Debate and Dialogue Specialist, Campus Life

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory Campus Life
CL:Barkley Forum for DD&D
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Admissions & Student Life
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


In 1837, Emory College placed the competition of ideas at the center of the student experience with the creation of the Phi Gamma Literary and Debate Society. While the format of events and the student body has evolved, The Alben W. Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue remains the standard-bearer of Emory’s definitive and robust commitment to the deliberative exchange of ideas by providing students numerous opportunities on and off the campus. Named after the 35th vice president of the United States and Emory alum, the Barkley Forum (BF) is driven by a mission to create meaningful encounters that encourage people to seek and share knowledge. At its core, the BF works to promote and encourage difficult conversations about and across our difference, deliberative civic engagement, and student research.

The Debate and Dialogue Specialist – Atlanta Urban Debate League provides tournament for the AUDL, develops and implements trainings, facilitate BF members' participation in AUDL programs, and maintains an engaged and dynamic social media presence promoting BF programs.  



  • The Debate and Dialogue Specialist provides argument research for debate competition and campus events, develops and implements trainings, and maintains an engaged and dynamic social media presence promoting Barkley Forum programs.
  • Develops and implements coaching instruction focused on improving students' oral communication and research skills.
  • Creates, delivers, records, and distributes training lectures.
  • Maintains office hours to meet with students for mentoring, assistance, and coaching.
  • Attends five debate competitions or campus engagement events each semester.
  • Develops, writes, and edits students' presentation materials. Updates and maintains the Barkley Forum's research database.
  • Assists with the production of NDT/CEDA topic paper.
  • Manages social media accounts.
  • Manages digital signage.
  • Manages instant messaging accounts.
  • Contributes to the production of the Flowsheet, BF's alumni newsletter.
  • Designs and distributes material promoting debate and dialogue events.
  • Designs and distributes recruiting materials.
  • Serves as an area director at the Barkley Forum for High Schools.
  • Manages Emory student support for the Atlanta Urban Debate League.
  • Develops, writes, and edits arguments for use at Emory National Debate Institute.
  • Attends high school debate and speech events to engage potential recruits.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



The Barkley Forum has three areas of focus:

  • Intercollegiate competitive debate program – Our nationally ranked policy debate team strives to be an exemplary program for training students to be inquiry-driven while they work to achieve Emory’s mission to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity. This is done while maintaining an access mission to provide training to students who have not previously participated in intercollegiate debate.
  • Campus engagement initiative – The BF houses a robust set of deliberation and dialogue programs assisting in creating transformative conversational opportunities across the campus.
  • Alumni/ae and community engagement – The BF supports the continued participation of alumni/ae in BF programs. Atlanta Urban Debate League (AUDL), Barkley Forum High Schools (BFHS), and Emory National Debate Institute (ENDI) comprise the primary vehicle the BF uses to aid students in using their immense talents to improve the myriad of communities to which they belong.
  • Atlanta Urban Debate League will support the Atlanta Urban Debate League and facilitate Barkley Forum members' participation in its various programs. 
  • Supports Emory students as research arguments used by AUDL participants.
  • Coaches, lectures and assist with the Emory National Debate Institute.
  • Coaches, lectures and assist with AUDL summer programs.
  • Engages UDLs throughout the United States to recruit students to Emory.


  • A bachelor's degree and two years of policy debate or public speaking experience, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Five years of experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, and an ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.

A successful applicant will provide a cover letter that explicitly identifies the initiative they desire to support and how they are prepared to support student learning, research, and community engagement in the identified area. 


NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.


Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

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Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322.

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