Assistant Director of Forensics

Position Information

Position Information

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Job Category Instructional or Research Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Assistant Director of Forensics
Working Title Assistant Director of Forensics
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F6573z
Recruit Number Faculty - 6971
Working Hours
Location Fairfax
Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Assistant Director of Forensics

The George Mason University Department of Communication seeks a dynamic and driven Assistant Director of Forensics. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University Forensics was established in 1971 and remains one of only six schools to have attended all American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournaments. The team has placed in the top five nationally 27 times and is an integral part of the mission and vision of George Mason University. With affiliate programs in China and Korea, the global impact of forensic pedagogy is at the forefront of our program.


The successful applicant will be expected to coach, travel, perform administrative duties, and recruit from both the high school and community college forensics circuits. Additional responsibilities include co-directing multiple college forensics tournaments and one of the largest high school speech and debate tournaments in the nation. Participating in department, university and forensics community committees is also expected.

The position requires a 4-3 teaching load that includes Forensics credit hours associated with team meetings and coaching, in addition to traditional course instruction. It is strongly encouraged for the Assistant Director of Forensics to participate as the Assistant Director of the George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF) each summer for additional compensation.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.A. in communication;
  • Significant forensics/individual events coaching background at both regional and national levels;
  • Strong event planning background, proficiency in online tabulation programs, outstanding organizational skills, and a willingness/desire to promote the five-decade tradition of the Mason Forensics Program;
  • Strong teaching background (three years minimum in the classroom is desired); and
  • Strong commitment to collegiality and university/forensics community service.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in communication; and
  • Strong teaching background (a minimum of three years in the classroom).
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F6573z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a letter your outlining teaching philosophy in forensics and what you can bring to the Mason Forensics Team and Department of Communication, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: March 1, 2017
Posting Date 02/01/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly? No
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Philosophy of Teaching
  2. CV
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents