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Associate Director of Debate--University of Pittsburgh
« on: September 02, 2015, 12:53:40 PM »

As the Director of Debate at the University of Pittsburgh, it is my pleasure to announce our search for an Associate Director of Debate. The formal call for this excellent job is posted below; feel free to contact me with any questions about the organizational structure of the team, which is in transition administratively this year and therefore perhaps a bit confusing.

Calum Matheson
Assistant Professor of Public Deliberation and Civic Life
Director of the William Pitt Debating Union
University of Pittsburgh

Job description begins:

Lecturer and Associate Director of Debate
Department of Communication

Lecturer, Non-tenure Stream, beginning Fall 2016, pending budgetary approval.
The Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a position as Associate Director of Debate, to be appointed at the rank of Lecturer, non-tenure stream, pending budgetary approval. We seek candidates whose exemplary backgrounds in argumentation pedagogy position them well to assume a leadership role in the William Pitt Debating Union, and to teach undergraduate courses such as Public Speaking, Argument, Debate, and Discussion. Ph.D. or ABD status and debate coaching experience are required, as the successful candidate will assist in the administration of one of the nation’s storied intercollegiate policy debate programs. This is a one-year, non-tenure stream position with possibility of renewal subject to performance review.
The intellectual environment at the University of Pittsburgh provides ample opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation. The department has developed working relationships with distinguished programs in Africana Studies, Bioethics and Health Law, Classics, Cultural Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Film Studies, History and Philosophy of Science, International Security Studies, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian and East European Studies, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program.
Starting date for the position is September 1, 2016. Salary, scholarly assistance, and benefits are competitive. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and different sex domestic partners. All application materials should be submitted electronically, as per the instructions found at  Applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, one article-length writing sample, a 1-2 page statement describing the candidate’s debate coaching philosophy, sample course syllabi and course assignments, and student course evaluations.  For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input an email address, and an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair Gordon Mitchell at
In order to receive full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2015. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.