Lecturer, Communication Studies and Associate Director of Debate

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Work type: Full-time Faculty
Location: Macon, GA
Categories: Music/Art/Theater, Marketing/Communications/Media Relations

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Lecturer, Communication Studies and Associate Director of Debate


Communication Studies and Theatre


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Macon, GA

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Communication Studies in Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, Lecturer position to start August 1, 2022. The successful candidate will serve as the Associate Director of Debate and teach in the Communication Studies department.


•Teach 15 credit hours an academic year (a 3/2 teaching load). Classes will include lower-level communication courses, as well as upper-level classes related to the candidate’s research.
• Coach a nationally competitive parliamentary debate team.
• Teach students research skills that will aid in their ability to prepare arguments.
• Advise on argumentation and case preparation, as well speech preparation.
• Conduct practice and drill sessions with debaters.
• Help the Director plan each semesters’ travel schedule.
• Travel with teams to tournaments and related events; overseeing team interactions; driving to tournaments.
• Judge at tournaments.
• Recruit and develop student debaters of high potential and mentor diverse students and debaters.
• Ensure that all debate staff and team members serve as effective and responsible representatives and ambassadors of Mercer University.


Minimum qualifications include:

  • Master's degree in Communication Studies, Rhetoric, Performance Studies, or a closely related field from an accredited institution at time of appointment.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduates.
  • Experience in NPDA, Policy, or College LD debate.
  • Ability to travel with students, host team practices, and do all the requirements of a full-time associate director of debate.
  • Hold a valid driver’s license and be able to be an approved Mercer Driver.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • PhD in Communication Studies, Rhetoric, Performance Studies, or a closely related field.
  • Experience in successfully coaching debate.
  • Experience or deep knowledge of critical, performance, and/or project method debates.
  • Experience teaching college courses.
  • Ability to teach upper-level courses such as Argumentation, Gender and Communication, and Race and Communication.


Additional Information

Mercer University is a private university distinguished by its commitment to teaching, empowering and inspiring its students to create, discover, and serve. The university offers rigorous programs to more than 8,700 students enrolled in schools of liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, business, law, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, health professions, education, theology, and professional advancement. The highly selective, residential, undergraduate-only College of Liberal Arts and Sciences enrolls over 1900 students. Among the freshmen in 2021, 27% are 1st generation college students, 36% are Pell-eligible, and 51% are Black/African American, Asian, or Hispanic/Latinx. The College, which hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, is dedicated to cultivating intellectual curiosity, respectful dialog, and responsible citizenry. It is located in the historic city of Macon, Georgia, which is the educational, medical, cultural and commercial hub of Middle Georgia, an hour and a half south of Atlanta.

For additional information about Mercer and the Department, please consult the following websites: www.mercer.edu or https://liberalarts.mercer.edu/academic-departments/communication-studies-and-theatre-arts/ 
For inquiries only, please email the chair of the search, Dr. James Stanescu at Stanescu_jk@mercer.edu

Background Check

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Full time benefits included, including being eligible for the Mercer Down Payment Assistance Program (for more information, please see https://dpa.mercer.edu/).

Required Documents

CV, Cover Letter, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, **Evaluations (see below), **Other (see below), References

Special Instructions to Applicants

No applications will be accepted by surface mail or email.

Interested candidates must apply online at https://jobs.mercer.edu  and attach 1) curriculum vitae 2) a personal statement, no longer than 800 words. 3) Teaching philosophy no longer than 600 words. 4) Coaching Philosophy no longer than 800 words (include in Student Evaluations Section). 5) Statement outlining your approach to mentoring and teaching a diverse student body no longer than 600 words (include in Other Section). 6) Names and contact information for three professional references.

The successful candidate must submit official transcripts prior to employment.

Deadline: Preference will be given to applications submitted on or before December 7, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

EEO Statement


Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Per President Biden's Executive Order, federal contractors and their employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Since Mercer is a federal contractor, all Mercer University and MERC employees are required to be fully vaccinated no later than January 4, 2022 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved by the University. New hires after January 4, 2022, will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination card or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption before their first day of employment.

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