Assistant Professor in Behavioral Ecology – Texas Tech University

Posted on June 17, 2024
Expires: September 17, 2024

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Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Behavioral Ecology to begin Fall 2025.
About the University

Established in 1923, Texas Tech University is a Carnegie R1 (very high research activity) Doctoral/Research-Extensive, Hispanic Serving, and state-assisted institution. Located on a beautiful 1,850-acre campus in Lubbock, a city in West Texas with a growing metropolitan-area population of over 300,000, the university enrolls over 40,000 students with 33,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. As the primary research institution in the western two-thirds of the state, Texas Tech University is home to 10 colleges, the Schools of Law and Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate School. The flagship of the Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech is dedicated to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. It is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world.
About Lubbock:Referred to as the “Hub City” because it serves as the educational, cultural, economic, and health care hub of the South Plains region, Lubbock boasts a diverse population and a strong connection to community, history, and land. With a mild climate, highly rated public schools, and a low cost of living, Lubbock is a family-friendly community that is ranked as one of the best places to live in Texas. Lubbock is home to a celebrated and ever-evolving music scene, a vibrant arts community, and is within driving distance of Dallas, Austin, Santa Fe, and other major metropolitan cities. Lubbock’s Convention & Visitors Bureau provides a comprehensive overview of the Lubbock community and its resources, programs, events, and histories.

About the College

The College of Arts & Sciences is composed of 15 departments, offering a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and natural sciences. The College has more than 10,000 students enrolled representing more than a quarter of the overall Texas Tech University student population while maintaining a 22:1 student to faculty ratio.
About the Department/School/Area

The Department of Biological Sciences [link] is a community of faculty, students, and staff committed to teaching and training students, producing innovative research that advances basic and applied sciences, and engaging with the public. As one of the largest programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, we offer three undergraduate degrees to more than 1300 students, and three MS degrees and a doctoral degree to approximately 125 graduate student trainees. Our 45 faculty conduct cutting-edge research across all levels of biology, spanning from how we as individuals learn and teach about biology to the cells, systems, and organisms that make up our global biosphere. We serve students through online and face-to-face learning and research opportunities.

Major/Essential Functions

In line with TTU’s strategic priorities to engage and empower a diverse student body, enable innovative research and creative activities, and transform lives and communities through outreach and engaged scholarship, applicants should have experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels within individual or across the areas of teaching, research/creative activity, and service.

Applicants are expected to:

  • Engage in the advancement of scientific knowledge through research and/or scholarship
  • Develop and deliver an up-to-date curriculum related to specialty in behavioral ecology and rotate into teaching introductory and mid-level biology classes
  • Publish in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals
  • Present research at scientific meetings
  • Submit grant proposals to external competitive funding agencies
  • Provide individual support, feedback, and advice to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Perform service activities from local to professional levels


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Faculty Qualifications

  1. A PhD or comparable terminal degree in biology or other field related to behavioral ecology by start date
  2. A record of peer-reviewed research in behavioral ecology
  3. Commitment to teach both general biology courses and specialized courses within behavioral ecology

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the required qualifications, individuals with the following preferred qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:

  1. a strong record of peer-reviewed publications
  2. evidence of effective mentorship of undergraduate and/or graduate students in research
  3. evidence of ability to secure external funding for research activities
  4. evidence of ability to participate in successful collaborative research efforts
  5. knowledge of evidence-based teaching practices
  6. ability to foster accessible and inclusive learning environments
  7. ability to effectively develop and teach general courses within their field
  8. ability to effectively develop and teach specialized courses within their field
  9. ability to engage individuals outside of academia in their work
  10. ability to contribute to departmental, university, and professional service initiatives

Duty Point

TTU Lubbock, main campus and affiliated facilities

Safety Information

Adherence to robust safety practices and compliance with all applicable health and safety regulations are responsibilities of all TTU employees.

Does this position work in a research laboratory?


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include all the following documents in your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter that summarizes how the application aligns with the job qualifications and the TTU Strategic Plan (not to exceed 3 pages)
  3. Statement of teaching effectiveness/philosophy (not to exceed 2 pages)
  4. Statement of research interests (not to exceed 2 pages)
  5. Contact information for 3 professional references (letters will be requested later)

The closing date for this position is 8/12/24.

Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Joseph D. Manthey, Search Committee Chair at If you need assistance with the application process, contact Human Resources, Talent Acquisition at or 806-742-3851.


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