Communications- Adjunct Faculty

  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • Mar 23, 2024
Part time / Adjunct Communications/Journalism/Film/TV

Job Description


Communications- Adjunct Faculty


Communications- Adjunct Faculty


Job ID: 31


November 13, 2023


Department: Language and Thought


Employee Group: Adjunct Faculty


Schedule: Part-time


Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract


Reports to: Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts


Posting Closes: Open until filled




The College is seeking candidates to teach Communication Studies courses in the fall or winter or summer semesters on our Grand Rapids campus and/or our Lakeshore Campus. Adjunct needs are determined on a semester by semester basis. Communication Studies classes include COM 135: Interpersonal Communication and COM 131: Fundamentals of Public Speaking. Only adjunct faculty living in the state of Michigan can teach in person and virtual classes for GRCC.


Adjunct needs are determined on a semester by semester basis. GRCC classes are held at a variety of times, Monday through Saturday. In the fall and winter semesters, classes meet for 1.5 hours twice a week. In the summer semesters, classes meet 3 hours a day, two days a week. For semester start and end dates, see GRCC's Academic Calendar.



We offer Communication Studies classes in the following modalities: in person classes, online (asynchronous) and virtual (synchronous on zoom). For additional information about these modalities, see the Faculty Contract.





  • Teach GRCC course offerings in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication and/or Fundamentals of Public Speaking.


  • Perform tasks normally expected of adjunct faculty members:






Education Credentials



  • Master's Degree in Communication Studies or a Master's degree in a closely related field and 18 graduate credit hours in Communication Studies required. (Mandated by the Higher Learning Commission)


  • Only candidates with a Master's Degree in Communication Studies or a Master's degree in a closely related field and 18 graduate credit hours in Communication Studies can be considered.


Work Experience



  • College level teaching experience preferred.


  • Teaching experience at a community college preferred, but not required.


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities



  • Ability to learn and use Blackboard, GRCC's Learning Management System. Training is provided.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Physical Demands



  • Some evening work (grading, preparing for class, responding to email questions) will be needed.


  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.


Mental Demands



  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.


  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability.


  • A commitment to serve the Kent County community.


  • Demonstrated responsiveness, initiative, and organizational and problem-solving abilities.


  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties.


  • A willingness and an ability to learn college systems.


  • High energy level with enthusiasm and an interest in helping and supporting students and colleagues.


  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgement and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.


  • Must use good judgement in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a professional manner.


Working Conditions



  • Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Compliance information is available on our policies website.


  • Physical classroom environment in an academic setting.


  • Online or virtual academic environment.


  • Travel to offsite locations such as the Lakeshore Campus in Holland.




GRCC is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and three professional reference letters. The opportunity to apply for this position will close at the end of the day on the close date referenced at the top of this job posting. A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists prior to employment with Grand Rapids Community College. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.




Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.


To apply, please visit:

Copyright ©2022 Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency


Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)


Jobs at Grand Rapids Community College

To apply, please click the "Apply Now" button below.

When inquiring or applying for positions at Grand Rapids Community College, please also reference

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities at Grand Rapids Community College and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To receive email alerts when new jobs at Grand Rapids Community College are posted, sign up at new job openings at Grand Rapids Community College.