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Assistant/Associate Professor, Philanthropy and Communication

The University of Texas at Arlington
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 29, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Community Outreach, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Employment Type
Full Time
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Situated within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, UT Arlington is a diverse academic community of students working together with faculty committed to outstanding teaching, research, and scholarship. With a global enrollment of approximately 60,000 students, The University of Texas at Arlington is the largest institution in North Texas. It is one of 131 universities nationwide to receive the R-1: Doctoral Universities—Very High Research Activity designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States. In 2021, UTA received the Texas Tier One designation reserved for the state’s top institutions for academic and research excellence. The University ranks No. 1 nationally in the Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and has approximately 240,000 alumni making an impact across Texas and beyond.


UTA currently requires periodic COVID-19 testing for all employees.


Position Description


The Department of Communication at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenure-stream position as Assistant/Associate Professor in Philanthropy and Communication to start in the Fall 2022 semester. 


The teaching load is nominally 5 courses per year but may be adjusted based upon significant research productivity and administrative/service duties that relate to the philanthropy major. The position entails efforts toward the continued development of the philanthropy major, recruiting students, and engaging community partners.


The successful applicant will be an exceptional educator and active researcher who can contribute significantly to a new Bachelor of Arts in Philanthropy degree. As a tenure-track or tenured faculty member, the individual selected will be expected to conduct publishable research in well-respected academic outlets in fields related to both communication and philanthropy, teach in our academic programs, and provide professional service to the school, campus, and the field. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their scholarship, teaching, and/or service.


The Bachelor of Arts in Philanthropy at UT Arlington is housed in the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts.  It is the result of an interdisciplinary partnership between the College of Liberal Arts and College of Business. The faculty member is expected to closely liaise with the College of Business. This position will work with other faculty in the Department of Communication, preparing students both academically and experientially, to enter the third largest workforce sector in the U.S, employing 10 percent of the nation’s population.


Preference will be given to applicants with teaching and research interests, qualifications, and/or experience related to one or more of the following areas: philanthropy, marketing, public relations, nonprofit management, health communication, and communication studies.


Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their scholarship, teaching, and/or service as well as a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

Required qualifications

  • Earned doctoral degree in Communication/Mass Communication, Philanthropic Studies, Nonprofit Management, or related field required.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience leading nonprofit organizations or philanthropic and communication activities
  • Training or experience in grant writing.

Department Information


To apply, please go to and submit the following by January 18, 2022 in order to ensure consideration:


  1. A cover letter that explains the candidate’s interest in UTA, qualifications especially related to experience establishing and leading a program in philanthropy/communication, research projects, teaching experience, and professional service and that addresses how the candidate’s research, teaching, and service has or would support the success of a diverse student population.
  2. A CV with relevant research and teaching.
  3. A vision for a philanthropy program situated in a communication department, preferably not to exceed 500 words.
  4. A substantive writing sample (e.g., dissertation chapter, article/book chapter).
  5. Names and contact information of three (3) references.

Please direct questions to Dr. Tom Christie at


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