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Assistant Professor, Digital Communication

Community College of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 3, 2023

About CCRI and the Role

Position Title

Assistant Professor, Digital Communication


English Department

Position Category


About CCRI

The Community College of Rhode Island is New England’s largest community college, and a nationally-recognized leader in catalyzing student success and achievement for recent high school graduates and returning adults alike.

We provide affordable, open access to higher education, and we deliver on our mission to offer all students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth.

Diversity is our strength. We champion equity, and we celebrate, support and thrive on the diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives that are represented across our four campuses.

We strive to hire and retain culturally competent faculty and staff whose demographics are reflective of our diverse student body. To learn more about our employees’ values and what it means to work here, learn about our Guiding Principles here .

Posting Details > Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply for this position:

· Complete CCRI’s online application, and attach a cover letter and resume by the closing date.
· If attaching a resume complete with education history and/or employment history, please
disregard these sections within the online application.
· Please include the contact information for three (3) references within the application.
· Finalists will be required to provide official college transcripts.
· Please note that all RI Council of Postsecondary Education employees (i.e., full- and part-time
faculty and non-classified employees) must be fully vaccinated and boosted when eligible. Learn
more about CCRI’s vaccination policy here .

Please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311 ( TTY : 401-825-2313) if you require assistance with the online application process.

EEO Statement

CCRI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

CCRI prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, or status as a protected veteran. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination shall be referred to CCRI’s Title IX Coordinator at

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report campus crime data, support victims of violence, and publicly outline the policies and procedures they have put into place to improve campus safety.

Job Summary

Housed within the English Department, the Communication and Film/Media program prepares students to communicate effectively and ethically across a variety of contexts and platforms. Through practical, hands-on training, students learn to create and present evidence-based research, produce professional quality media and content, and understand mass media’s role in global communication.
To support the Communication and Film/Media program, the department seeks a dynamic individual well versed in media technologies, digital communication, social and sports media, web media, and digital journalism. The successful candidate for this position will have a combination of academic and professional experience that can transfer successfully into state-of-the-art digital media academic programs that will prepare students to work in a rapidly changing field.

Duties and Responsibilities

Commitment to CCRI’s Mission:
· Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
· Work collaboratively with others in a diverse and inclusive environment.
· Work collaboratively in a diverse, inclusive and student-centered environment, with students of various learning styles, cultures, identities, and life-experiences.
Instructional skills:
· Use a variety of methodologies and technologies to teach undergraduate courses in communication and digital journalism theory and practice, such as interpersonal, small group, fundamentals, multimedia reporting, mass media, sports media, and social media.
· Embrace new and emerging technologies and trends in the communication discipline.
· Plan and organize instruction according to a course’s learning outcomes.
· Provide academic instruction through lecture, lab, or courses; assess and develop cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students through appropriate assignments and activities in one-on-one, classroom, and distance- mediated instructional settings.
· Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established office hours.
· Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum, and student learning outcomes.
Program Development:
· Revise and update course content and instructional materials in accordance with new theory, application, and industry developments within the discipline or area of specialization.
· Evaluate and select instructional materials, such as textbooks, manuals, software, hardware, and tools in collaboration, as appropriate, with discipline faculty.
· Contribute to articulation agreements between CCRI, the University of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College.
· Develop curriculum with program faculty.
· Participate in program-level assessment, including evaluating student work, analyzing data, and making recommendations.
· Participate in advisory board efforts, such as by identifying potential board members and planning related activities and presentations.
· Engage in department and college wide events for the communication/film/media path.
· Assist with organizing orientation events to support and onboard incoming program students and efforts to retain and graduate career and transfer degree candidates.
· Coordinate work-based learning for program students.
· Mentor/coach program students as needed.
Technical Knowledge/Production skills:
· Competency with Microsoft Office, LMS
· Experience with social and sports media apps and tools.
· Expertise with distribution of content across various media platforms.
· Stay current with the latest trends in media production and studies.
Communication Skills:
· Communicate effectively orally, verbally, and in writing.
· Work collaboratively with program and department colleagues.
· Respond promptly to communication from colleagues and students.
Departmental Support:
· Participate in college activities, including committee work.
· Attend English department and Communication meetings.
· Communicate effectively with English chair and program director as well as related staff to ensure the continued successful operation of the program.
· Participate in department initiatives and events.
· Other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

· MS in Mass Communication, Interactive Media, Digital Communication, Communication
· Two years teaching communication at the college-level, community college preferred.
· Excellent record of college-level teaching appropriate to rank and experience.

Competencies and Desired Qualifications

The most suitably qualified candidate will possess the following competencies:
· Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
· Ability to employ best online teaching practices within a Learning Management System.
· Demonstrated commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within subject field or discipline.

Position Details

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Pay Grade


Salary Information

Salary commensurate with education and experience


Full-time employees enjoy an array of benefits, including:

• Comprehensive Health Benefits and Rewards for Wellness Incentives
• Paid Time Off
• Parental Leave
• In-State Tuition Waivers
• Legal Care Insurance

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Collective Bargaining Unit

Reports To

Department Chair

Permanent/Limited position


Position End Date

Academic/Calendar Year


Work Schedule Information

Academic Year Schedule; Tenure Track Position

Campus Location

All Campuses

Civil Service List position

Environmental Conditions

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Posting Details

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Application Open Date


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Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications may not be accepted after the closing date.

Some roles will require finalists to provide official college transcripts and proof of COVID -19 vaccination and booster.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311. TTY : 401-825-2313.

Disability Accommodations

CCRI is committed to ensuring the full participation of all applicants throughout the recruitment process. If you should require an accommodation during the application process, please notify the Department of Institutional Equity and Human Resources prior to the closing of the posting by calling (401) 825-2311.

EEO Statement

CCRI is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

We recognize that diversity and inclusivity are essential to creating a dynamic, positive and high-performing educational and work environment. We welcome applicants who can contribute to the College’s commitment to excellence created by diversity and inclusivity.

CCRI prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or status as a protected veteran. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination shall be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator at:

The Jeanne Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose campus policy statements and crime statistics. Our annual report is available here:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master's degree in Mass Communication, Interactive Media, Digital Communication, Communication?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have two years teaching communication at the college-level?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * In order to improve CCRI's advertising strategy, please let us know where you FIRST learned of this job opportunity. Please be specific when using website or publication names (example: LinkedIN, HigherEdjobs, Chronicle, personal referral, etc.).

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Course History
Optional Documents

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