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Communication Lab Assistant

Communication Lab Assistant

  • Part-time position

Part time communication lab assistant position is available beginning August 2021.  A master’s degree in communication or a master’s degree with a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate coursework in communication or a related field is required.  Collegiate teaching experience is strongly preferred.  The Communication Lab supports students and employees with their oral communication skills. This part-time position includes 17 hours per week, 15 weeks per semester, for both fall and spring semesters at a rate of $26.50/hour.

Lab assistant responsibilities include:

  • providing assistance to students and colleagues with picking a speech topic, developing/researching the topic, creating visual aids, and practicing delivery of the presentation
  • visiting classrooms to promote the Communication Lab
  • keeping diligent notes on processes and improvement plans
  • contacting relevant faculty to offer support and assistance with oral presentations
  • promoting the Communication Lab at college events
  • maintaining visibility in the Success Center
  • enhancing public speaking skills by giving presentations about the Communication Lab in classrooms and a variety of other venues
  • developing resources, handouts, and checklists for students who are preparing presentations

Lab assistant qualities include:

  • an understanding of the public speaking skillset needed for delivering successful virtual and live presentations
  • an ability to develop presentations, ideally through various slideshow platforms such as PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, and others
  • a strong level of comfort working virtually and in-person
  • a strong level of comfort working one-on-one with peers and various faculty and staff
  • being motivated to take initiative
  • being a self-starter

Note: The Communication Lab Assistant may also teach up to two classes a semester as an adjunct faculty member as outlined below.

Adjunct Instructional Faculty

Adjunct faculty positions in communication are available beginning August 2021.  A minimum of a master’s degree in communication or a master’s degree with a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate coursework in communication or a related field is required. 

Major responsibilities are in the area of teaching and learning including classroom instruction, assessment of student learning and participation in college-wide initiatives.  Adjunct faculty are expected to use a learner-centered approach to teaching that incorporates active learning strategies and technology to enhance student learning.  Candidates must possess strong interpersonal and technology skills with the ability to work in teams through collegial relationships with colleagues, staff and students. 

Adjunct faculty teaching opportunities are available in the classroom and online at various locations, including Springfield, Beavercreek, and Xenia.  The position reports to the Dean of Arts and Sciences.


Successful teaching in a student-centered environment requires knowledge as well as the ability to design, implement, manage, and assess courses taught in a variety of instructional modes.  Each adjunct faculty member is required to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the subject area(s)
  • Use instructional and discipline specific technology
  • Design courses that effectively meet student and curricular needs
  • Accommodate students with varying backgrounds and learning styles
  • Develop and use syllabi within the College/School guidelines
  • Deliver course content successfully
  • Participate in the assessment of student learning
  • Manage courses ensuring students receive regular feedback and college reports are submitted in a timely fashion
  • Meet all classes or provide appropriate alternatives
  • Provide external support for students and through cooperation with student services
  • Maintain professional relationships with students