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Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Forensics

Carson-Newman University is a Christian, liberal arts-based University built upon the Lordship of Jesus Christ as evidenced historically and revealed in the Scriptures.  

Job Title:​Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Forensics​​​​​​​​

Department:  Communication​​​​

Reports To:  Department Chair​​​​

Location:   On-site

FLSA Status: Exempt

Time Requirements:  9 months​​​

Supervisory Responsibilities:  No​  

Expected Date of Placement: August 2024

Summary Description: Candidates for the position of Assistant Professor and Director of Forensics will travel with the Forensics Team on average to five collegiate forensics events per semester, coach students in debate and individual events, work with the Assistant Director of Forensics to arrange and facilitate team travel plans, teach a 3/3 load in the areas of speech, interpersonal communication, debate, strategic communication, communication law or related subject matter. Committee service will also be expected.

Essential Functions

• As an intentionally Christian academic community, Christian employees are hired to advance the mission of Carson-Newman as expressed in our strategic plan,Acorns to Oaks

• To plan and deliver lectures, develop course assignments, and grade student work

• Advise and mentor students

• Support the University through participation on committees and attendance torequired events

• Conduct appropriate level of research and/or attend conferences to stay current in field of expertise

• Lead the Forensics Team to compete at regional and national levels

Education:  Ph.D. in Communication preferred, but will consider experience in lieu of doctorate or terminal degree.

Experience:   Must have experience in leading a competitive Forensics team and, preferably teaching experience at the collegiate level.  

Required Skills: The candidate for this position should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, possess strong teaching abilities, and have a passion for educating students. The candidate should also have experience in speech and debate and show examples of leading Forensics Teams at the collegiate level and experience with building and maintaining professional relationships within the academic and forensic communities. The candidate should also possess the ability to develop and update curriculum in the field of communication and be proficient in using technology for teaching, research, and communication. Technologies include multimedia tools, online learning platforms, and communication technologies relevant to the field.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

General Information:  This description is designed to describe the general nature of the job and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, and duties. It is the responsibility of the supervisor for this position to formally outline in writing any performance expectations including specific duties for which the employee assigned to this position will be held accountable in terms of performance evaluation.

Employee Expectations:  The University expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for a Christian institution and to be worthy examples in moral conduct and behavior for the students of the University and fellow employees.