Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Communication (COMM 310) Group Facilitation and Leadership

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7100916 (Ref.No. 3104345)
Posted: May 26, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: May 11, 2022
Deadline: May 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

The Communication Department seeks to hire a per-course faculty member to teach Comm 310, Group Facilitation and Leadership, in the Summer of 2022 in the Master's of Intercultural Communication Program.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30am - 12:15pm (remote)

Program dates are 7/11-7/22 and 8/8-8/19.

Course Description

This course focuses on the development of group facilitation and critical thinking skills for making ethical decisions in various multicultural settings. Topics covered in this course include leadership and communication theories of power and interpersonal dynamic in teams and groups, listening abilities and perspective-taking, practical discussion facilitation skill building, and understanding organizational structure and decision-making processes. The Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication focuses on applied learning, and thus this course should include substantial learning experiences where students apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge to professional contexts.

Candidates should have a graduate degree (PhD or equivalent preferred) in Communication or related field with evidenced teaching experience (preferably in a graduate program). The position requires a familiarity with and commitment to the Communication field, student-centered teaching, and a liberal arts education, as well as an appreciation of and respect for the social justice oriented learning/teaching environment St. Mary's fosters as a Lasallian educational institution. Professional experience working in an intercultural setting is desired, and extensive experience may be considered in lieu of a terminal degree.

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