Communication Studies Instructor (Tenure Track)

Highline College
Job Description
General Summary

To ensure full review of your application, materials should be received by 4:00 pm, February  7, 2018.

September 19, 2018
This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position.  Typically that includes teaching 45 credits and participating in departmental and college-wide activities.  Salary is based on the negotiated faculty salary schedule.  Initial placement typically ranges from $52,540 to $62,685 (depending on the candidate's qualifications) for a 9 month contract (170 instructional days).

Essential Tasks

Teaching:  Teach courses in the Communication Studies Department (teaching assignment may include pre-college evening/weekend, on-line, and off-campus sections)

Service: Engage in department, division and college initiatives; participate in shared governance; promote the college's values and perform other contracted duties (for example, advising and community outreach) as required.
Professional development: Maintain competence in teaching and the discipline through professional development.


At Highline, successful faculty applicants demonstrate the ability to promote:

  • Active, inclusive and culturally relevant learning environments and curricula that welcome and engage all students, incorporating instructional technologies as appropriate to improve student attainment.
  • Cultural responsiveness and a commitment to equity in interactions with students, faculty, staff and community members who span a diverse range of languages, nationalities and ethnicities, socio-economic levels, identities and educational experiences.
  • Collaborative approaches to day-to-day activities, to the development of innovations and new initiatives and, when necessary, to problem-solving.
  • Self-reflection practice in teaching and learning, assessment, leadership, professional development and service.
  • Master's degree (or higher) in Communication Studies or related field from a school of Communication i.e., Journalism, Mass Media, Speech Communication, etc. 
  • Community college teaching experience.
  • Academic training or experience in assessment and curriculum design.
  • Experience in bridging curriculum to community interests/needs.


Supplemental Information

Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming.
Located 20 minutes south of downtown Seattle, Highline College serves one of the most diverse populations in the western states. Nearly 70 percent of the college's 12,000 students are students of color, representing over 35 nations and more than 100 languages.
Highline's core goals are Student Attainment, Diversity, Community Engagement and Sustainability. The college community strives to maintain a campus climate that integrates equity, inclusion and social justice as core values.
Highline has received national recognition for its diversity efforts and its support for faculty and student success. The college received the Advancing Diversity Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in 2014, as well as the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Highline was also named one of the Chronicle of Higher Education's Best Colleges to Work For in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The national Achieving the Dream initiative named Highline as a Leader College in 2008, reaffirming that recognition in 2011.
Highline's faculty number more than 500, including more than 120 full-time faculty and 350 part-time instructors. Highline offers one of the highest full-time faculty salary levels in the state and strong support for faculty professional growth, innovation and leadership.
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Highline's Communication Studies Department supports general education, Humanities, and elective requirements for most degree and certificate programs. The Communication Studies Department has previously been lauded with exemplary program designation by the Western States Communication Division. The department website is 
Your online application must include the following four attachments to be considered complete:

  1. A detailed resume that addresses the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position.
  2. A letter of application (two-page maximum) that addresses your ability to meet the FACULTY-WIDE SKILLS AND ABILITIES for appointment and, to the extent applicable, the DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS of the position.  Please include in your letter lower-division undergraduate courses taught, and number of times taught.
  3. A one-page response to the DIVERSITY STATEMENT found in the Supplemental Tab above.
  4. Unofficial Transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate course work and degrees (official transcripts required upon employment).

Applications received by 4:00 PM on February 7, 2018 will receive first consideration. Later applications may be considered until the position is filled.


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