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Academic Professional Track (Non-Tenure): Open Rank-of the Practice and Department Head

Maritime Transportation

Galveston, Texas
Open Date
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The Department of Maritime Transportation, Texas A&M University Galveston, invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track 11-month academic appointment and appointment as Department Head beginning September 1, 2020.  Applicants will be considered for the titles of Associate Professor of the Practice or Professor of the Practice depending on qualifications. We seek an individual who is nationally and/or internationally recognized in maritime transportation, who will have a clear vision of how to meet the educational needs of the nation in terms of mariner training, who will have experience with the shared governance approach of academic institutions, and who will support diversity of the department and create a climate in which all members can thrive. The individual will serve as the chief academic, fiscal development and administrative officer for the department.

The mission of the Department of Maritime Transportation is to provide students with a solid academic foundation on which to build a leadership career in the maritime sector. Those who successfully complete the program will earn a Bachelor of Science degree and will qualify to take the U.S. Coast Guard license examination for licensing as a Third Mate for any gross tonnage upon oceans, steam or motor vessels. Cadets are also provided with solid fundamentals in business topics related to the maritime industry, ashore and at sea.

Texas A&M University at Galveston is an ocean-oriented branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in a unique blend of marine and maritime programs, including majors in science, business, engineering, liberal arts, and transportation. It is the primary component that fulfills the sea-grant portion of Texas A&M’s land-, sea-, space-grant mission and has nearly $10 million annually in research expenditures. Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of seven in the U.S. and the only academy integrated into a Tier 1 academic institution, which trains over 300 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world. Texas A&M-Galveston is ideally located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where is it surrounded by the industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission.


At a minimum, a Bachelor's degree is required; a Master's degree is preferred.

Leadership experience in an academic setting in the field of maritime transportation with an understanding and track record of the operations of an academic department.

Exceptional communication and management skills.

Have administrative and budget management experience.

Have experience that lends itself to facilitating learning and instruction.

Professional and industrial credentials, which include a valid unlimited tonnage Maritime License.

Understands the certification requirements of the license options, International Maritime Organization, International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, Navigation and Inspection Circulars, and Code of Federal Regulations.

Understands the coordination required with maritime academies and the US Coast Guard.

Application Instructions

Applications are only accepted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/71332. Applicants must include electronic copies a 1)Cover Letter and 2) a current CV along with 3) a list of three references. Should you have questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Daniel Roelke, Search Committee Chair, at droelke@tamu.edu. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2020 and the position will remain open until filled.

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability employer committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore has a Dual Career Program and implements policies that contribute to work-life balance.