Texas Tech University

Assistant Professor of Practice in Strategic Communication

Requisition Number: 19420BR

The College of Media & Communication seeks an outstanding faculty member who has demonstrated commitment to excellence in online teaching to join our online Master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation program.

The appointment begins fall 2020 with an option to begin in summer 2020. Duty point is based in Lubbock; however, this can be negotiated if needed for the right candidate.

Major/Essential Functions

The teaching assignment will consist predominately of online graduate courses with some opportunities to teach online undergraduate classes. The teaching load is seven courses per academic year (3/4) with the opportunity to teach additional courses during summer or intersessions for additional compensation.

Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.

The appointment will comprise 80% teaching/20% service.

Desired Qualifications

Successful applicants will hold a minimum of a master's degree in strategic communication or a related area (e.g., advertising, public relations, etc.). A Ph.D. in a media or communication field is preferred. The successful applicant should also have experience teaching online courses in public relations, advertising, digital communication, social media and/or strategic communication. Professional experience in applied communication settings and a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations are also desired.

College of Media & Communication

The College of Media & Communication (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/) at Texas Tech University offers bachelor's degrees in Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism, Creative Media Industries, Public Relations, and Media Strategies. 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 2,200 undergraduate majors, 250 MA students in three programs, and 40 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.

CoMC ranks among the nation's top colleges in media and communication. CoMC is ranked 39th out of more than 300 global programs in the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 – 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, 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

Texas Tech University is a public research university with an enrollment of over 38,000. 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. Texas Tech University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Texas Tech's current Quality Enhancement Plan is "Bear Our Banners Far and Wide: Communication in a Global Society." (www.depts.ttu.edu/globalcommunications). 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 of over 250,000.

Application Procedure

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply online at www.texastech.edu/careers, referencing the Requisition Number 19420BR. They will be asked to provide a cover letter that addresses the position requirements, a current curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, graduate transcripts, and a list of three references with current contact information included (names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers). The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States.

The search committee chair is Dr. Trent Seltzer, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Public Relations. Questions may be addressed to him at trent.seltzer@ttu.edu.


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