Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer in Communication Studies

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Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer in Communication Studies

Position Title:
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer in Communication Studies

Position Type:

Hiring Range:
$40 per hour.

We estimate each QAL position will require 175 hours* of effort, including syllabus prep, class prep, class time, office hours and student meetings/correspondence, grading, and any mandatory meetings/trainings. *175 hours for 1.0 unit courses; for .5 unit courses, change to 85 hours.

Job Description:
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer in Communication Studies

The Department of Communication at Santa Clara University seeks to hire Quarterly Adjunct Lecturers in Communication studies. The positions involve teaching one of a number of possible courses (but no more than two in any quarter or 4 over the entire academic year): Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Media Studies, Technology and Communication, Public Speaking, Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, or an upper-division elective in areas such as Persuasion, Information Campaigns, or Public Relations. The quarter is 10 weeks long, with an 11th week for finals. The position could be in any of the three academic quarters, depending on departmental need.

The Department of Communication at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, seeks applicants for Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer (non-tenure track) positions to teach courses in communication studies. Specific assignments will be made according to the academic qualifications of the individual and programmatic need. This is a non-exempt, hourly position. Santa Clara University is on the quarter system, and the quarters are 10 weeks long with an 11th week for final examinations. This is an applicant pool; as such, positions are hired as needed. The successful candidate will teach no more than 2 courses in any quarter and no more than four courses over the fall, winter and spring quarters.

Terminal Degree (Ph.D./MFA) in Communication or a closely-related field is preferred. Applications who are ABD or possess a Master's Degree, accompanied by commensurate academic experience in Communication or closely-related field (5-7 years of college or professional teaching) will be considered. Applications without an advanced degree but can demonstrate exceptional professional experience in Communication Studies and successful teaching at the collegiate level will be considered.

Applicant should send the following materials:

  • CV

  • Sample syllabus or similar course material

  • Teaching Evaluations

  • Short letter of introduction explaining your qualifications of teaching the course(s)

  • Letters of confidential references can be emailed directly to Helen Otero (hotero@scu.edu).



Teaching duties include but are not limited to:

1. Fulfilling all responsibilities associated with assigned courses, including:

a. Teaching a course load of no more than two courses per quarter, and no more than four per academic year;

b. Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively;

c. Assigning and evaluating assignments that align with the course description and course learning outcomes, and providing timely feedback to students;

d. Holding regular weekly office hours on campus;

e. Submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline;

f. Administering numerical and narrative evaluations for all courses;

g. Where applicable, teaching from an approved syllabus for the University Core courses assigned or working with the Chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant Faculty Core Curriculum Committee.


This position does not require any service duties. You may be invited, but not required, to attend department meetings or activities. This would be compensable (paid) time.

Work Authorization:
Santa Clara University does not sponsor any visa applications for this position. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.

To view the full job posting and apply for this position, go to https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/scu/scu/job/Santa-Clara-CA/Quarterly-Adjunct-Lecturer-in-Communication-Studies_R205

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master's universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California's oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.