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Assistantship Opportunities

Assistantships provide a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for the academic year (nine months). All applicants for full-time admission are considered for an assistantship unless they indicate otherwise. Assistantships are awarded on the availability of funds each year.

Teaching assistantships generally involve our basic communication courses. Graduate teaching assistants develop communication and leadership skills as they help students in the Communication Lab with composing and delivering speeches. They also gain valuable teaching experience by leading their own discussion sections (labs) with the support of our departmental faculty. A one-week training program is delivered before the start of classes in the fall semester, as well as weekly support meetings.

Research assistantships can involve working one-on-one with faculty members, projects or teams. Graduate research assistants gain hands-on experience with the research process through data collection, analysis, presenting and/or writing the final research report. Collaborative projects with faculty typically result in co-authored conference presentations and publications in academic journals.

Assistantships are evaluated and renewed after one year based on performance and academic standing.