Texas Tech University

Visiting Professor of Practice (Open Rank): Morris Professor of Emerging Journalism Practice

Requisition Number: 22614BR

The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University invites applications for a Visiting Professor of Practice in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media Industries beginning September 1, 2021 (Fall 2021). This position is offered as the Morris Professor of Emerging Journalism Practice, an inaugural fellowship seeking a faculty member who has made notable contributions to journalism in their professional career and whose experience significantly enhances our students' preparation and adaptability.

The successful candidate will be based on Texas Tech's Lubbock campus and be responsible for teaching online, hybrid, and/or terrestrial courses in the JCMI Department as assigned by the Chair. This is a 9-month position, annually renewable for two academic years, with the potential for a third year pending budget availability and performance review factors. The teaching load for this position is five courses per academic year, including one course release granted to accommodate additional demands associated with the Morris Professorship. The Morris Professorship comes with an annual operating budget of approximately $25,000 designed to support research, curriculum development, programming, grant-seeking, and/or outreach efforts related to emerging journalism practice. Although summer teaching is not guaranteed, it can be requested, and, when available, would warrant an additional $5000 per summer course (pending budget availability).

The Instructor will join a growing department overseeing undergraduate degree programs in Journalism and Creative Media Industries, preparing students to enter fields such as multimedia journalism, film/television, interactive media, photography, and radio/broadcasting, among many others.

Required Qualifications

Candidates should have a strong background and resume of accomplished experience in journalism practice and be capable of translating that experience into (a) classroom instruction for teaching undergraduate and graduate students and (b) scholarship and/or grants initiatives focused on emerging journalism practice. A Master's degree in a Media & Communication field is required, as is a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse audiences and student populations. For the Morris Professorship, candidates must submit a vision statement that clearly and concisely outlines (a) a three-year plan of action for utilizing the Morris Endowment toward initiatives which investigate, develop, and/or improve emerging journalism practice, (b) how their professional experience, education, and/or research position them to execute this plan, and (c) how their proposed action compliments the research, teaching, and service offerings of JCMI.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior teaching experience is not strictly required for this position, but candidates with at least some classroom experience will be advantaged in the review process. Applicants with experience in non-traditional, independent, or bilingual journalism environments are especially encouraged to apply, as are candidates with particularly strong data journalism skills. Experience applying for grants is welcome. Our intent is to bring outstanding and collegial faculty who value excellence in teaching and who can make positive contributions in service, outreach, and engagement. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable, and a desire to effectively advise and mentor students outside the classroom is strong indicator of success.

College of Media & Communication

The College of Media & Communication (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/) at Texas Tech University serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate majors in five departments, 300 MA students in three programs, and 35 Ph.D. students. Its enrollment and credit hours offered have grown consistently for the last seven years. CoMC is the #1 Rated Research Unit the TTU system per the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking). Its private and state grants initiatives have skyrocketed in recent years, achieving its 2025 grants goals in Fall 2020. It maintains high standards for teaching, even as its reputation as a media research center expands. CoMC metrics for retention of students and efficiency of graduation lead Texas Tech in many categories. The college is proud that Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine recently ranked it 19th nationally for graduating Hispanic/Latinx students and individuals and teams in the college have won awards for their dedication to diversity and inclusion (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/diversity/). Junior faculty hires from top doctoral programs in recent years reflect this ascendance. In addition to Hispanic and international communication, research strengths among college faculty include strategic, science/health, gaming/AI, leadership, interpersonal/organizational, and political communication as well as social scientific research methods. The College's Center for Communication Research offers state-of-the-art facilities for studying audience responses to media messages (www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/ccr/). The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication studies and offers programs in Hispanic and international/intercultural communication (comc.ttu.edu/research/hihic).

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is a public research university with an enrollment of over 35,000. 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 was recently designated 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" (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. Candidates must apply online  at www.texastech.edu/careers, referencing the Requisition Number 22614BR. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a Morris Professorship vision statement as outlined above, a teaching statement including the candidate's philosophy toward journalism pedagogy and any available evidence of teaching effectiveness, names of and contact information for at least three professional references, and official transcripts. Any questions can be directed to the search chairs, Dr. Robert Peaslee (robert.peaslee@ttu.edu) and Dr. Miglena Sternadori (miglena.sternadori@ttu.edu).

EEO Statement

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: www.depts.ttu.edu/comc