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Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies and Director of Debate

Bates College
Lewiston, Maine

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Director of Debate/Visiting Assistant Professor. The Bates College Department of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies invites applications for a two-year position as Director of Debate/Visiting Assistant Professor to begin August 2023. The successful applicant will integrate the existing debate program into the department’s curriculum and imagine innovative classes that will engage issues of performance and citizenship. We seek a candidate with experience teaching performance-oriented courses; familiarity with Parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas debate; a record of research and teaching excellence; and a history of administering extracurricular organizations successfully. Responsibilities include: teaching four performance courses per academic year and contributing to community engaged curriculum that investigate issues of power, particularly through the intersectional lenses of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, or other identity categories; and administering the debate program, including meeting weekly with the student-governed Parliamentary debate team. Bates’ storied Brooks Quimby Debate Council is a unique program that emphasizes international debate as well as intercollegiate competition and public debate. Candidates with an interest in or experience with community-engaged learning are especially encouraged to apply as are candidates with demonstrated success in working with indigenous, historically underrepresented, first generation to college and other marginalized and vulnerable populations. ABD or Ph.D. in rhetoric, speech, communication, or a related field required. Competitive salary, plus benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching and coaching philosophies, a diversity statement, and three letters of reference. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. FMI, contact department chair Jon Cavallero.





Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity. Since its inception, Bates has been a bates_college2.jpgcoeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.

Bates College is a welcoming community whose members care deeply about the rigorous, challenging, and rewarding life of ideas and principles, and value their exchange and examination. Bates helps students discover their strengths, investigate unquestioned assumptions and make a meaningful impact during their years on campus and throughout alumni life.

Our students are stimulated by good talk, great books and artistic expression, and they welcome the hard academic work that is the price of discovery. Our professors are committed to developing, encouraging and supporting them in their intellectual and personal growth. Across Bates, a caring


camaraderie encourages one and all to try the new and the difficult. Our shared values shape the ways we teach and learn, our view of the Lewiston-Auburn community and the world at large, and our relationships with each other.

bates_college1.jpgThe College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine's second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. The College is 40 minutes from Portland and the Maine coast, and 2.5 hours north of Boston.

At Bates College, we understand that good hiring decisions are critical to our success. We take the recruiting process seriously and select only those individuals who are motivated to learn and grow, and who take pride in a job well done. Bates College also recognizes that happy employees are productive employees. Treating our community well is one of our top priorities. Accordingly, we strive to create a working environment that is both intellectually stimulating and personally satisfying!

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