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Assistant Professor Communication Studies

Salt Lake Community College
Job Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Media and Communication Studies
If faculty, tenure track status: Tenure Track

Reports to (title): Associate Dean

Department: Div of Comm & Performing Arts (School of Arts, Comm, Media)-2T1

Requisition Number: F21011

Position Type: New position

Initial Work Location: South City Campus

Starting Salary: Commensurate upon experience

Open Until Filled: Yes

Priority Review Date: 07/09/2021

Job Summary

The Salt Lake Community College Communication Department seeks a tenure-track faculty member who compliments the diverse population of Salt Lake City. The successful candidate will not only join a vibrant department, but find Salt Lake City the cultural epicenter of a growing and changing Utah-all within reach of 5 national parks, world class skiing, and an endless variety of outdoor activities.

Salt Lake Community College strives to be a model for inclusive and transformative education, strengthening the communities we serve through the success of our students. We engage and support students in educational pathways leading to successful transfer and meaningful employment. We don't just state our values; we live them through dedicated, collective effort. Our values ground our future endeavors and help us realize our mission of being an open-access, comprehensive community college committed to the transfer education and workforce needs of our students.

We especially value equity-minded faculty with a theoretical understanding, and experience with high-impact practices (HIPs) for our open-access student population. The successful applicant will join a vital and innovative department whose members are reflective and knowledgeable practitioners. Our converged talent, faculty and students, produce a quality educational experience unmatched by other two-year colleges. Under supervision of the Associate Dean, the successful candidate will teach a variety of courses across multiple modalities, as well as fulfill committee and related tasks as assigned.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties
  1. Develop, teach, and coordinate face-to-face, online, hybrid, and remote instruction in communication to include argumentation, public speaking, interpersonal, and more.
  2. Teach a full class load; assess and maintain accurate student performance records; provide students with clear assignment descriptions and grading criteria and respond with adequate and timely feedback.
  3. Utilize diverse methodologies, rigorous assessment, and consistent course content.
  4. Participate in curriculum development, textbook assessment, course and program assessment.
  5. Maintain regularly scheduled office hours.
  6. Advise students on their academic program requirements.
  7. Participate in and serve on department, division, school, community, and/or college committees as needed to assist in policy development, curriculum development, procedures, or other matters that benefit the department, division, school, community, and/or College.
  8. Demonstrate commitment to professional development and commitment to making significant contributions to the Communication Department.
  9. Attend New Faculty Orientation sessions.
  10. If needed, be willing to travel to multiple SLCC locations.
  11. Accept other duties as assigned and attend regularly scheduled meetings.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued


POSITION TITLE: Full-Time Faculty

a. Become familiar with, and abide by, all college policies with immediate priority given to those policies that govern interactions with colleagues, staff, administrators, and departments throughout the organization.

b. Maintain professional etiquette in communications with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

c. Work closely with department peers and administrators to understand processes and procedures that lead to becoming a successful teacher and contributing member of the academic unit.


a. Creates an effective, supportive learning environment for students regardless of the delivery method.

b. Teaches courses consistent with department procedures, appropriate Course Curriculum Outline (CCO), and catalog description.

c. Provides each student with a syllabus (paper or online) at the first class meeting that complies with department procedure and the CCO.

d. Teaches assigned classes at the scheduled time and place and meets during required contact hours.

e. Demonstrates the incorporation of active and applied learning in courses taught (hands-on and engaged activities).

f. Provides appropriate and timely feedback for all assignments.

g. Promotes the development of critical thinking among students.

h. Actively participates in the update and production of new curriculum development and related activities as a contributing team member of the program area, department, campus, college, and state.

i. Maintains and posts teaching schedule. Maintains significant campus presence to respond to instruction and daily needs of students, departments, college, and community. Meets with students outside of class-a minimum of 5 hours/week in person or on-line.

j. Is available to teach courses at times directed by the academic needs of the program and availability of staffing pool. The department recommends final teaching assignments with the final decision by the Academic Administrator.

k. Returns graded assignments in a timely fashion per department standards.

l. Consistently improve course quality, design and course integrity through participation in the college-wide assessment of student learning.

m. Maintains student attendance records (for Financial Aid purposes) and grades.

n. Conducts a variety of appropriate evaluations of student performance. Informs students of progress to date periodically and assigns and submits grades by published deadlines.

o. Assists in maintaining a safe and mutually respectful instructional environment. Prepares and submits incident reports to the Dean of Student Services for inappropriate student behavior as defined by the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy.

p. Uses appropriate resources and technology in the delivery of courses.

q. Collaborates with colleagues for instructional improvement.

r. Maintains professional and collegial behavior.

s. Coordinates and supervises internships and clinical experiences for students as assigned.

t. Responds to voicemail and email communication promptly (generally within 1-2 contract days).

u. Meets deadlines.

v. Maintains professional appearance as defined by the discipline and/or College procedure.

w. Partners with the college to provide innovation to improve the learning environment.

x. Promotes support for the mission, vision, values, and goals of the College by incorporating culturally- competent pedagogy and inclusivity practices.

Professional Activity

a. Maintains necessary educational credentials, professional skills, and demonstrated teaching competencies consistent with department standards.

b. Solicits feedback and implements suggestions from students and peers when appropriate.

c. Expands knowledge in discipline and teaching craft on an ongoing basis.

d. Promotes the professional development of peers/colleagues through recognized professional activities (in-service activities and the presentation of conference papers and/or publications, and other methodologies appropriate to the teaching field), as approved by departments.

e. Participates in the collegial mentoring relationship, serving as a mentor and/or mentee in the department and college.

f. Engages in local, state, and/or national professional organizations appropriate to the faculty role.

g. Serves community partners as content area experts when needed.

h. Completes required training and participates in professional development.

Service to the College

a. Provides service to the institution through appropriate participation in academic and campus committee assignments; offers adequate service on at least one department, school, or college-wide committee.

b. Promotes, models and exhibits the College Values with colleagues, students, and community stakeholders.

c. Responds to discussions and requests for department work in a timely manner (e.g. answers email, completes task assignments, etc.)

d. Mentors new faculty as assigned.

e. Serves on tenure sitting committees for department colleagues when appropriate.

f. Knows and enforces FERPA guidelines and other pertinent federal regulations.

g. Assists in maintaining a safe and secure campus environment.

h. Reviews and recommends program textbooks and/or materials.

i. Attends Convocation, Professional Development Day, Commencement, and other institutional meetings (e.g. department meetings).

j. Handles/responds to student concerns/complaints.

k. Assumes an active role in the student advising process, formal and/or informal, per departmental guidelines.

l. Meets with and updates the counseling office; updates and maintains advising materials per departmental guidelines.

m. Develops and/or participates in student recruitment and retention strategies. (Career and Majors Fair, Pathways to Professions, informal outreach, etc.)

n. Assists with the assessment of credit for prior learning as needed.

o. Participates in the formulation and implementation of department initiatives.

p. Evaluates and revises program offerings/materials on an ongoing basis and develops new curricula as needed.

q. Participates in strategic planning and monitors the institutional effectiveness and accountability process.

r. Provides leadership and instructional integrity through classroom observation, mentoring, and evaluation of part-time employees or serving on tenure sitting committees as needed. Participates in state-level issues as requested.

s. Reports maintenances issues for classrooms and equipment to appropriate authorities.

t. Maintains inventory, if appropriate, of equipment, tools, supplies, and storage/disposal of hazardous materials required for classes, and request appropriate equipment repair.

u. Actively participates in the informed budget process.

v. Identifies budgetary needs and priorities within the program as applicable.

Preferred Qualifications
  1. Demonstrated experience teaching and developing curriculum across a variety of Communication courses at the community college level.
  2. Strong background in Argumentation.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to improving access to, and retention in, higher
  4. education for all students including those from traditionally under-represented populations.
  5. 4.Demonstrated experience in equity-minded teaching practices, serving traditional and non-traditional students.
  6. Demonstrated experience with supervising or advising students.
  7. Demonstrated experience on academic committees.
  8. Doctorate degree in Communication.
  9. Bilingual.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. Master's degree in Communication or closely related field from an accredited college or university by start date.
  2. Demonstrated ability teaching students in Communication subjects at the college/university level.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  1. Demonstrate and support a professional commitment to the Department and College mission and values.
  2. Maintain a supportive attitude toward work, students, colleagues, and administration.
  3. Demonstrate a depth of academic understanding in the field.
  4. Demonstrated success as an educator utilizing proven pedagogical skills, such as HIP (high impact practices).
  5. Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of students, faculty, and staff members from diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, and abilities.
  6. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with the ability to successfully collaborate and establish positive working relationships with faculty, staff, and administration within the department and in other disciplines.
  7. Provide leadership and outreach to area high schools, colleges, and universities.
Special Instructions

Priority Review Date: July 9, 2021: Applications received by the priority review date will receive priority in screening. The screening of applications submitted after the priority review date will be determined by the committee until the position is filled.

In addition to submitting the Application, Transcript, and CV , please submit a Diversity Statement that addresses your commitment to improving access to, and retention in, higher education for students from communities traditionally under-represented in higher education and your experience in multicultural teaching practices.

**Selected finalist will be required to participate in a teaching demonstration

**Reference Letters upon request only.

Required documents to complete the application:

The search committee requests the following documents be attached to the online application:
  1. Copy of Transcripts
  2. Resume/Vitae
  3. Cover letter/Diversity Statement
For additional consideration:
  1. Examples of student evaluations
  2. Digital portfolio

Salt Lake Community College Human Resources will conduct criminal background checks on the selected finalist.

Official Transcripts are required to be submitted by the finalist before the job offer can be extended.

Faculty salaries are commensurate upon higher education and experience.

SLCC offers a comprehensive benefits package for FT Faculty members.

Please see "SLCC Benefits" listed on the SLCC jobs ( Home Page.

FLSA: Exempt

SLCC Information

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS").

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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