Lecturer or Assistant Professor of Practice, Director of Forensics (Speech and Debate)

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona
Apr 15, 2021
Apr 19, 2021
Organization Type
Job Title: Lecturer or Assistant Professor of Practice, Director of Forensics (Speech and Debate) Location: School of Communication Regular/Temporary: Regular Full/Part Time: Full-Time Job ID: 605284 Workplace CultureNAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We-faculty, staff, and administrators-thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.[](https://nau.edu/strategic-plan-2025/)Special InformationThis is a full-time position and will be hired at the rank of either Lecturer OR Assistant Professor of Practice beginning August 2021. This position is teaching focused, non-tenure eligible, and is renewable with potential for promotion. Renewal is contingent upon successful completion of a probationary year, effective performance, continued funding, and departmental needs.The[ School of Communication](http://nau.edu/sbs/communication/) is located in a $14.5 million state-of-the-art facility that includes five computer labs, digital imaging labs, a student media complex, editing bays, television broadcast studios and modern electronic classrooms and seminar rooms. Other highlights include a Public Speaking Lab (PSL) and a Speech and Debate Squad Room. Immigration Suppt/SponsorshipNAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.Job DescriptionThe School of Communication at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a Lecturer or Assistant Professor of Practice to teach courses in the Communication Studies major, coach speech and debate, and serve as the Director of Forensics.The successful applicant will teach courses from among the following areas: public speaking, communication theory, gender and communication, interpersonal communication, group communication, argumentation and debate, environmental communication, or other courses as required by the School's Communication Studies degree curriculum and School-wide general Communication curriculum.The successful applicant will serve as the Director of Forensics. Duties include coaching the NAU forensics team, travelling to and judging at intercollegiate forensics tournaments, and managing the forensics travel budget. Successful applicants should be prepared to coach students in both competitive speech and debate. NAU participates in individual events (American Forensic Association events) and debate (NFA-LD, NPDA, British Parliamentary, and/or IPDA). A graduate assistant may be available to support travel, judging, and coaching. The proposed workload will be the equivalent of four courses per semester, a one-course release each semester is available to compensate for tournament travel. School of Communication faculty have responsibilities in advising, mentoring and contributing service to the school, university and the discipline. The position begins in August 2021.Minimum QualificationsLecturer candidates must have:* Master's degree in Communication Studies or related areas completed by Aug. 15, 2021* Teaching experience at the college/university level* Two years of forensics coaching experience at the college/university levelAssistant Professor of Practice candidates must have:* Master's degree in Communication Studies or related area at time of hire* Teaching experience at the college/university level* Minimum of five years of forensics coaching experience at the college/university levelPreferred QualificationsPreferred for either the Lecturer position or the Assistant Professor of Practice position:* Doctorate in Communication or related area by August 15, 2021* Three or more years of full-time university or college teaching experience* Instructional experience with courses included in the NAU Communication Studies curriculum* Experience in teaching online or hybrid courses included in the NAU Communication Studies curriculum* Evidence of teaching effectiveness (through sample syllabi and teaching statements)* Demonstrated experiences that contribute to working with individuals from culturally diverse backgroundsGeneral InformationNorthern Arizona University has a student population of 22,870, including approximately 19,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the [Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage](http://nau.edu/Center-for-University-Access-and-Inclusion/). Background InformationNorthern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an [Annual Security Report](https://in.nau.edu/police-department/annual-security-and-fire-safety-reports/). The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the [Fire Safety Report](https://in.nau.edu/police-department/annual-security-and-fire-safety-reports/) is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.SalaryCommensurate with experience and academic credentials.BenefitsThis is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU [HR benefits page](https://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Benefits/).Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the [Conditions of Faculty Service](http://nau.edu/Provost/Resources-Policies/). Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU [HR benefits page](https://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Benefits/). Submission DeadlineThis vacancy will be open until filled or closed. First review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021.How to ApplyTo apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to [nau.jobs](http://nau.jobs), follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy *605284*, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.Application must include: (1) a detailed letter of application explaining your interest in the position, provide details regarding how you meet minimum and preferred qualifications, as well as your teaching philosophy; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a coaching philosophy; (4) a judging philosophy; and (5) names and contact information for five professional references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the [HR website](https://in.nau.edu/human-resources/employment-application-instructions/) or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.FLSA StatusThis position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.Equal Employment OpportunityNorthern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.[EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements](https://in.nau.edu/Human-Resources/Posters-Required-by-Law/)NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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