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Mass Communication Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty

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Work type: Full time
Location: Harper College Main Campus (Palatine)
Categories: Faculty
Salary: Per Faculty Contract
Pay Grade: FF Instructional Faculty - 26 Pays
Division: Provost
Department: Liberal Arts

Schedule InformationThe successful candidate is expected to teach 15 contact hours in the Communication Arts Department. In addition to teaching 15 contact hours per semester, a full-time faculty member serves on departmental, divisional and institutional committees; holds six office hours per week (some of which must be on campus); and pursues professional development opportunities related to discipline and pedagogy.

Weeks per fiscal yearFaculty are covered under a 9-month contract period (August thru May)

BenefitsHealth, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance; Sick and Holiday pay; Personal Business; Educational Assistance: Tuition Waivers at Harper & Professional Expense

Position Description and DutiesHarper College is one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 30,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs. In 2022, Harper also received the distinction of being recognized as a Top 25 semifinalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. 

The Mass Communication Department at Harper College is actively seeking a student-centered diverse pool of candidates to fill a full-time faculty position specializing in the field of media production. Successful candidates will assume responsibilities that encompass a broad spectrum of courses, encompassing, but not restricted to, podcast production, motion graphics, multi-camera video production, and post-production techniques. As we witness continued growth in our department's enrollment, driven by our expanding Audio/Video Arts Technology Certificate program, prospective faculty members are anticipated to play a pivotal role in not only delivering existing courses but also contributing to the development of innovative curricula, certification programs, and academic degrees.  

Our department boasts state-of-the-market facilities that include an FM radio station, a podcasting studio, a high-caliber video production studio, a mobile video production unit, and two dedicated classrooms furnished with Apple Workstations equipped with the Adobe Suite. Additionally, we feature a 50-seat movie theater to enhance the overall learning experience. 

The successful candidate will be able to teach a wide variety of introductory courses to students of diverse backgrounds and varying levels of college readiness using traditional and alternative delivery methods. We encourage interested candidates to familiarize themselves with our course offerings. This position teaches a standard load of fifteen (15) credit hours per semester (30 credits per academic year) consisting chiefly of mass communication technical production courses. This may include release time to be given for chair/coordinator duties. Classes may be offered in day, evening, and/or online modalities and may also have the opportunity to teach in the, Honors Program, Social Justice Studies Program and "linked" courses (through the college's Learning Communities Program).

We seek a full-time colleague to begin in August, 2024.

Educational RequirementsA Master's degree in a media production-related field, at least 18 hours must be in media production is required.

Experience RequirementsAt least 2 years of hands-on experience in the realm of professional media production, prior post-secondary teaching experience (with preference given to those who have taught at the community college level), experience with curriculum design, assessment and equipment procurement, are required.

Experience Desired:

The following are preferred knowledge, skills, and experiences for a successful candidate:

  • Proficiency in the use of Adobe Suite within a Macintosh environment, coupled with experience in both instructing and employing this software suite. 
  • Competence in mobile production, including adeptness with NDI technology. 
  • Basic proficiency in broadcast engineering and network skills. 
  • Practical familiarity with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) production. 
  • Experience in teaching online courses, reflecting an aptitude for remote instruction and digital pedagogical methods. 
  • Candidates with prior experience in radio and podcasting will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with our nationally acclaimed, award-winning radio station. 

Application Review Date:  Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before November 15, 2023.

Special Notes:

*You will not be able to complete the application without attaching the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/Resume (Does not substitute for completed application)
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from Regionally accredited institutions
  • A one page single-spaced statement of your teaching philosophy. In your teaching philosophy, please include how you approach classroom management, how you assess students, and how you use instructional technology.

*Official transcripts required upon hire.

*Employment is contingent upon a Criminal Background Check

*Employment Sponsorship is not available

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

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Last Updated: 11/6/23