Assistant / Associate Professor of Professional Practice - Environmental Science
Texas Christian University
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Internal Number: 497702
Application Deadline 8/31/2022
Position Details This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.
The qualified applicant must have at least a M.S. or M.A. in Environmental Science, Geology or a related science; with a minimum of 5 years of industry experience and, ideally, demonstrated teaching/classroom experience. All application materials, including a resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy confirming the ability to teach the required courses, and a DEI statement, should be uploaded via the application for this position.
The TCU Department of Environmental Sciences invites applications for the position of non-tenure track, promotion-eligible Assistant or Associate Professor of Professional Practice (PPP). The position begins Spring 2023, but we can consider a Fall 2023 start. TCU operates on a teacher-scholar model and faculty members are expected to excel in the classroom. PPPs are specifically appointed because of skills and expertise acquired in nonacademic careers and their ability to translate that experience into the classroom to train the next generation of environmental professionals. We are seeking candidates with demonstrated excellence in environmental consulting and industry. In addition, the candidate would maintain the department’s contacts with industry and other environmental professionals, and manage both the undergraduate and graduate internship programs. Primary responsibilities will include teaching upper-level applied courses, maintaining professional knowledge and skills, leading departmental initiatives, and interfacing with the Institute for Environmental Studies.
We seek an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who will teach a number of specific courses (listed below) as well as develop new course offerings for the Department, and mentor both the undergraduate and graduate population for job searches, resumes, and general career advice. The PPP is pivotal for our students seeking employment, advanced degrees, and professional licensure; therefore, the career advice and mentoring that the PPP provides is critical to the overall program. The ideal candidate will be licensed in Texas as a Professional Geoscientist or have the ability to obtain this licensure within one year of hiring. The specific courses that the successful candidate must teach with an applied focus include:
1. Earth Materials (ENSC 30443) 2. Environmental Compliance (ENSC 50703) 3. Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessment (ENSC 50713) 4. Groundwater Hydrology (ENSC 50763) 5. Environmental Internship (ENSC 40013 and 70003)
The ideal candidate would also be able to teach Water & Wastewater Technology (ENSC 50723).
The successful candidate will also coordinate the Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) degree for the department and liaise with the Neeley School of Business for the business course offerings in this degree program.
Department Details The department is a unit within the College of Science & Engineering at TCU (http://www.tcu.edu/) and offers BS, MS, MA & MEM degrees in Environmental Science and minors in Environmental Science and Sustainability. The Department works closely with the Department of Geological Sciences, the Institute for Environmental Studies, and Department of Biology, as well as other departments across the campus, allowing for faculty to create unique student-focused educational and research opportunities. For more information about our Department and these associated academic and research programs, please visit our websites listed at http://www.cse.tcu.edu/.
School/College Description The TCU College of Science & Engineering encompasses 10 departments (Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Nutritional Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology) as well 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 TCU Energy Institute and the Institute for Ranch Management. 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.
University & Fort Worth Description ABOUT TCU
Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 299 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes eight schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the new TCU School of Medicine in Fort Worth.
Currently, TCU enrolls 9,474 undergraduates and 1,490 graduate students. Twenty-six percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, 5 percent are international students, and 42 percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members, 87 percent of whom hold a terminal degree. For nine consecutive years, TCU has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For®.
At TCU, diversity, equity and inclusion are an educational imperative that is tied directly to our University mission and vision. For the second consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights our ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with our core values and to create a campus culture where everyone is respected and feels included. Among TCU’s actions this year was approving a resolution to adopt DEI into its core curriculum.
ABOUT FORT WORTH
Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.
Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.
Required Application Materials & Application Instructions Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae Statement of Teaching Philosophy Three Confidential Letters of Recommendation
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TCU is all about the experience. This is a place where students learn how to adapt to whatever the future might bring, develop critical thinking skills and expand their creativity. With a choice of rigorous academic programs in 130 undergraduate areas of study, 61 master’s level programs and 24 areas of doctoral study, Horned Frogs have opportunities to search for meaning and examine values, yet graduate well-prepared for professional accomplishment. Whether in the fine arts or business or engineering, Horned Frogs can develop their full creative potential here. For example, both MBA and undergraduate students at the Neeley School of Business benefit from an experience ranked at the top by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report — not in spite of, but because of, the focus on the individual. At TCU, professors love being in the classroom. These mentoring teacher-scholars also conduct well-published, leading-edge research, often with undergraduates at their sides. Horned Frogs live, learn and play 24-7 in a 277-acre setting in a vibrant city. They work out in state-of-the-art recreation facilities, catch Big 12 NCAA athletic competition and participate in 200+ organizati...ons, all without leaving the campus. That’s when they’re not providing thousands of hours of volunteer service to their community, interning in New York or LA, practicing journalism in Washington, D.C., experiencing international business in China or perfecting Spanish in Seville. It’s how Horned Frogs are learning to change the world.