Director of Debate

Contact Information
Trond Jacobsen
222 Chapman Hall, 1293 University of Oregon
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
Open Until Filled: 
Open until filled, review begins on: 
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 9:00am
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
Academic Year: 

Position Description: The University of Oregon Forensics program is seeking one GTF to help administer the debate program of Oregon Forensics. This position does include academic instruction.

Term:  Fall (.49 FTE), and Winter (.49 FTE) and Spring (.20 FTE)

Under the current CBA this position includes: (1) remission of all tuition and fees for attendance in any graduate program or professional school at the University of Oregon; (2) a generous health benefits package; and (3) and monthly stipend based on FTE and appointment level. This position includes no instruction or grading of students.

Working with the Director of Forensics and others, the Director of Debate:

(1) provides significant competition support for a nationally-competitive NPDA program including a regional and national travel schedule;

(2) works with the ADOF to design and implement a recruitment plan built around newly-available scholarship resources;

(3) organizes and directs weekly debate research assignments, oversee argument strategies, schedule and supervise mandatory practice rounds;

(4) facilitates program activities to promote equity and inclusion;

(5) communicates, upholding, and implementing program expectations as described in the Oregon Forensics Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct;

(5) all tournament-related and professional expenses are covered by Oregon Forensics

Graduate students pursuing any master’s or doctoral degree may apply.

Preferred Qualifications: 

1. Background in forensics and forensic education with emphasis on competitive success in either policy or parliamentary-style debate in college in the United States.

2. Admittance to a University of Oregon graduate program or school 

3. Experience in the administration of forensic tournaments 

4. Ability to teach and judge both college parliamentary and policy debate 

5. Proven record of relevant competitive and instructional success in NPDA debate

6. Ability to work in collaboration with others and take direction

7. Demonstrated excellence in communication and interpersonal habits of communication

8. Excellent academic record, with transcript evidence of course completion and strong grades

Application Procedure: 

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please contact Trond Jacobsen, Director of Forensics at for more information.

Application package should include a cover letter describing your qualifications, transcripts (may be unofficial), a resume, two references (name, phone, email) and a short statement of forensics philosophy. Mail or deliver application to:


Trond E. Jacobsen, Ph.D.

Director of Forensics and University Forum

Robert Clark Honors College

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-1293


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Materials must be received by June 8th and the successful applicant will be notified by June 16th, 2017.

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