University of St. Thomas

Adjunct Faculty in Communication

Minneapolis, MN
Mar 19, 2019
Apr 18, 2019
University of St. Thomas
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Adjunct Faculty in Communication
Posted Date 2 months ago(2/22/2019 3:44 PM)
Number of Openings 1
Closing Date Application Deadline: March 31, 2019.
Type of Search Faculty
Who May Apply This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number 2019-3942
Department/Unit Dougherty Family College
Employment Type Adjunct Faculty
FLSA Status Exempt/Salaried
Benefits Eligible No






Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. St. Thomas is one of the largest and oldest Catholic colleges or universities in the United States and is the largest private college or university in Minnesota. The University emphasizes values-centered, career-oriented education, and offers bachelor's degrees in more than 90 major and 60 minor fields of study. Additionally, the university offers more than 60 graduate degree programs in seven academic schools and colleges. Its graduate programs lead to masters, education specialist, juris doctorate and doctoral degrees.

Now in its 131st year, St. Thomas has evolved from humble beginnings as a men's seminary and college into a comprehensive coeducational university. The University seeks to be a recognized leader in Catholic higher education that excels in effective teaching, active learning, scholarly research and responsible engagement with the local community, as well as with the national and global communities. Even with its growth, St. Thomas continues to focus on the needs of individual students and fulfill its mission to educate them "to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good."

As a community, the University of St. Thomas is committed to:

  • Pursuit of truth - We value intellectual inquiry as a life-long habit, the unfettered and impartial pursuit of truth in all its forms, the integration of knowledge across disciplines, and the imaginative and creative exploration of new ideas.
  • Academic excellence - We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking.
  • Faith and reason - We actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture.
  • Dignity - We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community.
  • Diversity - We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society.
  • Personal attention - We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member.
  • Gratitude - We celebrate the achievements of all members of our community in goals attained and obstacles overcome, and in all things give praise to God.


The University of St. Thomas invites applications for a Communication adjunct faculty position in the Dougherty Family College. Faculty will teach 100-level course in Communication (e.g., Public Speaking). We seek colleagues with a record of success in teaching Communication courses, expertise in culturally responsive pedagogy, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

We seek a faculty member who can teach two Public Speaking courses in fall 2019 semester (starting September 4, 2019). The successful candidate should be available to teach the following two cohorts.

Cohort 10- Wednesdays 1:15 pm-3:15 pm & Fridays 1:15 pm-3:15 pm

Cohort 11- Mondays 9:15 am- 11:15 am & Thursdays 9:15 am-11:15 am

This is a non-tenure track position. The compensation range is $5,900-6,100 per course (depending on education and experience).



We seek candidates who recognize the value of high expectations, student-teacher relationships, and home-school-community connections for students' academic achievement. Competitive candidates will demonstrate how their teaching record fosters successful learning communities reflective of their students' diverse cultures. Candidates will also demonstrate how their teaching has prompted students to make use of their culturally embedded knowledge, resulting in meaningful learning that affirms their students' social identities and connections while promoting high academic performance.

Successful candidates will have a background in critical and/or culturally responsive pedagogies and recognize their own cultural experiences, identities, manifestation of privilege, and the dynamics these evoke in and outside of the classroom. Candidates will embrace self-reflection, value excellence through educational equity, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing culturally responsive learning in a collaborative, collegial environment.

Required Master's degree in Communication or closely related discipline. Candidates with at least one year of college teaching experience (community college teaching experience a plus) are strongly encouraged to apply.


The University of St. Thomas will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. With respect to religion and creed, as permitted by law, the university reserves the right to exercise discretion in employment decisions to employ persons who share and are committed to the values and mission of the university.


Application Deadline: March 31, 2019. Applications should be submitted online at and include the following: cover letter; CV that includes at least three references who can specifically address the candidate's teaching experience; a one-page teaching philosophy statement that presents the candidate's approach to teaching Public Speaking courses (discuss culturally responsive pedagogy in statement); and evidence of teaching excellence with underserved students.

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