Instructor/Assistant Professor of Speech/Oral Communications

  • Lees-McRae College
  • Banner Elk, NC
  • Apr 02, 2021
Full time Communications/Journalism/Film/TV

Job Description

Title: Instructor or Assistant Professor of Speech/Oral Communication

School: School of Arts, Humanities, Education

Lees-McRae is a small, four-year, liberal arts college, serving Appalachia and the Southeastern United States. The college is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Banner Elk is nestled between two popular ski areas and is within a short drive of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and area cycling, hiking, and climbing. The college also owns and maintains the Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station. Please visit our website at


The School of Arts, Humanities, Education at Lees-McRae College invites applications for the position of Instructor or Assistant Professor of Speech/Oral Communication. This is a 9-month full-time faculty position (initial appointment to begin August 2021.) At the time of hire, the successful applicant must have completed a minimum of an M.A. in speech, communication, or a related discipline. 

Instructor/Assistant Professor of Speech/Oral Communication: As a full-time position, the successful candidate will teach a minimum of three, three-credit hour courses each semester in speech/oral communication and would be able to also teach one, 3-credit course in written communication, the First Year Experience (FYS), or in the English curriculum as needed and as qualified. S/he would also be responsible for advising, service, professional development and scholarship in accordance with faculty handbook guidelines.

Essential Functions

Teaching, scholarship, service to LMC

Advising, planning, mentoring, and evaluation of students

  • Teaching responsibilities including but not limited to: classroom management, student assessment, and evaluation of grades.
  • Maintain professional standards of practice in teaching in the classroom
  • Maintain currency in speech education and application through continuing professional development.
  • Meet LMC standards for course syllabi creation and submission, classroom management, use of technology, use of the Learning Management System, grade submission, and records management.
  • Support student success through mentoring, tutoring, and advising.


  1. Ethical Conduct.
  2. Stress Management/Composure.
  3. Teamwork Orientation.
  4. Thoroughness.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position does not require any supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

Normal office environment where there is no physical discomfort due to temperature, dust, noise and the like.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Ability to stand for periods of time.

The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


None required.

Required Education and Experience

  • A Master's degree in speech/oral communication (or related degree) discipline earned from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education and Council on Higher Education Accreditation. At least 2 years of successful teaching in a college/university setting. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to consistently multi-task.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, Education.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 5-years or more of teaching experience in college speech and rhetoric is preferred.

 Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and the names of three references with contact information using the Lees-McRae College website.

Any questions regarding the application process, please contact Tammy Franklin at

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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