Director, Center for Public Speaking Instructor, Mass Communication

June 12, 2023
Offerd Salary:Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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Reports to : Dean of Arts & Sciences Position Type : Full Time – 50% Academic Appointment/50% Staff Appointment Compensation : Commensurate with experience Target Start Date : August 1, 2023 First Review : May 25, 2023

Position Overview

The Director of the Center for Public Speaking manages the day-to-day operations of the new Center for Public Speaking, generating a culture of excellence in oral communication among Menlo College students. The Director is appointed for a one-year term and may be renewed.

The Dean of Arts & Sciences annually evaluates the performance of the Director with input from those who collaborate with them. Director responsibilities include:

  • With support from others as appropriate, gathering information about best practices at other colleges and universities that might inform the articulation of our public speaking curriculum, including MCM 257 and various one-credit public speaking laboratory classes.
  • Providing tutoring to Menlo students seeking additional assistance with their presentation skills.
  • Hiring and supervising peer tutors to provide additional assistance to Menlo students seeking assistance with their presentation skills.
  • Supervising scheduling and staffing of faculty and student employees and tutors at the Center for Public Speaking.
  • Writing and submitting assessment reports to the Dean of Arts and Sciences every semester, measuring the effectiveness of the Center's activities on student achievement of oral communication skills and recommending improvements for subsequent semesters.
  • Identifying, scheduling, and hosting engaging outside speakers to make presentations at Menlo, providing a model of excellent public speaking for students.
  • Contributing to our efforts to offer students opportunities to improve their public speaking skills through such initiatives as participation in TEDxMenloCollege, public speaking contests, debate clubs, and other initiatives that will be offered under the auspices of the Center for Public Speaking as one-credit courses.
  • Assisting fundraising efforts to increase support for the Center for Public Speaking.
  • Assessing the success of our efforts to enhance public speaking skills among Menlo College students and offering guidance to modify our approach as appropriate to improve outcomes.
  • Contributing to scholarly output that serves to bring recognition to the Menlo College Center for Public Speaking.
  • Supporting our efforts to regularly inform the John Pritzker Family Fund about our progress.
  • In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to teach one three-unit class (MCM 257) and one one-unit public speaking laboratory class in the fall 2023 semester, for a total of 4 units. In subsequent semesters (after the Center is launched), the successful candidate will be expected to teach two sections of MCM 257 (or similar public speaking/oral communication classes) and 2 one-unit classes, for a total of 8 units.

    Expectations of the Ideal Candidate
  • Come equipped with relevant work experience and/or research directly related to the practice of excellence in public speaking
  • Experience in a supervisory role
  • Experience working with a diverse population
  • Salary and Benefits

    Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package provided.

    About Menlo College

    Menlo College is located equidistant between San Francisco and San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley – one of the world's most entrepreneurial and innovative locations. Silicon Valley is renowned as an innovation incubator with exceptional opportunities for experience-based learning.

    Menlo College is a diverse and tight-knit community of exceptional, involved people. Our mission is to: “…ignite potential and educate students to make meaningful contributions in the innovation economy.” We attract students from all over the world who are committed to learning, playing intercollegiate sports, starting and leading organizations, and making an impact in their communities.

    Continuing an unbroken streak for more than a decade, this year Menlo College was once again named to the most recent “Best Colleges” guide published by The Princeton Review, recognition given to only 12% of all colleges and universities in the U.S. It is also recognized as the 11th best business school in the U.S. (Money Magazine), in the top 16% of all colleges (Forbes), and the 16th most diverse college in America (Niche). Menlo College is designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), a dual designation achieved by only 1% of all colleges and universities.

    Menlo College offers programs in Business and in Psychology. The School of Business offers bachelor's degree programs with nine majors. Menlo College is accredited by AACSB and WSCUC.

    Application Instructions

    Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter in which they identify their interest in the position to:

    Menlo College Attn: Director of Human Resources 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027-4301 or via email to [email protected]

    Menlo College is committed to a firm policy of equal employment opportunity.

    All prospective Menlo College employees are required to satisfy a background check and have fully completed their COVID-19 vaccinations (including a booster) or have an approved exemption. A negative PCR test will be required prior to employment.

    All employees that operate a motor vehicle on behalf of Menlo College must be cleared annually using Department of Motor Vehicle records

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