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Assistant Professor of Journalism

Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
Commensurate with rank and experience
Date posted
Aug 16, 2023

Requisition Number: 34115BR

The Department of Journalism & Creative Media Industries within the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University is looking for an Assistant Professor of Journalism with a research and teaching focus on current and emerging forms of journalism. Areas of scholarly interest rest at the intersection of journalism and technology. Possible areas of teaching interest include but are not limited to data journalism, AI journalism, journalism and social media, podcasting, or multimedia journalism. Professional experience with reporting a variety of beats - including but not limited to government, business, or sports - is welcome.

This opportunity is for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, and both early career scholars as well as those at the advanced Assistant Professor stage are encouraged to apply. Candidates with a completed Ph.D. degree and teaching experience are preferred, but advanced ABDs with strong potential for scholarly productivity and effective teaching will be considered. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2024, with faculty expected on duty in mid-August 2024, although opportunities for an earlier start may be available.

Committee review of applications will begin September 1, 2023. The search committee chair is Dr. Robert Peaslee, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Journalism & Creative Media Industries. Questions may be addressed to

Application Procedure:

Candidates must apply online at, referencing the Requisition Number 34115BR. Candidates should submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications per the described criteria below; a detailed CV chronicling their academic and/or professional credentials; a teaching philosophy that describes their commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentorship; and names and contact information for three professional references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a communication-related field.
  • Record of active research productivity that explores issues at the intersection of journalism and technology.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated record of teaching excellence in the area of journalism.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work as a tenure-track assistant professor in the United States at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • In addition to the above required qualifications, teaching experience focused on the italicized areas above is highly desired.
  • Candidates with demonstrated professional experience in journalism are preferred.
  • Technical knowledge in the field of AI (Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Algorithm development, Open AI)
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.
  • Experience mentoring and/or collaborating with undergraduate and/or graduate students is highly desirable.

Candidates must be able to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media Industries related to their research and/or professional expertise. Successful candidates will advise and mentor highly motivated master's and doctoral students, engage in governance, and perform service at the department, college, university, and professional levels. Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to engaged scholarship. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, typically a 2-2 load, with opportunities to teach in summer for additional compensation, if desired.


The Department of Journalism & Creative Media Industries (JCMI) emphasizes experiential education opportunities that provide immersive learning environments, leading its approximately 600 students to produce a robust portfolio of content with support from peer, faculty, alumni, and industry mentors. In producing their work, JCMI students are encouraged from their first day in our degree programs to take advantage of opportunities to get busy writing and producing, and plug in to our robust, collaborative content culture.

Made up of sixteen full-time faculty, supported by graduate student and part-time faculty from a variety of backgrounds, JCMI offers new faculty and students a diverse slate of teachers, mentors, and collaborators. JCMI faculty are leaders in their respective areas, scholars and practitioners of international stature.

JCMI faculty serve as faculty advisors to a number of student organizations and production opportunities, including the Society for Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, The Daily Toreador, The Hub@TTU, Tech Creative Media Association, KTXT-FM 88.1 The Raider, and Tech Esports, among others. JCMI also fosters close relationships with on-campus partners, such as KTTZ-TV Channel 5 (PBS), KTTZ-FM 89.1 (NPR), and Tech Athletics, as well as four local broadcast news outlets and Lubbock's daily newspaper, the Avalanche-Journal.


The College of Media & Communication 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.

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. Affiliates of the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic & International Communication engage in teaching, research and community outreach related to Hispanic and international/intercultural communication.

Please visit the college's website for more information: 


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”. 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.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

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