Belmont Abbey College invites applications for the current position of Director of Debate.
The Director of Debate oversees a nationally competitive debate team, competing primarily in IPDA Debate with some overlap in NFA-Lincoln Douglas and/or British Parliamentary Debate. Responsibilities include team instruction and management, tournament coordination and travel, judge recruitment and training, administration of program expenses, knowledge of current events and policy research trends, and campus coordination of the school’s Ethics Bowl team. The team typically competes once or twice monthly from September through April, including Nationals.
The candidate should be familiar with debate tournament procedures in multiple regions and demonstrate previous coaching experience in extemporaneous, limited-preparation debate on a national scale. Experience with carded debate is a plus, as is prior experience at the collegiate level. Adjunct teaching in a discipline appropriate to the candidate’s education is also possible. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
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In addition, candidates must wholeheartedly embrace the mission of the College to educate students in the liberal arts and sciences “so that in all things God may be glorified.” The incumbent will consistently demonstrate skills, attitudes, and stable disposition of character to support our Catholic and Benedictine identity while fostering the development of mind, body, and spirit in our students, our staff and the greater community. Finally, candidates must have a sincere appreciation and acceptance of our Catholic approach to education and an understanding of Pope Saint John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the search is completed. Please apply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “Debate Search.” Include letter of application, CV, the names and contact information of at least three references, and a written response in which you explain how you might contribute to the College’s Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts mission, how your work engages with the Catholic intellectual tradition, or how your own faith tradition informs your vocation as a teacher and mentor of students. (Evidence of teaching excellence and official transcripts are optional at this stage but required for interview.)