Texas Tech University

Brian Ott Named New Chair of the Department of Communication Studies

George Watson

May 22, 2015

Ott has extensive administrative and research experience from his previous posts.

Brian Ott

Brian Ott, who was named the new chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Texas Tech University, will start his duties June 1 as the department continues its transition under the College of Media & Communication.

Ott comes to Texas Tech after serving as a professor of rhetorical and media studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. His research focus has been how the media equips the public to live their everyday lives.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Department of Communication Studies and the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech,” Ott said. “We live in a dynamic and rapidly changing communication environment, and I look forward to working with faculty in the department and across the college and campus to help better prepare our students for the unique challenges of life in the networked era.”

One of the original departments at Texas Tech, communication studies became the fourth degree offered in Media & Communication, joining Advertising, Journalism & Electronic Media and Public Relations.

Dean David Perlmutter said when the move was made official he hoped to have a new chair in place by the summer, and he is excited about what Ott brings to Texas Tech.

Media & Communication building
College of Media & Communication

“Dr. Ott is a renowned scholar and teacher in Communication Studies and is the right person at the right time to lead our department into a new era of growth and prosperity,” Perlmutter said.

Perlmutter said three new assistant professors have also been hired and will start in the fall, and a new director of forensics has been hired as well.

Ott's research has appeared in numerous journals concerning media and communication as well as authoring several studies on television and communication.

In his role at CU Denver, Ott served as associate department chairman for three years. He was responsible for conducting annual faculty evaluations, supervising lecturers and instructors, offering training and support for graduate assistants and overseeing courses. He also has experience in budgetary work and tenure evaluation.

Prior to CU Denver, Ott was a professor at Colorado State University where he served on the university's Diversity Advisory Committee, the President's Commission on Women and Gender Equity and the Board of Student Communications. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Western Journal of Communication and former president of the Western States Communication Association.