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Assistant Debate Coach

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title Assistant Debate Coach
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Western Debate Union and Communication Studies Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position Western Washington University invites applications for the position of Assistant Debate Coach. The person selected will fulfill both a professional staff position for their work with the debate program and a non-tenure track lecturer position that requires teaching argumentation and debate courses. The position is open for the 2020-2021 academic year, with the possibility of renewal; additional summer appointment is possible.


The Western Debate Union is a large, inclusive debate program with over 75 years of history of excellence in debate across a variety of formats regionally, nationally, and internationally. Throughout its history, the program has been active with policy debate, parliamentary debate, and public debate. The Union believes that the power of debate should not be limited to competition; the program embraces community-building and civic engagement in its endeavors. We seek applicants who are committed to this vision of community, competition, and cooperation and who have a vision for debate pedagogy and teaching that matches the mission.

Required Qualifications
  • B.A. degree
  • Experience coaching and teaching intercollegiate academic debate or related competitive experience in intercollegiate academic debate
  • Current driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to travel regionally, nationally, and internationally for competition while overseeing students
Preferred Qualifications
  • M.A. degree or demonstrated experience with classroom teaching
  • Experience with research-based debate formats (e.g. NDT-CEDA policy debate)
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with novice students and multiple formats of competitive debate.


Salary $19,400
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Applicants should also enclose a prepared statement outlining their philosophy of debate pedagogy (including a demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse identities and backgrounds), as well as speak to their capacity to work with a diversity of students and a large coaching staff.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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