The Humanities Division of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is seeking candidates for an adjunct faculty position teaching Public Speaking courses. The successful applicant will be well qualified to teach courses in Public Speaking to a diverse student population. The start date for these positions is August 2020. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: 1. designing a course syllabus for Public Speaking in accordance with UPJ standards and guidelines provided by the Public Speaking Coordinator; 2. providing well-prepared, appropriately designed, carefully focused classes to college students that emphasize an awareness of audience, purpose, and means; 3. informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements; 4. preparing and grading class assignments, essays, and examinations and informing students of their academic progress; 5. maintaining attendance, scholastic, and personnel records and submitting them according to published deadlines; 6. advertising/posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy. 7. engaging in program improvement initiatives sponsored by the Communication department; 8. maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/ learning strategies; 9. demonstrating appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics; Education/Experience: Ph.D in Communication or Rhetoric preferred; Master's degree in one of those disciplines required. Desirable Qualifications: Demonstrated commitment to student learning and to the success of all students in the open-access learning environment of a community college; 2. Demonstrated sensitivity to issues of diversity, and ability to motivate and teach community college students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation; 3. Training and/or experience in teaching Public Speaking, as well as a willingness to teach other courses in the discipline as needed; 4. Commitment to innovation and improvement of teaching, and interest in building a strong Public Speaking program; 5. Commitment to professional and personal; 6. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a small-campus setting that requires involvement and responsibilities from each member; 7. Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative spirit; 8. Recent experience teaching Public Speaking or Communication; 9. Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
Prior to any offer of employment, official transcripts will be required.
Please provide a cover lettter indicating your intent and a teaching statement with your CV. Letters of recommendation are optional for intitial application. Official transcripts are required after offer of employment. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
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