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Assistant / Associate Professor of Professional Practice - Environmental Science

Texas Christian University
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 9, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 ( 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

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

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.

At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.


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 and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. 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, 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

AA/EEO Statement
As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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