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

Posting: 13067
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-06-20

Terms of Appointment:
  • Position title:  Director of Forensics and University Forum, at the rank of Lecturer
  • Appointment percent:  1.0
  • Type of Appointment:  Fixed-term
  • Duration of appointment:  Initial appointment 9/16/2013 – 9/15/2014, renewable annually
  • Annual base rate of compensation:  $60,000 - $70,000
  • Annual basis:  12 months
  • Starting date:  9/16/2013 (projected)

Essential Functions:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D., J.D., or terminal degree in field of study. Experience and background in intercollegiate forensics as a student or professional. Preference will be given to candidates who have 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.

Description of the University and Community:

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 lecturer who reports to the Senior Vice Provost and appropriate dean or department head.

The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon, home to more than 145,000 people and Oregon’s third largest city. Within only a few hours’ drive are ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the Cascade and Coast mountain ranges. The Willamette River runs through the heart of the city and joins the McKenzie River north of town. Mild winters, long growing seasons, and few drastic weather changes are characteristic. Eugene has a high percentage of professionals, including doctors, lawyers, architects, and educators, and is home to the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, which regularly hosts the Oregon Bach Festival, the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Ballet, and the Eugene Opera, among other cultural offerings.

The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seeks candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to its diverse community.

Application Procedure and Closing Dates:

Application review begins on 4/19/2013. Applications submitted by that date will be ensured consideration. The position will remain open, and qualified candidates in the pool will remain active, until the position is filled. The finalist for this position must successfully complete a criminal background check. Submit the application materials to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2598.

  1. A cover letter demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and addressing your interest in the position.
  2. A current resumé.
  3. The names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current references who can comment on your qualifications for this position.
  4. Your response to the following supplemental question: The Forensics program has an academic plan, available at this link: http://duxdebate.wordpress.com/director-search/academic-plan/. In three pages or less, please describe how you would implement this plan.

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