Author Topic: Illinois State University seeking Director of Debate for Fall 2013  (Read 2565 times)


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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 in the School of Communication, 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, 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. The DOD will assist in the coaching of limited preparation events, under the guidance of the Director of Individual Events, as a part of an integrated Forensics Union at ISU that houses both debate and speech programs.

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

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

- Excellent record of fiscal and personnel management
- Superior organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Attention to details and procedures
- Proven ability to perform job duties in a professional and mature manner
- Ability to use discretion regarding confidential matters
- Ability to make independent judgments regarding priorities and resolutions
- Capability to be a self-starter, make significant decisions, and take responsibility for planning projects and for seeing them through to completion
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to drive State of Illinois vehicles
- Ability to host tournaments
- Ability to arrange tournament travel logistics

Preferred Qualifications
- Knowledge and experience in recruiting high school and transfer students
- Ability to quickly learn our procedures for administering the budget, generating travel vouchers, room scheduling and arranging travel
- Computer skills including proficiency in Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, social media and web design skills
- Experience in intercollegiate policy debate (CEDA/NDT) as a debater and/or a coach
- Experience in intercollegiate Lincoln-Douglas (NFA) debate as a debater and/or a coach
- Experience in limited preparation speech events (extemporaneous and impromptu speaking) as a competitor and/or a coach

Instructions to Applicants
Submit applications online at

For full consideration, please apply no later than June 12, 2013.  Please prepare in advance separate documents representing a cover letter of application, references list (at least 5 professional references, including supervisors), evidence of teaching effectiveness (including summary of student evaluations of teaching), and complete curriculum vitae 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

For questions, please contact Dr. Kevin Meyer, Director of Forensics, Illinois State University, or 309-299-1961