Graduate Teaching Associate Program

Each year, the Department of Communication Studies seeks applicants for appointment as Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs), 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. 

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. These meet every other Tuesday from 1-3 PM. COMM 285A&B requirements include providing one solo-taught or two team-taught workshops through the Communication Center each semester. The department provides teacher training and requires teaching associate attendance at two 2.5 hour, late afternoon or evening orientation sessions in the early summer, and attendance at a one-week, forty-hour training workshop (five days x eight hours). The workshop typically occurs the week prior to the start of Fall semester.

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

APPLICATION:  To apply to our teaching associate program, please submit the following materials in addition to your application to the M.A. program:

1) a cover letter stating teaching experience, qualifications, and objectives;

2) a current CV or resume;

3) three letters of recommendation that address teaching qualifications and/or potential;

4) current M.A. students must also submit a copy of recent graduate transcripts. 

If you are applying to the M.A. program and the GTA program at the same time, your letters for one application can apply to the other provided that  all three letters speak to both your teaching qualifications and your potential for graduate study. Please select letter writers who can speak to both and provide them with these guidelines. Please note:  Your cover letter and your letters of recommendation must have original "wet" signatures.

All application materials must be received on or prior to March 20 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 submit all GTA application materials by 4 PM on March 20th, 2015 to:  

Dr. Deanna L. Fassett, GTA Program Supervisor

Department of Communication Studies

San José State University, One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0112

(408) 924-5511; Email:      



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