Visiting Instructor in Communication Studies

Columbia, Missouri
Sep 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position: Visiting Instructor in Communication Studies

Date posted: September 10, 2018

Department: Academic Affairs – Language and Communication Studies
Location: Columbia, MO

Type: Academic
Term: Full time


Columbia College invites applications for a visiting full-time Instructor in Communication Studies beginning in January 2019, with an appointment ending in May 2020. Housed within the Language and Communication Studies Department, the successful candidate will join faculty and staff committed to innovative, student-centered pedagogy at a small liberal arts and sciences teaching institution located in Columbia, MO, one of America’s most livable small cities.


The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies is to provide students with a culturally significant and vital education through the study of oral and written communication. Furthermore, the Communication Studies major and minor serve students and their communities by exploring the ways in which individuals create, maintain, and alter their identities in artistic, face-to-face, and mediated ways. This mission extends to assisting students focusing on other disciplines via inclusion in their major and minor curricula and/or serving their basic skills and general educational needs. Effective oral and written communication is at the heart of all human interaction, and the goal of the Communication Studies program is to prepare all Columbia College students to be better creators and consumers of communication.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. MA or PhD in Communication Studies.
  2. Ability to serve as a generalist in the field, including experience in / familiarity with Communication Studies pedagogy and proficiency in using technology as a component of classroom instruction.
  3. Ability to work collaboratively as a member of an instructional team and contribute to the development of the Communication Studies program.
  4. Strong interpersonal skills, cross-cultural sensitivity, and demonstrated potential to contribute positively to the College community.


Preferred Qualifications:


  1. Demonstrated excellence in teaching Communication Studies courses.
  2. Record of ongoing professional development and commitment to the field.
  3. Demonstrated record of successful service to an academic institution.




Reporting to the Chair of Language and Communication Studies, and working in close consultation with another faculty member in the Communication Studies program, the following duties are expected of this position:


  • Teach 4 classes (12 credit hours per semester) in Communication Studies at first-year, sophomore, and upper-class levels, using approved course outcomes. Up to one-half of the course load is usually in first-year public speaking. Upper-level courses taught are likely to include Communication Theory, Intercultural Communication, Gender Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Organizational Communication.
  • Develop appropriate instructional strategies and materials for use with students in Communication Studies courses.
  • Participate in instructional coordination meetings, department meetings, and faculty development trainings or other service activities such as academic assessment and curriculum development (as assigned).
  • Advise and counsel students throughout the semester (as assigned).
  • Participate in co-curricular activities and College events (requires occasional afternoon, evening, and/or weekend commitments).
  • Comply with College policies and directions in regards to keeping records, providing grades on a timely basis, maintaining office hours, and evaluating student performance, etc.


Special Instructions to Applicants: 

To be considered, please submit:

  1. a completed Columbia College application
  2. a cover letter
  3. a current vita
  4. names of 3 references (full letters of recommendation may be requested later)
  5. statement of teaching philosophy and, as available, evidence of teaching excellence
  6. copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required before employment)


This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive of every duty and responsibility required by the employee in the position.

Benefits include free dependent in-seat undergraduate tuition and/or 75% tuition reduction for online classes, Tuition Exchange program for eligible dependents with dozens of partner institutions, phenomenal employer retirement contribution upon eligibility, generous paid leave, excellent health and dental insurance coverage, and exceptional, dedicated colleagues.

The offer of employment and assignment to duties is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check. The information may include, but is not limited to, academic, residential, achievement, performance, attendance, disciplinary, employment history, credit history, driving history, and criminal history of public record.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Columbia College is an equal opportunity employer.