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Director of Debate and Forensics

The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Illinois College invites applications for a Director of Debate and Forensics to begin Fall 2015. This position is a non-tenure track, on-going appointment. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with forensics programs, a successful record of coaching intercollegiate individual events and parliamentary debate, and a demonstrated commitment to the recruitment and retention of students in forensics programs. Illinois College seeks to re-energize its long tradition of successful debate and forensics. Competitive public speaking is embedded into the College’s literary societies. The Director will engage in on and off-campus recruitment, coaching, travel and encourage a successful campus-wide culture of debate. In addition, as part of a 1-1 teaching load, candidates will teach argumentation and debate and public speaking. A Master’s degree in Communication or related field is required.

Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 70 miles northeast of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capital. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population, currently comprised of 26 percent underrepresented students. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a C.V., evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching philosophy, syllabi, course evaluations), undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of research philosophy, and three letters of reference to the Office of Academic Affairs, Attn: Forensics Faculty Search Committee, Illinois College, 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650. Electronic submissions are encouraged; please send materials in PDF format to

Review of applications begins October 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer, encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women, and offers benefits to same-sex domestic partners.

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