The Department of Environmental Sciences at Texas Christian University invites applications for the position of Instructor starting August 1, 2020. The candidate must hold a doctoral degree in a field that provides the capacity and experience to teach courses in the environmental sciences. This position also has the potential for promotion within the rank after a minimum of five years of service.
Primary responsibilities will be to teach sections of our non-majors introductory level environmental science course, ENSC 10143 Contemporary Environmental Issues, and coordinate the associated labs each semester. This course may also include an “honors section”. This course introduces students to the major environmental and resource problems that confront us in the 21st century. The course seeks to develop a fundamental scientific knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles that underlie current environmental problems, as well as to engage in critical and reflective thinking about our resources and our environment. We expect our candidate to coordinate with the other instructors for this course to ensure uniform curricula, presentation of materials, and exams. In addition, this person may develop and teach other related courses to fulfill the full-time requirement of 12 credit hours per semester and we expect them to provide service to the department (including advising) and participate in professional development. There is also the possibility of teaching a summer session at our Costa Rica Field Station.
Outstanding teaching is a hallmark of the TCU experience, and we expect our candidate to be committed to student learning, bring innovation and creativity into the classroom, as well as integrate technology into the curriculum. We also expect this person to provide counsel and guidance to students when there is a need.
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, who 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, a statement of teaching philosophy, must be submitted electronically at https://tcu.igreentree.com/CSS_Faculty/CSSPage_Welcome.asp. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the reviewer or dossier service to: email@example.com. Do not send documents directly to the Department.
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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.”
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
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 www.ensc.tcu.edu for more information about the department.
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 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.