Assistant Director of Debate
The George Mason University Department of Communication seeks an
Assistant Director of Debate for the August 2022 appointment. This
will be a 9-month appointment.
George Mason University Debate is approaching its 50th
anniversary and consistently places in the top five nationally. The
program has also become an integral part of the mission and vision
of George Mason University.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to
the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and
staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich
Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Department:
Mason’s Communication Department has a diverse and collegial
faculty committed to excellence, innovation, community and public
service, inclusion, and social equity. All department faculty
participate in the life of our campus community, including career
fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions, and other events. We
offer a broad undergraduate program, five minor programs, a large
M.A. program including strategic, health, and science communication
specialties, and a focused Ph.D. program emphasizing health,
strategic, and science communication. The department also offers a
graduate certificate in science communication. We enjoy robust
student diversity in all our academic programs, serving students
who bring a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds to our
classrooms. Additionally, the department supports several
co-curricular activities, including debate, forensics, Public
Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for
Professional Journalists, and a comprehensive student media
organization (newspaper, radio, television, sports announcing,
magazine and journal editing, etc.).
The successful applicant will be expected to coach, travel,
perform administrative duties, research debate assignments, and
recruit from both the high school and community college debate
circuits. The Assistant Director will be primarily responsible for
curricular development and coaching novice and junior varsity
debaters. The Assistant Director teaches two Communication
undergraduate courses per year (1-1 teaching load), which may
include the university core communication fundamentals course.
Additional responsibilities include accompanying (including
driving) groups of students to and from tournaments, co-directing
college and high school debate tournaments, and assisting with the
planning and supervision of a debate summer camp. Participating in
debate community committees is also expected.
- Master’s degree (or higher) in Communication or a
Communication-related field (MA, MS) or equivalent combination of
education and experience;
- Experience as a competitor in collegiate debate;
- Experience as a coach in debate;
- Experience in recruiting, coaching, and retaining novice and
junior varsity competitors;
- Demonstrated research skills;
- Familiarity with diverse argument styles and ability to coach
- Demonstrated organizational skills, proficiency in online
tabulation programs, and facility with social media and team
- Demonstrated commitment to collegiality and university/debate
- Teaching experience with evidence of teaching
- Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students
from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
- Valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. See George
Mason University Policy 1411.
- Significant experience as a competitor in collegiate debate (2+
years and/or excellent competitive record);
- Significant experience (3+ years and/or excellent competitive
record) as a coach in collegiate debate;
- Demonstrated success in recruiting, coaching, and retaining
novice and junior varsity competitors;
- Teaching experience at the college level, with evidence of
teaching effectiveness; and
- Demonstrated ability to add excellence in diversity, equity,
and inclusion in coaching and teaching, including working
successfully with diverse students and colleagues, mentoring
diverse students and colleagues, and creating an inclusive
environment in which all students can flourish.
Special Instructions to Applicants
In a continuing effort to enrich GMU’s academic environment and
provide equal educational and employment opportunities, we actively
encourage applications from all job seekers including members of
all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education.
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position
number FA83BZ at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and
submit the online application; upload a cover letter outlining your
debate coaching and teaching philosophy, your classroom teaching
experience and philosophy, your description of what you can bring
to the Mason Debate Team and Department of Communication, and a
statement on your approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Please also upload your CV and a list of three professional
references with contact information. For full consideration,
applications must be submitted by May 25, 2022.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its
community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or
veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.