Texas Tech University

Assistant Professor in Public Relations

Requisition Number 10957BR

Job Description

The Department of Public Relations in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Public Relations with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research and teaching in public relations and strategic communication. Appointment begins September 1, 2018 with faculty on-duty August 22, 2018.

Require Qualifications

Applicants must complete a Ph.D. in public relations or a related field of study by August 2018. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of or potential for high-quality research, teaching excellence, and ability to secure external funding for their research.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates with research emphasis in risk communication/disaster preparedness, and a mix of the following research areas are desired: environmental communication, science communication, media relations, community relations, crisis communication, new and emerging media, media entrepreneurship, and public communication campaigns.

Prior professional experience in public relations and/or strategic communication is preferred.


Successful candidates must be able to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations, strategic communication, and courses related to their research expertise. Successful candidates are expected to advise and mentor highly motivated master's and doctoral students and perform service at the department, college, university, and professional levels. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year.

College of Media and Communication and Texas Tech University

The Department of Public Relations is home to nearly 700 undergraduate majors. The College of Media & Communication (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/) 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 has approximately 1,600 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate 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 CoMC ranks among the nation's top colleges in media and communication. It is home to the Center for Communication Research (CCR) (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/ccr/), one of the world's premier, state-of-the art research facilities in media and communication research. It features labs useful for audience testing, content analysis, surveys, experiment, eye-tracking, focus group, and psychophysiology. These research facilities provide a great environment for further advancing an exciting and productive research agenda. The college is also home to the Outpost Social Media Lab, a major center for the study of new and emerging media (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/outpost), and the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, a center of teaching, research, and community outreach in Hispanic and International Communication (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/hihic). Additionally, the college has launched the Communication Training Center (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ctc/), a facility focused on training university faculty and graduate students how to enhance oral and visual communication skills.

Texas Tech University, a member of the Big 12 Athletic Conference, enrolls 35,000 students and is recognized as a Carnegie Tier 1 Research University. The university is located in Lubbock, Texas, a vibrant city of 249,000.

Application Process

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Apply online at https://www.texastech.edu/careers, referencing the Requisition Number 10957BR. Applicants should include a letter of application detailing research interests, teaching experiences, and professional experiences, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, and a list of three references with names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. Questions should be directed to Dr. Weiwu Zhang (806-834-5967; Weiwu.zhang@ttu.edu) or Dr. Eric Rasmussen (806-834-6870; eric.rasmussen@ttu.edu), co-chairs of the search committee.

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 welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

Please visit the college's website for more information: www.depts.ttu.edu/comc