Adjunct Instructor of Forensics

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
May 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

University of Puget Sound

Adjunct Instructor of Forensics
Job ID: 5829
Location: Forensics
Full/Part Time:  

Faculty Posting Details
Appointment: Part-time, twelve-month renewable appointment, begins July 2021.


The adjunct instructor of forensics will assist in coordination and administration of a competitive debate program and the planning and implementation of high school and college tournaments as well as any public/community debates; implement individual coaching plans including weekly meetings and work sessions; and fulfill duties as assigned by the Director of Forensics. The instructor is expected to be responsible for travel (including arrangements, coaching, judging, and team transportation) to tournaments and public debates. The position requires prompt fulfillment of budgetary matters including processing of receipts and invoices. When applicable, the debate coach will engage in recruiting. Successful candidates will be expected to work with students across formats and experience levels with an emphasis on educationally focused policy debate. The University of Puget Sound is invested in developing Pacific Northwest Debate, a community and educationally focused research based debate format on semester long topics.


BA required.

The position requires experience with and knowledge of academic debate; ability to work in a collaborative team environment; excellent human relations and interpersonal communication skills; an ability to effectively assume responsibility for duties and to implement them in a timely fashion; an ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both written and verbal contexts; and an ability to work professionally with students, faculty and staff, alumni, colleagues, and members of the community.

Program Information:

The University of Puget Sound has an historically rich forensics program dating to 1922. The program has maintained the purpose of forensics as the educational growth and development of students in conjunction with contribution the health and well-being of local and regional communities. For the last two years the program has been a leader in developing Pacific Northwest Debate (PNW debate). In recent years, the program has focused on NDT/CEDA (policy) and NPDA/NPTE (parliamentary) styles of debate. Recently the program has participated in limited British Parliamentary style tournaments as well. The program generally serves 15-20 students across multiple formats and levels of experience.

About Puget Sound:
The University of Puget Sound is located in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities.

Application Deadline:

Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than June 11, 2021 to ensure consideration.

Required Documents:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • Coaching philosophy
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be prompted to enter the contact information for three (3) reference providers. The system will automatically email these reference providers to request a letter.

Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Adjunct Instructor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

University Diversity Statement
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA