Basic Course Coordinator
The Department of Communication at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Term Instructor position in Communication. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. The initial term of appointment is for one twelve-month contract (June 25 2018 through June 24 2019) with contract renewal contingent on satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until this position is filled for the Fall 2018 semester. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, applications must be received by April 24, 2018.
The Basic Course Coordinator position entails working with the Basic Course Director to manage all aspects of the introductory communication courses in the Mason Core (the university’s General Education program) as well as teaching two courses each regular semester and one course in the summer session. The Basic Course Coordinator will assist the Basic Course Director with instructor hiring and training, curriculum development and design, and managing course documentation. The Basic Course Coordinator will also assist with the development of and management of the Communication Center that will support the introductory courses. Coordinator duties include providing instructional support, availability for responding to instructor and student questions and concerns, managing the day-to-day logistics of the program, reviewing transfer equivalency requests, managing the quiz-out process, and other related tasks as needed.
- A master’s degree in communication or related field.
- Experience teaching the introductory communication course.
- Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Academic training in communication pedagogy, instructional communication and/or communication assessment.
- Familiarity and/or experience with best practices in communication administration, communication centers, and assessment.
- Experience teaching in hybrid or fully online contexts as well as face-to-face contexts.
- Expertise in effectively integrating technology into teaching and learning; experience using Blackboard is especially valuable.
The Mason Basic Course Program in Communication was the winner of the 2016 National Communication Association Basic Course Division Program of Excellence Award and the 2015 Textbook of Distinction Award. Each year, we have more than 50 instructors teaching nearly 4,000 students, and we expect continued growth in the upcoming years. The Mason Communication Department has a collegial faculty committed to excellence, innovation, and social relevance. We offer a broad undergraduate program with approximately 650 majors, a large M.A. program, and a focused Ph.D. program emphasizing health and strategic communication. Additionally, the department supports several co-curricular activities (such as debate, forensics, student newspaper, and a campus radio station), and expects reasonable participation in the life of our community, including career fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions, and other scheduled events.
The University enrolls more than 34,000 students in 150-plus degree programs through the doctoral level. George Mason is located in beautiful Fairfax, Virginia, 15 miles from Washington, DC, offering easy access to key health, research, media, political and cultural centers such as the NIH, the NLM, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution. The University is a young, vibrant, and rapidly growing educational institution with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a history of innovation that has attracted a faculty of widely known scholars and teachers and a highly diverse student body.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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How to apply
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