23-19 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor and Forensics Director

US Government, College of Arts & Humanities

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. The Department of Communication and Media invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor and Forensics Director for our nationally competitive speech & debate team. The position will begin in August 2023.  

 

West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good. 

The College of Arts and Humanities, home of the Department of Communication and Media, is dedicated to fostering creativity, curiosity, civic engagement, and critical thinking through a rich liberal arts curriculum that instills a capacity for productive action. The department’s faculty are active scholars and professionals who love teaching and are committed to student success, diversity, and ethical communication.

The primary responsibility of the incumbent is to direct the department’s regionally and nationally recognized speech & debate program. The ideal candidate’s experience, substantive specializations, and pedagogical training will serve to strengthen the department’s mission and vision. The faculty member will demonstrate attention to the learning and teaching needs of the students. Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses offered in-person and online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Collaborate with other departmental faculty and staff. The typical course load involves teaching two courses per semester in Argumentation and Public Speaking.  

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: 

  • Teach undergraduate courses in the area of Argumentation and Public Speaking. Additional courses within area of specialization may be assigned based on departmental needs. 

  • Direct the forensic program. 

  • Travel with students to competitions and tournaments. 

  • Supervise and mentor graduate assistants. 

  • Manage the budget, fund-raising, and alumni relations. 

  • Engage in scholarly activities such as research, presentations, and publications. 

  • Serve the University and the community through participation in various committees. 

  • Mentoring and advising students. 

  • Other duties as assigned. 

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