Lecturer for Public Relations
CoMC Dept of PR
Contributes to the university's mission through teaching and service.
About the Department and/or College
COLLEGE OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATION
The Department of Public Relations
(https: // www. depts.ttu.edu/comc/programs/publicrelations/) is home to more
than 400 undergraduate majors, with nine tenure-line faculty, four professors
of practice, and several adjunct instructors. The College of Media &
Communication (https: // www. depts.ttu.edu/comc/) 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
highest-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 retention of students and
efficiency of graduation lead Texas Tech in many categories. 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
(https: // www. depts.ttu.edu/comc/diversity/).
Junior faculty hires from top doctoral programs in recent years reflect this
ascendance. Areas of research focus among the CoMC faculty include strategic
communication, science/health communication, gaming/AI, leadership
communication, interpersonal/organizational communication, and political
communication. Faculty employ a wide range of social scientific and
interpretive research methods. The College's Center for Communication Research
offers state-of-the-art facilities for studying audience responses to media
messages (https: // www. depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/ccr/). The Thomas Jay
Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication studies and
offers programs in Hispanic and international/intercultural communication
(https: // www. comc.ttu.edu/research/hihic).
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Texas Tech University is a public research university with an enrollment of
over 35,000. 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. Texas Tech University is
a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and Texas Tech's current Quality
Enhancement Plan is "Bear Our Banners Far and Wide: Communication in a Global
Society" (https: // 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 city of over 250,000.
The Department of Public Relations in the College of Media & Communication at
Texas Tech University invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track,
Lecturer beginning September 1, 2021. This person will teach undergraduate
courses in Public Relations and Media & Communication. Depending on skills and
interest, the candidate may also serve as the advisor to the Texas Tech
chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Service
duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular
activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.
The successful candidate must be able to teach undergraduate courses across
the Public Relations curriculum and general Media & Communication courses. The
teaching load is eight organized courses per academic year (four classes each
for fall and spring semesters) with the potential opportunity to teach
additional courses during summer or intersessions for additional compensation.
The appointment comprises 80% teaching and 20% service. It is expected that
five of the normally scheduled courses will be in Public Relations, and three
will be in Media & Communication.
Texas Tech University
Graduate degree in the teaching discipline or a closely aligned field. Ability
to teach effectively. Job assignment is full-time instruction. This position
will be classified as Security Sensitive and require a criminal background
check if selected for employment.
Candidates must have completed a master's degree in public relations, media &
communication, or a related field of study by the date of the appointment.
Candidates should have a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving
diverse populations. Successful candidates must be eligible to work in the
The successful applicant will exhibit a demonstrated commitment to excellence
in teaching courses in our undergraduate curriculum. Previous teaching
experience at the post-secondary level, as well as professional experience in
public relations or strategic communication is also desired.
Does this position work in a research laboratory?
Special Instructions to Applicants
Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, vision statement
for this position as outlined above, a statement of commitment to advancing
diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education, names of and contact
information for at least three professional references, and official
Cover Letter, Diversity Statement, Professional/Personal References, Resume /
CV, Statement of Vision or Purpose for the Position, Transcript
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual
selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the
institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the
institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.
Monday - Friday 8-5 and determined by teaching assignment
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.