Graduate Teaching Assistant, Elliott School of Communication, Wichita State University

Starting Date - first day of March for the subsequent academic year.

Stipend $8,000 minimum (subject to increase) for nine months, over a two-year academic calendar, plus 100% tuition waiver.

1) Submit a formal application for admission and for the assistantship with
2) a statement of purpose letter,
3) an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale over the last 60 hours,
4) results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and
5) three letters of recommendation.

Those for whom English is not their first language must provide documentation of a TSE (Test of Spoken English) score of 55 or above and a TOEFL score of at least 600 on a paper examination or its equivalent on a computer-examination version.

International-student applicants must provide full documentation of eligibility to begin work as a GTA on August 1.

An undergraduate major or minor in communication is preferred; related fields of study accepted.

Enroll in six hours each semester for two years. Teach up to two sections of Public Speaking COMM 111 each semester or co-instruct in the areas of debate and forensics and possibly other communication courses.

Enroll in a required two-week August workshop taught by the Director of the Oral Communication Program. The primary purpose of the workshop is to prepare GTAs to instruct assigned sections of public speaking. The workshop meets daily the first two weeks in August and carries three hours of graduate credit.

General Information:
The recently endowed (7.6 million) Elliott School of Communication features an integrated curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently, the graduate program enrolls approximately 50 students.

In 1995, the school moved into a new state-of-the-art communication building, Elliott Hall, which includes the specially funded Interdisciplinary Communication Research Institute (ICRI).

The Master of Arts in Communication degree requires a 15-hour core of communication theory and research. The remaining 21 hours are planned with the student's interest in mind--reflecting course work in organizational, rhetorical, interpersonal, or mass communication. Students may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis track depending upon future academic or professional aims.

Wichita State University is a state-supported university of 16,000 undergraduate students located in a city of 400,000. Our program takes full advantage of the communication opportunities afforded by the largest city in Kansas. Wichita's more than 30 mass-media outlets and many industries with substantial communication operations allow students to combine academic and professional interests in a program that matches education with experience.

Application form for Graduate Assistantship

Further information may be obtained from:
Lisa M. Parcell Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator
The Elliott School of Communication Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas 67260-0031
Phone (316) 978-6064
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