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Instructor, Communication Studies

Requisition ID req200
Department Communication Studies
Campus Sylvania Campus - 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration / Close Date 1/28/2019
Position Summary

Portland Community College Sylvania Campus’ Arts, Performance and Design (APD) Division is seeking a full-time instructor in Communication Studies. This division is comprised of nine (9) departments/areas of study; Architecture, Art, Communication, Journalism, Dance, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Music and Theater Arts. These departments often work in collaboration to help enhance our students college experience. This position requires knowledge of communication and journalism topics, including but not limited to: Oral Communication, Public Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, and Intercultural Communication. There are presently 16 sections of Communication Studies courses as well as 4 Journalism courses.

As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves nearly 73,000 full-time and part-time students. We offer high-quality education and opportunities for our students, which in turn contributes to the vibrancy of Portland's economic community. We aim to educate a skilled workforce, prepare students to successfully transfer to four-year schools, enrich the community through lifelong learning, build a greener workforce and shrink our carbon footprint, and be a sound financial steward of public dollars.

See the classification description for additional information:

Candidate Profile

These qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

-Knowledge of theory and best practices of teaching Public Speaking and at least one of the following: Interpersonal Communication or Introduction to Communication

-Ability or capacity to teach Communication or Journalism courses on-line

-Ability to create a student-centered learning environment that supports diverse learners

-Demonstrates an understanding of the diversity, educational challenges and needs of community college students

-Demonstrates exceptional oral and written communication skills

-Demonstrates the ability to work collegially, creatively and collaboratively at the department/division/campus/college levels

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

Master’s degree in Speech Communication, Communication, Communication Studies
Interdisciplinary degrees that include a minimum of 30 graduate credits in Speech Communication
Any related Speech Communication Master’s degree (e.g. Telecommunications or Mass Communication) to teach subject-related courses

Degree must be from an accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications

- A minimum of 2 years of college-level teaching experience

Position Grade 0
Starting Salary Expectations Initial Salary Placement up to Step 3 ($56,274) will be based on related experience, per PCC's collective bargaining agreement.
Position Grade Salary Range $52530 to $91089 Annual Salary
PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waver for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age; plus partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

*Please note: Temporary Full-Time Faculty are not eligible for Personal Leave Days, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, or AD&D Insurance.

Paid Leave:
- 1 day of sick leave for every 18 days worked (~10 days/year)
- 21 hours of additional personal leave per year
- 4 paid holidays (which occur during the term you are teaching)

View a complete list of PCC benefits.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
  • Official transcripts are required to be submitted within 2 weeks of offer date for degrees required in the stated Instructor Qualifications. 
  • Instructors shall have earned required academic credentials at a regionally accredited US institution or a foreign institution having the equivalent of regional accreditation. Instructors with credentials from other countries will have their transcripts evaluated by agencies that have good standing with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to establish fulfillment of this standard. (for more information see
  • For more information on PCC's General Instructor Qualifications Policy I301 visit: 

These positions are included in the bargaining agreement between Portland Community College and the Portland Community College Faculty Federation Employees. 

Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.