Instructor, Communication & Media and Director of Debate

Posted: 06/14/2022

The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Communication and Media in the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences seeks applicants for a three-year term Instructor of Communication and Media and Director of Debate, starting August 2022. Teaching responsibilities include nine credit hours per semester, which typically includes Oral Communication (basic course) and other courses throughout the department. This position will also coach students who compete on the Debate team in the UNI Forensics Program and work with forensics graduate assistants assigned to that program; coordinate with the Director of Forensics and forensics graduate assistants to staff and operate the Debate Team; assist with hosting tournaments; conduct all travel planning for the Debate Team; develop annual budget for the Debate Program and report expenditures; travel with the Debate team to tournaments (normally 10-12 trips annually); recruit students and graduate assistants for the Debate team; and serve as a judge at tournaments. The Director of Debate will serve as the primary person responsible for coaching the Debate team and is expected to conduct weekly squad meetings and hold weekly group and individual coaching sessions.  This position will also participate in the department’s curricular program and contribute to an educationally sound and competitively successful forensics program.
The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts.
Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. The University’s attractive size, approximately 10,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been recognized for the past 18 years as one of the "Best Midwest Universities" by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit
The successful candidate must hold a M.A. in Communication Studies or related curriculum. Required qualifications include demonstrated effectiveness during at least two years of debate coaching, either as a graduate student or an active coach; demonstrated teaching effectiveness in a communication course; and an ability to travel.
Applications received by June 28, 2022 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to John Fritch at 319-273-2725 or john Pre-employment background checks required.
UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.
The University is a tobacco-free campus.

Type of Employment: Full-Time

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