Director Ranch Management and Associate/Professor of Professional Practice
Texas Christian University
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Internal Number: 498234
Application Deadline Until Filled
Position Details This full-time, 12-month faculty position is on-campus and in-person.
The Director of Ranch Management (RM) will be appointed at the rank of Associate or Full Professor of Professional Practice, depending on experience and credentials.
Duties and Essential Job Functions: 1. Curriculum Planning, Teaching, and Counseling: a. Maintains current quality of curriculum and evaluates new technology to be incorporated into curriculum. b. Ensures effective teaching, evaluation, and counseling of students that will provide an optimum learning experience. c. Establishes and maintains a consistent schedule of staff meetings. Encourages communication, team building and nurtures professional development to ensure success of staff and students. d. Mentors and assists faculty where needed in their respective roles while offering support through open communication.
2. Program Development: a. Provides oversight and responsibility for the recruitment, hiring, evaluation and development of RM staff and faculty. b. Assesses RM program annually and develops and implements strategic vision. c. Evaluates community needs for continuing education classes, and presents to professional organizations and the community. d. Establishes relationships with other universities to maintain current technology advances. e. Attends related conferences, seminars, and educational opportunities to increase knowledge base.
3. Student Recruitment: a. Attracts, interviews, and selects qualified students for the RM program. b. Communicates the availability of financial aid to the prospective students, parents, alumni, and agriculture industry. c. Researches effective methods of advertisement and marketing. d. Works with other universities to offer guest lectures in classes pertaining to agriculture. e. Works with alumni to establish contacts with prospective students in their area.
4. Administration: a. Consults, coordinates, and negotiates support for the RM program with the dean’s office. b. Develops, implements, and negotiates TCU policies and procedures for effective functioning of the program. c. Identifies projects and relates fiscal needs. d. Directs necessary reporting and correspondence for effective program functioning. e. Identifies, cultivates and motivates potential contributors to Ranch Management and TCU.
5. Public Relations: a. Communicates program activities and accomplishments through both internal and external media and personal contact. b. Maintains close relationships with Program alumni through placement service, publications, consultation, meetings, and joint activities. c. Liaises between Ranch Management staff, alumni, and the dean’s office. d. Develops working relationships with leaders from agriculture industry. e. Attends meetings of industry organizations. f. Advises TCU Ranch Management, present and former students, and other individuals in the industry in a problem-solving capacity.
6. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Department Details The Ranch Management Program prepares professionals to manage a broad range of global resources on an ecologically and economically sound basis while conserving and improving resources. Enrollment is a maximum of 35 students per academic year. The Program offers a Certificate in Ranch Management, Bachelor of Science in Ranch Management, and a Minor in Ranch Management.
School/College Description The TCU College of Science & Engineering (CSE) encompasses 10 departments (Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Nutritional Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology) as well as 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 Institute for Ranch Management and the Monnig Meteorite Gallery. 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 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.
Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five 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 and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.
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