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Director of Debate, Univ. of Florida
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:22:55 PM »
The University of Florida is seeking a Director of Policy Debate/Lecturer in Communication Studies

Position:  Full-time Director of Debate/Speech Lecturer faculty position with benefits is available. The position is an annual, renewable term-contract position beginning Fall semester 2014. 

Duties & Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will be responsible for directing the policy debate program, coaching and traveling with the debaters to regional and national tournaments, coordinating duties for debate graduate assistants, establishing recruiting initiatives, organizing research efforts for the team, performing minor administrative duties, and expanding a public debate initiative for campus and community outreach. Teaching duties will include 3-6 credits/semester in Communication Studies and other courses in the candidate’s area of specialization.  Summer teaching for additional compensation may be available.  Participation in Center projects and college-wide activities is required.

Minimum Requirements:   
1.   Excellence in classroom teaching. 
2.   Experience teaching public speaking or other related communication studies courses.
3.   Previous experience competing and/or coaching policy debate at the college level.
4.   Master’s degree in Speech Communication or related field (for example: Journalism, English, Political Science, etc.) completed by August 16, 2014.
5.   Valid driver's license and willingness to travel frequently.
6.   Demonstrated appreciation for intercollegiate forensics as both an educational and competitive activity.
7.   Willingness to represent the university in the best possible manner to its various constituencies and ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a broad range of professional capacities.

Preferred Qualifications:
1.   Experience developing and teaching online courses in the field.
2.   Ph.D. in Speech Communication or related field.

Salary & Benefits: This position is a one-year full-time appointment with benefits and begins August 2014, with renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and level of experience.

The UF Speech & Debate Team:  The 30+ member integrated Speech and Debate team at UF has an annual travel budget averaging $50,000 each year.  This financial support comes from several sources including student activity fees, administration, and supportive alumni. On average there are five active policy debate teams on the squad who travel extensively during the academic year to regional and national tournaments. 

The Dial Center: Our program has 6 full-time and 20+ part-time faculty or graduate teaching/coaching assistants. While our program does not currently offer a major, we do offer a minor in Communication Studies and teach over 2000 students each semester who are required to take our courses for their varied majors.  For more information regarding the Center, go to our webpage at

Deadlines:  To be assured of full consideration, applications should be received by June 9, 2014, but position will remain open until filled. File review will begin immediately.

Application:    Refer to, position #00007018, for required on-line application. Attach a statement of interest, vita, and three letters of recommendation.

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution
(Please visit to complete a voluntary Applicant Data Card.)

For more information contact:   
   Kellie Roberts, Dir. of Forensics
   phone: 352-392-5421