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Niagara County Community College Communication Studies Instructor in Sanborn, New York

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Position Title Communication Studies Instructor

Position Category Faculty

Position Status 10 Month

FLSA Exempt

Advertised Salary $47,785 - $54,953

Department Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Working Hours Varies

General Description

SUNY Niagara is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our college as a full-time, tenure-track, Communication Studies instructor in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Division. the selected candidate will be responsible for teaching 15 credit hours per semester and advising students throughout the academic year. Courses may include Writing for the Media, Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Analytics, Media Communication, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Principles of Communication. Courses will be comprised of primarily face-to-face instruction; however, opportunities to teach in a variety of modalities (hybrid, asynchronous online, and hyflex) exist.

This individual will contribute discipline expertise in continuing to move the program forward in innovative ways. As a full-time faculty member at SUNY Niagara, successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to student success through academic excellence and participation in campus activities. In addition to teaching 15 credit hours per semester, the instructor will be responsible for student advisement, assisting in curriculum and course development, student recruitment and retention efforts, assessment of learning objectives, and participation in divisional and college activities.

The start date of this position will be August 29, 2024. The successful candidate will only be required to work 162 days per academic year (August – May) and will be provided with a winter break from mid-December to early January, and a Spring Break for one week in mid-March.

In addition to the base salary, there are avenues to increase compensation by teaching overload, teaching summer/winter courses, doing special assignments, etc. There is a tenure track pathway for promotion to higher level salaries of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor.

SUNY Niagara also provides phenomenal benefits. Please visit to view our benefits offerings. Our exceptional work environment fosters growth and personal fulfillment. As an employee, you can expect:

Work-Life Balance: When employees can balance their work and personal lives, they are happier, more productive, and better positioned to support our students.

Professional Growth: SUNY Niagara cares about employees’ professional advancement and development. You will have access to ongoing training, programs, and workshops. We support career growth and encourage employees to pursue further education.

Welcoming Culture: SUNY Niagara values the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice as they create a sense of belonging for our students and employees. We foster a collaborative culture that respects and appreciates different perspectives, ideas, and backgrounds which contribute to the richness of our institution. We believe that our diverse, inclusive community enriches the experiences of students and employees alike.

Meaningful Work: At SUNY Niagara, your work will directly impact the lives of our students and the region we serve. Our college is for all who are passionate about teaching and focused on supporting students. Our small class sizes facilitate engagement. You will shape students’ futures, prepare them for successful careers, and empower them to contribute to society. Your dedication and expertise will propel students to achieve their educational goals.

Become part of an institution that values employees, positively impacts students’ lives, and invests in its community.

Typical Work Activities

  • Provide instruction in the Communication Studies program with a focus on meeting all specified course outcomes and learning objectives.

  • Maintain current knowledge of the teaching discipline and field of study as evidenced by active participation in professional organizations and professional development activities.

  • Participate in campus-wide initiatives to support student recruitment and graduation goal attainment.

  • Assist in maintaining currency of program curriculum and content offerings through development and revision of course syllabi.

  • Utilize classroom technology and the College’s learning management system Brightspace.

  • Assess course and program learning outcomes and submit appropriate documentation.

  • Advise students in the program.

  • Contribute meaningfully and regularly to departmental/divisional meetings, committees, taskforces, and college activities.

  • Complete other duties as assigned

    Essential Functions

The successful candidate must be able to navigate relationships with diverse populations and teach a diverse student population. The ability to advise students for classes, transfer options and career advice in their field. Ability to be an active member in the division and serve on committees representing the division. Ability to speak in front of groups of people. Must be able to effectively communicate with students, colleagues, supervisors, and the campus community. Must be able to develop, prepare and present all required course material. Must be able to operate computers. Must be able to physically perform the duties of the position

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in Communication Studies or a closely related field

  • Must have at least 1 year of full-time teaching experience at the post-secondary level

  • Must have at least 1 year of professional experience in the field

    Desirable Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a closely related field

  • More than 1 year of face-to-face instruction at the college level

  • More than 1 year of professional experience in the Communication field

  • Experience teaching in a variety of modalities (face to face, asynchronous, hyflex)

  • Experience teaching in a technology-enhanced classroom, and experience using a course management system such as Brightspace.

  • Experience conducting academic advisement.


    About SUNY Niagara

    SUNY Niagara is a thriving educational institution located between the picturesque landscapes of Niagara Falls and the vibrant city of Buffalo, NY. Our college serves a diverse student population and is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment. With a commitment to academic excellence and student success, SUNY Niagara offers a supportive and collaborative environment for both faculty and staff.

    SUNY Niagara is an accredited institution of higher education that offers high-quality academic programs leading to degrees and certificates that are supported by outstanding student services. The top 4 majors of our students are Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. In 2023, SUNY Niagara ranked #1 in graduation rate among community colleges in New York State!

    SUNY Niagara provides a variety of cultural, athletic, social, and international experiences, as well as community education, small business, and workforce development that supports economic development that positively impacts the quality of life of valued stakeholders. The college operates through a collegial model of shared governance and transparency and is accountable for meeting the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

    SUNY Niagara has two locations in western New York consisting of 287 acres and 11 buildings. The Sanborn, campus is minutes from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and the Canadian border and is centrally located between the county’s three main cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls, and North Tonawanda. The Sanborn campus offers a traditional college experience with world-class academics, knowledgeable faculty members, state-of-the-art classrooms, NJCAA athletics, and on-campus housing. We continue to invest in our facilities with the addition of the Learning Commons Center, which has become the nucleus of the campus; a place for faculty to collaborate and help students develop critical thinking skills while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and innovative student support services. We also modernized our campus dining commons, providing quality meal options in a sleek, comfortable, collaborative environment.

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute ( ( NFCI ) is located in the heart of one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations, Niagara Falls. Fully outfitted with modern labs and tools for students to use as they train in both classic and trendy techniques, NFCI is home to Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Hospitality programs. The college also operates Savor, a fine dining restaurant, and La Patisserie, a European-style pastry café, at NFCI .

Our college nurtures and empowers its students and employees in ways that recognize and value our common humanity as well as the richness of our diversity. SUNY Niagara welcomes applicants who want to join a leading regional institution that provides a dynamic, educational environment, responds to students’ current and emerging needs, and strengthens its community. At SUNY Niagara we embrace diversity and promote inclusion throughout the institution by recognizing, accepting, and celebrating differences within our campus and surrounding communities. Therefore, we desire and pursue candidates who share those principles and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

EEO Statement

SUNY Niagara does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F210P

Open Date 04/23/2024

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions Summary

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by May 21, 2024. If a viable candidate is not found during the initial review, applications submitted after May 21, 2024 will be considered.

SUNY Niagara considers only those applications that clearly demonstrate the applicant meets all required qualifications as indicated on the posting, please review the qualifications before applying. Persons meeting the required qualifications as stated above should submit the following:

• cover letter that addresses each of the qualifications

• resume

• unofficial transcripts

• names and contact information for three (3) current, work related references

Incomplete packets will be rejected for lack of information.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • Do you have at least a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies or a closely related field?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Do you have at least 1 year of teaching experience at the post secondary level?
  • Yes

  • No

    • How many years of professional experience in the field of communications do you have?
  • No Experience

  • Less than 1 year

  • 1 - 2 years

  • 2-4 years

  • 5 plus years

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Transcripts

    Optional Documents

  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Portfolio

  • Certifications/Licenses

  • Transcript 2

  • Transcript 3