Graduate Teaching Associate Program

Each year, the Department of Communication Studies seeks applicants for appointment as Teaching Associates (TAs), commencing in the Fall Semester. The Teaching Associate Program is designed to provide training and direct, supervised experience in college teaching for M. A. students in communication studies. Additional Teaching Associate appointments in Forensics are also available.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission as a classified student to the M. A. program in Communication Studies and a baccalaureate degree with a major in communication studies or a closely related field. Coursework in rhetoric and public speaking is especially desirable. Forensics experience required for Forensics TA appointment. Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. Applicants must have awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population and an interest in teaching students with non-traditional or ethnically diverse backgrounds.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Teaching Associates will be assigned to teach one section of COMM 20, Public Speaking. These sections typically meet on a Monday/Wednesday schedule. TAs are also required to enroll in COMM 285A (Teaching Practicum) for two units of credit in their first semester as a teaching associate; they will enroll in two units of COMM 285B in the second semester as a teaching associate. COMM 285A&B requirements include providing one solo-taught or two team-taught workshops through the Comm Lab each semester. COMM 285A&B meetings occur every other Tuesday from 1–3 PM. The department provides, and requires teaching associate attendance at, a one-week training workshop (five days × eight hours) in the week prior to the start of Fall semester, as well as two shorter, late afternoon or evening sessions earlier in the summer.

SALARY: The term salary for Teaching Associates teaching one section is TBD (subject to budget developments). Teaching Associates are also given a tuition fee waiver for up to 6.0 units for teaching one course.

APPLICATION: Your application to our teaching associate program consists of: a signed cover letter stating teaching experience, qualifications, and objectives; a current CV or resume; official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work; and three signed letters of recommendation that address teaching qualifications or potential. All application materials must be received on or prior to 18 March 2016 to receive consideration. We typically announce our selections in April. Department faculty are routinely available at NCA and WSCA to meet with prospective candidates.

Please direct all GTA Program Inquiries and application materials to the GTA Program Supervisor:

Dr. Deanna L. Fassett
Department of Communication Studies
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0112
Telephone: (408) 924-5511

Please direct all MA Program inquiries to Dr. Matthew Spangler, Graduate Coordinator:

(408) 924-1373


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