[eDebate] UNI DOF position announcement

Catherine Palczewski Catherine.Palczewski
Wed Feb 13 11:48:54 CST 2008

Greetings all,

the University of Northern Iowa will be hiring a tenure track director 
of forensics this year, with responsibilities to start in the Fall of 
2008. The UNI forensics program includes both a debate and speech 
component. The DOF oversees the tenure track debate coach and the speech 
coach/instructor position. 2 graduate assistants also are dedicated to 
the forensic program from within the Communication Studies Department's 
GTA lines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line:
Cate Palczewski (the Debate coach and interim DOF).

Here is the official ad:


POSITION: Director of Forensics/Assistant Professor of Communication 
Studies (Tenure Track)

STARTING DATE: August 2008

COMPENSATION: Negotiable, commensurate with qualifications and 
experience.  UNI provides a lucrative fringe benefits package including 
TIAA-CREF, Blue-Cross, Blue-Shield, and Delta Dental.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Ph.D. in Communication Studies or related 
field (ABDs expecting to complete degree by August 2008 are encouraged 
to apply); demonstrated interest in policy debate and individual events; 
ability to coach NDT/CEDA debate and/or NFA/AFA individual events; and 
demonstrated competence in forensic administration required. At least 
two years college/university level teaching and at least two years 
active coaching experience, either as a graduate student or as an active 
coach, in an NDT/CEDA debate and/or NFA/AFA individual events program; 
familiarity with forensic tournament management; and commitment to and 
record of excellence in teaching also required.  Record of 
scholarly/creative activity preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach a total of 6 credit hours per semester in 
Communication Studies, which may include 3 credits of Oral Communication 
(basic course) and with opportunities to teach graduate courses and 
direct M.A. thesis/research projects. Candidates should stipulate their 
area/s of specialization, as well as which courses they are qualified 
and willing to teach. Direct an intercollegiate forensics program that 
has both policy debate and individual events. As part of being Director 
of Forensics, the candidate is expected to conduct outreach and 
fundraising activities, recruit prospective undergraduate student 
competitors and graduate student assistant coaches, organize on-campus 
programs, assist in the coaching of students, administer on-campus 
tournaments, and travel to and judge at college tournaments. All members 
of the faculty are expected to participate in curriculum development, as 
well as department and university governance.  In addition, each faculty 
member is expected to pursue individual scholarly/creative activity and 
professional service.

APPLICATION: Send letter of application (which includes a description of 
areas of academic expertise); vita, including complete record of past 
employment and experience; three letters of reference or placement file; 
evidence of teaching effectiveness; samples of scholarly/creative 
activity; and a statement of forensic philosophy to:
Dr. John Fritch, Department Head
Forensics Search Committee
Department of Communication Studies
University of Northern Iowa
326 Lang Hall
Cedar Falls, IA  50614-0139
(319) 273-6118

Application materials may be sent by email to john.fritch at uni.edu.

Applications received by March 1, 2008, will be given full 
consideration. The Department of Communication Studies encourages 
applications from minority persons, women, persons with disabilities, 
and Veterans.

DEPARTMENT:  The Department of Communication Studies is a multi-area 
department with 31 full-time faculty and staff.  There are approximately 
600 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students currently enrolled. 
Undergraduate majors include: Electronic Media, Communication Studies 
and Public Relations.  The department also provides a broad range of 
co-curricular experiences for students.

UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: The University of Northern Iowa (www.uni.edu) 
has a reputation for providing exceptional undergraduate education, as 
well as complementary programs at the master?s, specialist, and doctoral 
levels.  The University has outstanding programs in business, humanities 
and fine arts, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and 
teacher education. For more information about UNI?s vision, mission, 
values, and strategic plan go to 

One of three Iowa Regents universities, UNI enjoys national recognition 
for its high educational standards. U.S. News and World Report has 
ranked the University of Northern Iowa second among Midwest public 
comprehensive universities for eleven consecutive years.

The University?s medium size ? approximately 12,600 students ? offers 
many of the advantages of a larger university, including high quality 
faculty, excellent facilities, and broad academic choices.  At the same 
time, UNI retains a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a compact, 
park-like campus.

The University of Northern Iowa is located in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo 
metropolitan area, an attractive community in northeast Iowa, with a 
population of 120,000 residents.  The area offers a variety of 
educational, artistic, recreational, and cultural activities and 
opportunities.  Additional information about the community can be found 
at www.uni.edu/infosys/community.shtml.


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