Texas Tech University Chair, Department of Communication Studies

Texas Tech University Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Monday, April 1, 2013 (All day)


Texas Tech University Chair, Department of Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies at Texas Tech University invites applications for the position of chairperson to begin no later than September 1, 2013. The Department seeks a visionary leader who fosters inclusive faculty governance and a collegial departmental community. This individual will guide the administration of academic tracts, which currently include organizational communication, interpersonal communication, and communication and public affairs. Applicants should have academic credentials commensurate with appointment to the rank of tenured professor, and must have administrative experience that includes: managing budgets, supervising instructors and staff, assessing academic programs, and facilitating the department's contributions to the university's pursuit of its strategic goals.

Preference will be given to individuals with a national or international reputation who can contribute to one or more of the department's core areas of research and teaching, an active research agenda, and a strong teaching record.  Other preferred characteristics include experience working cooperatively with faculty and students of diverse disciplines, the ability to provide leadership in realizing the department's strategic vision, promoting the humanities and social sciences, addressing the challenges of public higher education, and cultivating 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 will have the ability to provide leadership and mentoring to increase the department's external funding. The chair will foster and create external relationships that further the research, teaching, and service goals of faculty in the Department.

Texas Tech University is a growing public research university, with a law school and medical school as well as colleges of Arts and Sciences, Agriculture, Architecture, Business Administration, Engineering, Human Sciences, Mass Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts. The Department of Communication Studies is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.  The College represents approximately 30% of the 32,000 at Texas Tech. The Department of Communication Studies offers B.A. and M.A. degrees. We have 10 tenured faculty members, 175 undergraduate majors, and 25 graduate majors. Texas Tech is located in Lubbock, Texas, a West Texas city with a population of more than 234,000 residents.  A large portion of Lubbock's economy is related to farming and ranching activities.  Lubbock and its surrounding communities offer quality medical and health services and have relatively large aging and Latino populations.  The Lubbock area offers a variety of arts, music and outdoor activities.

Candidates must apply online at jobs.texastech.edu - Requisition Number 88106 or http://jobs.texastech.edu/postings/52025, attaching a letter of application and curriculum vita by April 1, 2013 to receive full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Letters of recommendation will be solicited later from exceptionally qualified candidates. Please direct inquiries to Melanie Hart, Chair of the Search Committee, at melanie.hart@ttu.edu. The filling of this position is dependent upon budgetary approval.

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


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