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Director of Debate And Instructor/Lecturer/Assistant Professor: Human Comm.

University of Central Florida, Nicholson School of Communication and Media

Job Title: Director of Debate And Instructor/Lecturer/Assistant Professor: Human Comm.
Job Location: Orlando , FL
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Humanities: other
Communications, journalism, film, TV
Application Closing Date: OPen until filled
Date Posted: 2019-01-04
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

John F. (Jeff) Butler Director of Debate and
Instructor/Lecturer/Assistant Professor: Human Communication

University of Central Florida

The Department of Communication in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSCM) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is seeking a highly motivated and exceptionally qualified intercollegiate debate coach to lead UCF Debate in national-level intercollegiate debate success. NSCM invites applications for a 9-month, non-tenure earning instructor, lecturer, or tenure-earning assistant professor in the Department of Communication and the John F. (Jeff) Butler Director of Debate anticipated to begin fall 2019.

Job Requirements

Requirements: A minimum of a master's degree (completed by the start of employment) in Communication or related field from an accredited university is required. Additionally, appropriate training, experience and demonstrated potential to succeed and sustain nationally competitive intercollegiate debate program is required. The successful candidate must have evidence of effective teaching experience, and potential for teaching success is required. If hired as a tenure-earning, assistant professor, the successful candidate will hold a doctorate in Communication (or related field) and demonstrate an active program of social scientific scholarship appropriate for a research university and possess the capacity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preference: A doctorate in Communication or related field from an accredited institution, with degree conferred by hire date, is preferred.

Debate Program: Direction and related duties include recruitment and coaching of national-level caliber intercollegiate debate competitors (NDT/CEDA), recruitment and mentoring/supervision of graduate assistant debate coaches, coordinating travel arrangements and travel (including coaching and judging duties) with debaters to tournaments, as appropriate.

Responsibilities for debate program administrative functions includes budgeting, seasonal tournament planning, record-keeping, student government association (SGA) relations, establishing and enforcing debate team policies, managing assigned space and/or equipment, ensuring compliance with relevant university policies and regulations, and coordinating the hosting of high school and intercollegiate debate tournaments on the UCF campus.

Instructional Duties: Course assignments will be commensurate with the appointment, with release time given for duties associated with debate and if tenure-earning, an appropriate annual assignment will be dedicated to research. The selected candidate will be assigned to UCF's Orlando Downtown campus. The instructional assignment includes a variety of delivery modes including large lecture, mixed mode, online, and honor's courses in Communication, Speech, Argumentation, and Debate, and/or other courses in ones' areas of specialization.

Research Expectation: If appointed as a tenure-earning assistant professor, there will be a research expectation for this position.

Internal Service: Debate program administration and coaching constitute significant service to the Department, NSCM and UCF. Additional internal service expectations include appropriate engagement in faculty governance, diversity, inclusion and equity enhancement efforts, and other customary service activities consistent with the Department of Communication faculty (e.g., student advising (academic and career), internship supervision, attending faculty meetings and graduation, assessment of student learning, as well as serving on various committees as appropriate.

External Service: The chosen candidate is expected to be active in forensics organizations, (e.g., AFA, NDT, CEDA, etc.), active in debate community service work (e.g., UDL, public debate events, local or national workshops, etc.) and/or active within disciplinary associations (e.g., NCA, regional and state associations, etc.).

NSCM is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to its climate of diversity and inclusion. NSCM is a very student-centered school, with a very collegial and friendly faculty and staff. NSCM strives to be a premier academic program known for excellence in research, teaching, and service to students and the community. Students are active in internships and organizations on and off campus. The curriculum emphasizes both the theoretical and applied aspects of the field and encourages diversity in all aspects of communication. A new Ph.D. program in Strategic Communication will launch in fall 2019. For more information about the school and its programs, visit https://www.communication.ucf.edu

UCF, one of the nation's largest universities with more than 67,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity, and reputation since it opened more than 50 years ago. The university is classified as a “Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity” and a “Community Engagement” institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Today the university offers more than 200-degree programs, more than 100 of them at the graduate level. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region's future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit https://www.ucf.edu.

Information and Application Process Instructions

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at http://eeo.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf.

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, https://www.jobswithucf.com. In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload the following:

  • Signed Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Maximum two-page statement teaching interests, philosophy, and research interests
  • List of three academic or professional references including address, phone number, and email contact information.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at the same time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

Review of applications will begin January 17, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. For more information about this position, contact Dr. Deanna Sellnow at 407-823-3144, or deanna.sellnow@ucf.edu.

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