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

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Position Information

Posting Number 2014175F
Position Title Communication Studies Instructor (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)
Department Language Arts SKY (DEPT)
Location Skyline College
Position Number 2F0063
Percentage of Full Time The work year is 175 days (10 month of service).
FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year 10
If other, please specify
Salary Range Initial placement with a Master’s degree can range from $68,568 up to $86,040 per year; and a Ph.D. can range from $78,576 to $91,848 per year.
Note: The District will make every attempt to at least match the salary at your current employer.
Min Salary
Max Salary
Position Type Faculty Positions

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General Statement

San Mateo County Community College District values the principles of diversity and equity. We provide our students with a rich and dynamic learning community that embraces differences, emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become critical thinkers and socially responsible leaders.

Skyline College seeks faculty who value working in a collegial, collaborative environment and are guided by a commitment to student equity. This requires faculty to be knowledgeable about and willing to use transformative teaching methods, demonstrate the ability to be student-ready, and help all students achieve success. Faculty are strongly encouraged to collaborate across disciplines to create integrated, interdisciplinary, and meaningful learning experiences.

First level interviews are scheduled for the week of April 23. Finalists will be invited back to the campus for second round interviews on Friday, April 27 and Monday, April 30.

Start date of this assignment: Fall 2018.
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 (the college offers day, evening and hybrid/online classes, and faculty may be required to teach in these formats)

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

3. Participate in the development and/or selection of course materials, equipment, and technology that will enhance communication studies offerings of the department

4. Maintain expertise in current teaching and discipline technologies by participating in on-going and intentional professional development

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

6. Consult with students during regularly scheduled office hours

7. Serve as a member of division and college committees

8. 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, argumentation and debate, gender communication, and health communication

2. Demonstrate evidence of collaboration or a willingness to collaborate with campus programs and resources such as learning communities, 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 examine its effect on students and their learning critically

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
Faculty Benefits

Benefits include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision care, sick leave, salary continuance insurance, and an optional tax-deferred flexible benefit plan. Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Employees may also be eligible for various first-time homebuyer programs.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 03/02/2018
First Review Date 04/06/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

Required application materials will be screened on the basis of Requirements and Desirable Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement. Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and desirable skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to provide a teaching demonstration or demonstrate other job-related skills.

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.

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.

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.


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) 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2017 Annual Security Report is now available at You can also 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. 

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • District Employee
    • District Employment Site
    • CCC Registry
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • ACCCA
    • HERC
    • Other
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook or Twitter
  2. * Do you possess 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)?
    • Yes, I have a Master’s or above in speech, speech broadcasting, telecommunications, rhetoric, communication, communication studies, speech communication or organizational communication
    • Yes, I have a Bachelor’s in any of the above AND Master’s or above in drama/theater arts, mass communication, or English
    • I am applying for equivalence and my Equivalency Application is attached
    • No
  3. If you are applying for equivalence to meet the minimum requirements for this position, please identify which equivalence from the following options. (Applicant is encouraged to attach appropriate validation, such as transcripts, evaluations, portfolios, certificates, licenses, employer attestation, publications or other relevant materials which support this application.) DEGREE EQUIVALENCE: Description ACADEMIC BACKGROUND EQUIVALENCE: Description PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT EQUIVALENCE: Description

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Can you demonstrate cultural competence, a sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. College Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Equivalency Application
  2. Foreign Degree Evaluation
  3. Other Document 1
  4. Other Document 2
  5. Other Document 3