These full-time faculty positions are on-campus and in-person.
The Department of Strategic Communication in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, invites applications for two full-time tenure-track assistant professor positions in strategic communication to begin in the 2024-2025 academic year. We seek candidates with expertise in advertising and/or public relations, including in the following areas: interactive, digital, and social media strategies, tactics, and management for advertising and/or public relations; media/channel planning; digital analytics and measurement for web content and social media; or other related aspects of integrated digital communication; content creation, including video; strategic communication law and/or ethics; sports communication; and public and/or nonprofit communication.
Applicants must be able to teach a variety of introductory and upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in our program, including, for example: introductory advertising, introductory public relations, writing, research, campaigns, case management, digital and social media analytics, or other required courses in the major, and have an interest in teaching/creating new electives. Successful candidates may also have the opportunity to participate with Roxo, our student-led strategic communication agency, the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Bateman Competition, our TCU Nonprofit Communicators’ Conference, and provide leadership and/or support for our post-baccalaureate Certified Public Communicator Program (CPC). Successful candidates may also benefit from the Schieffer Media Insights Lab, which is the college’s new social media research and teaching facility.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. (ABD considered if degree completed before fall 2024) in a relevant field (e.g., advertising, public relations, strategic communication, communication, marketing, consumer psychology). Candidates should also show evidence of research productivity or promise.
Related professional experience and strong relationships with the advertising and/or PR industry are highly desirable. Evidence of experience mentoring and collaborating in a diverse environment is valued. 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. Opportunities to teach in interdisciplinary programs in comparative race and ethnic studies, women and gender studies, and undergraduate honors may be available to successful candidates. The teaching load for tenure-stream faculty is 2-3 or 3-2, with course reductions offered in the first year and fourth year to support their progress toward tenure and promotion.
The Department of Strategic Communication is TCU's home for advertising, public relations, and new media. Through the theories, methods, and practices of strategic communication taught by highly regarded teachers, scholars, and professionals, students learn to create effective, innovative, and responsible stories about brands and organizations, solving real-world communication challenges. The Department of Strategic Communication is one of four departments in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, housed in the Moudy South Building, and serves more than 400 majors. In addition to state-of-the-art facilities, which include writeable walls, updated classroom and computer technology, and adaptable furniture, the Department of Strategic Communication also has cutting-edge educational experiences from the student-run strategic communication agency, Roxo, to the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) and guided internships.
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.
University & Fort Worth Description:
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.
ABOUT FORT WORTH
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 October 9 and will continue until the position is filled.
As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
TCU is all about the experience. This is a place where students learn how to adapt to whatever the future might bring, develop critical thinking skills and expand their creativity. With a choice of rigorous academic programs in 130 undergraduate areas of study, 61 master’s level programs and 24 areas of doctoral study, Horned Frogs have opportunities to search for meaning and examine values, yet graduate well-prepared for professional accomplishment. Whether in the fine arts or business or engineering, Horned Frogs can develop their full creative potential here. For example, both MBA and undergraduate students at the Neeley School of Business benefit from an experience ranked at the top by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report — not in spite of, but because of, the focus on the individual. At TCU, professors love being in the classroom. These mentoring teacher-scholars also conduct well-published, leading-edge research, often with undergraduates at their sides. Horned Frogs live, learn and play 24-7 in a 277-acre setting in a vibrant city. They work out in state-of-the-art recreation facilities, catch Big 12 NCAA athletic competition and participate in 200+ organizati...ons, all without leaving the campus. That’s when they’re not providing thousands of hours of volunteer service to their community, interning in New York or LA, practicing journalism in Washington, D.C., experiencing international business in China or perfecting Spanish in Seville. It’s how Horned Frogs are learning to change the world.