Director - Timberlake Biological Field Station, Tarleton State University
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 12:19 PM


The College of Science and Mathematics at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, invites qualified applicants to apply for a full-time (10.5-month), tenure-track position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor to serve as the Associate Dean and Director of the Timberlake Biological Field Station.

Starting in Fall 2023, the position will require teaching a 2/2 course load in addition to the research and administrative duties. Teaching duties will be in the Department of Biological Sciences. Teaching load will vary depending on growth of operations at the field station, external funding, and supervision of doctoral students. Additionally, candidates will be expected to develop an active research program involving supervision of undergraduate and graduate student research. Preference will be given to candidates who will utilize the Timberlake Biological Field Station as a significant component of their research endeavors.

This position is expected to contribute to a doctoral program in biology that is being developed with an anticipated start of Fall, 2025. The candidate should have experience with doctoral level research including a record of accomplishment with the supervision of doctoral dissertations, an appropriate publication record, and external funding success over the past five years.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Continue the Field Station Advisory Council as a mechanism to engage the local community.
  • Continue the Field Station Scientific Advisory Committee as a mechanism to engage the scientific community (Tarleton faculty and beyond).
  • Develop and implement a land management plan for the Field Station.
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan for the Field Station that engages k-12 schools, grows the research efforts, develops strategic partnerships, and expands use by Tarleton faculty and students.
  • Implement appropriate recommendations from the 2021 external consultants’ report.
  • Develop appropriate business practices and protocols for Field Station operations.
  • Pursue external funding to support field station operations.
  • Plan and implement programs and events that strategically expand field station use
  • Manage the field station operations in safe and efficient manner.
  • Supervise associated support personnel.

Applicants must have earned a doctorate in Biology, Ecology or related field. Must have earned a tenure and promotion to rank of associate professor or higher at a comparable institution. Experience with biological field station operations, strong leadership and strategic planning skills. Experience teaching appropriate biology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and experience effectively supervising graduate students required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Outreach experience with K-12 schools, rural school districts a plus
  • Experience with land management plans
  • Experience supervising doctoral dissertations

Application packets only accepted on-line at

Documents required: Completed online application, Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Three Professional References with complete contact information, Unofficial Transcripts.

All official transcripts, if required for position must be received directly from each degree-granting institution prior to a letter of appointment issued.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton transforms generations by inspiring discovery, leadership and inclusion through teaching and research. Degree programs for more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, at A&M RELLIS at Bryan, and online emphasize real world learning that addresses regional needs while sustaining the values of excellence, integrity and respect.

Tarleton State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer. As a member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton will provide equal opportunity for employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity through The Texas A&M System.