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DOF position, West Chester University
« on: February 05, 2019, 10:30:00 PM »

DOF position at West Chester University (PA)

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Department of Communication and Media invites applicants for a one-year Assistant Professor or Instructor position to begin in August 2019. We are seeking candidates who have the ability to serve as the Forensics Director of our nationally competitive forensics team.

Primary responsibilities for this position include directing a forensics program with a tradition of excellence in national and regional competition, traveling with students in university vehicles to competitions, organizing and hosting tournaments, recruiting and supervising graduate assistants, developing and administering the team's annual budget, and fundraising and alumni relations. In addition to directing the forensics team, this position will require teaching two courses per semester in our undergraduate major such as public speaking and argumentation or upper division courses in the candidate's area of expertise.

We seek teacher-scholars who are committed to student interaction and who will contribute to our valued collegial atmosphere. Applicants must successfully complete the interview process including a teaching demonstration to be considered as a finalist. This position may be renewed for a second year, pending available funding and successful evaluation in April of 2020.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful candidates must:

Demonstrate leadership/extensive experience in competitive intercollegiate forensics.
Have experience teaching courses such as public speaking or argumentation.
Demonstrate excellence in speech and debate coaching.
Demonstrate excellence in university-level teaching.
Articulate a scholarly agenda.
a Ph.D. in communication from an accredited university by August 2019 is preferred; however, ABD are encouraged to apply at the Assistant Professor rank. Additionally, persons with a master's and significant professional experience are encouraged to apply at the Instructor level.
The Department of Communication and Media values teacher-scholars who are committed to excellent teaching and student interaction, active scholarship, a commitment to service, and who will contribute to our valued collegial atmosphere. Applicants must successfully complete the interview process including a teaching demonstration to be considered as a finalist.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin (30 days from posting date) and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should apply online at

Application materials posted online must include: (1) a letter of application describing fit for the position and teaching interests, (2) a current vita, (3) a list of three references with contact information, 4) copies of all graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted in application but official transcripts required before time of employment), and (5) evidence of teaching and coaching effectiveness. Finalists for this position must successfully complete an on-campus interview including a teaching/research demonstration. Candidates who advance to the campus visit stage should be prepared to submit written reference letters upon request.

Please address inquiries about this position to Dr. Bessie Lawton, Search Chair at

West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers highly competitive salaries and excellent benefits including same-sex domestic partner benefits. The university is part of the State System of Higher Education and is a public, regional, comprehensive institution serving over 17,000 students. The university is located in the town of West Chester, Pennsylvania, 25 miles west of Philadelphia and only a few hours from New York City and Washington D.C. The area is home to world-class libraries, museums and hospitals.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission and strategic plan, Building on Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.