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Instructor of Communication Studies, Full-Time Tenure Track - School of Arts, Performance & The Huma

Yosemite Community College District
Modesto, California
$66,367 to $123,891 per year, plus an annual $2,789 stipend for an earned doctorate.

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Modesto Junior College


Instructor of Communication Studies, Full-Time Tenure Track - School of Arts, Performance & The Humanities - Modesto Junior College 2024-2025

Salary: Placement on the Yosemite Community College District salary schedule dependent upon education and experience. 2023-2024 Salary Schedule – $66,367 to $123,891 per year, plus an annual $2,789 stipend for an earned doctorate. New personnel limited to a maximum tenth step initial placement based on previous experience – maximum equals $103,027.

Closing Date: Friday, February 23th, 2024 at 11:59pm


To apply, submit your application and required documents on-line via our applicant system at:


Required Quals Summary


Master’s 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 in drama/ theater arts, mass communication or English OR the equivalent


Determined by California State Chancellors Office. Click link below for discipline applicable Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges (


The District has adopted an equivalency procedure that enables consideration of applications by individuals who may not directly meet the qualifications listed above. For more information on equivalency, you may access the link below:


Knowledge of and ability to appraise the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. Sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the community college student population.


Job Description Summary



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 online, in the evening, and/or on Saturdays. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Teaching lower division college courses in Communication Studies courses, including Public Speaking, Introduction to Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Argumentation and/or Critical Thinking Through Debate.

• Recruiting for the Speech and Debate Team, Sigma Chi Eta Honor Society, and for the Communication Studies major.

• Advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines.

• Informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements.

• Preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress.

• Maintaining attendance, scholastic, and other records and submitting them according to published policies and deadlines.

• Attending department, division, and college-wide meetings on a regular basis.

• Posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy.

• Developing, implementing, and assessing student-learning outcomes for courses and programs and using the results for improvement.

• Engaging in data inquiry and self-assessment to develop strategies for student success, persistence, and equity.

• Collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and in program review.

• Engaging in department program improvement initiatives.

• Participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide, especially connected to closing disproportionate impact gaps and improving completion goals.

• Maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/learning strategies to meet the needs of all learning styles.

• Maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.

• Engaging in the college’s participatory governance processes.

• Perform other duties as assigned.



Mobility: ability to sit or stand for long periods, move about an office, and reach above and below desk level.

Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.

Lifting: occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds.

Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.

Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person.

Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.


Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.



• Education and/or experience in teaching in a variety of Communication Studies courses, with emphasis on oral communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and critical thinking at the community college level. 

• Current knowledge of the Communication Studies discipline as well as emerging trends, research, and pedagogy.

• Current understanding of assessment processes for improving student success at the course, program, and degree level.

• Competent in new pedagogies, such as accelerated learning, supplemental instruction, on-line or hybrid teaching, and other pedagogies directed at improving student success and student equity.

• Recent experience working with African American/Black, Hispanic, Native American, and other minoritized students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes;

• Willingness to examine and remediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students;

• Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity in the classroom;

• Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in Communication Studies, especially as it relates to the relevancy of communication in students’ lives, interests, and communities;

• Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within coursework and the classroom;

• Demonstrated knowledge of the Hispanic-Serving designation for institutional, departmental, and instructional practices.

• Knowledge of and willingness to utilize Open Educational Resources to open access for students.



Experience teaching in a variety of modalities, such as online (asynchronous and synchronous), hybrid, HyFlex, and in-person.

• Experience with outreach and recruitment, including but not limited to students, community, and career.

• Experience teaching classes such as intercultural communication, critical thinking, ethics in communication, group and organizational communication, forensics, oral interpretation of literature, mass communication, mediated communication, organizational behavior, storytelling, or other areas of specialty in Communication Studies.

• Experience advising majors and running student organizations or clubs.

• Ability to develop curriculum or services that stress innovation and improve student equity.

• Enthusiasm for the learning process.

• Commitment to supportive relationships with students and colleagues.

• Capable of instructing using teaching methods that accommodate various student-learning styles.

• Participate in professional growth and remain current in subject area and major state initiatives.

• Ability to operate effectively in an environment of change and ambiguity.

• Vision and energy to plan and organize programs to enhance student success.

• Willingness to participate effectively in shared governance and to work collaboratively.

• Personal qualifications such as effective interpersonal communication skills, participation in community affairs, ability to conduct effective public presentations.


On behalf of everyone at the Yosemite Community College District Office, Modesto Junior College and Columbia College, we welcome you to our District. All of our employees throughout the District are dedicated to excellence in serving our students. Even with all the fiscal issues that we are facing within the State of California, our staff has been working miracles with continuously reduced budgets. We continue to serve our students well, and provide them with great opportunities and a quality education. As the Chancellor, I am very proud of their efforts and dedication.

One of my greatest challenges is to ensure the educational quality and fiscal stability of our institutions. One way this is accomplished is through long-range planning. There are many exciting things on the horizon for the Colleges of the YCCD - especially with all the construction and completion of our Measure E building projects. We are very grateful to the community for your support of these efforts. Students will benefit for years to come; we extend to you heartfelt thanks.

The Mission of the Yosemite Community College District is: "The YCCD is committed to responding to the needs of our diverse community through excellence in teaching, learning and support programs contributing to social, cultural and economic development and wellness." We take this mission statement seriously; it is the one key element that we base all our efforts on - it is our charge to provide excellent, meaningful service to the community.

As educators, we always focus on offering life-changing opportunities for our students; that is our business. One of the most enjoyable experiences in my 30 year higher education career has been witnessing lives changing right before my eyes as students graduate or achieve their educational goals. When they go on to create successful lives for themselves, their families and their communities I know we have done our job! This is the reward of the work that we collectively do at the Yosemite Community College District. I most cordially invite you to become more involved in our dynamic educational community called the YCCD.

Most sincerely,

Joan E. Smith, Ed.D.


Columbia College is a dynamic institution of learners and creative thinkers dedicated to high standards of student success. We prepare students to be fully engaged in an evolving world by offering comprehensive and high quality programs and services. Columbia College is committed to a culture of improvement through measuring student learning across the institution. We strive for excellence, foster a spirit of professionalism and embrace diversity.

Modesto Junior College, one of the oldest community colleges in the state, was organized in 1921 to serve the first junior college district established under a State Legislature Enabling Act. Modesto Junior College was established to meet the needs of the community. Today the college strives to maintain the same objective—that of dedication and service to the community.

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