Full Professor Department Chair of Professional Communication
September 27th, 2022

Job Description

The College of Media & Communication (CoMC) at Texas Tech University is seeking a visionary academic leader to continue to build a recently created academic department, grow a new undergraduate degree program, mentor a team of faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, service, research, and grants within the wide-ranging disciplines and industries of professional communication, and increase representation and programs at branch sites throughout Texas and online.

CoMC is seeking a colleague with a demonstrated record of academic leadership in communication, as well as a national reputation in teaching, research, and service. This is a full-time tenured position at the rank of full professor. In addition to administrative duties, the chair will teach a 1:1 load. Compensation is very competitive. Anticipated start date is fall 2023.

Job Responsibilities


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 & Professional Communication, Media Strategies, and Business Communication

·         Plan, develop, assess, and schedule online, hybrid, and face-to-face curriculum for multiple campuses

·         Foster interdisciplinary partnerships internal and external to CoMC; in particular, work closely with the Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University on existing 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

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

Job Qualifications


·         Ph.D. or Ed.D. in an academic discipline related to communication

·         At least three years of higher education administrative experience

·         Record of teaching, research, and service that merit appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure at an R1 institution

·         Have an active research program in an area related to professional communication, broadly defined

·         Established record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion

·         Successful record of working with and supporting faculty who have a diverse range of professional backgrounds, research interests, and teaching expertise

·         Experience in distance or online education



·         Experience in higher education budgeting

·         Professional experience in professional communication or a related area

·         Successful oversight of tenure and promotion cases

·         Experience acquiring or pursuing external funding

·         Experience in or willingness to support successful donor and alumni relations


How to Apply


Review of applications will begin on October 21, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply online at www.texastech.edu/careers, referencing the Requisition Number 30541BR. Candidates will be asked to provide a letter of application describing their research interests, administrative experience, teaching experience, professional experiences, and why they are interested in growing a newly established academic department; a statement of diversity; a current curriculum vitae; graduate transcripts; and a list of three references with names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. The search committee chair is Dr. Amy Koerber. Questions may be addressed to her at amy.koerber@ttu.edu or +1 (806) 834-8241.



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 minoritized candidates, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

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


Additional Information


As the newest department in the College of Media & Communication, the Department of Professional Communication has found success in its mission to offer marketable and workplace-transferable courses through its two growing undergraduate majors in Digital Media & Professional Communication (DMPC) and Media Strategies (MDST) to over 300 students. Faculty share expertise in a wide range of areas, such as business, organizational, political, and professional communication, and are notably versatile, with almost half serving exclusively online and at regional campuses, extending accessibility and flexibility to a diverse student population. Equipped with extensive skill sets, DMPC and MDST graduates are trained to work as corporate and business communication specialists, coordinators, managers, and entrepreneurs and can run their own communication businesses or manage an organization’s communication needs. Professional communication students’ education is marked by its breadth of study across communication disciplines, as opposed to depth within a single specialization.




The College of Media & Communication (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/) at Texas Tech University serves approximately 2500 students across its undergraduate majors and graduate programs. The college’s enrollment and credit hours have grown consistently for the last seven years; the number of full-time faculty has almost tripled; and the area for facilities has increased more than 40%. CoMC is the #1 rated research unit in 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 student retention and graduation rates are near the top at Texas Tech in many categories. The college is proud that Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine recently ranked it 19th nationally for graduating Hispanic/Latino 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/).


Research strengths among college faculty include Hispanic and international, strategic, science/health, gaming/AI, leadership, interpersonal/organizational, and political communication, as well as social scientific research methods. 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 is a public research university with an enrollment of more than 40,000 students. It offers over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 100 master’s 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 countries. TTU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and the university’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, diverse city of almost 300,000 residents.


Posted By
Lisa Rios

The College of Media & Communication (CoMC) at Texas Tech University is seeking a visionary academic leader with a demonstrated record of academic leadership in communication, as well as a national reputation in teaching, research, and service. 


Lubbock, TX

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