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Director of Forensics and University Forum - Archive
Office of Academic Affairs

Posting: 12023
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2012-06-25

Position description:  Director of Forensics and University Forum

Rank:  Lecturer

Report:  Senior Vice Provost

The University of Oregon Office of Academic Affairs invites applications for the Director of Forensics and University Forum at the rank of Lecturer.  University of Oregon students formed debating societies two weeks after the opening of the University in 1876 and the founded the library.  Students have participated in intercollegiate debate since 1897.  Students participate in the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA), policy debate (NDT), and individual event speaking.  In addition, the program hosts and oversees the University forum, which allows the campus to debate and discuss the issues of the day.  The Director of Forensics and University Forum is a senior lecturer who reports to the senior vice provost and appropriate dean or department head.


Director of Forensics Program. The Director will oversee the UO forensics (intercollegiate debate and individual events speaking) program, grounding the program in rhetorical and communication theory as a basis for written and oral advocacy.  This will include oversight of graduate teaching fellows and other staff members and ensuring the integrity of practice sessions, research activities, and competitive actions.  The program includes outreach to local high schools through an annual high school forensics tournament, Lane County Debate League and the summer Oregon Debate Institute. 

Director of University Forum.  The Director will oversee the University Forum.  The Forum sponsors debates, dialogues, and other public assemblies to foster argument in the public space.  The forum brings campus speakers noted for their positions and expertise on the controversial issues of the day.  The intent of the forum is to expose the university community to multiple and contrasting positions that speakers take on important public issues.  The forum will exist to promote civil and reasonable argumentation.  When possible, the Forum will collaborate with other University units in sponsoring speakers.  In addition, the Forum will sponsor events in the Portland and Salem areas, and seek partners in both cities to help coordinate and co-sponsor the speaking engagements.

Academic Support/Teaching (Eight course load):

The Director will receive six course credits for oversight of the forensics program and university forum.  The Director will also teach two public speaking or oral advocacy courses each academic year.

Position Requirements

Ph.D., J.D., or terminal degree required to apply.  Additional requirements: Experience and background in intercollegiate forensics as a student or professional.  Preference will be given to candidate who has significant experience outside the academy practicing and fostering ethical public advocacy and who can achieve outreach beyond the forensic tournament.  The successful candidate will exhibit a commitment to both on and off campus instruction in oral advocacy and the cultivation of public argument, to the liberal arts mission of the university, and will seek out collaborative opportunities with the eight colleges on campus.  Background in managing budgets and travel logistics.  Successful candidate must complete a criminal background check.

To Apply: Submit the following electronically to bbrooks@uoregon.edu:

  1. A  letter of introduction detailing the applicant’s vision for intercollegiate forensics and the university forum at the University of Oregon, describing experience they may have had practicing oral advocacy outside the academy, and providing evidence of participation in intercollegiate forensics as a student or a professional along with the ability to lead complex systems
  2. A current curriculum vita
  3. Three letters of reference

Committee will begin review of applications on 4/15/2012, and the position will remain open until filled.  The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Salary: $60,000 - $70,000
Twelve month, fixed term appointment