Job Posting - Texas Tech University DoF

Job Posting: Texas Tech University, Director of Forensics

The Department of Communication Studies at Texas Tech University in College of Media & Communication invites applications for a Director of Forensics beginning September 1, 2020 (Fall 2020), with faculty on duty August 19, 2020. The Texas Tech debate team, housed in the Department of Communication Studies, is a nationally competitive program.

The Director of Forensics is responsible for maintenance of team budgets and making travel arrangements, recruitment of undergraduate students to the team, recruitment and supervision of graduate coaching assistants, community service including the administration of high school forensic competition and promotion of local debate activities, alumni outreach and public relations, and development efforts. The position also includes teaching courses in Communication Studies as assigned by the department. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year. The debate coach would be expected to teach the undergraduate argumentation and debate course in addition to one or two additional courses (depending on the semester). Although summer teaching is not guaranteed, it can be requested, and, when available, would warrant additional compensation.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have extensive coaching and teaching experience. A Master’s degree in Communication Studies is required. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level in a variety of contexts (face-to-face, online, hybrid) and class sizes (large lecture, lecture, and seminar). A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations is required. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Our intent is to bring outstanding and collegial faculty who value excellence in teaching, and who can make positive contributions in service, outreach, and engagement. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable. Candidates must apply online at

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a philosophy of coaching statement, a vision statement for the future of the debate program, a teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts. Any questions can be directed to the search chair, Dr. Katie Langford at

The Department of Communication Studies is housed in the College of Media & Communication. The College of Media & Communication ( at Texas Tech University offers bachelor’s degrees in Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism, Creative Media Industries, Public Relations, and Media Strategies. It offers master’s degrees in Mass Communication, Communication Studies, and Strategic Communication (online), and a Ph.D. in Media and Communication. The college has more than 2,100 undergraduate majors, about 270 MA students in three programs, and 40 Ph.D. students. Recent graduates of the doctoral program have begun their careers at universities in the Big 10, Big 12, ACC, and SEC, as well as applied research positions with media companies such as the MediaScience Research Lab. As of 2019 CoMC is rated 39th in the world for communication research by the Shanghai Academic Index and rated 1st in the Texas Tech University system.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.