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Communication Instructor

North Central Michigan College
Job Location:
Petoskey, Michigan
Media and Communication Studies

Company Description:

Established in 1958, North Central Michigan College (NCMC) was created to ensure that education beyond high school be available, financially possible, and conveniently located for learners in Emmet County. Initially learners attended NCMC from Michigan's tip of the mitt, however, currently the population of student learners are even more geographically diverse. Over the next several decades, programs included liberal and studio arts, nursing, allied health, criminal justice, data processing and many more continue to evolve to the present day. A 207-acre campus was established in 1960 in Petoskey, and the first buildings were opened just three years later. In 1973, College education centers were added in Cheboygan and Gaylord.

The last two decades have seen the construction of the Student and Community Resource Center (SCRC), the Health Education and Science Center (HESC), and renovation of the Library/Conference Center. What's more, the spectacular Harris Sculpture Garden was built, featuring world-class art especially commissioned from across the country. During this time, University Center partnerships were formalized, the new mobile digital Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) launched, and the College garnered Achieving the Dream Leader College distinction.

In 2020 NCMC enrolled nearly 1800 students in credit-bearing courses, offering 24 Associate Degrees and 39 Certificates, leading to careers in business and industry, as well as the health, human services, and education fields. Other exceptional programs include the creative arts, natural sciences, and the social sciences. An Early College partnership with area high schools enables students to obtain their high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously. Life on campus is vibrant, led by Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Financial aid awarded in 2017-18 totaled nearly $6 million, with 80% of students receiving such assistance. Since 1960, NCMC has awarded more than 11,000 total credentials (degrees or certificates) to more than 10,000 students. Droves of other learners receive non-credit skills training through the Corporate and Community Education Division. With more than 230 employees and an annual budget of nearly $16 million, the College has a significant economic impact in northern Michigan. Building upon its solid foundation, NCMC strives to be impactful in the coming decades.

North Central Michigan College is poised to transform itself and the region providing exceptional, accessible, relevant education to students of all ages and all backgrounds. Having long been an essential part of the region's success, the College believes in a rapidly changing world, community colleges like NCMC have a pivotal, local role to play. With exceptional faculty, staff, and leadership teams, and a fresh strategic plan, NCMC seeks to create futures of meaning and purpose, strengthen the region's workforce, and enhance the quality of life in northern Michigan by offering vibrant educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for years to come.

Job Description:



Salary range: $57,000 - $83,000 per year

Teaches assigned college course work as defined by North Central Michigan College and assigned by the Dean of Liberal Arts. Assists students in meeting didactic and laboratory requirements and understanding course material. Provides a safe classroom and/or field experience-learning environment.  Conducts self in a professional manner promoting diplomacy with students, educational agencies, and other faculty and staff. Engages in individual student and educational program development, accessibility and coordinates with other college departments including Student Services as needed to foster student success.  In addition, the candidate will serve as the content expert while collaborating with other faculty on curriculum development and improvement within the college's arts program. 

  • Teaches 15 contact hours per semester. 
  • Teaching assignments may include day and evening course times as well as coverage in Petoskey and NCMC's other off campus sites.
  • Holds six (6) office hours per week at times convenient for student consultations.
  • Prepares instructional materials and deliver instruction to students in a variety of formats and settings (classroom, hybrid, online, flex, etc.) 
  • Provides timely feedback on students' progress, including evaluation of student work
  • Works with Dean of Liberal Arts to maintain updated master syllabi of courses and program outcomes.
  • Prepares and submits required documentation including course syllabi, student attendance, final course grades, and other information required by the college. 
  • Engages in college service in the areas of curriculum development, program outcomes assessment, and instructional improvement.
  • Participates in the college governance structure and/or strategic planning process through committee service.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Communication.
  • Evidence of teaching competence.
  • Demonstrable interest in the exploration and use of new media and innovative pedagogical techniques.
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory, to include pedagogical and assessment techniques appropriate to communication instruction.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the community college mission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent experience in teaching Communication in a community college setting.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Activity in professional organizations.
  • Familiarity with program assessment practices within a community college setting.
  • Familiarity with institutional effectiveness planning and retention issues within a community college environment.

Additional Information:


North Central Michigan College is committed to broaden diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention and completion; and in employment and hiring practices. Individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Complete applications will be given first consideration. A complete application includes 6 items listed below:

(1) cover letter

(2) resume or CV

(3) Application for Employment with all sections completed with requested information and signatures

(4) three professional reference letters

(5) copies of academic transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire)

(6) Statement of teaching philosophy

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