Full Job Description
Media and Communication
Contributes to the university's mission through teaching, research and service, some variation by academic unit.
The Department of Communication Studies at Texas Tech University invites applications for the position of chair to begin no later than September 1, 2020. We seek a visionary leader to continue and to build upon recent department growth and successes. Applicants should have academic credentials commensurate with appointment to the rank of associate or full professor, and must have supervisory administrative experience that includes managing budgets, promoting the professional development of faculty and staff, assessing academic programs, establishing interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaborations, and facilitating the department’s contributions and outcomes consistent with the university’s strategic goals.
The next chair will be an individual with a national or international reputation who will contribute to one or more of the department’s core areas of research and teaching, have an active research agenda, and evidence a strong record of teaching effectiveness, including mentoring graduate students. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to work cooperatively with faculty and students of diverse disciplines, to provide leadership in realizing the strategic vision of the university, college, and department; to promote the humanities and social sciences in a STEM-rich university environment; to address various challenges of public higher education; and to cultivate civic engagement.
It is expected that the chair will be engaged in scholarship or creative activities that attract external funding (e.g., fellowships, grants), and provide leadership to increase the faculty’s external funding. The chair will develop external relationships that help to further the research, teaching, and service outcomes of faculty. The chair will also have service duties, including program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. 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 2019.
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 more than 2,000 undergraduate majors, about 270 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 MediaScience Research Lab. As of 2018 CoMC is rated 34th in the world for communication research by the Shanghai Academic Index.
Candidates must attach the following:
Administrative Philosophy Statement
PhD or EdD transcript
Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply. Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, university, and community is expected.
Academic degree as defined by the academic unit and as appropriate for the position held. Demonstrated record of effectiveness as a teacher, a record of peer reviewed publication and/or peer-reviewed creative activity which has contributed to the discipline or field of study, to the candidate’s intellectual and artistic development, and to the quality of the academic enterprise; a record of professional service appropriate to the discipline; promise of growth in teaching and research or artistic and creative activity
Ph.D. or Ed.D. in academic discipline related to communication
At least two 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 for an R1 institution
An active research program in a related area
Established record of advancing diversity and inclusion
Leadership experience at a R1 institution
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
Ability to foster interdisciplinary partnerships internal and external to the College
Demonstrated success in developing outreach to local, regional, national and international employers
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.