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Dir of Debate - U Central Florida
« on: November 10, 2016, 10:13:05 AM »
John F. (Jeff) Butler Director of Debate and
Instructor or Lecturer: Human Communication

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 a 12-month, non-tenure earning instructor or lecturer in the Human Communication program and the John F. (Jeff) Butler Director of Debate beginning fall 2017. 

Requirements:  A minimum of a master’s degree (completed by the start of employment) in Communication or related field from an accredited university.  Appropriate training, experience and demonstrated potential to successfully and sustain nationally competitive intercollegiate debate program.  The successful candidate must have evidence of effective teaching experience and potential for teaching success is required. 

Preference:  A doctorate in Communication or related field from an accredited institution, with degree conferred by hire date.

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

Debate program administration and coaching constitute significant service to NSC and UCF.  Additional internal service expectations include appropriate engagement in faculty governance, diversity efforts and other customary service activities consistent with NSC instructors/lecturers. 

Instructional Duties:  Teaching two courses each semester (“2-2”) at UCF’s Orlando campus based on the school’s current workload policy.  The instructional assignment includes a variety of delivery modes including large lecture, mixed mode, online and honor’s courses in Communication, Speech, Argumentation and Debate and/or other courses in ones’ areas of specialization.

Internal Service:  Appropriate service in student advising (academic and career), internship supervision, participating in the academic life of the school (e.g., attending faculty meetings, graduations, assessment of student learning, etc.), as well as serving on various committees as appropriate for an instructor or lecturer in the school.

External Service:  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.

To Apply:  Apply online at and attach the following materials:
(1)   Curriculum Vita (CV)
(2)   Cover letter stating interest and qualifications
(3)   Maximum two-page statement outlining coaching philosophy
(4)   List of three academic or professional references including address, phone number, and email address

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at the same time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

Review of applications:  Begins December 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

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

UCF, the nation’s second-largest university with a diverse student body of more than 63,000 students offers more than 200-degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations.  UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the Central Florida region’s future while providing students with real-world experience that help them succeed after graduation.  For more information, visit

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

For more information about this position, please contact Ms. Debbie Doyle at