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Instructor, Communications Studies

Foothill-De Anza Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
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Nov 4, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
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Instructor, Communications Studies

Initial Review Date: 01/07/2022*

*Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the faculty position of Instructor, Communications Studies, De Anza College.

Foothill - De Anza Community College District Mission Statement:

The mission of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.

De Anza College Mission Statement:

De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college's Institutional Core Competencies:

  • Communication and expression

  • Information literacy

  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility

  • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental awareness

  • Critical thinking


    The Communication Studies Department offers college level courses, which cover the areas of interpersonal, problem solving and critical reasoning in groups, public communication, and argumentation and rhetorical analysis. In addition, the department has developed many special interest courses, which add breadth to the program and support our Associate Degrees and Certificate in Communication Studies. Our courses allow students freedom within the curriculum to meet a variety of needs and goals including general education courses and requirements in a variety of major and certificate programs. The special interest courses include Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Facilitation.


    Teach all of our core courses through the praxis of equity, social justice, and multicultural education in ways relevant to the discipline of communication studies. Develop and integrate curricula with a commitment to making interdisciplinary connections. Help the college meet its commitment to information literacy as well as global, cultural, social, and environmental awareness.

    Assist the growth of students through preparation of course materials; effective student-centered teaching methodologies; cultural sensitivity; informed critical feedback on assignments, exams, presentations; and regular conference hours. Develop and assess program level and student learning outcomes. Collaborate with colleagues to develop state-of-the-art approaches to speech pedagogy and to develop curricula and new programs in our discipline.

    Standard duties expected of all faculty include development and evaluation of curricula, maintaining scheduled office hours, attending department and division meetings, pursuing professional growth activities, service on district and/or college committees, and performing other duties consistent with the role of an instructor. Instructors also have the opportunity to participate in campus extra-curricular activities.


    1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

    2. Master's Degree in speech, speech broadcasting, telecommunications, rhetoric, communication, communication studies, speech communication, or organizational communication OR Bachelor's degree in any of the above AND Master's degree in drama/theater arts, mass communication, or English OR the equivalent


    1. Experience teaching the core courses such as Public Speaking, Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Argumentation and Rhetorical Analysis, Small Group Communication, Interpersonal, or Organizational Communication.

    2. Recent and relevant teaching experience at the secondary or college level.

    3. Experience and/or education in integrating instructional technology and pedagogy in a variety of formats, including face to face, hybrid, and online.

    4. Demonstrated commitment to culturally inclusive pedagogy and practices for students from historically underrepresented and non-traditional backgrounds.

    5. Demonstrated commitment to working collegially, in an environment with a diverse division/team on implementing innovative practices and participating in dialogues on equity and social justice.

    6. Knowledge of curriculum design/development and assessment of student learning outcomes.

    7. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development and community engagement.



    1. Indoor, office environment.

    Physical Abilities:

    (Applicants should perform these physical abilities with or without reasonable accommodations)

    2. Hearing and speaking to exchange information.

    3. Vision sufficient to read various materials.

    4. Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform the tasks required of the position.

    5. Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.

    6. Bending at waist, kneeling, or crouching.

    7. Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally.

    8. Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.


    1. A District on-line application to be completed at *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

    2. A cover letter detailing your background and experience, skills, and abilities as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.

    3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

    If you wish to request equivalency for this position (if you believe you do not otherwise meet minimum qualifications via educational degree attainment as specified), you may submit the Request for Equivalency form. This form will need to be submitted with your application packet. You may either scan a hard copy of this form with your application packet or submit it as a Word document with your application packet.

    If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application packet. Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

    Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” webpage to assist with technical difficulties at:

    HIRING RANGE: $60,490.00 - $99,345.00 annually plus benefits; actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience.

    For the complete Faculty Salary Schedule, go to:

    Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits are also available such as legal assistance, pet insurance, and long-term care. Faculty are also eligible for paid professional development leaves and stipends for educational and professional development.

    For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

    TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, Tenure-track, 10-months per year

    STARTING DATE: Fall 2022

    Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

    The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

    The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

    For more information about our application process contact:

    Employment Services

    Foothill-De Anza Community College District

    12345 El Monte Road

    Los Altos Hills, California 94022

    (650) 949-6217


    This position will become Open Until Filled after the initial Closing Date. Any complete applications received while the position is Open Until Filled will be reviewed by the hiring committee only upon committee request.

    To apply, visit

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