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Communications Instructor

Walla Walla Community College
Walla Walla
$64,408.00 - $73,426.00 Annually

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Communications Instructor

Walla Walla Community College

Salary: $64,408.00 - $73,426.00 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 2023-1021 COMM

Location: Walla Walla, WA


Closing: Continuous

Join our team to help inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services.

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Communications Instructor at the Walla Walla campus. The start date is at the beginning of the Fall quarter in September 2023.

At Walla Walla Community College, we inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We have identified three core themes that describe the fundamental aspects of the College's mission by translating it into practice: Student Success, Strong Communities, and Resource Stewardship. As an organization, we value learning opportunities, a sense of community, diversity, health and humor, excellence, integrity, teamwork, innovation, personal and professional growth, and sustainability.

General Description:

The ideal candidate will be creative, enthusiastic, and ready to join our student-centered team in the Department of Arts and Sciences. We are a dedicated community of educators and support staff who are motivated and inspired by student success. At the core of our mindset is the belief that we are, first and foremost, committed to guiding students toward accomplishing their goals by sharing our passion for the arts and humanities. We are excited to continue growing our communications program at WWCC and look forward to exploring how you can contribute to achieving these goals.

Teaching and Related Responsibilities

Full-time teaching faculty are credentialed, professional educators with the primary responsibility of providing a quality education for all WWCC students. Below is a summary of specific responsibilities as outlined in the current Faculty Contract (Download PDF reader).

  • Teaching/Equivalent Responsibilities: An instructor is responsible for 1) curriculum development, preparation, presentation, and facilitation of classroom instruction and activities, 2) maintaining reasonable availability to students outside of classroom hours, 3) development, measurement, and assessment of student learning outcomes, and 4) assignment of grades consistent with outcomes.
  • Advising: WWCC recognizes that quality advising is key to student retention and success, and is fostered through informed, intentional, and readily accessible advising opportunities. Specific advising responsibilities include 1) advising and mentoring students on coursework, program or transfer options, career plans, and graduation requirements, 2) maintaining reasonable office hours outside of classroom time, 3) maintaining advising competence through trainings and ongoing professional development, and 4) participation in the appropriate assessment of advising
  • Professional Development: WWCC has a demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement, which is fostered by faculty engagement in professional development activities as described in Article 33.2 of the Faculty Contract, which includes self-selected activities and required training.
  • Professional Accomplishments: Recognized professional accomplishments for faculty may include 1) membership in professional organizations and contributions to the profession, 2) sharing expertise and knowledge through conferences and group presentations, applying research, and/or publishing, and 3) activities resulting in the recognition of an instructional program by professional organizations or industry.
  • Service: Service to the College, its students, faculty, or the community include 1) participation in the development of quarterly schedules and college catalog, 2) participation on college committees or related activities, 3) participation in program articulation with other colleges and schools, and 4) Participation in community activities related to instructional assignment and interests.

  • Competencies
    Instructional Competencies
    There are six essential instructional competency areas that are valued for all teaching faculty at WWCC. These essential instructional competencies focus on student success, equity, and teaching.

    1. Student Success Teaching Strategies - Implement and practice diverse teaching and learning strategies understanding that students come with different educational preparedness.
    2. Outcomes-Based Design - Design curriculum, assignments, and projects that align with course and college-wide learning outcomes.
    3. Assessment - Develop student knowledge and mastery through consistent, timely formative and summative assessment.
    4. Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Inclusivity - Design learning opportunities that recognize student diversity as well as foster a learning environment of inclusion and understanding.
    5. Digital and Information Literacy - Ensure students have technological and digital literacy skills needed for success at university level academic institutions or professional-technical work occupations.
    6. Commitment to Professional Development and College Life - Engage in continuous professional growth as well as participate in activities that promote the Walla Walla Community College's community and mission.

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Communications; closely related credentialing may substitute at the discretion of the College.
  • Two years of demonstrated experience teaching at the college level; experience as a teaching assistant or adjunct instructor may count towards this requirement.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Communications
  • Experience teaching communications courses at a community college
  • Five years of demonstrated experience teaching communications at the college level
  • Demonstrated experience using technology to enhance access and support student learning, e.g., web- or technology-enhanced, hybrid, HyFlex or online
  • Demonstrated experience working with and relating to people from varied cultural, ethnic, gender, age, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds
  • Bilingual, English - Spanish

  • Desired Traits

    The faculty at WWCC are innovative and passionate professionals focused on student success. A successful candidate will also display the following traits:

  • Pedagogy centered on student success
  • Commitment to serve the mission of the two-year college
  • Desire to provide relevant and equitable learning opportunities for all students
  • Desire to invest time and energy in professional growth and interdisciplinary pursuits
  • Willingness to adapt teaching methodologies to the changing needs of students
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Conditions/Terms of Employment
    This is a full-time tenure-track faculty position exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Faculty terms and conditions of employment are negotiated with their exclusive bargaining representative, the Association for Higher Education. A complete copy of the agreement can be found on the WWCC Employment Page.

    Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment and official college transcripts. WWCC participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. Candidates will be subject to a criminal history background check as a condition for consideration of employment. Information from the background check may not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. The College is a tobacco-free campus.


    The College has a negotiated faculty salary schedule. Employee placement on the schedule is determined by education level and experience. Salary is dependent on the number of days of the contract and the candidate's placement on the negotiated faculty salary schedule. Initial placement is generally $64,408- $73,426 for a standard 176-day contract, dependent on qualifications (additional compensation for doctorate degree). The College has a comprehensive faculty benefit program including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid sick leave; and retirement and two optional deferred compensation programs. All full-time employees will automatically have 3% of taxable income deferred into the State of Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). The college also supports faculty professional development. Walla Walla Community College requires all employees to participate in direct deposit for payment of salary.

    Required Application Materials
    This position will remain open until filled. To be included in the initial screening, applications should be received by June, 11, 2023. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • Online NEOGOV application.
  • Cover letter
    • In the cover letter address how your unique qualifications and teaching philosophy will contribute to student success at a rural community college.
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Answers to three (3) supplemental questions
  • Unofficial transcripts for application purposes; official transcripts are required prior to an official start date.

  • WWCC reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position, or make a direct appointment. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.

    If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at 1-855-524-5627.

    Walla Walla Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all educational and employment applicants as well as for its students and employed staff, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression/identity, marital status, age (over 40), the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or status as a Vietnam and/or disabled veteran, National Guard member or reservist in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Federal Rehabilitation of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and any other applicable Federal and Washington State laws against discrimination. To qualify for veteran's preference, you must attach a copy of your DD214 or NGB 22. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodation in the application/ employment process, please call (509) 527-4323 - TDD (509) 527-4412.

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