Assistant Debate Coach and Speaking Instructor

Hobart and William Smith Colleges seek an Assistant Debate Coach and Speaking Instructor to begin August 1, 2014 with formal duties ending May 31, 2015. The HWS Debate Team was started just 10 years ago and has been quite successful. In addition to winning numberous regional tournaments, the Team has broken at Worlds in Manila, made it to semis at Hart House and Yale, won the Northeast regional championships twice and won the U.S. National BP Championships.

HWS is a liberal-arts institution of about 2300 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, D.C., Boston, etc.


  • Teaching two sections (one per semester) of public speaking
  • Running 2-3 debate team practice meetings each week (speaking/presentaiton drills, preparation skills, debating strategy, content workshops, practice rounds, etc.)
  • Working indiviually with debate team members on their skills (videotaping and reviewing debate, developing individualized strategies for improvement, etc.)
  • Helping to run the 2014 North American University Debating Championships (about 110 teams) in the fall, and the HWS Round Robin in the spring
  • Attending several weekend debate tournaments with the team
  • Working to support debate outreach programs to local schools
  • Various other duties as assigned by the president


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 debating as a debater, judge, and trainer. We aim to perform at the highest levels of WUDC debating and have many talented and enthusiastic students. A driver's license is not required but is preferred.


This is a new, temporary (one year), full-time, 10-month (August 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015), benefits-eligible administrative salaried position. Travel may be required. This position description is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information of at least three references to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
email: ferran@hws.edu

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.