Instructor of Mass Communication/Director of Forensics

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MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY invites applicants for the position of Instructor of Mass Communication/Director of Forensics


POSITION INFORMATION:  This is a full-time, 9-month, unclassified, non-tenure-track position.

Position Description and Responsibilities

The Instructor/Director of Forensics is responsible for functions related to teaching and forensics.  The Instructor/Director of Forensics will work closely with Tracy Standley, Mass Communication Department Head, mass communication department colleagues, the McNeese Debate Council, and the Louisiana Eta Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta.

The Department of Mass Communication is seeking a teacher who is able to teach courses in mass communication as well as Interpersonal Communication and Introduction to Public Speaking. Opportunities to teach courses in small group communication and organizational communication may arise. Preference will be given to those able to teach multiple classes in both the communication and mass communication course listings. The teaching workload is 12 hours in the Fall and Spring semesters.

The Director of Forensics manages the McNeese speech and debate team, a comprehensive Pi Kappa Delta program that concentrates on the 11 AFA events and NPDA debate. The team has a regular budget of approximately $55,000 per year funded by student assessment and $17,000 per year in scholarship support. The director manages both budgets and must be able to travel to regional and national tournaments. The team averages eleven travel weekends during the year on a national and regional level. The team maintains membership in Pi Kappa Delta, AFA, NFA, and TIFA. The director of forensics is also responsible for recruitment and development of the team, including conducting team meetings and practices on a regular basis and promoting both individual events and debate. The director is also responsible for hosting and/or participating in tournament administration of forensic activities.

In the 64-year history of the program there have only been six directors of forensics. The program emphasizes preparing students for life beyond the university, with academics stressed over competitive success. The majority of students on the team come with little forensic background and from a variety of majors. The program encourages students to participate in other organizations on campus.



  • Master’s degree in Communication or Mass Communication
  • Valid driver’s license and a clear driving record
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and other basic computer operations and software
  • Forensic experience on the collegiate level


  • Prior collegiate teaching experience in both public speaking and mass communication
  • Director of Forensic experience (coaching, administration, travel)
  • Membership in Pi Delta Kappa
  • Familiar with Learning Management Systems, Moodle preferred
  • Familiar with Adobe Creative Cloud software




Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Application Materials and Contact

To apply for this vacancy, and to ensure full consideration, applicants must submit the required documents listed below:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Professional References (include: name, phone number, and email address) and/or three Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcripts for all degrees earned

Please submit the required materials via email to:

Christa Bell, Assistant Department Head

Department of Mass Communication

McNeese State University

Box 90335

Lake Charles, LA  70609

Ph:  (337) 475-5289

TDD: (337) 562-4227




Additional Information

McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a public university and a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. All applicants are expected to submit complete and accurate materials as specified in the position announcement. A background check and an English Proficiency assessment (Faculty Only) will be conducted on selected finalists. We comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001, et seq, and State of Louisiana Executive Order 98-38, which provides for drug testing of employees, appointees, prospective employees, and prospective appointees. Prospective employees and employees are informed if a drug test is required.

McNeese State University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires McNeese State University to inform applicants that the University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.  McNeese participates in E-Verify.

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