Instructor in Professional Communication REQ# 23159BR

Texas Tech University-College of Media & Communication
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 05, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The Department of Professional Communication at Texas Tech University’s College of Media & Communication invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track Instructor to assist with the teaching mission of the department and college. This full-time instructor will teach courses on the TTU main campus in Lubbock, Texas, as assigned.


We seek an instructor who has demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching in disciplines including Business Communication, Professional Communication, or other related field.  The teaching assignment will consist of undergraduate courses in business and professional communication. This is a one-year renewable appointment based on satisfactory performance, teaching need, and/or available funding.


The teaching load is eight courses per academic year (4/4) with the opportunity to teach additional courses during summer or intersessions for additional compensation. The appointment will comprise 80% teaching and 20% service.  This position will be classified as Security Sensitive and requires a criminal background check if selected for employment.


Candidates should have completed at least a master’s degree in a communication-related field of study by July 1, 2020. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence with a diverse record of teaching experience that includes expertise in professional communication, corporate communication, or strategic communication. Successful candidates must be eligible to work and accept a full-time faculty position in the United States.


A record of success in on-campus and online course development and delivery as well as industry experience in applied communication and/or corporate training is preferable. Also preferred is demonstrable potential to contribute through teaching and/or service to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


The College of Media & Communication ( 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 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, many in partnership with HSTEM researchers. It maintains high standards for teaching, even as its reputation as a media and communication research center expands.


CoMC metrics for retention of students and efficiency of graduation lead Texas Tech in many categories. Among its signatures are innovative and globally unique teaching programs with the schools of business and nursing. 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 ( ). 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 media and communication, strategic communication, 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 ( The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication offers programs in Hispanic and international/intercultural communication (



Texas Tech University is a public national research university with an enrollment of over 40,000. 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. Significant to the Harris Institute's mission, the university has exceeded 25% Hispanic enrollment, qualifying it for Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) status. Texas Tech University is recognized as a Carnegie Tier 1 Research University. The university is located in Lubbock, Texas, a vibrant city of 249,000.



Review of applications will begin on Monday, April 5, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply online at, referencing the Requisition #23159BR.


Candidates will be asked to provide a cover letter of application, a current curriculum vita/resume, teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts, and a list of three references with names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. Please address any questions to the search committee co-chairs: Dr. Kelli Cargile Cook ( , Department Chair, or Ms. Lara Mandrell ( ), Director of Business Communication.



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, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.


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