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Communication and Journalism: Director of Forensics/Instructional Position

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus

Full Time, Faculty/Instructional

  • Official Title: Lecturer title series
  • Job ID: #16227
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Communication and Journalism: Director of Forensics/Instructional Position

An academic instructional staff position (non-tenure track) to serve as Director of Forensics and Communication Instructor is available in the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department seeks a dynamic candidate with expertise in and devotion to individual events who is committed to directing one of the oldest and most prestigious student programs in the country. This appointment is for an initial two-year term beginning with the 2020/2021 academic year on August 24, 2020. This assignment is renewable by the supervisor for subsequent one-year appointments, contingent on performance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A master's degree in communication is required. Applicants should have substantial experience with forensics team administration, including the fiscal processes involved in team management, student recruitment, and alumni relations. The successful candidate should have demonstrated potential for excellence in coaching individual events and the ability to teach introductory-level communication courses in the fundamentals of speech (public speaking course) and human communication (introductory hybrid course). Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Evidence of successful university teaching is desired. Hosting tournament experience is a plus. Demonstrated collaboration with additional forensics staff and department faculty is encouraged. DUTIES: Teach courses in the Department of Communication and Journalism based on department needs and in accordance with a 3/2 course load. Duties also include day to day team management, coaching, and administrative responsibilities as well as traveling to tournaments with a nationally competitive program. Additional duties include hosting tournaments, recruiting and scholarship disbursement, alumni relations, overseeing the budget and other duties as negotiated with the Department Chair and Assistant Director of Forensics. We are especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

PROGRAM: The UW-Eau Claire Forensics program has been in existence since the University’s founding year. The program specializes in individual events only and is considered a top 15 program. UW-Eau Claire has a long tradition of competitive success at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament and the Interstate Oratory Contest. UW-Eau Claire Forensics has attended at every single AFA-NIET, has been at all but the first two NFA National Tournaments, and holds the record for the most IOC champions of any other school in history. The UW-Eau Claire Forensics program has an incredibly strong supportive base in scholarships for competing members and a sizable, active and committed alumni network.

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Communication and Journalism consists of 14 full-time faculty and academic staff committed to a philosophy emphasizing the development, integration and practical application of theories, knowledge and skills related to communication and journalism. Communication and journalism are crucial to a democratic society. Both require citizens to share and challenge information.

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: http://www.uwec.edu/Employment. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Communication and Journalism: Director of Forensics/Lecturer position (Job ID # 16227) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Unofficial graduate school transcript
  • Statement of coaching philosophy
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Names and contact information for three references.

Please direct requests for additional information to:
David Tschida at Tschida@uwec.edu

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by February 3, 2020. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

 

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The University reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/.