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Director of Debate, Illinois State University
« on: June 10, 2012, 08:39:02 AM »
Director, Debate

General Summary
The Director of Debate (DOD) at Illinois State University will be primarily responsible for the direction, planning, coordination, and development of the debate squad at ISU, under the supervision of the Director of Forensics (DOF). In addition to providing classroom instruction, the DOD will supervise assistant and graduate student coaches, supervise undergraduate team members, coach individual and team competitors before and during tournaments, hold weekly meetings with the DOF as well as the assistant coaches and team members, direct the Summer Debate Institute, coordinate press releases, compile annual reports, be responsible for the disbursement and reimbursement of tournament travel funds, plan and assist in fundraising efforts, assist the DOF in alumni relations, maintain team morale, travel to tournaments, and judge at tournaments when necessary.

This position is a 9 month position (August 16th - May 15th)

Required Qualifications
Education and experience:
-Master's Degree in Communication or equivalent field.
-4 years experience in intercollegiate policy debate either as a debater or a coach.
-1 year experience in undergraduate classroom instruction

- Excellent management, organizational, and communication skills
- Have a professional, personable and mature attitude
- Ability to make independent judgments regarding priorities and resolutions

The Director of Debate must be a self-starter, make significant decisions, and be able to take responsibility for planning projects and for seeing them through to completion.

Preferred Qualifications
- Knowledge and experience in recruiting
- Knowledge of procedures for administering the budget, generating travel vouchers, room scheduling and arranging travel
- Computer skills including proficiency in Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and web skills
- Ability to use discretion regarding confidential matters

Instructions to Applicants
Submit applications online at

For full consideration, please apply no later than June 22, 2012.  Please prepare in advance separate documents representing a cover letter, reference list (at least 3 professional references), and resume to attach to this application.

Illinois State University:
Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois.  Illinois State is a coeducational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with almost 21,000 students.  Its 34 academic departments in 6 colleges offer 63 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study.  The Graduate School coordinates 38 masters, 2 specialist and 7 doctorial programs.  Illinois State University ( is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. 

Bloomington-Normal Community:
Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 125,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance International Headquarters, Mitsubishi Motors North America Manufacturing Division, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was also recently placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live.  Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, traffic and commute.  Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at for more information.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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Re: Director of Debate, Illinois State University
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2012, 08:44:20 AM »
The quick link for the DOD position is:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the position or our program.

Kevin Meyer
Director of Forensics
Illinois State University