The assistant professors will administer 2-plus-2 programs at community colleges.
The Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication is creating two full-time faculty positions for assistant professors of practice based in Waco and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
College of Media & Communication Dean David Perlmutter said the new faculty members will be an integral part of the college's mission to grow and create a network that extends beyond the Lubbock area.
“This is the beginning of a new, exciting and transformative chapter for our college,” Perlmutter said. “We can now reach students who, because of personal, family, financial or other circumstances, could not matriculate in Lubbock. In addition, the growing and stronger ties with the business, government, nonprofit and alumni communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Waco areas and beyond will be of great benefit to all our students for their studies and their future.”
The professors of practice will be based at community colleges in Dallas and Waco to administer the 2-plus-2 degree program. This includes teaching online in the college's undergraduate and professional master's of arts programs and on site in hybrid classes. They will be based at existing offices on site and will help the college recruit for programs there and in Lubbock.
Texas Tech Interim Provost Michael Galyean said he thinks the process of establishing the college's faculty members in Dallas and Waco will benefit the students at each campus.
“We are excited the College of Media & Communication will be expanding Texas Tech's footprint by offering new degree programs at regional sites,” Galyean said. “Placing faculty members at these locations will be a great way to ensure the success of the programs and provide the quality student-faculty interaction that is a hallmark of a Texas Tech degree.”
Lewis Snell, director of the Texas Tech University at Waco program, said he hopes the additional faculty will help facilitate students who want to pursue bachelor's degrees in Waco, followed by online graduate degrees from Texas Tech.
“We feel fortunate that Dr. Perlmutter, Dr. Todd Chambers, and Dr. Kevin Stoker have selected Waco as one of the regional sites to expand,” Snell said. “We have seen a recent increase in enrollment and think any new degree options will help maintain the growth in central Texas.”
“They allow excellent students to receive a high-quality Texas Tech degree without relocating to Lubbock,” Hart said. “Many of the students at our regional sites have other responsibilities, such as families and jobs, and they often would not be able to continue their education if it were not for these partnerships. I am very appreciative of the College of Media & Communication's willingness to offer new degree programs for these students.”
For more information on specific qualifications and details on how to apply, please visit the program's website.