Instructor, Communication & Media and Director of Debate

Posted: 03/03/2023

Instructor, Communication & Media and Director of Debate 

The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Communication & 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 in August 2023.
Teaching responsibilities include nine credit hours per semester (typically, an equivalent of three sections/classes, including the basic course in Oral Communication, Argumentation & Debate, Public Speaking, and other courses as needed). As part of the department's teaching faculty, this position would play an important role in the department's curricular program and be committed to an educationally sound and competitively successful forensics program.
This position will also coach students who compete in evidence-based policy debate (e.g., NDT/CEDA and/or LD debate) on the Debate Squad in the UNI Forensics Program and work with forensics graduate assistants assigned to that program. The Director of Debate is the Debate Coach at UNI, which means they are the primary person responsible for coaching and are expected to conduct weekly squad meetings and hold weekly group and individual coaching sessions.
Administrative responsibilities include coordination with the Director of Forensics, the Director of Individual Events, and forensics graduate assistants to staff and operate the Debate Program; assist with hosting tournaments; conduct all travel planning for the Debate Squad; develop annual budget for the Debate Program and report expenditures; travel with the Debate Squad to tournaments (10-12 trips annually); recruit and retain debaters and graduate assistant coaches; promote the program on campus (e.g., through on campus debates and workshops); serve as a campus resource for argumentation and debate training; and serve as a judge at tournaments.
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 more diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become a more equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build a more inclusive teaching and learning environment.
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. Master's students who expect to complete their degree by August 2023 are encouraged to apply. Required qualifications include demonstrated coaching effectiveness during at least two years of coaching evidence-based policy debate (e.g., NDT/CEDA and/or LD), either as a graduate student or an active coach; demonstrated teaching effectiveness in an introductory college-level communication course; and an ability to travel.
Applications received by March 31, 2023 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Catherine Palczewski at 319-273-2714 or 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.

Type of Employment: Full-Time

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