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Communications Instructor (Laney)
Peralta Community College District in Oakland, California
Date Posted 09/15/2021
Faculty-Communications-Other Communications
Salary Salary Range: $57,635- $77,843/y -  
Employment Type 1.0 FTE
Application Deadline Open until filled

Peralta/College Information

Laney College is one of four two-year colleges maintained by the Peralta Community College District, located near the urban center of Oakland. The 60-acre campus is located near the Oakland Museum, the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, BART, and within blocks of Lake Merritt. It is the largest of the four campuses with a population of 12,000 students. The College serves as a community and cultural center and provides various educational programs, and services that assist adults of diverse communities as they face the social, economic, and personal challenges of a changing society.

Job Title

Communications Instructor (Laney)

Time Base

1.0 FTE


Salary Range: $57,635- $77,843/yr. Initial salary placement is commensurate with experience and educational background.

Benefits Information



The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. The value of the employer contribution towards your benefits may increase your total compensation by as much as 47%.  Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical, dental, vision, prescription drug insurance coverage*
• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.
• Long-term disability coverage. 
• Employee Assistance Program.

In addition to your contribution, Peralta pays 14.43% of your salary to the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS).  Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalSTRS. Specific information regarding the changes can be found at http://www.calstrs.com/post/frequently-asked-questions-ab-340-public-employees-pension-reform-act-2013. For further up to date information on CalSTRS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at www.calstrs.com. The CalSTRS member handbook is available at http://www.calstrs.com/calstrs-member-handbook.  After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65. Other benefits include 10 days sick leave, and holidays.

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)
• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132) 
• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans
• Credit union membership 
• Prepaid legal plan participation  
• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children

* Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District.  Other plans require employee contribution.  Subject to change.

Position Type



Communications (555)

Job Description Summary

The classroom assignment for the full-time Communications Instructor may include: courses in communication studies, including intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and introduction to speech, argumentation, persuasion, and critical thinking, and other courses as assigned.

Duties & Responsibilities

Teaching schedule may include evening or weekend hours as part of contract assignment.

Instructors are expected to use and keep abreast of advanced teaching methods, including the use of current and future technologies to support student learning and career objectives.

• Use and keep abreast of advanced teaching methods, including current and future technologies to support student learning and career objectives.
• Provide class instruction in accordance with established course outlines.
• Inform students via syllabi concerning course requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance requirements.
• Maintain necessary attendance, scholastic and personnel records, and submits them according to published deadlines.
• Prepare and grade class assignments and examinations and promptly returns them to students.
• Post and maintain required office hours in accordance with the prevailing policy.
• Participate in faculty discussions on curriculum, teaching-learning techniques and teaching materials.
• Participate on departmental, divisional, and campus committees. Develop and revise courses in the discipline.

The Instructor is also responsible for providing a full professional service week that may include, but is not limited to:

• Teaching, teaching preparation, maintenance of office hours and student advising, and maintenance of student rosters, class records and grade completion in accordance with District policy and procedures; 
• Performing departmental duties such as program and curriculum development, evaluation and revision, and selecting appropriate instructional materials, and working with administrators and other faculty to develop a comprehensive pre-collegiate program; 
• Participation in professional activities such as departmental and campus committee work, faculty peer evaluations, staff meetings and participation in the governance structure of the College and District; 
• Pursuing professional growth activities to remain current in discipline and teaching methodology; 
• Performing professional outreach activities (e.g., working with administrators and other faculty, as part of course development and depending on need, by participating in an industry advisory committee for a program, working with inter-segmental education partners—such as high school, adult school and other colleges—and industry partners to design and implement effective basic skills curricula and career pathways in the discipline, etc.); and 
• Performing other related duties as assigned by the College.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in speech, speech broadcasting, telecommunications, rhetoric, communication, communication studies, speech communication, or organizational communication;

2. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the above;

Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in drama/theater arts, mass communication, or English;

3. May submit a fully satisfied lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing service to teach courses in
(California credentials were no longer issued after July 1, 1990).
4. The equivalent qualifications. 
(Candidates who claim equivalency must provide conclusive evidence, as clear and reliable on the college transcripts as required on the District Equivalency Application Form. Refer to the Equivalency Procedures below. This is not a process to waive the minimum qualifications.) 

5. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications

• Doctoral work towards (or having completed) a Ph.D. in Communication, Communication Studies, Rhetoric, Media Studies, or other related discipline. 
• Demonstrate commitment to the learning success of all students in the open-access community college environment. This includes a sensitivity to issues of diversity, and ability to teach students of varying ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds, different sexual orientations, religions, genders, and learning abilities, as well as students at varied levels of preparation. 
• Recent experience teaching Intercultural Communication and/or Interpersonal Communication. 
• Ability and willingness to teach a wide range of classes as schedules and institutional commitments require. 
• Interest and ability to develop and/or revise online, CTE, and transfer-level courses within the curriculum. 
• Demonstrated knowledge in current teaching practices, including assessment of learning outcomes. 
• Evidence of effective use of technology, both in the classroom and on the web. 
• Commitment to cross-disciplinary education and collegial participation in departmental, college and discipline-specific professional activities. 
• Ability to explain discipline-specific concepts in a clear, logical and concise fashion; interact effectively with students, peers and administrative personnel; work independently to solve problems; recognize variation in student backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles; be patient with students; maintain integrity, honesty, reliability, and cooperation. 
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Application Deadline Date

October 12, 2021

Open Date

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