Assistant or Associate Professor of Technical Communication & Rhetoric – Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University – Department of English

Assistant or Associate Professor of Technical Communication & Rhetoric

Position Description

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

About the Department and/or College

Texas Tech University is designated a Carnegie Tier One (Highest Research Activity) institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). It has a law school, a medical school, and colleges of Arts and Sciences, Agriculture, Architecture, Business Administration, Engineering, Human Sciences, Media and Communication, and Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of these, representing approximately 29% of the total enrollment of 40,000. The university is located in Lubbock, a rapidly growing city of more than 300,000 on the high plains. Lubbock enjoys 260 days of sunshine every year, little traffic, and a relatively low cost of living.

Major/Essential Functions

Texas Tech University’s Technical Communication & Rhetoric program in the Department of English invites applications for an assistant or associate professor position in technical communication to begin August 2023. This is a 9-month appointment. We are especially interested in applicants who specialize in technical communication with research and teaching that focuses in web design, usability, user experience, interaction design, scientific writing, content/project management, editing, and/or grant writing. Preference will be given to applicants with a PhD in Technical Communication.

Applicants with administrative experience, online teaching experience, and a record of scholarship supported by funding are strongly encouraged to apply. Service to the department, college, and university is expected, including program-building as well as graduate teaching. The teaching load is 2-2, with further teaching reductions possible for administrative or national service. With around 120 students in our robust graduate program, our fifteen faculty have opportunities to teach graduate courses in our areas of interest, and we all serve on dissertation committees.

We offer the BA in Technical Communication, the MA in Technical Communication, and the PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric in onsite, hybrid, and online delivery modalities. We also offer graduate certificates in Grants & Proposals and in Teaching Technical Communication. Our program affords excellent facilities, including communication-rich computer classrooms, and opportunities to conduct research through the Usability Research Lab, the Media Lab, and the Letterpress Studio. Our university’s strategic plan emphasizes educating and empowering a diverse student body, enabling innovative research and creative activities, and transforming lives and communities through outreach and engaged scholarship. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.


Texas Tech University

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Technical Communication.

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 candidate’s 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

Safety Information

Adherence to robust safety practices and compliance with all applicable health and safety regulations are responsibilities of all TTU employees.

Does this position work in a research laboratory?


Special Instructions to Applicants

See for more information. If you are interested in working with passionate, productive colleagues and motivated, talented students, please apply for one of these positions through with a letter of application and vita. Dossiers solicited later from exceptionally qualified candidates. Candidates must apply by September 23, 2022. Send direct inquiries to the search committee chair, Dr. Jason Tham (

Required Attachments

Cover Letter, Resume / CV

Job Type

Full Time

Pay Basis


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 by visiting

Travel Required




Grant Funded?


Job Group

Full Professor

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 applicants, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

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