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Faculty Position in Communication/Assistant Director of Forensics, January 2024 or August 2024

Truman State University
Kirksville, Missouri
Truman offers an attractive benefits package
Date posted
Oct 24, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Speech & Rhetoric
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a full-time, non-tenure-track instructor or assistant professor of communication to begin January 2024 or August 2024 depending on candidate’s availability.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity for an annual renewal (nine month contract) based on performance, department need and funding.

Required Qualifications:  This position requires a master’s in Communication or closely related field and experience with competitive Forensics.

Responsibilities:  Provide classroom instruction in lower and upper division curriculum; fulfill additional faculty duties including coaching intercollegiate debate; demonstrate the teacher-scholar model; mentor students; and provide service to the university and community. 

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Academic qualifications;
  • Teaching background or the potential for teaching Public Communication and Communication Studies: Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Oral Advocacy and Debate, Argumentation, Oral Interpretation, Performance Studies at the introductory and advanced undergraduate level, as well as courses in high demand areas related to their specialty, such as Communication Theory, Communication Education, Social Media, and/or Health Communication;
  • Forensics coaching background and the potential for assisting the Director of Forensics in coaching debate (Policy, NFA Lincoln-Douglas, and Parliamentary) and, if qualified, coach forensics individual events such as Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking.  The candidate will run practices and coach students on campus and at tournaments on weekends, as well as share the administrative responsibilities attached to such activities;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including potential for developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in undergraduates;
  • Evidence of scholarly activity with emphasis on the use of candidates’ scholarship to inform their teaching;
  • Evidence of commitment to liberal arts education as a teacher-scholar, with undergraduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority;
  • Interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching;
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and
  • Compatibility with the department’s needs.

Compensation and Rank:  This is an entry-level academic position at the rank of Instructor for MA or at the rank of Assistant Professor for PhD or MFA; benefits package with health insurance, retirement contributions, and some reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. 

Program:  Communication at Truman has 9 full-time faculty members and approximately 120 students in the major program with approximately 40 minors in Communication, Journalism, and Political Communication. The Communication major allows students to choose from five emphases: Relational Communication, Corporate Communication, Strategic Communication, Argument & Speech, and Activism & Advocacy.  The curriculum also contributes to the Education certification track in speech and theatre education and a new interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in Social Issue Advocacy.  The forensics program at Truman State University has had multiple national championships, national finalists, national sweepstakes awards, and state level-champions over the last couple of decades.  For more information about the Communication program, please visit

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 3,500 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 25% engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects.  Nearly 40% gain leadership experience, and nearly half plan to go on to graduate or professional school.

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Red, White and Blue Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including weekly farmers’ markets from May through October, as well as the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to Chicago O’Hare provide quick access to one of the country’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

Application:  The School of Arts and Humanities coordinates the application process. Applications must be submitted electronically at For assistance with submitting an application, please contact Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or

Complete applications must include: 

  • a letter of application that addresses the evaluation criteria, scholarly activity interests, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis,
  • current curriculum vitae,
  • statement of teaching philosophy, research interests and goals, as well as commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and to student development,
  • statement of coaching philosophy and team development,
  • teaching portfolio (evaluations, examples of syllabi, assignments, student work),
  • copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and
  • names and contact information for three references; letters of recommendation will be solicited from candidates prior to interviews.

Review of applications will begin November 17, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check and provide evidence of a satisfactory driving record.  If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official copies of graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Jay Self (

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or



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