John F. (Jeff) Butler Director of Debate and Instructor or Lecturer, Communication

  • University of Central Florida
  • UCF Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSC), Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL, USA
  • Apr 23, 2021
Full time Communications/Journalism/Film/TV English/ESL/Writing/Linguistics

Job Description


John F. (Jeff) Butler Director of Debate and

Instructor or Lecturer, Communication


The Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSCM) in the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is seeking a highly motivated and exceptionally qualified intercollegiate debate coach to lead UCF Debate in national-level intercollegiate debate. The successful candidate will be appointed as a nine- month, non-tenure earning instructor or lecturer in the Communication program to serve as the John F. (Jeff) Butler Director of Debate. The anticipated start date is August 8, 2021.

The successful candidate will contribute to the Communication program's mission through teaching at the undergraduate level and will be expected to teach two courses per semester based on the current workload policy and participate in school and university service, including committee work. The instructional assignment includes various delivery modes and may include large lecture, mixed-mode, online, and honors courses in Communication, Public Speaking, Argumentation, Debate, and/or other courses in one's areas of specialization. While UCF has adapted its instructional delivery of courses to various modes due to COVID-19, this position is among those based on UCF's Downtown campus. Coaching may be conducted on both UCF Downtown and UCF Main campuses.

By the time of appointment, the successful candidates must hold a master's degree (for an instructor) or a terminal degree (for a lecturer) in Communication or a related field from an accredited university. Additionally, appropriate training, experience and demonstrated potential to succeed and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate debate program is required. The successful candidate must have evidence of effective teaching experience, and potential for teaching success is required.

Preference will be given to the candidate who has at least one year of college-level teaching experience in subjects associated with communication, argumentation and debate, and advanced public speaking. In addition, preference will be given to candidates with at least one year of college-level debate experience as a head or assistant debate coach. The format of debate UCF generally participates in is International Public Debate Association and National Parliamentary Debate Association.

Direction and related duties include recruitment and coaching of national-level caliber intercollegiate debate competitors, recruitment and mentoring/supervision of graduate assistant debate coaches, coordinating travel arrangements and travel (including coaching and judging duties) with debaters to tournaments, as appropriate.


Responsibilities for debate program administrative functions include budgeting, seasonal tournament planning, record-keeping, student government association (SGA) relations, establishing and enforcing debate team policies, managing assigned space and/or equipment, ensuring compliance with relevant university policies and regulations, and coordinating the hosting of high school and intercollegiate debate tournaments on the UCF campus.

Debate program administration and coaching constitute effective service to the program, NSCM and

UCF. Additional internal service expectations include appropriate engagement in faculty governance, equity, diversity and inclusion enhancement efforts, and other customary service activities consistent with the Communication program faculty (e.g., student advising [academic and career], internship supervision, attending faculty meetings and graduation, assessment of student learning, as well as serving on various committees as appropriate.)

The chosen candidate is expected to be active in forensics organizations (e.g., Pi Kappa Delta, AFA, and/or other intercollegiate debate associations), active in debate community service work (e.g., UDL, public debate events, local or national workshops or tournament management, etc.) and/or active within disciplinary associations (e.g., NCA, regional and state associations, etc.).

NSCM is a student-centered school with a collegial and friendly faculty and staff. NSCM strives to be a premier academic program known for excellence in research, teaching, and service to students and the community. Students are active in internships and organizations on and off-campus. The Communication program offers three B.A. programs in Advertising/Public Relations, Communication and Conflict and Human Communication; undergraduate certificates in Health Communication, Litigation and Advocacy and Strategic Communication. Also, an M.A. in Communication, a Ph.D. in Strategic Communication, and a graduate certificate in Corporate Communication. For more information about the school and its programs, visit

The College of Sciences (COS) houses most of the university's natural, computational, and social sciences in eight departments, two schools, and several centers. The college's programs play a key role in advancing UCF as a national research university that is determined to help students from all backgrounds achieve success. For more information, visit

UCF, located in Orlando, Florida, is classified as a Very High Research Activity university by the Carnegie Foundation. With a diverse student body of more than 72,000 students, UCF is one of the country's largest universities. The university offers more than 200-degree programs. UCF is committed to diversity and was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2019. For more information, visit



Application Details

To be considered, you must apply online at and attach the following materials:

  1. A curriculum vita (CV).
  2. Three academic or professional references (including address, phone number and email address).
  3. A teaching statement of no more than 300 words that addresses the ability to teach using different modes of delivery, including online or large classes.
  4. A coaching statement of no more than 300 words that addresses the ability to motivate and coach students to compete at the intercollegiate level.
  5. Links to previous work or coaching-related samples.


NOTE: When applying, please have all your documents ready to upload at the same time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.


Applicants will not be considered if all of the above materials are not received. You are responsible for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Questions regarding the position should be directed to Debbie Doyle, Human Resources Generalist, at 407-823- 5570 or

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


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