One hallmark of TCU is adherence to the “teacher-scholar model”. It is not teacher or scholar but more like “teacher as scholar” and “scholar as teacher”.
Faculty who choose to spend their careers here walk a tough line. They must be excellent scholars, active and respected in their disciplines. Their scholarship is influenced and sometimes shaped by questions that arise from teaching. And they must be excellent teachers, informed by the latest developments in their discipline, and ready mentors to promising student scholars. Many research projects involve undergraduate and graduate students as apprentice scholars.
It is an important role of the academy to address social and physical challenges with thinking and doing to expand the boundaries of what is known.