Communication Center Coordinator/Instructor, Communication Department

  • George Mason University
  • Fairfax, VA, USA
  • Jun 09, 2020
Full time   Communications, Journalism, Film, TV Other Professional fields

Job Description


Communication Center Coordinator/Instructor

 The Department of Communication at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, invites applications for a full-time, 9-month Instructor (non-tenure-track) position in Communication, for initial appointment August 25, 2020. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strong encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until this position is filled for the Fall 2020 semester. Initial appointment in January 2021 may be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration applications should be received by June 17, 2020. Subsequent annual contract renewal contingent on satisfactory performance.

 About us:
The Communication Center was founded in Fall 2018 and currently supports the COMM 101: Fundamentals of Communication course by providing communication skills coaching related to the course learning objectives. Some of these skills include information literacy and research skills, presentation development, public speaking delivery, interviewing skills, interpersonal and intercultural communication, and collaboration and teamwork.

As it expands, we envision these services growing to serve the entire campus, in parallel with the Writing Center. In 2020-2021, the Communication Center will move into the new Laboratory for Scholarly and Civic Communication (the Lab), which will also house the Writing Center and Center for Research.

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 40-50 instructors teaching nearly 4,000 students.


Mason’s Communication Department has a collegial faculty committed to excellence, innovation and social relevance. We expect reasonable participation in the life of our community, including career fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions and other events.

We offer a broad undergraduate program with more than 500 majors; five minor programs; a large M.A. program including strategic, health and science communication specialties; and a focused Ph.D. program emphasizing health, strategic, and science communication.

Additionally, the department supports several co-curricular activities, including debate, forensics, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), and a comprehensive student media organization (newspaper, radio, television, sports announcing, magazine and journal editing, etc.).


The Communication Center Coordinator will supervise the Communication Center and will teach six credit hours of courses in both the fall and spring semesters. Reporting to and working closely with the Basic Course Director, the Communication Center Coordinator will manage, hire, train, schedule, and supervise a staff of student consultants; oversee the day-to-day operations of the Communication Center, including outreach activities and technology; and assist the Basic Course Director in managing the budget.

The Communication Center Coordinator will also work closely with the team that is working to establish and grow the Laboratory for Scholarship and Civic Communication (the Lab).



Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in communication or related field; 
  • Experience teaching the introductory communication course; 
  • Administrative skills and experience; 
  • Experience supervising or mentoring students; 
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience supervising or managing personnel (e.g., student wage, work study, staff);
  • 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, fully online, and face-to-face contexts; 
  • Expertise in effectively integrating technology into teaching and learning; experience using Blackboard is especially valuable.

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F9639Z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.



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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled