Eleanor & Murray Zoota Endowed Professor in Neurodegenerative Research and Associate Dean for Research

Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

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Eleanor & Murray Zoota Endowed Professor in Neurodegenerative Research and Associate Dean for Research

  • 499564
  • Faculty
  • Full-time
  • Opening at: May 3 2024 at 09:00 CDT
  • Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Application Deadline:

Open Until Filled

Position Details:

This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.

Eleanor & Murray Zoota Endowed Professor in Neurodegenerative Research and Associate Dean for Research

The Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Texas Christian University seeks an accomplished and collaborative faculty member to serve as the inaugural Eleanor & Murray Zoota Professor in Neurodegenerative Research and lead the research enterprise of the college as the Associate Dean for Research. The ideal candidate will have an established or emerging reputation in neurodegenerative research with a record of external funding in support of their research program. The successful candidate will be distinguished by impactful research, publications, mentorship, teaching, and the required qualifications for a tenured appointment in Harris College and TCU at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. Candidates from any health sciences, nursing, medical, and biomedical disciplines are welcome to apply.

Recruitment of the Zoota Endowed Professor will be concurrent with the establishment of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease at TCU, in which the successful candidate will be affiliated. The Center is supported by sustainable endowed funds and will build upon the foundation of research, education, and outreach in Parkinson’s disease and dementia at TCU exemplified by the Endeavor Parkinsonology ( and Rethinking Dementia ( projects. The mission of the Center is to improve the lives of those living with neurodegenerative disease through the creation of knowledge from multidisciplinary clinical and basic research to increase our understanding of the causes, pathophysiological mechanisms, and effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. Opportunities for collaborative research, education, and outreach with faculty and students in Harris College, the College of Science & Engineering, and the TCU Burnett School of Medicine offer the candidate an exciting opportunity to extend their program of research through interdisciplinary partnerships within and beyond the university. A competitive compensation and start-up package are available along with annual discretionary resources from the endowed line.

Responsibilities: The successful tenure-stream candidate will be expected conduct a successfully funded program of research in neurodegenerative disease and teach in the Ph.D. in Health Sciences program, along with contributions to departmental curricula as a faculty member in the Department of Applied Health Sciences. Successful candidates will be expected to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary initiatives, advise and mentor students, serve on departmental, college- and university-level committees, and other duties as assigned.

The role of Associate Dean for Research advises and supports the Dean to develop and create resources to achieve the research mission of the college. Additional roles and opportunities include but are not limited to:
• Serving as the college liaison to the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects;
• Leading and working with the Harris College Research Committee to develop, oversee and assess a strategic plan for research productivity and extramural funding across all academic units and college institutes/centers;
• Fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary research associations between departments/schools of Harris College and between Harris College and other units at TCU;
• Providing guidance and support for faculty mentorship/development plans (especially junior faculty) focused on growing and sustaining programs of research;
• Monitoring and developing the appropriate college infrastructure necessary to support funded programs of research across all academic units.

1. Applicants must have a research doctorate with a program of research centered on neurodegenerative diseases.
2. Evidence of successful external funding associated with their program of research.
3. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentorship excellence.
4. Excellent interpersonal and English communication skills – in the classroom, with colleagues, in written work, and in listening,
5. Demonstrated ability to forge relationships and participate in the advancement of the Department of Applied Health Sciences and Center for Neurodegenerative Research.

Department Details:


School/College Description:

The Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences consists of programs that prepare future health care and human services professionals. The academic units within Harris College – Communication Sciences & Disorders, Kinesiology, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing and Social Work – are home to more than 1,750 students who are supported by committed and talented faculty and staff. Harris College supports the mission, vision, and values of TCU; we prepare global citizens to think and practice as ethical leaders in health care and educational settings.

Harris College offers 18 degree pathways in our health-related disciplines. Students benefit from learning experiences in campus laboratories and hospitals, clinics, schools, fitness facilities, and community service agencies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. On campus, the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic provides services for more than 300 families each year and serves as a professional practice site for students majoring in speech pathology and habilitation of the deaf. TCU Nursing and the School of Nurse Anesthesia provide innovative learning experiences in their state-of-the-art simulation centers.

The faculty and students in Harris College actively engage in research for the purpose of improving health and well-being. Undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to form mentoring relationships with internationally recognized faculty as they conduct studies in such areas as pharmacogenetics, carbohydrate metabolism, exercise physiology, health disparities, heart disease, aging, Parkinson’s disease, caregiving, language development in children with hearing loss, and forgiveness among others. Our graduates are competent, compassionate and in demand in the workforce.

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:

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions:
Please provide a (1) letter of interest, including a description of program of research (2) curriculum vita, and (3) the names and contact information for three professional references. To apply, upload all application materials to [Select “Faculty” and then “Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences” to more easily find the listing].

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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