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ADOF - Truman State University
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:40:32 AM »
Kevin Minch asked me to post this for him. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Jay Self


Truman State University

Full-time Temporary Faculty member to start August 2015 in Communication to provide classroom instruction in lower and upper division curriculum; to fulfill additional faculty duties including coaching intercollegiate forensics debate, modeling the teacher-scholar, academic advising, mentoring of students in research and other experiences; and to provide service to the university and community.  Requires MA in Communication, Public Communication or related area.

Applicants will be evaluated on:
•   academic qualifications,
•   teaching background or the potential for teaching (particularly in the areas of Public Communication and Communication Studies: Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Oral Advocacy and Debate, Argumentation, Oral Interpretation, Communication and Democracy at the introductory and advanced undergraduate level, as well as courses in high demand areas related to their specialty, such as Communication Theory, Mass Communication, Group Communication, Family Communication, and/or Health Communication),
•   forensics coaching background or the potential for assisting the Director of Forensics in coaching debate and forensics (primarily debate), including running practices and coaching students on campus and at tournaments on weekends, and the administrative responsibilities attached to such activities,
•   evidence of scholarly activity with emphasis on the use of candidates’ scholarship to inform their teaching,
•   previous experience mentoring undergraduate research students and/or  willingness to mentor undergraduate research,
•   evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, encouraging and mentoring students in transformative learning experiences such as undergraduate research, service-learning, and internships,
•   compatibility with the department’s needs,
•   complementing existing faculty strengths in terms of class coverage,
•   evidence of commitment to liberal arts education as a teacher-scholar, with undergraduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority,
•   evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in undergraduates,
•   interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching, scholarship, and service, and
•   strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Compensation and Rank: Salary commensurate with experience and education; benefits package includes life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and partial reimbursement of moving expenses.  This appointment may be renewed annually upon mutual consent, dependent upon the results of the annual review, the needs of the University, and available funding. 

Program:  The Department of Communication at Truman has 13 full-time faculty members and approximately 300 students in the major program with approximately 60 minors in Communication and Political Communication. The Communication major allows students to choose from three emphases: Communication Studies, Journalism, and Public Communication. The forensics program at Truman State University has had multiple national championships, national finalists, national sweepstakes awards, and state level-champions over the last couple of decades.  For more information about the Communication program, please visit

The University: A vibrant community of teacher-scholars with a highly selective student body, Truman is a residential university focused on providing its approximately 6,000 students with broad liberal arts experiences and depth of study in 48 undergraduate majors and 8 graduate programs. Truman’s students are well-prepared academically.  Most have leadership experience and over 45% will enter graduate or professional education within a year of graduation. Over 20% of Truman students engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects, including participation in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

Truman is nationally recognized for the quality of the educational opportunities it offers students and for its leadership in the assessment of student learning and continuous improvement.  Truman, Missouri’s only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university, has been recognized for the 18th year in a row by US News and World Report as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Regional Category.  The Washington Monthly ranks Truman as the No. 2 Masters’ University in the United States.  For more information about the University, please visit
The Community:  Located in Kirksville, Truman plays a vital role in the thriving regional center of northeast Missouri.  The city enjoys a low crime rate, excellent schools, and low cost of living.  Within a few minutes’ drive, a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities is easily accessible.  Kirksville is connected to St. Louis (STL) by Cape Air (  Amtrak operates the Southwest Chief on daily schedules from Kirksville to Chicago, Kansas City, and points southwest to Los Angeles.  AT Still University maintains dental and medical schools in Kirksville.  Information about Kirksville can be found at
Application: The application process is coordinated by the School of Social and Cultural Studies. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at Letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to:  with “Temporary Communication Forensics Search” in the subject line.  Complete applications must include:

Completed applications must include:
•   cover letter that addresses the evaluation criteria, scholarly activity interests, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
•   current curriculum vitae;
•   statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development;
•   evidence of, or potential for, success in teaching excellence and coaching forensics activity;
•   copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); and
•   three current references with contact information or three recent letters of recommendation (these may be e-mailed to:

Review of applications will begin February 25, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Jay Self, Interim Chair, Department of Communication, by e-mail at

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed
to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;
women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

American Forensic Association Vice President,
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
Wayne State University
kelly.young [at]