Communication Studies Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)


Posting Number: F00939

Location: San Ramon Campus



Description of Position:

Diablo Valley College inspires, educates, and empowers a diverse community of students to transform their lives and their communities. DVC instructors close the equity gaps by fostering success among all students. To help further this work, DVC seeks a tenure-track Communication Studies Assistant Professor at DVC San Ramon Campus to start in August 2023.


We are looking for a colleague who will demonstrate discipline expertise and show sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic backgrounds and abilities of community college students.


We are looking for instructors who share a strong commitment to social and racial justice and who use or are inspired to use anti-racist pedagogies that close equity gaps by recognizing, understanding, and respecting the perspectives of all students.


We strongly encourage those with historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities to apply, including people of color, non-binary and transgender individuals, women, and Indigenous people.


The successful applicant will be well qualified to offer courses in the area of Communication Studies. Topics include but are not limited to Public Speaking, Argumentation and Debate, Communication Theory, Critical Thinking and Small Group Communication.


Inquiries: Position Status: Tenure- Track

EEO Job Category: Faculty & Other Instructional Staff

Employee Group: Full-Time Faculty

Department: S4720-Applied Arts and Social Sciences


Duties and Responsibilities:

In addition to contractual duties, all full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be in the evening and/or online. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines;

2. participating in the assessment of student learning outcomes for courses and programs; developing and implementing student learning outcomes assessment processes for courses and programs;

3. collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and in program review;

4. engaging in department program improvement initiatives;

5. participating in department, division, and college committees;

6. participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide;

7. maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/ learning strategies;

8. maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics;

9. informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;

10. preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress;

11. maintaining attendance, scholastic, and personnel records and submitting them according to published deadlines;

12. posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy;

13. participating in College’s shared governance processes.


Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience:

Understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and faculty.


The applicant must possess one of the following qualifications (earned degrees must be from an accredited college/university):


• Master’s degree in speech, speech broadcasting, telecommunications, rhetoric, communication, communication studies, speech communication or organizational communication; OR

• Bachelor’s degree in any of the above AND a master’s degree in drama/theater arts, mass communication or English; OR

• A valid California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing full-time instruction in communication studies; OR

• The equivalent (see below).


If you do not possess the EXACT minimum qualifications (i.e., you do not possess the EXACT degree title listed) and believe that you meet the minimum qualifications, fill out the equivalency petition form in the document section of the online application. If you are unsure that you meet the minimum qualifications, please fill out the equivalency petition. The https://www.4cd.edu/career/forms/equivalency-application/Academic%20Position%20Application%20-%20Masters%20Degree%20Discipline%20Equivalency%20Form.pdf


Desirable Qualifications:

Highly qualified candidates will possess knowledge, skills, and experience that address the desirable qualifications below. Responses to the supplemental questions below allow the applicant to describe how they meet these qualifications.


1. Ability to teach COMM120 (introductory public speaking course), in addition to a range of communication courses in the DVC catalog in a variety of modalities (online, hybrid, in-person);


2. Knowledge of and ability to implement effective online pedagogy;


3. Staying current in discipline knowledge, emerging trends, research and pedagogy in Communication Studies;


4. Strong leadership, team orientation skills and enthusiasm for participating in a small, multidisciplinary department and campus where cross-discipline collaboration is valued;


5. Commitment to effectively collaborate and liaise with the Communication Studies department at the Pleasant Hill Campus;


6. Demonstrated ability or commitment to closing equity gaps by effectively motivating students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientation, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation


Job Open Date: 11/22/2022

Job Close Date: 1/23/2023

Open Until Filled: No

Employment Begins: August, 2023

# of Months: 10


To apply, visit: https://apptrkr.com/3679490


The Contra Costa Community College District does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.


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