In what follows, we first provide an overview of debate in order to explain the importance of the activity and then review the status of tenure and evaluation standards among directors/coaches in various types of programs across the country. A mass email was used to ask directors/coaches to submit information about the nature of their current appointment (tenure track, term appointment, and so forth) and the standards through which their performance is evaluated. In addition to seeking information about appointment and evaluation standards for current coaches, we reviewed material from previous developmental conferences and the Quail Roost document, as well as information about how faculty in theater and academic professionals in positions similar to that of a debate director/ coach are evaluated. Following the review of current appointment and evaluation practices, we develop a case for the proposed two tracks for evaluating the performance of debate coaches. We conclude with draft standards.
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Rowland, Robin; Atchison, Jarrod; Buescher, Derek; Gerber, Matthew; Hunt, Steve; Galloway, Ryan; McDonald, Kelly; Jarman, Jeff; Young, Kelly; Hollihan, Tom; and Zarefsky, David
"A Report on the Status of Standards for Tenure and Promotion in Debate,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 47
, Article 4.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol47/iss1/4