Director of Debate

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 11, 2021
May 03, 2022
Full Time
Director of Debate The Department of Communication at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, invites applications for a full-time, 9-month Instructor (non-tenure-track) to serve as Director of Debate for our flagship policy Debate program. With a tradition of excellence dating back to its founding in 1974, Mason Debate is committed to making debate accessible to all skill levels (from novice to varsity) while also achieving excellence within research and advocacy. In addition to a consistent top-five ranking by various debate associations and a renowned summer Debate Institute, Mason Debate offers an Assistant Director and several coaches, recruitment resources, a rigorous travel schedule for novice and advanced debaters, and a prominent location near the nation's capital.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. About the Position:The offering is for a term (non-tenure line) position, on a 9-month contract, salary commensurate with experience, beginning August 25, 2022. The position has teaching and service responsibilities as a faculty member, with an opportunity to earn an additional 10% of salary for summer debate directing responsibilities (potentially including, but not limited to, summer teaching and/or management of the Summer Debate Camp). The position and the program operate within the Department of Communication, and the position reports to the Chair of the Department for annual faculty evaluation. Subsequent annual contract renewal is contingent on satisfactory performance. About the Department: Mason's Communication Department has a collegial faculty committed to excellence, innovation, and social relevance. We expect reasonable participation in the life of our community, including career fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions, and other events. We offer a broad undergraduate program with more than 500 majors; five minor programs; a large M.A. program emphasizing strategic, health, and science communication specialties; and a Ph.D. program emphasizing health, science, and strategic communication. Additionally, the department supports several co-curricular activities, including debate, forensics, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists, and a comprehensive student media organization (newspaper, radio, television, sports announcing, magazine and journal editing, etc.). The research life of the department includes both undergraduate and graduate research, and is reflected in the activities of its faculty, including the Center for Climate Change Communication, the Center for Media and Public Affairs, and the Center for Health and Risk Communication. Responsibilities: Coordination of program activities, including recruitment; pre-season preparation, scheduling, promotion and online presence; budget; hiring and supervision of the Assistant Director and part time coaches; hosting tournaments as well as the Mason Debate Summer Camp; development and allocation of student scholarships and assistantships for graduate students, coaching, and travel; developing program resources in collaboration with the college Development office; maintaining strong program alumni connections; and commitment to developing a program that embraces equity on behalf of students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Required Qualifications:Master's Degree or equivalent in Communication or a related field;At least three (3) years of college Debate administration and coaching experience, preferably as Director of Debate or Assistant Director of Debate;Demonstrated teaching experience and effectiveness in an area of expertise appropriate to teaching classes within the Department of Communication;Administrative skills and experience, including managing a budget, coordinating team travel, and hosting tournaments and other events;Experience supervising or mentoring graduate assistants and undergraduate students;The ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds;Commitment to leadership and advocacy on behalf of students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds;Competency at group and interpersonal communication;Capable of effective presentations; andA valid driver's license. Preferred Qualifications:PhD in Communication or a related field;Demonstrated experience with student recruitment and program promotion;Demonstrated experience directing or hosting college or high school summer debate institutes;Demonstrated ability to build collegial departmental and campus unit relationships;Demonstrated ability and/or willingness to develop resources working with the college Development office and maintain strong program alumni connections (including, but not limited to, fundraising activities); andDemonstrated ability to add excellence and diversity in research and teaching, including working successfully with diverse students and colleagues, mentoring diverse students and colleagues, and creating an inclusive environment in which all students can flourish.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F5167Z at by December 10, 2021; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information. The cover letter should address the required and preferred qualifications stated above. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until this position is filled for the Fall 2022 semester. For full consideration, submit all materials by December 10, 2021. All candidates invited for campus presentations will be expected to make a public presentation and field questions in addition to other meetings. For more information, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Chris Clarke at

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