Communication and Media Studies Lecturer Pool 2023/2024 AY

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: Sonoma
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Part Time, Faculty - Communications/Journalism

Job no: # 525368
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Temporary Faculty
Location: Sonoma
Categories: Temporary, Part Time, Instructional Faculty – Temporary Faculty,
Unit 3 CFA – California Faculty Association

Department of Communications & Media Studies
Temporary Faculty Position (Lecturer)


Our Commitment

Guided by our core values of diversity, sustainability, community engagement, and adaptability, Sonoma State University offers an exceptional educational experience that fosters intellectual, social, and personal growth. Sonoma State University is a public liberal arts and sciences university. As the only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges in the state of California, we are committed to preparing students for a life of active citizenship and public service. Sonoma State University has a vibrant campus life characterized by a lively co-curriculum that fosters broad based intellectual and artistic opportunities in which students are actively engaged. Faculty members provide mentorship and a seep and sustained student -teacher interaction, incorporate High Impact Practices, and explore a breadth of knowledge by fostering creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, experimentation, empathy, and communication. We strive to create a diverse, equity-minded, and inclusive campus environment. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are fully committed to the rights of students, staff, and faculty with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. SSU is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The University

Sonoma State University’s beautiful 274-acre campus is located in Sonoma County wine country, an hour north of San Francisco. The campus offers the ideal setting for teaching and learning and access to a community of rich cultural, environmental, and recreational opportunities. Founded in 1960, Sonoma State University is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University System. As members of the largest public higher educational system in the nation, we provide accessible, high-quality education. Sonoma State University is proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the region and state.

The Department

The mission of the Department of Communication and Media Studies is "to provide a first-class education in the art and analysis of communications media to undergraduates preparing to work in the media industries.” We achieve this mission by offering courses that allow students to combine the theory and the practice of media. The faculty encourages and facilitates critical-analytical thinking, advanced written and oral communication, the mastery of media technologies, and both individual and group projects, all of which prepares students to work creatively in the media industries and to be discerning citizens and consumers.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to see the department’s web page at:

Duties of the Position

To be considered for inclusion in our hiring pool, the candidate must demonstrate proficiency in one or more of the following skill sets: Video Production; Media Writing, Public Relations, New Media, Radio Broadcasting; Media Generalist. Applicants chosen for inclusion in the part-time lecturer pool will be ranked in each area according to their skill sets and experience as an instructor after being interviewed by the pool committee.

Potential courses a lecturer could be called upon to teach could include core courses in the major (e.g. Media Criticism, Introduction to Media Communication, Media Research and Theory, Media Ethics and Law); skills-based courses in the major (e.g. Media Writing, Public Relations, New Media, and Documentary Filmmaking, etc.); and General Education courses (e.g. 21st Century TV as Art, and Second-Year Research and Creative Experience).

Professional Qualifications

To be recommended for appointment, the candidate must have:

MA in Communication, Media Studies, Journalism, or related field; MFA in Film & Video Production or related field; PhD or MA in Film Studies; or BA and at least seven years of professional experience in the field in which they are seeking to teach.

Rank and Salary

Full-time is a 15-unit workload per semester. Actual salary is dependent upon the number of units assigned, educational preparation, and availability of funds subject to any CSU system faculty contract salary increases.

  • Salary commensurate with degree level and experience.
  • Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $4,530 - $6,056 per full-time month.
  • The full-time (15 units per semester) monthly base salary range indicated above is prorated to the number of units worked and are paid in six monthly payments for each full semester.
  • Selection as a candidate in the applicant pool, does not guarantee employment. Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a part-time, temporary basis and contingent upon department needs and funding.
  • Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Relocation expenses will not be provided for temporary faculty appointments.
  • Expenses incurred to attend an interview for temporary faculty positions are not reimbursed by the University.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, go to and click on the Staff & Faculty Career Opportunities link. Find and select the faculty position you are applying for to view the description and select Apply Now. If you have not previously applied, you will be prompted to create an account. You can use this account to apply to multiple positions. Once you have submitted the application, a confirmation email will be automatically sent to you. Please do not send materials to If you encounter difficulties during the application process, please email

Please submit the following documentation:


  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact Information for 3 References


  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Student Evaluations
  • Teaching Philosophy

Application procedures for temporary faculty already teaching in the department:

  • Temporary Faculty with three-year contracts do not need to reapply.
  • Temporary Faculty who have taught for the department within the past two years only need to submit an updated CV to remain in the pool. The hiring committee will review the Personnel Action File and then determine whether an additional interview would be beneficial. 

Sonoma State University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Sonoma State University does not facilitate the process of applying for an H1B Visa for temporary positions.

CSU Out of State Policy - Sonoma State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Contact Information

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to:

Questions concerning this position may be directed to:

Gina Baleria


# 525368 Please refer to this number on app correspondence and inquiries regarding this position.

The ADA Coordinator is also available ( to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Other Information

The university is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

This position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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