Morris Endowed Professor of Journalism

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University

Morris Endowed Professor of Journalism (Associate or Full)

Requisition Number: 26241BR

The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University invites applications for a tenured Associate or Full Professor of journalism supported by the Morris Endowment, which funds excellence in journalism education. This is a nine-month, full-time position. The successful candidate will be a nationally or internationally recognized scholar of journalism whose active research record and professional experience has explicitly foregrounded one of the following areas: 1. diversity, equity, and inclusion issues—including but not limited to Black or Hispanic journalism history; perspectives on diversity in the news industry; media representations of minoritized groups, the working class, or LGBTQ issues; or feminist media studies; 2) journalism and artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the investigation of big data sets; 3) international or comparative journalism history, practice, or systems; or 4) journalism and health, science, or environmental communication. The selected candidate will be reviewed for tenure and for the rank of Associate or Full Professor at Texas Tech, a Carnegie Tier 1 Research University. 

The Morris Professor will join the Department of Journalism & Creative Media Industries (JCMI) in the fall of 2022 and will be expected to work on Texas Tech's Lubbock campus. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a standard load of four face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid courses per academic year as assigned by the department chair, advising MA and Ph.D. students, and engaging in research, service, and outreach activities that benefit the department, college, and/or university.

Review of applications will begin December 5, 2021. Candidates should have their applications complete by this date in order to receive priority consideration.

Required Qualifications 

Candidates should have a completed Ph.D. and an active record of internationally recognized scholarship befitting a tenured faculty member at an R1 university. A strong record of teaching in journalism theory and practice is required, as is demonstrated experience in seeking substantial external support for research, teaching, and/or outreach activities. Applicants should have ample experience working with, covering, researching, and/or serving diverse communities and/or first-generation students, a desire to actively mentor students at Texas Tech, and the capacity to lead our department’s efforts to better serve an increasingly diverse student body.  

Preferred Qualifications 

We seek a dynamic and knowledgeable integrated scholar who will leverage relationships with the TTU Black Cultural Center, the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic & International Communication, the Women’s and Gender Studies program, or other relevant institutional partners to pursue transformative publication, grant seeking, service, outreach, and engagement outcomes. Candidates who can demonstrate previous success in obtaining external support for research are particularly desirable.  Applicants with experience in data journalism, investigative reporting, and/or independent/bilingual news production are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary and Endowment Details 

Base salary will be commensurate with rank, experience, and scholarly profile.

In addition, the successful candidate will oversee an annual Morris Endowment budget of about $25,000. The endowment funds travel, programming, and other expenditures related to the professorship’s mission of creating excellence in undergraduate journalism training and pedagogy. 

Summer teaching, if requested and available, would warrant an additional $5,000 per course, pending budget availability. 

College of Media & Communication

The College of Media & Communication (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/) at Texas Tech University serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate majors in five departments, 300 M.A. students in three programs, and 35 Ph.D. students. The college’s enrollment and credit hours have grown consistently for the last seven years; the number of full-time faculty has almost tripled; the area for college 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/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.

In addition to Hispanic and international communication, research strengths among college faculty include strategic, 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 (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 (comc.ttu.edu/research/hihic).

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is a public research university with an enrollment of over 40,000. 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” (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, diverse city of over 250,000.

Application Procedure

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must apply online at www.texastech.edu/careers, referencing the Requisition Number 26241BR.

For the Morris Professorship, candidates must submit a vision statement that clearly and concisely outlines (a) a plan of action for utilizing the Morris Endowment toward initiatives which investigate, develop, and/or improve emerging journalism practice in the context of Texas Tech’s journalism curriculum, its commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and its status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution; (b) how their professional experience, scholarly activity, and/or education prepare them to execute this plan; and (c) how their proposed action complements the research, teaching, and service offerings of JCMI, particularly with regard to serving students and stakeholders from historically minoritized populations.

Candidates should also submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names of and contact information for at least three professional references, official transcripts, and a teaching statement that includes the candidate's philosophy toward journalism pedagogy and any available evidence of teaching effectiveness. Any questions can be directed to the search chair, Dr. Miglena Sternadori (miglena.sternadori@ttu.edu).

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 welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

Please visit the college's website for more information: www.depts.ttu.edu/comc

Posted: 11/02/2021