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Instructor, Communication Studies

College of Lake County
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 1, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Instructor, Communication Studies

Internal Position Title: Instructor, Communication

Posting Number: F00830

Department:: Communication

Position Type: Full-Time Faculty

Job Family: Faculty

The Department of Communication Studies invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track/Director of Forensics (DOF) for our nationally competitive speech & debate program. This position will begin August 2023. College of Lake County is a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. The Department of Communication Studies is a student centered and collaborative department committed to developing socially conscious and articulate communicators. Our faculty bring diverse perspectives, skill sets, and a passion for education into their classrooms and are active in the college's dedication to inclusion.

The preferred candidate will have a choice of several classes to choose from including Fundamentals of Speech/Public Speaking, Interviewing Practices, Small Group Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication Skills and more. Courses are held at all three campuses: Grayslake, Lakeshore and Southlake in multiple modalities both online and in-person.This position will also coach students who are active members of the CLC Region IV Forensics & Debate Program. The DOF will be expected to work with an assistant and host one yearly tournament; conduct all travel planning for the team; develop annual budget for the program and report expenditures; travel with the team to tournaments (normally 6-8 tournaments plus National tournament annually; recruit students and serve as a judge at tournaments. The DOF will serve as the primary person responsible for coaching the Forensics & Debate team and is expected to conduct weekly team meetings and hold weekly group and individual coaching sessions.

The faculty member will develop, prepare, and revise instructional materials as well as participate in program evaluation and curriculum planning and development. The instructor will participate in department, division, and general faculty meetings, serve on division and college committees, and participate in other forms of college service. Instructors are required to maintain an active program of professional development related to institutional objectives. The instructor will utilize appropriate technology to deliver instructional materials, maintain grades, provide timely communications with students, etc. The instructor shall maintain appropriate office hours for student access. Maintains current knowledge of subject matter via professional organization membership, attendance of seminars, conferences and classes, and professional publications.

College of Lake County (CLC) is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. The college is implementing transformative change through an ambitious and aspirational body of work outlined in its 2024 Strategic Plan to become an organization where every student succeeds and every employee thrives, while supporting every business to achieve and every community to grow. As the community's open access higher education organization, CLC aims to be the leader in providing innovative education and workforce solutions.

The Faculty Success Framework illustrates the fundamental elements of a faculty member's career at CLC. Its purpose is to support a culture of continual faculty development and to provide full but flexible paths for faculty to both consistently contribute to student success efforts and cultivate professional fulfillment. Our Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CLC CARES) outline the qualities we expect CLC faculty will exemplify in their professional and pedagogical engagement with students.

College of Lake County is committed to a diverse workforce that represents our student body. Our search process is designed to promote increasing the diversity of our full-time faculty. Search committee members are committed to diversity and this serves as the basis of a successful search at CLC.

Required Qualifications:
Master’s degree in Communication Studies.

A commitment to the community college mission and to working with diverse student populations. Demonstrated success and academic experiences with diverse populations and diverse teaching methods. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Ability to work effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Competency in technologies commonly used in post-secondary instruction.

Desired Qualifications:
Bilingual in Spanish and English.

Posting Date: 11/26/2022

Closing Date:

Expected Start Date: 08/14/2023

Special Instructions Summary: Applicant review will begin on January 30, 2023. Additional applications may be considered after January 30, 2023. This position may remain open until filled. Applicants who will earn the required degree by May 31, 2023 will be considered.Applicants selected for an interview will be required to submit a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation.This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Salary placement is commensurate with education and experience. The minimum 2022-2023 academic year (Fall & Spring Semester) base salary range has not been determined. Optional contract for the summer session offers potential for significantly greater earnings.The minimum 2021 - 2022 academic year (Fall & Spring Semester) base salary range was $60,913 with a master’s degree to $77,349 with a doctorate in the subject field.Faculty may be assigned to any of the three CLC campuses; Grayslake, Lakeshore or Southlake. New faculty hires are required to attend orientation the week prior to the start date of August 14, 2023.Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA.

Pay Rate: Per faculty contract.

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full Time

Location Grayslake

Total Hours Per Week: Fifteen (15) load hours and ten (10) office hours.

Work Schedule:
Varies according to course schedule. Ability to teach days, evening and weekends as determined by the needs of the program in any given semester. Ability to teach at all campus locations as needed (Grayslake, Lakeshore or Southlake).

Software Testing Required: None

Interview Process Requirements: None

EEO Statement:
The College of Lake County is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, it seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including minorities, women and people with disabilities.

Summary of Essential Functions:
1) Selects, prepares and maintains current curriculum, course outlines and printed and non-printed instructional materials. Revises and updates course content as needed.
2) Provides the students and the Division a syllabus that clearly states course objectives and learning outcomes, attendance policies in line with those of the college, texts and readings, timelines and evaluation criteria, and any other information required by College, Division, or department.
3) Meets all classes at assigned times. If unable to meet an assigned class, reports absence to supervisor and division staff in an appropriate manner.
4) Teaches assigned courses in subject field each academic semester. Deliver course content using a variety of teaching styles.
5) Provides instructional support to the students. Refers students, when appropriate, to sources of specialized services within the College.
6) Is available for student consultation through phone, email, or appropriately established office hours.
7) Evaluates student performance in meeting course objectives and learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions or examinations. Provides feedback to students in a timely manner on student performance.
8) Maintains accurate grade records as required by the College. Submits all attendance and grade records electronically prior to the required deadlines. Is able to produce appropriate grade records for supervisor upon request.
9) Assists in the advisement of students.
10) Uses the appropriate College policies and procedures to resolve and document student complaints, concerns and problems.
11) Assists in developing and administering discipline-appropriate measures of student academic achievement, use departmental testing instruments as provided. Administers other instruments designed to measure student learning outcomes as requested and required by the department or division. Provides all results as requested.
12) Encourages students to submit course evaluations, reviews course evaluations when available and uses feedback to improve course delivery.
13) Participates, when appropriate, in the formation and meetings of career program advisory committees, governance groups, College, division, and department committees.
14) Attends faculty meetings, department meetings, and all other meetings called by authorized personnel.
15) Attends Development Week activities and Commencement
16) Is ethical in all conduct.
17) Maintains a high level of professionalism.
18) Maintains current in compliance training, including compliance under Title IX “Responsible Employee” and, if applicable, Clery Act Campus Security Authority.
19) Properly and effectively utilizes appropriate technology to deliver instructional materials, maintain grades, and provide timely communications with students, etc.
20) Maintains current knowledge of subject matter via professional development such as professional organization membership, attendance of seminars, conferences and classes, and professional publications.
21) Provides instruction and conduct classes in accordance with the philosophy of the College and within the scope of a defined course of study.
22) Follows all institution and regulatory policies, procedures and standards. Utilize self-appraisal to determine progress in meeting performance objectives and career goals.
23) Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean or Associate Dean.

College: Knowledge of college policies, procedures, and practices; ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram form; ability to perform all essential functions using safe work methods and following safety regulations relating to job; knowledge of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Department/Divisional: Knowledge of Instructional policies, procedures, and practices with the ability to answer work related questions; and/or interpret and apply these guidelines correctly in various situations; ability to solve issues and work with diverse population, work with large crowds; ability to read and interpret instructional documents.

DECISION-MAKING and ANALYTICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram form; ability to interpret policy and establish methods and procedures for ability to perform all essential functions using safe work methods and following safety regulations relating to job; ability to organize and express ideas, directions, and data in a logical sequence to describe a process, or explain procedures such as how to perform a task to someone else.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Well-developed public speaking and presentation skills to effectively present materials to individual students or groups; well-developed written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively in a tactful and courteous manner with a variety of people, including students, employees, faculty, and the general public; ability to communicate effectively verbally and written to work with a diverse workforce and student population to prioritize and delegate projects, exchange ideas, information and opinions effectively with others to formulate policies and programs and/or arrive at decisions, conclusions or solutions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, other departments, students, and the public; ability to manage interpersonal conflict situations requiring tact, diplomacy and discretion.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a classroom setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, reach; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.


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