Associate Professor/Professor and Director, Center for Coastal Studies

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 15, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Title
Associate Professor/Professor and Director, Center for Coastal Studies

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

S&E - Life Sciences

Proposed Minimum Salary

Job Location
Corpus Christi, Texas

Job Type

Job Description

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) seeks applications for the position of Director at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure on arrival to lead The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS). Tenure on arrival will be pending upon approval of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. The new Director's expertise will be grounded in one or more disciplines related to coastal ecosystems i.e., from the watershed to the nearshore. The new director will have experience leading research teams and will establish and maintain strong ties with the research community and funding agencies at the state, national, and international levels. The successful candidate will have a history of external funding, publications, and credentials to qualify for a faculty appointment within one of the departments in the College of Science and Engineering. The principal duties are faculty which include an active research agenda, teaching students, supervising student research, and engaging in other faculty responsibilities.

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) is a research center within TAMU-CC that has conducted original research and supported academic programs for more than 35 years. The Center's mission is “to increase knowledge and understanding of coastal marine and estuarine ecosystems, habitats, flora, and fauna of the Texas coast and Gulf of Mexico.” As an interdisciplinary marine and coastal research center within the College of Science and Engineering, CCS conducts and provides support for basic and applied research, ecological monitoring, public education and outreach, and graduate education.

We are looking for an individual who will lead the development of a strategic vision for the CCS, including building on existing strengths, pioneering new research directions, and integrating the mission of the Center with the academic mission of the college. This senior level position requires administrative experience relevant to the position as a center Director. The successful candidate will lead the Center, should have an active research program, and will teach one to two upper-level and/or graduate courses in their area of expertise per year dependent on the research load. Two Ph.D. programs are housed in the college - Coastal and Marine System Science, and Marine Biology and four departments in the college (Life Sciences, Physical and Environmental Sciences, Computing Sciences, and Mathematics and Statistics) also have several Master's programs.

The new Director will work closely with CCS faculty, staff, and students as well as faculty and leadership of academic colleges to continue leading innovative funded research and a tradition of being a resource to the profession and the communities the Center serves. The new Director will facilitate collaboration with academic departments and research centers/institutes on and off campus, and seek externally funded research projects, diversifying the institute's funding portfolio including federal, state, corporate, and philanthropic and foundation sources.

Required Qualifications:
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline appropriate to CCS.
  • A record of externally funded research with a publication record in archival journals appropriate for appointment with tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring colleagues and students at graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Demonstrated experience/success in cultivating relationships with industry and agency professionals locally and nationally, state legislative delegations, and relevant professional associations.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Administrative experience relevant to a position as a director.


All required documentation must be submitted to be considered for the position.

A completed application will include:

1. A cover letter

2. A vision statement

3. A statement of teaching philosophy/interests

4. A research statement

5. Curriculum vitae

6. URL (if available)

The position will remain open until a finalist has been selected. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to Friday, April 2, 2021.

For questions, please contact: Dr. LD Chen, Search Chair, College of Science & Engineering, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi,

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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