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EMPLOYMENT => Coaching Positions => Topic started by: Jessica Kurr on August 04, 2014, 03:46:40 PM

Title: University of Pittsburgh - Director of Debate Call
Post by: Jessica Kurr on August 04, 2014, 03:46:40 PM
Cross-posting from another list. Having debated at Pitt, I can honestly say the squad culture is top notch, the debaters work hard, and the assistant coaches are very supportive. If you also want easy access to a lot of great food, the Carnegie museum system, and a bunch of people who love their city and each other, I cannot pick a better city (Insert link about Pittsburgh being a top 10 place to live). 

Public Deliberation, Civic Life & Director of Debate
Department of Communication
University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh seeks an entry level, tenure stream Assistant Professor & Director of Debate, pending budgetary approval. Applicants should be pursuing a research program in public deliberation and civic life that contributes to one or more of the departmental strengths in Public Address and Argument; Media and Culture; Rhetoric of Science; and History, Theory and Criticism of Rhetoric. We seek candidates who can collaborate in remembering and re-inventing debate traditions during this period of dramatic transformations of human communication. The ideal candidate will propose a compelling vision for how to lead one of the nation’s most venerable debating societies, the William Pitt Debating Union (WPDU), and possess the requisite skills to collaborate with an associate director and graduate students in realizing this vision. Previous experience in intercollegiate policy debate is welcomed, but not required. Applicants with backgrounds in other formats, such as parliamentary debate, public debate, and Kettering-style deliberative forums are enthusiastically invited to apply.

The WPDU is a co-curricular program that serves as a hub for a wide range of debating activities, including intercollegiate policy debate, public debate, and debate outreach. One of the oldest organizations of its kind in the nation, the Union grew originally out of the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Public Speaking in 1912. Prospective applicants can access a set of historical documents and background information at http://1drv.ms/1gwHZO9 that may be useful for framing an inspiring vision statement that creatively links past, present and future. Priority will be given to scholars who foster engagement, intellectual and cultural pluralism and public issue awareness. We welcome applicants whose research and teaching programs exhibit potential to contribute to undergraduate curricular offerings for the department and the University Honors College.

The intellectual environment at the University of Pittsburgh provides ample opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation. The department has developed working relationships with distinguished programs in Africana Studies, Bioethics and Health Law, Classics, Cultural Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Film Studies, History and Philosophy of Science, International Security Studies, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian and East European Studies, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program.

Appointees will teach current undergraduate and graduate courses, develop new courses in the area of their research specialization, and otherwise participate in the department’s intellectually vigorous graduate program. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. as well as a research program consistent with a Carnegie RU/VH institution. Starting date for the position is September 1, 2015. Salary, scholarly assistance, and benefits are competitive. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and different sex domestic partners. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, two article-length writing samples, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi and course assignments, student course evaluations, a William Pitt Debating Union vision statement, and peer evaluations to Professor Lester C. Olson, Department Chair, commjobs@pitt.edu with the position title in the subject heading.

In order to receive full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2014. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.