Author Topic: John F. (Jeff) Butler Director of Debate - Univ of Central Florida  (Read 2599 times)


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The Nicholson School of Communication (NSC) 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.  NSC invites applications for the John F. (Jeff) Butler Director of Debate beginning August 8, 2014.  This is a 9-month, renewable, non-tenure track appointment.

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 including 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 & regulations and coordinating the hosting of high school and intercollegiate debate tournaments on the UCF campus.

Additionally the position assignment includes expectations initiating and sustaining debate alumni relations and providing leadership for external resource development activities (i.e. fund-raising) for the debate program (including working with NSC in securing support for scholarships and supplemental debate budget funding), as well as collaborating with NSC and UCF to promote the debate program on campus and in the region via appropriate publicity, public events and alumni contact.

The successful candidate for the position shall possess a minimum of a master’s degree in communication, or related field from an accredited university by the time of appointment.  A doctoral degree from an accredited institution, with degree conferred by August 8, 2014 is preferred.  Appropriate background, training, experience and demonstrated potential for national level intercollegiate debate coaching and debate program leadership in order to successfully build and sustain nationally competitive intercollegiate debate program and evidence of effective teaching experience and potential for teaching success is required. 

Duties include a teaching load assignment of two courses each academic semester (“2-2” load).  Instructional assignment includes a variety of delivery modes including large lecture, mixed mode, on-line and honor’s courses in communication, speech, argumentation and debate and/or other courses in one’s areas of specialization. 

Debate program administration and coaching constitutes significant service to NSC and UCF.  Additional “internal” service expectations include appropriate engagement in faculty governance, diversity and other customary service activities consistent with NSC instructors.  NSC expects “external” service to the discipline/field, profession and community which may be fulfilled by participation in any of the following service activities:  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 activity with disciplinary and associations (e.g. NCA, regional and state associations, etc.).  There is no research expectation for this position but research and scholarly activities may be supported.

Candidates must apply online at and attach the following materials:  a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references.

The University of Central Florida is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.  The University of Central Florida is a research intensive university serving more than 60,000 students.  The Nicholson School of Communication strives to be a premier academic program known for excellence in research scholarship and education.  For additional information about the Nicholson School of Communication and its programs visit

The Nicholson School of Communication enjoys extensive positive relationships with the professional community.  Students are active in internships and organizations on and off campus.  The curriculum emphasizes both applied and theoretical aspects of the field and encourages diversity in all aspects of communication.

For more information about this position, please contact the Search Committee Hiring Manager, Ms. Debbie Doyle @407.823.5570 or