Pima Community College

Writing/Journalism Instructional Faculty

Posting Number: 18F3H10464
Position Type: Faculty - General Funding 
Salary: $44,670–$53,606 Note: Compensation (salary/hourly rates) are reviewed by the Board of Governors annually and are subject to change.
Salary Breakdown: Annually 
Job List: External 
Close Date: Monday, January 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm

About Pima Community College

Pima Community College is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.  We value the diversity of our workforce and seek to hire and support employees who consistently and actively embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are intentional about social justice, and addressing issues of equity and inclusion, as well as institutional, structural, and environmental inequity, power and privilege.  See our Diversity website for additional information about our commitment.

Pima Community College is committed to becoming a premier community college, one that is built on a foundation of student success, community engagement, and diversity. We hire people who:

  • set and meet high standards
  • believe in service and accountability
  • have a passion for learning
  • are creative
  • can help fulfill our mission
    • understand the first-generation college student experience             
    • are knowledgeable about the challenges of underprivileged populations 
    • are knowledgeable about the traditions and culture of the populations of the Southwest,  including Latinos and Native Americans
    • have cultural sensitivity and understanding of needs of differently-abled, veterans, LGBTQ

We are one of the largest multi-campus community colleges in the nation, opening our doors to nearly 45,000 credit and noncredit students each year. With six campuses and more than 100 learning sites, we are a comprehensive community college, offering learners of all backgrounds and ages a variety of opportunities to meet their educational goals:

  • University transfer programs
  • Occupational education programs
  • Adult Education/HSE preparation
  • Workforce and Business Development
  • Continuing Education

The College meets the needs of the community by offering instruction when and how our students want it: evenings, weekends, year-round, in traditional classroom settings, online, in web-classroom hybrids, and in semester-long or accelerated formats. Employees can expect to participate in innovative, flexible scheduling, in keeping with the College’s vision, to provide access to learning without the limits of time, place, or distance.

Pima Community College is in Tucson, an inclusive and welcoming oasis in the Arizona desert. A cosmopolitan community just 65 miles from the Mexico border, Tucson is enriched by a tapestry of vibrant cultures. Tucson enjoys nearly 300 sunny days a year, and, as the city sits in a valley surrounded by four mountain ranges, residents can travel from the saguaro-studded desert floor to inviting pine forests in 45 minutes. With a population of about 1 million, metropolitan Tucson boasts excellent schools, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and cycling paths, affordable housing, an active LGBTQ community, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and an up-and-coming downtown. In all, Tucson is as great a place to live.

Additional information about the College may be found at www.pima.edu.

Summary of Position    

Position is available beginning the 2019–20 fiscal year as a nine-month contract. Faculty teach and work a set schedule over a nine-month academic year, August–May, that could include day, evening, and weekend duties.

Writing Faculty—The position is for someone to teach the studio co-requisite model of first-year composition (WRT 101S) and/or first-year composition (WRT 101 + WRT 102).   

Journalism Faculty—The position is to provide instruction in the study of journalism and its practices.  Priorities include candidates with interest and/or experience in teaching all levels of media/reporting, either print or online, which will include a highly varied schedule that will include afternoons and evenings.

Duties and Responsibilities 

General Duties:

  • Instruct students and work with them on strategies to help them achieve academic success                   
  • Use current, effective classroom management techniques                 
  • Monitor and continuously improve instruction to ensure Student Learning Outcomes are met on a classroom, discipline/program, and College level       
  • Evaluate student performance            
  • Continually improve instruction utilizing appropriate delivery methods         
  • Evaluate and revise course outlines and course materials
  • Provide academic advising      
  • Maintain competency and currency in the teaching fields as well as in teaching strategies, subject delivery modalities, and assessment methods     
  • Serve actively as a member of the department and discipline groups    
  • Participate in fostering partnerships that strengthen educational opportunities in response to community needs     
  • Represent the department and/or campus on college-wide committees          
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students and utilize a collegial style in all forms of communication

The ideal candidate will have knowledge, skills, and abilities related to:

  • Teaching a broad range of courses in journalism including mass media, media news and reporting, and occupational journalism, including print and digital media
  • Teaching first-year composition courses 
  • Student learning styles: ability to adapt and modify instruction based on the instructional needs of students, including working with accommodations and accessibility
  • Assessment instruments and their interpretation: knowledge of appropriate and effective use of assessment information to improve instruction
  • Evaluation of students' educational progress: ability to maintain high instruction and learning standards and assess students' academic progress in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes
  • Teaching in traditional and non-traditional formats such as online, web-enhanced, and D2L courses: knowledge of curriculum development, course design, and delivery
  • Techniques for academic advising: knowledge of the resources available to students to assist them with academic and personal challenges, and ability to help students access those resources
  • Competencies in multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusivity: knowledge of diverse community college student populations, and the ability to address diversity in effective instructional practice and student learning
  • Mission: appreciation for the Community College mission

Job Requirements 

Minimum qualifications requirements for faculty positions are governed by our faculty qualification standards. This position is in an Academic discipline and requires the following to obtain Pima Community College teaching certification:

  • Master’s degree in the field of study OR
  • Master’s degree in any discipline and 18 graduate semester hours in the field of study OR
  • In-progress doctoral dissertation (proposal defended) in any discipline and 24 graduate semester hours in the field of study

Acceptable fields include:

  • Fields of study (discipline/subfields) for Journalism are: journalism; mass communications; communication studies; other closely related field
  • Fields of study (discipline/subfields) for Writing are: writing; composition and rhetoric; English; teaching of English; literature; journalism; other closely related field

Other Requirements: The selected candidate will:

  • Work a flexible schedule including afternoons and evenings as needed to meet student demand
  • Have experience with innovative teaching methodologies
  • Have journalism/communications background, preferably as a writer and/or editor
  • Have college classroom instruction experience teaching both developmental writing courses and first-year composition
  • Have a student-centered teaching philosophy and demonstrate the ability to adapt and modify writing instruction based on the instructional needs of students
  • Will show experience with curriculum development and course design for developmental and academic transfer Writing courses
  • Shows understanding of developmental and academic writing theory and current issues, trends, advances, research, and practices impacting the teaching of developmental and academic transfer writing.
  • Exhibit strong writing skills
  • Work a flexible schedule including afternoons and evenings as needed to meet student demand
  • Possibly work at more than one Pima Community College Campus, depending on need


Please refer to the College Employees Personnel Policy Statement, under the section Benefits at: pima.edu/administrative-services/human-resources/

Directions for Applying and Other Important Information

Degrees and courses qualifying for Pima Community College teaching certification must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants currently in progress for a degree or additional coursework to meet the minimum qualifications must have the degree conferred and/or coursework completed by May 2019.

A degree from any college outside of the United States (even if the transcript is in English) may need to be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service. Pima Community College requires that applicants use an evaluation agency that is a member of NACES or AACRAO's corporate partners.

Before ordering an evaluation, check with the Faculty Certification Office to confirm whether you will need to complete this step.

To submit an application you must include the documents that are listed within the application form as required.  Documents listed as optional do not have to be attached in order to submit the application. Follow the directions in the application form to upload your documents.  At minimum, these documents are required:

  • Resume. This should be up to date and account for and describe all gaps in employment.  
  • Letter of interest or cover letter. This is a description of your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience related to the duties and responsibilities of the position, as well as the strengths you would bring to the assignment. The letter should not exceed three (3) pages.

Unofficial copies of transcripts. These must be                     

  • for all post-secondary degrees you have listed in your application              
  • legible (front and back) and show the name of the regionally accredited institution, the degree conferred, and the page(s) explaining the institution's grading system    
  • attached to the application even if they have been submitted in the past                      

The selected candidate(s) must provide Faculty Certification with official (unopened) transcripts and/or official (unopened) foreign transcript evaluation.

Selection Process:

The selection process typically consists of one or two advisory group interview(s), a teaching demonstration, and an administrative interview.

Candidates invited to the interview process will be chosen from those who most closely meet the stated requirements. Meeting these qualifications does not guarantee an interview.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call Rosa Valenzuela at (520) 206-4603 or rovalenzuela@pima.edu.  Hours are normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

To request a reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities, please contact http://www.pima.edu/pima-jobs/contact-us.html.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer:

Minorities/Females/Disabled/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Rosa Valenzuela, Human Resources
Pima Community College
Contact Phone: 
(520) 206-4603
Contact e-mail: