About the Job
Colorado Christian University is looking for an outstanding faculty member who will teach in-seat Communication courses starting Fall 2023. This faculty member will teach courses and develop curriculum within the Department of Communication, housed within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) in the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS). The Department of Communication offers one general education course in Public Speaking, two majors in Communication and Strategic Communication, and an integrated student media effort named CougMedia. Preferred requirements are a Ph.D. in Communication, combined with experience and a passion for teaching transformative Communication classes at the undergraduate level.
Faculty members of Colorado Christian University (CCU) teach assigned courses for which they are highly qualified within the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS). Courses are traditional, in-seat and offered on our Lakewood, Colorado, campus. Each faculty member uses effective instruction techniques as a subject matter expert, but their primary responsibility is to integrate field-specific pedagogy with a biblical and Christian worldview. They are also expected to integrate and teach CCU’s spiritual, academic, and cultural Strategic Priorities. (See the list of the University’s Strategic Priorities, Statement of Faith and Convictions, and Position Statements).
Other duties are to support the mission and vision of CCU. This may include actively participating in committee/task force/team meetings, developing courses, reporting on assessments/outcomes, advancing scholarship, engaging with the community, supporting colleagues, or doing other work assigned by the dean. Faculty members are expected to keep regular office hours, to engage with students, and assist them with their academics or other activities that support the university’s holistic approach.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
12-month renewable contract. Responsible to teach 24 credits per year (typically 4 undergraduate courses per semester).
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU’s motto is–grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV)
CCU’s mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.
Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.
CCU’s embraces an educational model that was there at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.
A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had twelve consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 200 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges–the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 9,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
- Faith friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
- Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
- Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University’s Strategic Priorities.
We’re looking for candidates who have:
- A Ph.D. in Communication or related field strongly preferred, master’s degree or professional doctoral degree required. Each faculty member must be considered highly qualified as outlined by the university’s accreditation and academic standards.
- Three or more years of successful teaching experience in a college or university is preferred, with a proven track record of quality classroom instruction and dynamic student engagement.
- A vibrant faith in Christ and the ability to teach Communication courses from a biblical perspective, a Christian worldview, and Christian presuppositions.
- The desire and ability to teach a broad range of high-quality classes in the area of Communication.
- A deep understanding of communication theory, media theory, communication law, and/or communication ethics is desirable.
- Superior oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
- Proficiency in appropriate Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and are able to use appropriate Learning Management software/technology (e.g., Blackboard, Brightspace) in the learning environment.
Key Job Duties
- Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty contribute to the University’s mission beyond the classroom through activities such as scholarship, committee/task force/team work, community development, or similar activities internally and externally, which enhance and advance exemplary academics, personal spiritual growth, and engagement with the world.
- Advocate for CCU’s mission, traditional Christian beliefs, and the Strategic Priorities.
- Teach assigned undergraduate courses within the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) in accord with all standard policies and procedures using a variety of best-practice teaching and learning strategies to enhance instruction.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate course curriculum, teaching-learning practices, and student learning outcomes.
- Engage students; maintain established office hours and be available to individual students for questions, coursework, consultations, and informal mentoring.
- Engage in professional organization activities and scholarly work including, but not limited to, publications and presentations commensurate with experience and academic rank.
- Provide strategic thinking in fulfilling the goals of the College of Undergraduate Studies in support of the University’s Strategic Priorities as well as contribute effectively to the University community, ministry partners, corporate partners, and general audiences. Strong participation in faculty, committee, or other meetings is an integral part of this position.
- Add to the development of a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars within the College of Undergraduate Studies. Continue to grow in one’s academic field, and in personal commitment to and effectiveness in the integration of Christian faith and learning.
- Provide effective servant/shepherd leadership among faculty, staff, students, and administrators, according to one’s rank.
- Work effectively and positively with administrators, other faculty colleagues, and support staff to establish and maintain effective positive working relationships.
- Participate in extracurricular activities to support and encourage students, colleagues, and staff.
- Assist the dean with other duties as assigned.
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee may work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. Regular public presentations to students, parents, and external constituents required. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Faculty pay will be assigned by rank. Pay is assigned by reviewing a combination of job-related factors that may include: internal/external pay equity, the salary structure/pay grade, or a candidate’s qualifications/experience for the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage and CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic and equity considerations. CCU does not determine pay based on sex or any other protected status. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.
Heather Seelbach, MOL, SHRM-CP
Talent Acquisition & Relationship Manager
Title IX Investigator
Colorado Christian University