Director of Forensics and Lecturer

Position Information

General Information

Position Number 005248
Working Title Director of Forensics and Lecturer
Classification Title 9-Mo Non-Tenure Track Faculty
College Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)
Department Communication Studies
Position Designation Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per year 9
Primary Purpose of Department

The Department of Communication Studies has 27 full-time faculty with areas of emphasis in Health Communication, Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Public Relations, and Rhetoric. The department serves approximately 1,300 majors and 25 M.A. students. The department’s primary mission is to provide high quality instruction to its undergraduate and graduate students, and to contribute significantly to the understanding of communication issues as they affect people’s lives, especially in the Charlotte metropolitan region. Through its teaching, scholarship and service the department is committed to serving diverse populations.

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Description of Work

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Non-Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate teaching goals.

Teaching – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, and grading student work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Required qualifications include a master’s degree in communication or in another appropriate field, along with the demonstration of:

• Experience coaching intercollegiate forensics and the ability to lead a forensics program
• An ability to teach undergraduate courses in any number of contexts supported by the department (health communication, organizational communication, public advocacy, public relations, and mass media).
• An ability to mentor graduate assistants and graduate coaches.
• An ability to transport students, as evidenced by a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
• A commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population of undergraduate students.

The successful candidate will direct and grow what is currently a small competitive individual events program typically with the assistance of a part-time graduate assistant coach in addition to teaching two undergraduate courses per semester. Director of Forensics duties include student recruiting, coaching students in individual events, organizing tournament participation, significant travel to 3-5 competitive weekend tournaments around the country per semester, and managing a forensics activity budget. Instructional duties include the ability to teach courses in the department’s undergraduate core curriculum and/or in one or more of the department’s undergraduate instructional tracks (health communication, organizational communication, public advocacy, public relations, and mass media).

Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and coaching.

Minimum Experience/Education

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned masters and/or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

Preference will be given to applicants who can evidence the following job experiences: directing a successful individual events program, supervising a graduate assistant coach, teaching other communication courses unrelated to forensics, administrating budget and expense processes, engaging in alumni relations efforts, and managing fundraising campaigns. The successful candidate must showcase evidence of a commitment to promote diversity as a value in the department, college, and university.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications
Special Notes to Applicants

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a Director of Forensics and Lecturer of Communication Studies to begin August 15, 2018. To apply for the position, access an application online at, position #005248. Please upload a cover letter responding to the qualifications listed above, a current CV, evidence of teaching excellence, evidence of forensics coaching experience, and official or unofficial graduate transcripts. Also, three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Dr. Jason Edward Black, Department Chair, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 or to

The review of applications will begin January 10, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes but is not limited to ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Applicants are subject to criminal background check.

Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin 01/10/2018
Proposed Hire Date 08/15/2018
If time-limited, please indicate appointment end date
Contact Information

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research, Teaching & Leadership
  4. Unofficial Transcripts
  5. Contact Information for References
  6. Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents