Instructional Assistant Professor – Texas A&M University


The Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University seeks an Instructional Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track) to lead efforts in the development and execution of online courses in an Ocean Data Science track being developed for the online Masters of Geosciences (MGSc) degree program. The candidate is expected to transform and deliver courses on Ocean Observing Systems, Physical Oceanography, and Ocean Data Methods in a distance education environment. The successful candidate will work closely with the College of Geosciences Distance Learning Team, Department of Oceanography faculty and associated content experts to develop online course content material.

The Department of Oceanography is part of an alliance of Ocean Sciences at Texas A&M that spans the Marine Biology and Marine Sciences Departments at TAMU Galveston, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, the International Ocean Discovery Program, and Texas Sea Grant.  This alliance of Ocean Sciences represents a unique concentration of educational and research resources. The capacity is greatly enhanced by close ties to the College of Geosciences Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, and Geology & Geophysics, as well as the Berg Hughes Center and the Texas Center for Climate Studies.

The successful candidate will be a motivated team member who is committed to our rapidly growing ocean observing science and education program. The candidate will actively collaborate with our faculty in his/her mission to develop and teach ocean-observing related courses for graduate and undergraduate students. Our strategic area of educational and research strength focuses on the long-term monitoring of the chemical, biological and physical conditions of the marine environment. The Department web site contains a full description of our program.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the advertisement will remain open until the position is filled. The desired start date is February 1, 2019. The full-time position carries 9 months of salary with possibility of additional 3-month summer salary depending on availability of funds and the success of online courses.


Education and Experience:

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Physical Oceanography, or related field;
  • Higher Education teaching experience with a minimum of 5 semesters as TA or 2 semesters as Instructor of Record

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Oceanography
  • Specialization in Online Education;
  • Two years experience in online course instruction (development and/or facilitation).

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills:

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be comfortable with and proficient in using computer-based technology;
  • Candidates must possess excellent written and verbal skills as demonstrated through publications and public speaking;
  • Knowledge of and proficiency using learning management systems, e.g., Blackboard, CANVAS.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated with a strong interest in online education and learning design practices;
  • Ability to work in a team setting with faculty colleagues and online course developers.

Application Instructions

Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter containing a statement of interest in this position;
  • A statement indicating teaching philosophy and best practices, or a teaching portfolio (including syllabi and pedagogical materials developed by the candidate);
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • Three references with complete contact information.

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