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Associate Professor of Professional Practice - Ranch Management (full-time faculty position on-campus and in-person)

Teaching responsibilities will be concentrated on agricultural resource management with an emphasis on beef cattle production and agricultural resource management practices currently employed in the cattle industry. Teaching will include the application and economic impacts of agricultural resource management including but not limited to, animal health, pasture management, conservation, nutrition, reproduction, marketing, risk management and business management taught in a broad-based comprehensive manner and in a coordinated effort with other faculty members. The candidate should be willing to employ a systems approach in their teaching strategy while understanding the economic impact of each decision in the production process. 

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This is an opportunity for those interested in TCU Ranch Management to learn about the program. Hear from current TCU RM majors and faculty about the curriculum and standards, and ask any questions you might have about coursework, internships, travel, etc.

Winthrop Rockefeller Building for Ranch Management (in front of Frog Alley Parking Garage), 2800 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129

RSVP via link or call our office (817)257-7145 or email

Ranch Management Interest Session 03.20.2024

It is with great pleasure that I announce the hiring of the director of Ranch Management, Dr. Matthew Garcia, who will join the College of Science & Engineering family at the start of the fall semester. Dr. Garcia obtained his Ph.D. in Animal Science Genomics from Washington State University in 2005. He earned his MBA in Innovative Management from Portland State University and both his MS and BS from New Mexico State University. He comes to us from Utah State University, where he served as associate department head and associate professor. In this role, he led their beef cattle extension that includes state-wide programs and regional programs in Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, and Idaho.

Dr. Garcia is originally from New Mexico, where his family ran a multigenerational ranching operation and cow calf operation. With his Ph.D. focused upon comparative reproduction genomics for beef cattle, specifically disease resistance and fertility, Dr. Garcia was recruited to the USDA and did his post doc work there as a research geneticist. Following that he joined Louisiana State University where he taught beef production, animal breeding, and genetics. He was a faculty supervisor and had responsibility for the LSU AgCenter’s Central Research Station that was comprised of approximately 600 head of cattle from three registered purebred herds and one larger crossbred herd.

Along with his full-time role as the state Beef Cattle Specialist with Utah State University, Dr. Garcia provided ranch management succession planning counsel to ranch owners across the state. His extensive experience, including in student recruitment and fundraising, makes me confident that Dr. Garcia is well prepared to further advance TCU’s Ranch Management program. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Garcia to the director position.

Michael Kruger, Dean
College of Science and Engineering

Please join us on January 20 from 9-11 a.m. in the BLUU Auditorium for Mr. John Maketa's presentation, "If You Want to Predict the Future, You Have to Do the Math,"  his presentation will enlighten guests about the impact of demographic trends. If you are unable to attend the 9 a.m. presentation, Mr. Maketa is also addressing the students in the RM classroom at 2 p.m. and you are welcome to attend at that time. 

John Maketa.If You Want to Predict the Future, You Have to do the Math 01.20.2023 9am

The American Rancher, hosted by Pam Minick, is in its 17th year of broadcasting on RFD-TV.  The series began in the fall of 2004 and brings audiences in touch with the people and places that make ranching an American lifestyle.   Dec 2022/Jan 2023 episode featured TCU Ranch Management click here to view the segment on youtube

John Merrill (1932-2021)

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Merrill will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Will Rogers Memorial Center/West Arena (auction arena to the west of the John Justin Arena).

Ranch Management and the Institute of Ranch Management reside in the College of Science & Engineering.

For the first time, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is awarding its 2017 International Award of Excellence in Conservation to three groups in the same year. BRIT has announced that the honorees are J. David Bamberger and his ranch Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve; Frank Yturria and the Frank Yturria Family Ranch; and Texas Christian University (TCU) Ranch Management. Read the full article.

Acknowledging the contributions to the North American ranching industry, the TCU Ranch Management program has been named the recipient of the 2016 W.A. “Bill” King Award for Excellence in Agriculture by the Fort Worth Farm and Ranch Club. Read the full article.