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Faculty Employment Opportunities

Communication Studies

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Friday, February 7, 2014
(initial screening date - open until filled)



Santa Rosa Junior College is seeking two Speech Instructors with demonstrated instructional skills to join an outstanding team of faculty, staff and instructional administrators in providing high quality services to our district, our community, and most importantly, our students. These are full-time, regular contract positions in the Communication Studies Department on the Petaluma Campus of Santa Rosa Junior College, beginning Fall Semester, August 2014. Appointments are contingent upon funding and Board approval.


The Communication Studies Department, one of the most varied departments at the District, offers classes in Communication, Speech, Film and Media Studies, and Journalism. The department is also home to the SRJC Forensics Team, The Oak Leaf student newspaper, and the Petaluma Cinema Series and Film Festival. With the growing diversity of the District, our need to build a diverse faculty has become critical. As a result, we encourage persons of all backgrounds and cultures, including persons with disabilities, to apply. Please join our eight full-time and over 20 adjunct instructors in their quest to provide comprehensive and varied educational programs to meet the needs of all of our students.


The Communication Studies Department seeks two dynamic individuals with expertise, leadership and experience developing and instructing courses in human communication and public speaking. The candidates must demonstrate the commitment and ability to perform the following duties:

  • Teach Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Teach one or more of the following courses: Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Introduction to Communication Studies, Introduction to Argumentation, Communication Skills.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the development of department and college goals. Participate in department and college functions such as staff meetings, committee work, faculty evaluations, assessment of student learning outcomes, and community outreach on behalf of the College.


The SRJC Petaluma Campus currently enrolls nearly 6,000 students in credit and non-credit courses. Each semester, approximately 350 course sections in nearly 60 disciplines are offered, including many majors and certificates as well as all of the courses necessary for transfer to UC, CSU, or to complete SRJCs general education requirements. SRJC has been offering courses in the Petaluma area for nearly 50 years. The original Petaluma Center operated primarily as an evening program until the completion in 1995 of permanent facilities on its current site, and was granted campus status by the SRJC Board of Trustees and the California Community College Chancellors Office in the spring of 1999. A second phase of new construction was completed in 2008; a third phase renovated the original campus. This project, the largest of its kind in SRJCs history, tripled the square footage of the campus. Among the new facilities are labs and classrooms, a second art studio, a 35,000 square foot library, a physical fitness center, a bookstore, student services and support areas, expanded dining space, faculty/administrative offices, and a 256-seat auditorium. The campus offers state-of-the-art technology throughout, including a wireless network, fully mediated instructional facilities, and video-conferencing capabilities. Other unique features of the campus include the Capri Creek restoration project and an accessible walking and bike trail system. A Cinema Series, Digital Media, Networking, Helpdesk, Fitness, Nutrition and Health, CISCO, and Water Resources Technology certificates are some of the program offerings unique to the campus. This beautiful campus is located 35 miles north of San Francisco.



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 areas AND Master's Degree in Drama/Theater Arts, Mass Communication, or English; OR the equivalent; OR a fully satisfied (Life) California Community College Instructors Credential in Language Arts & Literature. Requires a sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

If you do not possess the minimum qualifications exactly as stated above, you must file for equivalency. If claiming equivalency, applicants are responsible for documenting all course work, degree programs and related professional experience at time of application.


  • Dynamic approach to teaching Speech and Communication classes;
  • Distinguished research, graduate coursework and/or successful teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: Communication Theory, Persuasion, Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Group Communication and/or Intercultural Communication;
  • Experience using innovative technology in the classroom including instruction in presentation software;
  • Inter-collegiate forensics experience with a distinguished record of competition;
  • Proven ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues.

SRJC offers courses at two campuses, located in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, as well as multiple satellite locations within the district, including online. While your primary assignment may be for the Petaluma Campus, please note the district reserves the right of assignment to any location, and that assignments could involve any combination of day or evening classes with weekly office hours being mandatory.


In order to be given priority consideration for this position, applicants must submit AN ORIGINAL PLUS ONE COPY OF EACH of the following documents by the priority filing deadline:

  1. A completed Santa Rosa Junior College Faculty Application Form, Personal Data Form and Applicant Notification Form. Voluntary Data Form is optional.
    • If applicable, completed Equivalency Form and supporting documents.
  2. A cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including how you meet the requirements and are qualified to perform the duties as listed in the Position Description section of this announcement.
  3. A one- to two-page statement addressing your teaching philosophy & approach to working with an increasingly diverse student body.
    • Discuss your approach to teaching speech and other communication studies courses, especially with regard to collaborative learning. How would your instructional methods and curriculum serve the needs of diverse student populations? Please include examples in your narrative.
  4. Current Resume.
  5. Copies of transcripts of all college level course work. Unofficial copies (both sides) are acceptable, but official transcripts must be submitted prior to hiring. If transcripts are from an institution outside of the United States, applicants must provide a formal evaluation of their foreign degree(s) at the time of application. Contact the Human Resources Department for more information.
  6. If applicable, copy of fully satisfied (Life) California Community College Instructors Credential in Language Arts & Literature.
  7. Two current letters of reference specific to this position.

(In loose-leaf form - no folders or binding please.)


  • Starting Salary Range: $57,389 - $80,918 per year (2013/14 Faculty Salary Schedule). Teaching experience, other related professional experience, and academic degrees determine salary placement on a schedule that is competitive with other California Community Colleges.

  • Benefits: The District offers a competitive health and benefit package for employees and eligible dependents.

  • Leave/Holiday time: Full-time faculty members earn one day of sick leave for each month worked.

  • Housing: A mortgage loan at reduced fees may be available to the candidate selected for this position (contact Human Resources for more information).


Application Materials & Procedures

To download job announcements and application materials, please go to or contact us to be mailed the materials to apply :

Human Resources Department

Santa Rosa Junior College

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1988 Armory Drive

MAILING ADDRESS: 1501 Mendocino Avenue

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

PHONE (707) 527-4954

FAX (707) 527-4967


The office is located in the Button Building on the college campus and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All documents included in your application file become the property of the college and will not be returned. Your file for this opening will not be considered for future openings. New documents must be submitted for each opening.

It is the candidate's responsibility to be sure that ALL required materials are in the Human Resources Department by 5:00 p.m. on the priority filing deadline to be given priority consideration. Applications received after the priority filing deadline will be considered only if the initial priority screening is unsuccessful.

Following the priority filing deadline, applications which are complete for screening will be forwarded to a screening committee for review. Approximately 15 to 20 days later, we will notify you whether or not you have been chosen for interview. Those applicants most suitably qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a Screening Committee. The Screening Committee may include representatives from the Faculty, the Administration, the Classified Staff, the Student Body, and the Board of Trustees.

Although Santa Rosa Junior College does not reimburse candidates for expenses related to the first interview, candidates traveling from out of the area for administrative or full-time faculty positions who are selected as finalists will be offered a travel stipend for their administrative interview(s).

If you are in need of special services or facilities due to a disability in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources Department.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (Prior to beginning employment):

  1. In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  2. Pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  3. Must be fingerprinted and have background clearance (at applicant's expense); and
  4. Must take a TB test (once hired and every four years thereafter).

The Jeanne Clery Annual Security Report, which includes personal safety and crime prevention information, related District policies, and District crime statistics, is available at or paper copies are available upon request from the District Police Department.

Equal Employment Opportunity

SRJC attracts and retains the most qualified faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. This is achieved through an inclusive recruitment strategy and a rigorous, thorough hiring process that begins with the fair and consistent evaluation of each application for minimum qualifications and demonstrated skills specific to each position. Because the ability to serve students from broad cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds and genders is a key commitment of the College mission, SRJC actively encourages applications from candidates who recognize the value that diversity brings to a professional educational community.