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Position Summary
The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor who will also serve as the Executive Director of the new Program for Public Discourse. The Program for Public Discourse seeks to build a culture of robust debate and civic engagement at UNC while upholding our core principles of freedom of expression and academic inquiry. The program supports the development or enhancement of courses and campus life experiences that explicitly engage the full range of structured techniques, practices, habits, and processes for discussion, deliberation, and debate. The program will bring speakers to campus for moderated events that explore a broad range of contemporary topics and will support Polis student fellows who will build skills in public discourse and civic engagement as well as contribute to a quarterly publication.

The position will begin July 1, 2020 and is a non-tenure-track, renewable, twelve-month position with a three-year initial appointment. The faculty member will hold a fixed-term appointment in an appropriate academic department.

The successful candidate will teach one course per semester and be responsible for managing programming in the Program for Public Discourse. This includes hiring and supervising one intern, mentoring the Polis Fellows, recruiting speakers, and working with the Center for Faculty Excellence, The Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and other campus centers to support civic engagement and the wider use of structured argumentation, advocacy, or debate in the classroom.

Educational Requirements
PhD or other terminal degree in any field represented by Arts & Sciences.

Qualifications and Experience
Previous teaching experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience using deliberation, debate, or structured argumentation in the classroom and/or research on civil discourse and deliberation.

Special Instructions
Applications are open to candidates from any field represented by the 44 departments of the College of Arts & Sciences (see We are especially interested in applicants from the fields of Communications, History, Philosophy, Political Science, or Public Policy, and those who may have expertise or experience in debate-centered instruction.

The application package should a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a statement of teaching interest and experience that includes strategies for inclusive teaching, two sample syllabi, and three letters of recommendation. At the time of application, candidates will also be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of professional references (three are required). The recommenders that candidates identify will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their recommendation letters. Application materials and letters of recommendation must be submitted in electronic form only.

We will begin considering candidates after February 6, 2020, and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.

Application Types Accepted
Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please submit an online application for vacancy ID FAC0003106 at

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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