[eDebate] Pittsburgh debate job search

gordonm+ at pitt.edu gordonm+
Fri Aug 25 16:23:23 CDT 2006

Greetings eDebate readers.

The University of Pittsburgh is adding a second tenure-steam position to
the coaching staff of the William Pitt Debating Union (WPDU). As detailed
in the job description below (position 2), this is an entry-level or
advanced Assistant Professor line in the area of public address and

The person filling this position will run the WPDU's intercollegiate
policy debate team, while other elements of the Union's programming (e.g.
public debate, debate outreach, fundraising, and publicity) will continue
to be administered by the Director of Debate. In other words: I plan to
stay in Pittsburgh and look forward to the opportunity of steering the
WPDU ship with a new colleague who is committed to both excellence in
scholarly research and distinction in NDT/CEDA policy debate competition.

If you are interested in learning more about this job search, please
contact me by email backchannel.

The text of the official job advertisement follows:

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The Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh is
searching for applicants to fill three faculty positions effective
September 2007, pending budgetary approval. We seek excellence in teaching
and research.  Salary, scholarly assistance and benefits are competitive.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
Employer. Women and members of minority groups underrepresented in
academia are especially encouraged to apply.


Entry-level or advanced tenure-stream Assistant Professor in media.
Applicant's research should align with the departmental faculty's
philosophical, theoretical, critical, cultural, and historical approaches
to the interdisciplinary study of rhetoric, culture, and communication.
The appointee will teach existing undergraduate and graduate media
courses, develop new ones in the area of her or his research
specialization, and otherwise participate in the department's
intellectually vigorous graduate program. Promise of, or demonstrated
progress toward, a national reputation for scholarly research and writing
of the highest quality is essential, as is a strong record of
instructional excellence.


Entry level or advanced tenure-stream Assistant Professor in public
address and argument. Possible areas of academic emphasis may include the
relationship of public address and argument to new media technologies,
social movements, visual artifacts, rhetorical theories, or political
communication. Substantial experience as an intercollegiate policy debate
coach is required as the successful candidate will be expected to work
with the Director of the William Pitt Debating Union and the Chair of the
Department of Communication in administering a highly competitive
intercollegiate policy debate team that researches the national policy
debate topic selected by the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA)
and the National Debate Tournament (NDT) committee.


Open rank position in the Rhetoric of Science and Technology. The general
area of emphasis for this position is how scientific or technological
issues are articulated in institutional, interdisciplinary, or social
contexts. Specific areas of emphasis may include the natural,
environmental, medical, or social sciences, public controversies about
science or technology, or the rhetoric of science policy.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in hand, will be expected to
conduct a research program appropriate to a Research One institution,
direct doctoral research, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and
play an active role in departmental self-governance.

Applicants should send a letter specifying the area to which they are
applying, a curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, copies of
both undergraduate and graduate transcripts, two article-length writing
samples, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi and
course assignments, and evaluations of teaching by students, peers, and
supervisors to Barbara Warnick, Chair, Department of Communication, 1117
Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. To
ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 10,

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Gordon R. Mitchell
Associate Professor of Communication / Director of Debate
University of Pittsburgh
CL 1117, 4200 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-8531
Fax: (412) 624-1878

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