Lecturer for Public Relations

Texas Tech University

United States

July 10, 2021

Description

Lubbock

Lecturer for Public Relations

24284BR

CoMC Dept of PR

Position Description

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.

Major/Essential Functions

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.

TEACHING 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.

Organization

Texas Tech University

Required Qualifications

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.

Preferred Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS 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 United States.

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?

No

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 transcripts.

Required Attachments

Cover Letter, Diversity Statement, Professional/Personal References, Resume / CV, Statement of Vision or Purpose for the Position, Transcript

Job Type

Full Time

Pay Basis

Monthly

Pay Statement

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.

Travel Required

None

Shift

Day

Schedule Details

Monday - Friday 8-5 and determined by teaching assignment

Grant Funded?

No

Job Group

NonTenure track

EEO Statement

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.

Salary Grade

800

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