Associate Professor or Full Professor
Department Chair and Founder of New Department
REQ# 13363BR

The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University is seeking a visionary academic leader to help establish a new academic department, grow a new undergraduate degree program, and mentor a team of faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, service and research to the disciplines and industries of professional communication. This new department – projected to be titled the Department of Professional Communication – will serve as the academic home to the new B.A. degree in Digital Media & Professional Communication which will be available on-campus and at Texas Tech University’s regional sites.

The College is seeking a colleague with a demonstrated record of academic leadership in the areas of media and professional communication and distance education, as well as a national reputation in teaching, research, and service. This is a full-time tenured position at the rank of associate or full professor status. In addition to administrative duties, the chair will teach a 1:1 load. Anticipated start date is fall 2018 or spring 2019.

The successful candidate will:
•       Be a visionary leader who understands the dynamic and evolving changes in media and communication industries and education
•       Recruit, retain, and mentor a high-achieving diverse faculty teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in digital media and professional communication
•       Plan, develop, assess and schedule online, hybrid, and face-to-face curriculum for multiple campuses
•       Foster interdisciplinary partnerships internal and external to the College; in particular, work closely with the Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University on joint programs
•       Demonstrate success in developing outreach to local, regional, national and international employers
•       Be willing to travel regionally to develop off-site programs
•       Exhibit a commitment to undergraduate education

•       Ph.D. or Ed.D. in academic discipline related to communication
•       At least three years of higher education administrative experience
•       Experience in distance or online education
•       Credentials that merit appointment at the rank of associate or full professor with tenure
•       Have an active research program in a related area
•       Established record of advancing diversity
•       A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations

•       Experience in higher education budgeting
•       Professional experience in a related area
•       Successful guidance in tenure and promotion cases
•       Experience acquiring or pursuing external funding
•       Experience supporting successful donor and alumni relations
•       Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable

The College of Media & Communication ( at Texas Tech University offers bachelor’s degrees in Advertising, Communication Studies, Electronic Media, Journalism, Media Strategies, and Public Relations. It offers master’s degrees in Mass Communication, Communication Studies, and Strategic Communication (online), and a Ph.D. in Media and Communication. The college serves approximately 1,800 undergraduate majors, 235 MA students in three programs, and 35 Ph.D. students. Recent graduates of the doctoral program have begun their careers at universities in the Big 10, Big 12, ACC, and SEC, as well as applied research positions with media companies such as the Disney MediaScience Research Lab. The college maintains high standards for teaching, even as its reputation as a media research center expands. Junior faculty hires from top doctoral programs in recent years reflect this ascendance. Signature research strengths among college faculty include Hispanic and international media, strategic, science, health, and political communication as well as social scientific research methods. The College’s Center for Communication Research (CCR) ( offers state-of-the-art facilities for studying audience responses to media messages and the Communication Training Center (CTC)( trains instructors, faculty and graduate students to enhance oral and visual communication skills. The college is also home to the Outpost Social Media Lab, a major center for the study of new and emerging media (, and the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, a center of teaching, research, and community outreach in Hispanic and International Communication (

Texas Tech University is a public national research university with an enrollment of approximately 37,000 students. It offers over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 100 masters and 50 doctoral degree programs. Texas Tech is the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of Texas and is the state’s only campus with an adjoining research university, law school, and medical school. Texas Tech students come from almost every county in Texas, all 50 states and more than 100 different countries. The university recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Texas Tech’s current Quality Enhancement Plan is “Bear Our Banners Far and Wide: Communication in a Global Society.” ( Texas Tech University is recognized as a Carnegie Tier 1 Research University and is a member of the Big 12 Athletic Conference. The university is located in Lubbock, Texas, a vibrant city with a total population of 250,000.

Review of applications will begin on March 25, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply on line at, referencing the Requisition Number 13363BR. Candidates will be asked to provide a letter of application describing their research interests, teaching experience, professional experiences, and why they are interested in creating and growing a new academic department, a current curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, and a list of three references with names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. The search committee chair is Dr. Erik Bucy, Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication. Questions may be addressed to him at or +1 (806) 834-3346.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran. Texas Tech welcomes consideration of dual career and professional couple accommodations.

Please visit the college’s website for more information at