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Assistant Professor, Communication Studies / Debate Coach, Academic Affairs

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Work type: Full-time Faculty
Location: Overland Park Main Campus
Categories: Credit Instruction

Position, Department: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies / Debate Coach, Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs

Type of Position: Full-time Faculty, Exempt

Work Schedule, Hours per week: Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm, may vary depending on department needs, 40 hours per week

Pay Grade/Pay Range: 9MOBU, *Actual pay depends on qualifications

Benefits Category: Full-time Benefits 

Position Summary: Teach Debate courses and other Communication Studies courses which may include Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Personal Communication (a blended course), Intercultural Communication, and/or Workplace Skills.

Will coach the college debate team including team travel, judging, recruiting, management of the debate budget, managing team research, the development of team strategies, conducting and evaluating practice debates, and other duties related to the management of the debate team. Must be willing and able to work with all experience levels (Novice, JV, and Open).

Perform other duties expected of full-time faculty, including maintaining scheduled office hours; developing and revising curriculum; participating and contributing to department responsibilities; participating in college, division, and department meetings; serving on committees; and other duties as assigned. Teaching assignments may be day, evening, weekend, hybrid, online, on or off campus, and are subject to change as needed.

Candidates selected for interview will be required to make a teaching presentation as part of the interview process and to share student learning activities and assessments.

Required Qualifications:

- Master's degree with 18 hours in Communication Studies, Communication, Speech, or Speech Communication
- One year of post-secondary teaching experience in the communication discipline
- Previous college-level debate coaching experience (CEDA/NDT)
- Ability to coach multiple skill and experience levels from novice to open debaters
- Knowledge and experience with current debate theories and argument types
- Knowledge and comfort with various technology tools including Verbatim, Dropbox, Tabroom, Slack, and Zoom for debate team management
- Demonstrated strong teaching ability
- Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the teaching mission of a comprehensive community college
- Strong understanding of the changing landscape of higher education
- Ability to adopt new technologies
- Ability to deliver engaging online content
- Ability to collaborate with faculty and students from other disciplines as well as people from the community

Preferred Qualifications:

- Master's degree in Communication Studies, Communication, Speech or Speech Communication
- Community college teaching experience
- Two or more years of post-secondary teaching experience in the communication discipline

To be considered for this position we will require:

  • resume/cv
  • Teaching and Coaching Philosophy of no more than 4 pages that addresses your teaching and coaching experiences, success, and challenges in working with a diverse student population
  • A list that shows all courses you've taught in the last 5 years and the number of sections taught for each course
  • A list of debate successes
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Cover letter that specifically addresses the required and preferred qualifications
  • Unofficial transcripts

*Unofficial transcripts are required for all Adjunct faculty and Faculty positions.

Duties and responsibilities, as required by business necessity, may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing. Scheduling, shift assignments and work location may be changed at any time, as required by business necessity.

Diversity Statement: Here at Johnson County Community College, we seek to inspire positive change for our students, faculty, and staff through promoting growth and development of all individuals. We aim to create a sense of belonging, accepting all values, life experiences, and perspectives on our campus. We are seeking individuals who will bring their true, authentic selves to JCCC so we can broaden perspectives with innovative ideas, interests, and passions, while fostering and promoting our diversity commitments to our community. We believe that engaging all of our unique employees is the key to students’ success. You belong here.

About JCCC: Established in 1969, Johnson County Community College is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities through learning. Located in Overland Park, Kansas, JCCC has enjoyed a national reputation for educational excellence and student success for more than 50 years. That's five decades dedicated to smaller class sizes, more resources and a thriving campus culture – not to mention our competitive tuition rates and extracurricular experiences that transcend the norm.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. JCCC provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

Disclosure:  If you need any assistance throughout the search process, please reach out to the HR Generalist for this position. In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. Individual hiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of the applicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require those selected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degrees obtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the review date listed in posting.

If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonable accommodation in the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email


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