Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

San Diego, San Diego County
Mar 18, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Closing Date:

Classification Title:
Communication Studies (previously Speech Communication): Contract Instructor (Mesa College)

Mesa College

Pay Information:
10-Month Contract Position

The salary range for this Assistant Professor level position is $5,329.73 – $6,803.29 per month. Note that all new faculty hired by the SDCCD start at the Assistant Professor level. The highest monthly base starting salary would be $6,803.29 with a PhD. Overload assignments are paid based on contract parity using the Adjunct/Overload College Classroom and Non-Classroom, Schedules B and C. Salary placement is based solely upon education and experience as outlined in the AFT Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement, and it is non-negotiable. Annual Salaries will be recalculated for service less than a full academic year based on Education Code §87815, any required adjustment will be made on the first pay period. Travel reimbursement for interviewees traveling more than 200 miles, one-way, will be paid according to geographic location (see SDCCD Travel Stipend Policy, Rev 7/14/2011). Assistant Professors may earn tenure after 4 years and promote to Associate Professor.

With promotions through Associate and Professor levels based upon mastery in the field, teaching of that knowledge, a PhD or equivalent, successful evaluations and tenure track experience, the top range would be $11,086.15. For further information, please visit the SDCCD Employment Web Page which provides a link to AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement and more information about terms and conditions of employment which includes salary, benefits and comprehensive rules for salary placement and advancement.

Position Equivalent FTE: 100%
Job Duration: 10
Position Number: 002624
FLSA Status: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Bargaining Unit: AFT/College Faculty
Position Type: Academic
Department: School of Humanities

The Position
Message from President Pamela Luster: San Diego Mesa College seeks energetic and dedicated candidates to apply for faculty positions. The college is committed to academic excellence and diversity, equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff and students. As the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, the institution enjoys a solid financial standing, and has prioritized resources to hire new faculty, support professional development and encourage teaching innovation. Celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2014, we are building a solid foundation for the next 50 years by adding new faculty who alongside our stellar current faculty will lead us into the future. If this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, I encourage you to file an application for employment expressing your interest.

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Assistant Professor, Communication Studies beginning Fall 2014. Mesa College is located in the Kearny Mesa area in the city of San Diego, and is one of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District. Assignment may include day, evening, Saturday, and/or off-campus classes. In addition, travel and work on weekends will be required to attend tournaments. Note: This pool may be used to fill identical vacancies that may occur during the academic year.

Major Responsibilities
The Assistant Professor will teach Communication Studies courses, as assigned. The Assistant Professor is also a Co-Director of the Mesa Olympian Speech and Debate (Forensics) Team responsible for continuing to develop and expand the intercollegiate competition program and will assist in directing the Speech and Debate (Forensics) Team. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: coaching, establishing budgets, completing necessary student travel/tournament documentation, recruiting students, traveling with the team to tournaments, and judging at tournaments. The Assistant Professor/Co-Director will be expected to work on weekends and travel with the Speech and Debate team to various local, state, regional and national tournaments. The Co-Director will possibly alternate the majority of responsibilities yearly, at the discretion of the department. The Assistant Professor will also be responsible for maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position. In addition, this person will participate in department and school meetings; assist with curriculum development and revision; maintain office hours, participate in various college committees to assist in shared governance; and fulfill the responsibilities of a community college instructor in accordance with the district-adopted position description.


Degrees must be from regionally accredited institutions

1. Master’s degree in Speech, Speech Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Rhetoric, Communication, Communication Studies, Speech Communication, or Organizational Communication; OR,
2. Bachelor’s degree in any of the above AND Master’s degree in Drama/Theater Arts, Mass Communication, or English; OR,
3. The equivalent; OR,
4. Possession of a California Community College Instructor Credential (valid for life) in Language Arts and Literature.

Equivalency: If you do not possess the exact degrees listed above or if you anticipate receiving the required degree prior to the start of the assignment, please complete a “Request for Equivalency Form” available from the SDCCD Employment Opportunities Web page ( You will need to complete and upload this form with your on-line application.

Desired Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:
• Successful experience directing or assisting with the coordination of high school and or collegiate Speech and Debate team activities.
• Demonstrated ability to recruit and coach students, maintain a budget, administer travel and hotel arrangements; travel with students, and judge tournament events.
• Demonstrated strong commitment to coaching speech events and parliamentary debate.
• Recent, successful college teaching experience in the areas of Forensics, Oral Communication, Oral Interpretation, Advanced Public Speaking, Argumentation and/or other communications classes.
• Demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills necessary to work collegially with coaches, directors, other faculty and students.
• Demonstrated strong commitment to quality teaching, student success, and academic excellence.
• Demonstrated ability to apply effective learning theories, contemporary teaching philosophies and methods of technology.
• Demonstrated ability to use clarity of expression in written and oral English.
• Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

Foreign Degree:
Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

[If possess] California Community College Instructor Credential in Language Arts and Literature (valid for life)

Commitment to Diversity:
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

Working Conditions:
Variable, depending on assignment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete Online Application that includes the items listed (extraneous material will not be reviewed).

References to résumés or other uploaded documents within the Online Application will be considered an “incomplete” application; please enter “N/A” if any section does not apply.
1. Complete Online Application (which includes Supplemental Questions)
2. Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
3. Letter of Application (between 2-3 pages in length) that addresses the nine (9) qualifications (as described under “The successful candidate will have …”) required for this position and how your education and experience have prepared you to be successful in this position
4. Readable Transcripts of Undergraduate & Graduate coursework clearly identifying the institution (unofficial are acceptable)
Note: Transcripts from multiple colleges/universities may need to be scanned as one document, then uploaded.
5. Letters of Recommendation (2): Evidence of teaching effectiveness as shown by two (2) letters of recommendation written specifically for this position by persons who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s ability to teach Communication Studies courses, including parliamentary debate, oral interpretation, and/or public speaking.
6. [You may upload letters sent to you using the respective document name labels on the Documents page (optional documents) OR you may request confidential letters of recommendation to be sent via e-mail from the Reference Requests page. You may use a combination of both methods, however, please ensure you are submitting a maximum of two (2) letters with your online application].

[If applicable] REQUEST FOR EQUIVALENCY FORM: Link to the form is available from the SDCCD Employment Opportunities Web page at

[If applicable] FOREIGN DEGREE EVALUATION (NACES-approved): Information available from the SDCCD Employment Opportunities Web page at

[If applicable] LICENSES/CERTIFICATES/CREDENTIALS: Any applicable documentation

Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed. Only complete application packets will be forwarded to the committee.

Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.

Note that correspondence, including interview invitations, will be sent to you via e-mail.

• Submit “official” transcripts
• Pass a pre-employment physical exam at the candidate’s expense
• Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment

Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment)
• Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment)
• Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
• Attend a new hire processing appointment in Human Resources located at the District Administrative Offices

Additional Information:

SDCCD provides a comprehensive fringe benefit package for its full-time academic employees. The District contributes toward the cost of the premium (including dependent coverage) for the medical insurance plan options. Additional benefits include dental, vision, sick leave, vacation and opportunities for professional development. Contract employees become members of the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) upon appointment.

Please note that an employee may be transferred to any site at the option of the Chancellor.

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