Job Details

Texas Tech University
  • Position Number: 2244038
  • Location: Lubbock, TX
  • Position Type: Communications - Media & Communication Studies

Associate Dean for Research & Sponsored Projects (Assoc/Full Prof.)
Media and Communication

Position Description
Contributes to the university's mission through teaching, research and service, some variation by academic unit.

Major/Essential Functions
The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University invites applications for an Associate Dean for Research & Sponsored Projects (ADRSP) beginning September 1, 2021. This person will help continue the Colleges success in the growth of sponsored research and broadly advance College strategic goals related to research, including leadership of the Colleges research mission, collaboration with academic units across campus and beyond, cultivation of partnerships outside the academic community, and more. Depending on skills and interest, the candidate may also serve as director of the Colleges Center for Communication Research (

The Associate Dean for Research & Sponsored Projects will lead efforts to mentor faculty in the pursuit of extramural funding; identify and build clusters of College faculty in various topical research specializations; partner with the CoMC and University development personnel to identify opportunities for private support for research activities; assist in the management of the CoMC sponsored projects; coordinate with our marketing team to promote College research activity; and champion and coordinate undergraduate and graduate (MA and PhD) research activities within the college.

In addition, this Associate Dean serves as the primary liaison with leadership across the University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to champion College research activity with the goal of promoting faculty and student research activities, as well as cultivating interdisciplinary partnerships.

The ADRSP will have a standard teaching load of two courses per year, typically a 1-1 load in the fall/spring. The Associate Deans allocation of effort will be 60% service/administration, 20% teaching, and 20% research Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. Pursuant to University O.P., appointment to this administrative appointment is separate from the candidates faculty appointment. The administrative appointment is made for three years, with the option for future renewal. The ADRSP will supervise the activities of a full-time lab manager as well as full-time grant writer within the College.

Required Qualifications
Academic degree as defined by the academic unit and as appropriate for the position held. Demonstrated record of effectiveness as a teacher, a record of peer reviewed publication and/or peer-reviewed creative activity which has contributed to the discipline or field of study, to the candidates intellectual and artistic development, and to the quality of the academic enterprise; a record of professional service appropriate to the discipline; promise of growth in teaching and research or artistic and creative activity

Preferred Qualifications
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in communication or a closely aligned field and have a record of scholarship and student mentorship that merits appointment at the rank of professor or advanced associate professor at a Carnegie R1 university. Candidates must be eligible to work as a tenured associate or full professor in the United States at the time of appointment.

Candidates must have a demonstrated record of securing extramural funding from either federal, state, and/or private sources. As part of the application, candidates must submit a vision statement that summarizes their plans for the growth in sponsored research within the College.

Candidates should also provide evidence of commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a plan to grow these efforts as it relates to the CoMCs research mission and goals.

Candidates must have a record of teaching excellence, including mentorship of Ph.D. and masters-level students as well as junior faculty. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.

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