the Health Professions Advisory Committee, and v) provide academic advising to pre-health students.  Review of applicants will begin Oct. 1, 2016

All applications must be submitted electronically at https://tcu.igreentree.com/CSS_Faculty/CSSPage_Welcome.asp.  

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.

Review of Applications will begin October 1, 2016.

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

The search committee is chaired by Dr. Giri 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 cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and contact information for three references. Make arrangements to have three reference letters sent directly to Joanne Fralia (j.fralia@tcu.edu), Texas Christian University, TCU Box 298200, Fort Worth, TX 76129 (Tel. no. 817-257-6897). According to university policy, only applications submitted online will be considered.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE POSITION

A. START DATE:  August 2017.

B. TENTATIVE TEACHING

The successful candidate will teach Biochemistry to Biology majors and additional upper level courses in their specialty as determined by departmental needs. The Department of Biology’s philosophy is to phase in new faculty teaching loads over a period of 2-3 years, limiting new course preps to one per semester when possible. This approach gives new faculty time to establish their research lab while developing rigorous and stimulating courses. The successful candidate’s teaching schedule is subject to Departmental needs and the candidate’s expertise.

C. RESEARCH

The successful candidate’s research should fall into a broadly defined area of biochemistry and ideally employ cellular/molecular methodologies. 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. In addition, the successful candidate will be encouraged to develop undergraduate and graduate research opportunities in his or her lab. Attempts to seek extramural and intramural funding of research projects are expected. Extramural funding is highly desirable, but not necessary for tenure. Several competitive intramural programs provide limited funds to support research. A start-up package will be offered to allow the successful applicant to engage in productive research.

D. SERVICE

The successful candidate will serve on the Health Professions Advisory Committee (see www.prehealth.tcu.edu) and engage in the full activities of that committee, including advising pre-health students, conducting mock interviews of medical and dental school applicants, and participating in the committee deliberations used to formulate letters of evaluation. In addition, the candidate will have the opportunity to participate in other service activities at the Department, College or University depending upon their interests and the needs of these units.

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.

2016: TCU IS ONE OF THE TOP UNIVERSITIES TO WORK FOR

For the past six years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has honored Texas Christian University by its selection as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For”. This year, TCU again earned recognition in all 12 areas of distinction, making us the only university to achieve such a feat for two consecutive years.

TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini stated, ” Texas Christian University has much to celebrate: an incredible faculty and staff, dynamic students, groundbreaking research initiatives, amazing collaborative efforts between disciplines and with community partners, beautiful facilities, generous donor support, and impressive athletic records. We are an inclusive group of doers, dreamers and trailblazers who forge our own paths, exceed expectations, and make a difference in our community and around the globe. Together, we are TCU.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed a random sample of TCU employees who provided answers directly to the publication. Colleges named to the Honor Roll were chosen based on responses to the survey in one or more categories.

TCU was honored in twelve categories including Collaborative Governance; Compensation & Benefits; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Diversity; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect & Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Teaching Environment (Faculty Only); Tenure Clarity & Process (Faculty Only/4-year only); Work/Life Balance.

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 lives 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 extensive 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 Kimbell 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).