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Director of Forensics - Assistant or Associate Professor
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:32:21 AM »
Hello All,

The Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic year position as an Assistant or Associate Professor in the role of Director of Forensics. The successful candidate will direct an intercollegiate forensics program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the department curriculum, conduct scholarly research, and engage in service-related activities. The Director’s responsibilities will include developing and directing a forensics program that includes competitive policy debate and individual events, traveling to regional and national tournaments, recruiting and supervising graduate assistant debate coaches, collaborating with the college development office, and organizing public debate activities that promote student participation and civic engagement.
The Department of Communication at California State University, Fresno offers a blend of qualitative, quantitative, and rhetorical approaches to the study of human communication from a range of traditional, contemporary, and critical perspectives. The program presents a balance of humanistic and scientific instruction, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides training in the communication skills students need to function effectively in teaching, business, law, the communication professions, public service, politics, and management. Underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply, and Fresno State offers health benefits to same-sex and different-sex domestic partners and spouses. For more information on the Department of Communication, visit
Required Education:
An earned Ph.D. in Communication or other closely related discipline, or a J.D., from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/17/2018).

Required Experience:
1) Record of excellence administering an intercollegiate forensics program including coaching, budgeting, and coordinating logistics; 2) Successful teaching experience in communication or rhetorical studies; 3) Demonstrated scholarly activity (e.g., conference presentations, publications); and 4) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Appointment to the rank of Associate Professor requires a substantially higher level of experience and accomplishments in teaching and scholarly productivity than required for appointment to Assistant Professor.

Preferred Qualifications:
Record of success as a competitor in national-level policy debate or individual events forensics.
Application Procedures:
Review of applications will begin November 20, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants must complete an online application at and attach the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching philosophy, quantitative ratings of instruction, peer evaluations); 4) samples of scholarly work; 5) unofficial graduate transcripts; and 6) a list of three professional references. Finalists will be required to submit 1) three current letters of recommendation and 2) official transcripts. For inquires, contact: Dr. Diane M. Blair, Search Committee Chair; Department of Communication; California State University, Fresno; 5201 N. Maple Avenue, M/S SA 46; Fresno, CA 93740-8027; Phone: 559.278.8578; Email:

Other Requirements:
In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees on-line at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.
A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:
Equal Employment Opportunity:
California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

You may see the job announcement here:

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Tom Boroujeni
Director of Debate
California State University, Fresno