Hobart and William Smith Colleges seek an Assistant Debate Coach and Speaking Instructor. This position is under the general direction of the Director of Debate and supports the HWS Debate Team. The HWS Debate Team is dedicated to promoting debate at the highest level. We promote a culture of excellence, of critical thought and of strong teamwork. Our members are confident public speakers who continually hone their analytic and rhetorical skills to master the art of persuasion.
The HWS Debate Team began just 17 years ago and it has been quite successful. In addition to winning numerous regional tournaments, we have broken at Worlds in Manila, made it to semis at Hart House and Yale, won the Northeast regional championships twice and won the US National BP Championships.
HWS is a liberal-arts institution of about 2200 undergraduate students, located in Geneva, New York, on the shore of beautiful Seneca Lake. We are one hour from Cornell University and within driving distance of major cities, such as: New York, Toronto, Washington DC, Boston, etc.
We also actively encourage applications from all groups that are traditionally underrepresented in Debate.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES • Facilitate 2-3 debate team practice meetings each week to include speaking/presentation drills, preparation skills, debating strategy, content workshops, practice rounds, etc. • Drive the debate team members to scheduled local tournaments, coordinate the team’s transportation to more distant tournaments and supervise their safety while attending events and traveling off campus. (Approximately 16 weekend debate tournaments each year) • Accompany debate team members at the World Universities Debating Championships (annually) • Prepare and teach two sections (one per semester) of public speaking (mainly for non-debaters) • Assist in the coordination of the HWS IV Tournament (approx.150 teams) in the fall semester, and the HWS International Round Robin in the spring semester • Serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for Debating Public Policy (PHIL 158) during the spring semester only • Provide individual coaching and mentoring of debate team members to improve on their skills (videotaping and reviewing debate, developing individualized strategies for improvement, etc.) • Serve as a debate team judge or event organizer as requested at tournaments or other events • Research and draft case file materials
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITES (as time permits) • Organize on-campus public debating events each semester • Meet with faculty members interested in using debate as a classroom activity • Conduct outreach to local schools to promote the debate team and events
NOTE: This is a benefits-eligible, administrative staff, 9-month position beginning August 15, 2021 and with formal duties ending May 15, 2022.
This position requires driving debate team members to events. A valid driver’s license, clean driving record is required. Applicants should be comfortable driving a 12-15 passenger van and will need to pass a basic van driving test given by HWS.
A degree at the Master's level is preferred, but a Bachelor’s degree will be considered.
Qualified candidates will have experience teaching or coaching debate and public speaking.
Substantial experience in WUDC (i.e., British Parliamentary) debating as a debater, judge and trainer.
About Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Located on 195 acres in the heart of New York States Finger Lakes Region, Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualized educations. Guided by an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, the Colleges prepare students to think critically. In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in career development, study-abroad, service, leadership and athletics, the Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, and cultural competence.Under the mentorship of faculty, Hobart and William Smith students gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when seeking employment. They win prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Udall, Fulbright and Goldwater. They gain admittance to the best graduate programs in the country. They go on to lead lives of consequence.