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Chair and Open Rank Professor - Communication

University of St. Thomas
Houston, TX
Closing date
Jul 11, 2024

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Chair and Open Rank Professor


The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, invites applications from outstanding candidates for a visionary scholar/teacher, and accomplished program manager, steeped in the liberal arts, to fill a full-time, open rank position in Communication to assume the role of Department Chair and lead the program. The start date for the position is August 2024.

The successful candidate must demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset with regard to program innovation and be able to energize the technical/professional and philosophical/research dimensions of the program for global impact. UST's Communication program is ready for a leader able to capitalize on cross-campus connections, to build an interdisciplinary program for the current age.

  • A Ph.D. in Communication, Digital Media, Information, Journalism or Political Science.
  • Previous experience as a department chair or higher is preferred.
  • Excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • A commitment to the university's mission.

Applicants must provide:
  1. Comprehensive cover letter addressing qualifications for the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Evidence of a commitment to teaching excellence
  4. Three professional letters of recommendation.
  5. A reflective response on Ex Corde Ecclesiae .

A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted by email to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Andrew Hayes (

The University of St. Thomas is committed to hiring faculty who can help it not only fulfill its integrated mission - the formation of the whole person for flourishing in this life and the next - but also advance it in new ways. The University's Catholic identity is the center of this mission, a Catholicism expressed for our own age by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope St. John Paul II's Ex Corde Ecclesiae. The University asks all candidates applying for this position to consider these documents to ensure their professional goals and practices can align with them.

While applicants need not be Catholic, they must be able to support the University as it seeks to be faithful to and embody the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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