Faculty, Communication Studies

Austin, Texas
May 09, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Information

Location:     As assigned.

Note: May involve several ACC campuses and/or high school locations

Hours:     As assigned (day/night/weekend as needed).

Salary:     Salary is assigned according to the Full-Time Faculty Salary Scale.

FLSA Status:     Exempt

Reports To:     Department Chair, Communication Studies

Criminal Background Check:     Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.

General Statement of Job

To instruct students in Communication Studies courses in accordance with College policies and procedures.

Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Instructs students in the Communication Studies discipline.
  • Provides learning activities that stimulate student involvement and encourage critical thinking.
  • Demonstrating creativity and innovation in the field, service in the profession and/or the community.
  • Teaches a variety of courses in Communication Studies.
  • Assists in instructional program development by helping to set goals and objectives for the Communication Studies Department.
  • Maintains and submits accurate and timely student performance records.
  • Plans and organizes lesson plans, research and reference materials, syllabi, and other learning aids.
  • Contributes to the development of course objectives and curriculum.
  • Maintains required office hours to assist students.
  • Conducts required department learning objective assessments and submits results as required. Serves on college-wide and departmental committees.
  • Participates in college-wide and departmental committees, graduation, general assembly, and other official College functions.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Department Chair, Dean, and/or Executive Vice President.


  • Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Effective teaching techniques adaptable to a variety of learning styles.
  • Sensitivity to, and knowledge of, a diverse student body and understanding of the comprehensive mission and philosophy of community colleges.
  • Understanding the comprehensive mission and philosophy of community colleges.
  • Subject matter and related and/or relevant topics and issues in the teaching discipline.
  • Principles and practices associated with Servant-Leadership.


  • Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Effective planning, organizing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Effectively assisting student learning.
  • Interacting with students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Being punctual for classes and office hours.
  • Maintaining an established schedule, including evenings and weekends, including possible multiple campus locations that may vary by semester.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of student information. Demonstrating a proactive and strong work ethic in completing various tasks within the department.

Technology Skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency using computer applications, Blackboard or similar learning platform or other current learning technologies for effective teaching at the community college level.

Required Work Experience

  • One year of college-level teaching experience or equivalent.

Preferred Work Experience

  • Work experience teaching at a community college.
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence.
  • Work experience teaching dual credit or ECHS.
  • Work experience with academic/department internship programs.
  • Work experience with college forensics team.
  • Work experience in a Speech/Communication Lab.
  • Knowledge of academic certificate programs in Communication Studies.

Required Education

Preferred Education

  • PhD in Communication Studies.

Special Requirements

  • Licenses/Certifications; Other
  • Reliable transportation may be required for teaching in multiple campus locations.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to communicate effectively with students.
  • Work is routinely performed in a classroom setting.


  • Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.

ACC Benefits Overview

Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.



The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.