Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Communication (COMM 10) Argument and Advocacy

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7059642 (Ref.No. 1587137)
Posted: August 22, 2019
Application Deadline: August 25, 2019

Job Description

Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Communication (COMM 10) Argument and Advocacy

Location: Moraga, CA

Open Date: May 17, 2019

Deadline: Aug 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

The Communication Department seeks to hire a per-course faculty member to teach Comm 10, Argument and Advocacy, in the Fall of 2019.

2 sections available:

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30am - 1:05pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:45pm - 6:20pm

Course description

Communication scholar, Rod Hart, writes that advocacy “is the human creature's most natural way of changing the world. It is also the most civilized way to doing so. Bombs, torture and mayhem change the world too, but those are primitive modalities and they lead to unstable outcomes. Symbolic influence is better. It lasts longer and it's less noisy.” In this spirit, this course examines general principles of argument and advocacy as they relate to rhetorically creating change in different spheres of social life. Students will explore how the conventions of argument change - and how advocacy functions - in law, science, religion and politics. Students will develop an understanding of argument and evaluation theories, while also embodying those theories by developing practical advocacy and critical appraisal strategies. This course emphasizes public speaking (speeches) in addition to writing.


Candidates should have a graduate degree (PhD or equivalent preferred) in Communication or related field with evidenced teaching experience. The position requires a familiarity with and commitment to the Communication field, student-centered teaching, and a liberal arts education, as well as an appreciation of and respect for the social justice oriented learning/teaching environment Saint Mary's fosters as a Lasallian educational institution.

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