Assistant Professor, Media Studies & Journalism

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Professor, Media Studies & Journalism
Open Internally or Externally External
If faculty, tenure track status Tenure Track
Reports to (title) Associate Dean Communication and Performing Arts
Department Communication (School of Arts, Comm & Media)-2T1
Requisition Number F17016
Position Type New position
Job Category Faculty
FT/PT Full-time
Initial Work Location
Starting Salary $44,393-$66,590/Academic year
Job Open Date 09/13/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Review Date 02/15/2018
Job Summary

Salt Lake Community College seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application and integration of knowledge. The successful applicant will join a vital and innovative department as its members are reflective practitioners and knowledgeable teachers in their respective fields. They participate in their professional communities and collaborate with colleagues in developing curriculum. Such faculty members actively serve our students in successfully obtaining the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in their careers.

The School of Arts, Communication & Media, located in the state-of-the-art Center for Arts and Media at South City Campus, offers a diverse array of disciplines and programs that engage and inspire all Salt Lake Community College students. The convergence of talent among students, faculty and staff produces a quality educational experience unmatched by any other two-year college.

Under supervision of the Associate Dean, the successful candidate will teach a wide variety of visual communication, media production, or communication studies courses, as well as fulfill committee and related tasks as assigned.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

1. Develop, teach and coordinate face-to-face and online instruction across various communication courses, in visual communication, digital media technology, news media.
2. Utilize diverse methodologies, rigorous assessment and consistent course content.
3. Participate in curriculum development, textbook selection, and course and program assessment as needed.
4. Provide students with clear assignment descriptions and grading criteria.
5. Respond with appropriate and timely feedback regarding assignments and quizzes.
6. Assess and maintain accurate and current student performance records.
8. Demonstrate commitment to professional development and commitment to making significant contributions to the Communication Department, in addition to teaching a full class load.
9. Attend regularly scheduled meetings and workshops.
10. Advise students on their academic progress and program requirements.
11. Work closely with the Student Media Center to coordinate curriculum and practicum opportunities for students.
12. Maintain a supportive attitude toward work, students, colleagues, and administration.
13. Accept other duties as assigned.
14. Attend New Faculty Orientation sessions

Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued

1. Demonstrate and support professional commitment to Department and College mission and values.
2. Pursue professional development activities and contribute to the Department policies and procedures.
3. Serve on Department, School, and/or College committees as needed to assist in policy development, curriculum development, procedures, or other matters that benefit the Department, School, and/or College.
4. Work collaboratively with faculty in other disciplines.
5. Participates in service to the department, division, school and college
6. Participates in Committees as needed and/or requested
7. Participates in curriculum development and implementation
8. Maintain a minimum of 5 hours of regularly scheduled office/consultation hours.

Position may require travel to multiple SLCC locations.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Successful and paid experience in teaching a variety of communication classes at the community college level, in visual communication, digital media technology, news media, social media, journalism, and public relations.
2. Record of successful and paid experience with curriculum development of communication courses.
3. Record of successful and paid experience teaching online classes, and working in online educational platforms.
4. Record of successful and paid experience with supervising and/or advising students.
5. Record of successful and paid experience on academic committees.
6. Professional experience in visual communication, journalism, social media, digital media integration, and/or layout and design.
7. Strong working knowledge of the Adobe Master Suite (specifically Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Audition, Premiere and InDesign).
8. Applicable certifications in Photoshop, Premiere, etc.
9. Experience working with unique communities (for example, autism spectrum, differently-abled, aged, etc.)
10. Experience working in a community college environment.
11. Demonstrated ability to maintain and supervise Center for Arts and Media communication area facilities.
12. Demonstrated ability to select equipment for upgrades and replacement.
13. Demonstrated ability to supervise Student Media Center productions in radio, television, etc.
14. Ability to help promote SLCC and the Media Studies & Journalism program at on-campus and off-campus recruiting events.
15. Demonstrated experience with community engagement.
16. Demonstrated commitment to improving access to, and retention in, higher education for students from communities traditionally under-represented in higher education.
17. Demonstrated experience in multicultural teaching practices.
18. Demonstrated experience teaching courses with an emphasis on cultural and ethnic diversity.
19. Bilingual.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Master’s degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, Visual Communication, or related field from an accredited college or university.
2. Demonstrated ability teaching students in communication subjects, such as visual communication, journalism, news media, digital storytelling, or similar hands-on production.
A record of successful teaching in the discipline on the college/university level.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

1. Deep knowledge of discipline area.

2. Effectively communicate complex and relevant educational materials.

3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of current and historical mass media and media industry trends, with the ability to incorporate a progressive mass media workflow into course curriculum.

4. Show distinctive promise as an educator in the Communication Department.

5.Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, culture, ethnic background, and abilities, to maintain good working relationships across the College. The ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

6. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to establish positive working relationships with faculty and staff.

7. Ability to successfully collaborate with faculty in other disciplines, including speech communication, film, music, etc.

8. Provide leadership and outreach to area high schools, colleges and universities,
community organizations and professionals, in order to build and maintain community and educational connections and partnerships.

Non-Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Special Instructions

Priority Review Date Feb. 15, 2018 *: All applications received by this date will receive first priority in screening. All others will be reviewed as needed until the position is filled.

Required Documents for Application*:The following documents are required:
1. Copy of your transcripts and
2. Resume/curriculum vitae for the committee to review.
3. Diversity Statement that addresses your commitment to improving access to, and retention in, higher education for students from communities traditionally under-represented in higher education. Please include your experiences in multicultural teaching practices (can upload in “other documents” or include with “resume”).

Any additional documents for additional consideration by the committee are encouraged. For example:
1. Examples of student evaluations
2. Letters of Recommendation/Reference Letters
3. Digital portfolio, demo reel, etc.

Selected finalists will be required to conduct a classroom teaching demonstration, and to supply evidence of professional work.

Please contact the SLCC HR Office at 801-957-4210 for any assistance with the letters of recommendation or the application process. It is preferred that all reference letters be uploaded with your online application. However, alternative methods are listed below:
1. Mailing address:
Salt Lake Community College
Attn: Human Resources
PO Box 30808
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0808

2. Email to – Be sure to clearly indicate Assistant Professor, Media Studies & Journalism in the email.

SLCC offers a comprehensive benefits package for FT Faculty members. Please visit our Benefits Information web page at:

PR Date: Revised: 11/14/17

FLSA Exempt

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn about this position?
    • Newspaper
    • Ethnic Media
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Organization
    • SLCC Website
    • Referral Agency
    • Workforce Services
    • College Placement Center
    • Friend
    • Employee
    • SLCC Email
    • SLCC HR Office
    • Other (please specify below)
  2. * Salt Lake Community College values diversity and encourages all interested persons to apply. Please tell us on which diversity job board or website you saw this position advertised.
    • Diversity in Academia (
    • Diverse Jobs (
    • Diversity in Higher (
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education (
    • None of the above
  3. If you saw this posting on a diversity job board/website other than from those listed above, please tell us where:

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curr. Vitae
  2. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Letters of Reference
  3. Other Doc
  4. Student/Faculty Evaluations