Communication Studies Instructor (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

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Communication Studies Instructor (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

San Mateo County Community College District


Posting Number: 2014195F
Department: Language Arts CSM (DEPT)
Location: College of San Mateo
Position Number: 4F0215
Percentage of Full Time: The work year is 175 days (10 month of service).
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 10
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Note: The District will make every attempt to at least match the salary at your current employer.
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Position Type: Faculty Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
College of San Mateo, which was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2014, is part of the San Mateo County Community College District, which currently enrolls approximately 23,000 students, the majority of whom are from minoritized populations. Of the students at College of San Mateo, 3.0% are African-American, 0.1% are American Indian, 19.8% are Asian, 6.8% are Filipino, 19.9% are Latinx, 2.2% are Pacific Islander, 28.1% are White, 17.6% are Multi-Ethnic, and 2.5% are unknown.

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, immigration status, and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded discipline expert open to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners in order to support student success. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:

(1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;

(2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;

(3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;

(4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and

(5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.

The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.

The Position:
The College seeks a full-time, tenure track faculty member in Communication Studies committed to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.

The anticipated start date for this position is Fall 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Teach courses in the Communication Studies discipline using culturally-responsive pedagogical technique. The college regularly offers classes in public speaking, interpersonal communications, small group communications, and intercultural communications. It offers day, evening and hybrid/online classes, and faculty may be required to teach in these formats.

2. Provide instruction and student support in the Communications Studies Center

3. Understand and use effective teaching practices for students of different backgrounds, abilities, and levels of preparation, particularly those who are historically underrepresented and underserved in traditional community college classrooms, such as African-American, Latinx, Filipino, and Pacific Islander students

4. Develop student-centered curricula and instructional materials that will help close equity gaps

5. Assist in new course development, curriculum revisions, and course, program, and institutional assessments

6. Participate in the development and/or selection of course materials, equipment, and technology

7. Maintain expertise in current pedagogy and discipline subject matter, including the use of technology, by participating in on-going and intentional professional development

8. Participate in departmental (program) planning, documentation, meetings, activities, and team-building

9. Consult with students during regularly scheduled office hours

10. Serve as a member of division and college committees

11. Perform other duties as required by contract, collective bargaining agreement, and general institutional needs

Minimum Qualifications:
• Possession of a Master’s or above in speech, speech broadcasting, telecommunications, rhetoric, communication, communication studies, speech communication or organizational communication OR Bachelor’s in any of the above AND Master’s or above in drama/ theater arts, mass communication, or English OR the equivalent (see below)• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

Physical Requirements:


Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:
For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application indicating one or more of the following:

Degree Equivalence

The applicant possesses a degree(s) with similar content to those listed for the relevant discipline. The name of the degree is close to that specified on the Disciplines List but the degree either has a different title or area of expertise or the coursework is slightly different.

Academic Background Equivalence

Related to disciplines in which a Master’s Degree is not generally expected or available. The applicant must have completed at least 24 semester units of coursework in the academic field and must possess at least the equivalent level of achievement and the equivalent in breadth, depth of understanding, and rigor in each of the following:

i) a broad cultural education usually met by the general education requirements for any Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree, and

ii) a detailed study of the discipline in breadth, depth, and rigor, usually met by course work required for the degree major.

Professional Achievement Equivalence

The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Subject matter preparation:

Preference will be given to candidates who:

1. Possess a professional level of competence and recent successful experience in teaching college-level transfer courses related to public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, small group communication, as well as specialized communications experience in the areas of social media, mediated communications, and/or oral interpretation of literature

2. Demonstrate evidence of collaboration or a willingness to collaborate with campus programs and resources such as learning communities, Year One Promise, TRIO, Transfer Center, and/or International Student Programs

3. Demonstrate a commitment to professional development, including knowledge of current theories and teaching methods and developments in Communication Studies

4. Are able to reflect on and evaluate one’s pedagogy, and adjust teaching practices in order to better serve students and ensure learning

5. Are able to expand the use of technology in Communication Studies education, including hybrid and/or online teaching

6. Are able to motivate students from a broad spectrum of academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in Communications, including: a) recent experience working with racially minoritized and other disproportionately impacted students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and the field of Communications shape patterns of participation and outcomes b) willingness to reflect upon and adapt one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support students of varied backgrounds and abilities • Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity, including demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental and instructional practices

Benefits:
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 12/18/2018
First Review Date: 01/22/2019
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit: 1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position) 2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience 3. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted) Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts may be submitted with the application; official copies will be required at the time of the interview. 4. A cover letter that includes discussion of the following questions: • Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success? • What strategies do you use to best support students who have been historically marginalized? If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact: SMCCCD Office of Human Resources 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402 Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574 Web Page: www.smccd.edu/hr

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
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2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
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5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.

Accommodations:
Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2018 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2018 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2018 Annual Security Report is now available. The Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

To apply, visit: https://jobs.smccd.edu/





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