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Lecturer II/Assistant Director of Debate, Communication Studies

University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Communication Studies

Job Title: Lecturer II/Assistant Director of Debate, Communication Studies
Reference Code: 1336858
Job Location: Reno , NV
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Communications, journalism, film, TV
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2018-11-21
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Lecturer II/Assistant Director of Debate, Communication Studies
University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

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Job Description
The University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a non-tenure track full-time (9-month) position of Lecturer and Assistant Director of Forensics (Debate and Speech) within the Department of Communication Studies. We seek a candidate who specializes in public campaigns, deliberation, political communication, argumentation, persuasion, organizational, intercultural, or interpersonal communication to teach in our undergraduate tracks of Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement or Relational Communication and to contribute to the success and growth of the UNR Debate Team. Successful candidates will have a contractual 4/4 course load subject to course release owing to duties relating to the debate team. In the first year, the course load will be 3/4. Successful candidates will also develop and enhance the Forensics program, complementing our current focus on debate (Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas) and speech events. Regular lecturers at the University of Nevada, Reno have voting rights and the ability to be promoted over time, given excellent and sustained performance in assigned areas.

Forensics Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
The primary function is to provide instruction, coaching, and travel support for the UNR Debate Team. Students currently focus on multiple debate formats (Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas) and travel to approximately 8-10 tournaments per year. The Assistant Director would be responsible for supporting the development of platform and limited prep individual events and the growth of the current debate focus. Duties while traveling include transporting students, supervising students, judging rounds, and prepping students for competition. A secondary function of the position is to support event planning, administrative duties, outreach, recruitment, and promoting public oratory both on and off-campus.

The department currently has 10 faculty members, over 200 undergraduate majors, over 100 minors, and 20 M.A. students. The department also has an active Lambda Pi Eta Chapter, and collaborates with the surrounding community through service-learning and outreach programs.
Diversity is central to the mission of Communication Studies. Our faculty, staff, and students strive to foster an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging, and expressing diverse perspectives and is respectful and welcoming of diverse identities. For more information about our department, please visit:

The University of Nevada, Reno is the flagship campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 21,000. UNR is an equal opportunity employer which also offers benefits to same-sex and different-sex domestic partners and spouses. The university offers 70 M.A. and Ph.D. programs in nine colleges. Reno, the “Biggest Little City in the World” is a vibrant, growing city of 250,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 200 miles east of San Francisco. The city is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts. Reno is rated as one of the top locations in the US for living and outdoor recreation. The University and its metropolitan area enjoy a flourishing and diverse intellectual, artistic, and cultural community. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications: Applicants should hold at least a Master's degree in Communication Studies or closely related field. The candidate must have experience both teaching in the field and coaching forensics and experience competing in intercollegiate speech and debate including at least one of the following: NPDA, BP, CEDA, LD, or NFA-NIET.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Communication Studies or related field. Preferred candidates will have experience with administrative tasks associated with competitive debate, such as managing travel logistics. They may also have experience organizing, programming, and/or administering speech and debate events and activities. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong focus of social justice in their work, experience coaching debate, and demonstrated evidence in supporting diverse classrooms. Research for publication is also preferred.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Rank/Range: Lecturer Rank 0(II)

Total Compensation
The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving expenses (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Domestic/Spousal Partner Benefits
This institution offers health insurance benefits to same-sex and to different-sex domestic partners that are registered domestic partners with the State of Nevada and who do not have access to group health insurance through their own employer. This institution offers health insurance benefits to spouses who do not have access to group health insurance through their own employer.

Contact Information:
Search Chair: Dr. Sarah Blithe (775) 784-6826
Search Coordinator: Amilia Culpepper 775-784-6839


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)
Please attach the following documents to your application. Please contact, the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments. Applicants may be contacted later for additional materials.
1) Letter of Application that includes teaching philosophy and debate/forensics pedagogy (3 pages maximum)
2) CV
3) Contact information for 3 references
4) A statement (maximum of one page) that indicates how they would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which they are applying.

Posting Close Time
This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant
A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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