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The Department of Environmental Sciences at Texas Christian University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in the area of sustainability science starting August 2020.

We expect the successful candidate to: 1) hold a PhD degree in sustainability, environmental science, or a related area; 2) participate in team-taught courses for environmental science majors; 3) teach a graduate-level environmental issues course and develop a second upper-level specialty course; 4) conduct advanced research in an area of sustainability science, and 5) pursue externally funded research opportunities.

We seek candidates who have a demonstrated record of teaching and research in the area of sustainability science. The preferred candidate will be a scholar who integrates the natural and social sciences to understand human-environment interactions. We are especially interested in candidates who focus on human adaptability, vulnerability, and resilience to environmental changes and who link that knowledge to action. Example research areas include, but are not limited to, the built environment, water sustainability, food sustainability, energy sustainability, corporate sustainability, landscape sustainability, and climate sustainability. Our candidate will also work collaboratively with university administration, faculty, staff, and students to develop and promote effective sustainability initiatives across campus.

The Department of Environmental Sciences has six faculty members with a commitment to quality growth and approximately 70 undergraduates and 15 graduate students. We collaborate closely with the Departments of Biology and Geological Sciences, as well as the Institute for Environmental Studies, which oversees our international programs, including a research station in Costa Rica and a rhino conservation program in South Africa.

Texas Christian University is ranked in the ‘Top 100 National Universities’ by the US News and World Report and is categorized as a Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity (R2) in the Carnegie Classifications.

TCU uses an online application protocol administered by Human Resources. All application materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, representative publications, detailed research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, must be submitted electronically at Three confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the reviewer or dossier service to: Do not send documents directly to the Department.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Should you have any inquiry, please contact:

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.

More information about TCU, the Department, and the City of Fort Worth can be found below.


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. The university offers state-of-the-art learning environments and a commitment to relevance and educating students to make a difference in the world.  The university’s nationally ranked athletic programs have created an excitement and vibrancy on campus that has 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.”

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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.

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.

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 Environmental Sciences Department is housed in the Sid Richardson Building, which has undergone recent, multi-million dollar renovations such that both research and teaching facilities are state of the art.  Our labs are well equipped for a relatively small department. TCU’s library, including on-line resources and personnel, is considered a strength by the Environmental Sciences faculty. See for more information about the department.


(see 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 14% 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.


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