• Arts & Communication Department Chair

    The Community College of Aurora
    Job Description

    Arts & Communication Department Chair


    Community College of Aurora


    Salary: $53,957.00 - $77,150.00 Annually


    Job Type: Full-Time


    Job Number: 2001


    Location: 16000 East CentreTech Parkway Aurora, CO


    Department: Academic Affairs


    About CCA

    As a member of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the Community College of Aurora is dedicated to serving our surrounding community. As the most diverse institute of higher education in Colorado, CCA is currently the choice of school for nearly 11,400 students representing over 60 countries, the majority of whom are racially minoritized students (1.8% of CCA's students are American Indian/Alaskan Native, 8.7% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 20.2% are Black/African American, 30.9% are Latinx, and 32% are White). In 2016, CCA was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). CCA's service area includes more than 680,000 residents in Arapahoe, Adams, and Denver counties, and its student population reflects the broad diversity of this area. The college offers more than 90 degrees and certificate programs for students seeking to enhance their current skill set, pursue employment, or transfer to a four-year college or university upon graduation.


    CCA serves this diverse student population through innovations in instruction and student support founded on principles of equity and inclusivity. The Arts & Communication Department is continually working to refine its pedagogy, practice, and assessment to improve outcomes for all students, particularly those with marginalized or minoritized identities. We are a department that values collaboration and experimentation, and we are looking for a colleague who shares these values.

    CCA Mission

    The Community College of Aurora serves our diverse community by providing high-quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment.

    The Five Tenets of Community College of Aurora Teachers

    CCA instructors and faculty are committed to humanizing, valuing, and “empowering our students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically” (Ladson-Billings, 1994). We value teaching and supporting the whole student: heart, mind, and spirit, as we support them in developing the 4 C's: Cultural Competence, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Career & Transfer Readiness. We support students in developing critical consciousness in equity and social justice and in becoming agents of change by developing for ourselves this same critical consciousness and by being agents of change. To accomplish this, CCA educators are committed to engaging in a journey of professional development and teaching and learning trainings that culminate in a culture of instructional excellence and cultivates the following five practices: Student-Centered Learning through Inclusive Pedagogy; implementing Culturally Responsive and Culturally Relevant Teaching; Being Reflexive Practitioners; and employing Student Empowering Practices. (https://www.ccaurora.edu/programs-classes/instructional-intervention-support/philosophy-teaching-learning).


    The Arts and Communication Department is seeking an innovative, equity-minded, and community-oriented individual to serve as Department Chair. The Arts and Communication Department Chair works under the leadership of and in collaboration with the Dean of the Center for Communication and Languages; Creative Industries; and People, Societies, and Ideas to lead and manage the operations and diverse disciplines and programs in the Department (Art, Human Communication Studies, Humanities, Music, and Theatre). Moreover, the selected candidate will be a faculty member teaching an annual workload of 12 credits in the Communication program.

    The Chair leads, coordinates, supports, and collaborates with the department faculty and adjunct instructors in work and initiatives aimed at supporting the college vision, mission, and strategic plan. Importantly, the Chair shares a commitment to and exemplifies principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all work done within the department and as part of the college community.


    The Chair, as a faculty member, maintains a commitment to high-quality instruction and the ongoing pursuit of excellence as described in the Five Tenets of Community College of Aurora Teachers to ensure the success of our diverse student population.


    As an active member of the CCA community, the Chair embraces and exemplifies the college values of respect, collaboration, quality, access, diversity, and inclusion when participating in a variety of institutional initiatives and activities, serving on committees, being a member of the Center Leadership Team, and representing the college, the center, and the department to assigned groups and tasks.


    Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills



    The Department Chair provides excellent leadership and management in the following areas.

    Leadership, Program Management, and Support


    • Collaborate with faculty and instructors in the design and implementation of department plans that support the college mission, vision, strategic plan, and equity and inclusion goals

    • Exemplify and maintain a positive climate of collaboration and inclusiveness inside and outside the department

    • Foster a culture of academic excellence and culturally relevant pedagogy based on the Five Tenets of Community College of Aurora Teachers

    • Mentor faculty and instructors for professional growth by offering professional development opportunities within the department, and encouraging and facilitating the attendance of those provided by the college and professional organizations

    • Foster and support faculty and instructors in efforts oriented to closing the gap for historically underserved students

    • Utilize department/program reviews to improve department operations and increase student achievement

    • Use disaggregated qualitative and quantitative data to improve department programs, operations, and increase student achievement

    • Implement an equity lens when performing teaching observations, coaching faculty and instructors, and performance evaluations

    • Engage in and cultivate partnerships with external stakeholders as well as other academic departments and institutional units and offices

    • Conduct regular program reviews according to college guidelines

    • Monitor and implement statewide curriculum initiatives

    • Lead course and program development as well as curriculum changes, working with the Curriculum Committee and the Director of Academic Support Services for a timely and accurate reflection in the college catalog

    • Coordinate departmental promotion with the college Communications office, Outreach and Recruitment, and Pathway advisors

    • Facilitate resources for the organization and offering of extracurricular events sponsored by the department and attend them

    • Coordinate the offering and/or participation in professional development activities related to assessment of student learning

    • Develop and submit accurate course schedules based on enrollment trends and program curricula

    • Monitor course enrollment and open or close courses based on registration reports

    • Develop and oversee operating budgets

    • Approve and oversee concurrent enrollment instructors and courses




    • Demonstrate creativity and originality in course, lesson, and assessment design

    • Incorporate high impact practices into pedagogy such as: service learning activities, collaborative projects, e-portfolios, internships, etc.

    • Include student-centered practices within teaching and course preparation such as student feedback, student experiences, and/or student learning outcomes

    • Effectively navigate classroom dynamics when issues of equity arise with ability to recognize historical contributions to inequities from the academic discipline

    • Actively engage in assessment of student learning and utilize disaggregated quantitative and qualitative data to inform changes in teaching and learning practices


    Assessment of Student Academic Achievement


    • Foster a culture of assessment of student learning to support the college in the goal to erase equity gaps

    • Oversee the development, performance of, and completion of course, program, and institutional assessment plans according to college guidelines

    • Coach faculty and instructors in the design and implementation of strategies aimed at improving student learning based on assessment findings

    • Submit assessment reports including plans for modifying instructional practices


    Incorporate student centered practices such as including student feedback, student experiences, and/or student learning outcomes in decision-making.


    Minimum qualifications & Requirements

    Essential qualifications:


    • Master's degree in Human Communication Studies / Communication Theory and Process (with emphasis in Interpersonal, Intercultural, Organizational, or Rhetoric); or a closely-related discipline from a regionally accredited institution with 18 graduate credits in one of the disciplines aforementioned

    • Demonstrated prior leadership experience in academic instruction, including mentoring faculty in improving instructional practices related to adult learning theory, and culturally responsive teaching and learning practices

    • Evidence of student-centered and student-empowering teaching practices, particularly related to incorporating the diverse experiences of students, course curriculum and content

    • Proven experience using diverse perspectives from historically marginalized populations to inform program design, curriculum design, and lesson planning

    • Experience navigating departmental relationships and classroom dynamics when issues of equity arise with ability to recognize historical contributions to inequities from the academic discipline

    • Evidence of program management skills

    • Ability to embrace change in a dynamic higher education setting


    If you do not have all of the essential qualifications listed above, we still strongly encourage you to apply for the position and ask that you clearly address in the cover letter what skills, abilities and experiences you have and how they would help you be successful in the administrative and teaching areas of the position.


    Supplemental information

    Salary Range: This is a full time faculty position, the anticipated start date is Fall 2021, and is benefit eligible. Anticipated starting salary range is $53,957.00-$77,150.00. This salary is determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate to include education level and experience, balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. CCA offers an excellent benefit plan. Leave and holiday benefits are also included.


    Deadline to Submit Application Material: An initial review of applications will begin on February 12, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


    Application Process: Applicants must submit all of the following materials when applying to be considered:


    • A cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the position. Address how your experiences apply to the position description, job responsibilities, and qualifications, describing how the skills, abilities, and experiences you have would help you contribute to the success of the department and this position.


    2 .A resume or curriculum vitae

    3. Unofficial, legible copies of transcripts confirming your undergraduate and graduate coursework and degrees. If a Master's degree in the discipline is not held, the transcripts must show that 18 graduate credits in related feels

    4 .Teaching philosophy statement (one page maximum)

    5. Diversity and inclusiveness philosophy statement (one page maximum)

    6. List with a minimum of three references


    Any questions related to the application process, including technical issues submitting the application materials, should be sent to mailto:Human.Resources@ccaurora.edu, preferably prior to the application deadline.

    By applying for this announced position, applicants are certifying that all statements, information and documents provided are true, complete and correct to the best of their knowledge and are made in good faith. Further, applicants understand that omissions, misleading, false or untrue information, or any attempt at fraud or deceit in any manner connected with this application and/or subsequent testing may result in them not being considered for jobs with the Community College of Aurora; may constitute grounds for discipline and/or termination after hire; and/or constitute grounds for further actions pursuant to law.

    Notice to all Applicants:


    • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.

    • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.

    • Final candidate is subject to a criminal background check prior to final selection process.

    • Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within fourteen (14) days of hire.

    • CCA is affiliated with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and as such, employees contribute to PERA in lieu of Social Security for retirement benefits. For more information, visit the http://www.copera.org/.

    • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in your application material.

    • For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Officer, Cindy Hesse, Director of Human Resources at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A207, Aurora, Colorado 80011 or by phone at 303-360-4752, or e-mail at mailto:Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu.


    The Federal Clery Act (The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the CCA website at the https://www.ccaurora.edu/mycca/dashboard/student-right-know. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the College Security Office upon request. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes that occurred on campus or on property controlled or owned by Community College of Aurora, as well as public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, our campuses.


    ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Robert Callaway at 303-360-4733 or mailto:Robert.Callaway@CCAurora.edu at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.


    Pregnancy Related Accommodations, Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA): The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), allows applicants to request a reasonable accommodation for health conditions related to pregnancy or the physical recovery from childbirth. Candidates wishing to request reasonable accommodations must do so as soon as possible, preferably at least three days prior to the exam or interview. If you are an individual who wishes to request reasonable accommodations, please contact us at 303-360-4733 or mailto:Robert.Callaway@CCAurora.edu.


    Non-Discrimination Statement: The Community College of Aurora prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. The Community College of Aurora will take appropriate steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in vocational education programs.


    For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Officer, Cindy Hesse, Director of Human Resources at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A207, Aurora, Colorado 80011 or by phone at 303-360-4752, or e-mail at mailto:Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu.


    Community College of Aurora Inclusive Excellence Statement:

    You matter. You are valued. You belong. CCA is a community that is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion through Inclusive Excellence. We can only achieve this together. CCA embraces Inclusive Excellence because we want our students, staff, and faculty to learn and contribute within an inclusive environment. This means members of our College community will be active, respectful, and mindful of equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels of engagement. Inclusive Excellence will provide a foundation for student and institutional success. Recognizing our diversity is only the first step toward Inclusive Excellence. We must also be intentional in valuing cultural differences and experiences, while incorporating them into practices, curricula, and policies.


    Welcoming, Respectful, Inclusive - Together, we are CCA.


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