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Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Texas Christian University
Department of Geological Science
College of Science and Engineering


The TCU Department of Geological Sciences and the TCU Energy Institute invite applications for the position of non-tenure track, promotion-eligible Assistant Professor of Professional Practice (PPP). The position begins Fall 2019. We are seeking candidates with demonstrated excellence in teaching introductory-level geology and skillsets for spearheading recruiting, promotional and educational initiatives within the department and institute. Primary responsibilities will include teaching introductory-level geology, an upper level geology course within the candidate’s expertise, leading departmental recruitment initiatives and involvement with the Energy Minor within the Energy Institute.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):

We seek an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who will collaboratively develop and teach introductory level geology courses, with a focus on utilizing these courses for recruiting undergraduates to the major. The successful candidate will also have responsibilities of leading department/institute promotional or recruitment efforts at relevant events (e.g. conferences) and working with the Director of the TCU Energy Institute on overseeing the Energy and Technology Management minor. Although not a requirement for the position, active research efforts (and the involvement/mentoring of students in these efforts) is encouraged and will be considered a great value-added component towards promotion to Associate, and Full PPP. Candidates with research interest in geoscience education will have opportunities to collaborate with faculty within the department, the Department of Environmental Sciences, the Monnig Meteorite Gallery and TCU’s Andrew’s Institute for Mathematics and Science Education.

The Department of Geological Sciences

The department is a unit within the College of Science & Engineering at TCU ( and offers BS, BA and MS degrees in Geology and a BS in Applied Geoscience. The Department works closely with the Department of Environmental Science allowing for faculty from both departments to create unique student- focused educational and research opportunities. In addition to the GIS and Remote Sensing lab, the department works closely with the Monnig Meteorite Museum, the TCU Energy Institute and the Institute for Environmental Studies. For more information about our Department and these associated academic and research programs, please visit our websites listed at

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 in the Carnegie Classifications.

Applications: The qualified applicant must have at least a M.S. or M.A. in Geology or a related science or geoscience education; with 2 years classroom and/or industry experience. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the successful applicant. TCU uses an online application protocol administered by Human Resources. All application materials, including a curriculum vitae, detailed research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests must be submitted electronically at Three confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the reviewer or dossier service

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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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