This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.
The Department of Communication Studies in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Communication Studies, specializing in communication technology, for appointment beginning in August 2024. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Communication Studies by August 2024 and provide evidence of skilled teaching and peer-reviewed scholarship.
We seek applications from teacher-scholars who can contribute to the department’s social scientific approach to the study of communication, and we welcome scholars who employ quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodologies. We are particularly interested in scholars who examine communication technology at the intersection of one or more of the following areas: health, interpersonal, organizational, social influence, or intercultural communication. Successful candidates will teach one of the department’s core courses (communication theory, public speaking, interpersonal communication, or organizational communication), which are required for undergraduate Communication Studies majors, and will teach or develop courses related to their area of specialization at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The standard annual teaching load is 3-2.
We seek candidates who are committed to providing students with an active, supportive learning environment, advancing knowledge through theoretically and practically significant scholarship, and contributing to the inclusive excellence of our university community. Evidence of experience mentoring and collaborating in a diverse environment is a plus. The position offers opportunities to teach and engage in research utilizing resources provided by the college’s Schieffer Media Insights Lab. Additionally, there may be opportunities to teach in interdisciplinary programs in comparative race and ethnic studies, women and gender studies, and undergraduate honors.
The Department of Communication Studies is housed in the Moudy South Building. Our instructional spaces include writeable walls, dual camera/microphone systems, updated computer technology, and moveable furniture. Over 90% of our courses are taught in the Moudy South building in close proximity to our faculty offices, enhancing student engagement and administrative support. In addition to providing courses for over 500 majors and minors, the Communication Studies department provides courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum oral communication essential competency.
In 2023, the Schieffer College celebrates the 10th anniversary of its naming for TCU alumnus and longtime CBS network TV correspondent Bob Schieffer. The college is the academic home for four departments: Communication Studies; Film, Television and Digital Media; Journalism; and Strategic Communication. Some 1,250 undergraduate student majors complete coursework in areas that include: Advertising and Public Relations; Cinema and Media Studies; Digital and Social Media; Health Communication and Media; Interpersonal and Organizational Communication; Journalism and News Media Studies; and Sports Broadcasting. About 30 graduate students pursue master’s degrees in Communication Studies or Strategic Communication, and some 60 full-time and 15 part-time faculty teach in the college. The college’s award-winning student experiential learning activities include print, video and digital news media, a speech and debate team, an advertising and public relations agency, a radio station, and sports broadcasting productions. The college also offers a number of off-campus study options to students.
Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.
Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.
At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.
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Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.
Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.
Applications must include a cover letter that addresses the position requirements, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of three academic references with current contact information included. Applications must be submitted electronically through the TCU HR system.
All questions regarding the application process should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-257-7790. Review of applications begins September 29 and will continue until the position is filled.
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