Departmental Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) awarded by the Department of Communication Studies are competitively selected from among students accepted for admission by the Graduate School at The University of Alabama.

Those students interested in applying for a GTA must complete the following two steps, by 1 March, to be considered eligible for the following academic year.

  • Officially apply for admission to graduate study with the Graduate School.
  • Be accepted into the main campus version of the Master of Arts program in the Department of Communication Studies.

Benefits and Responsibilities

GTAs are generally awarded for a single academic year, and the stipend is paid over a period of nine months. GTAs include a waiver of both in-state and out-of-state tuition. All students holding GTAs with the department must be working toward their M.A. degree, taking 6-9 credit hours per semester, and maintaining a B average, or better, in their course work.

M.A. applicants may apply for a GTA position in one of three areas:

  1. Assisting in the Alabama Forensic Program, in one of three areas:
    • Alabama Forensic Council, a nationally competitive Individual Events team
    • Alabama Debate Society
    • Alabama Campus Forensics
  2. Serving as a performance lab assistant for COM 123 Public Speaking, under the general supervision of the Director and the Assistant Director of the Public Speaking Program
  3. Assisting in the instruction of the department’s core curriculum courses:
    COM 100 Rhetoric and Society
    COM 101 Principles of Human Communication
    COM 122 Critical Decision Making
    COM 220 Interpersonal Communication

Those interested in applying for Public Speaking assistantships should contact Dr. Alexa Chilcutt, Director of the Public Speaking Program.

Those interested in applying for the forensic assistantships should make inquiries directly to Dr. Sim Butler, Executive Director of the Alabama Forensic Program.

 How to Submit an Application

Official decisions about departmental assistantships are made about the applicants who have applied and been accepted into the MA program by 1 March.

To submit an application for a GTA, send the following two required items to the departmental Graduate Program Coordinator:

1. A letter of application for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, specifying to which GTA one is applying and what experiences or interests the applicant has that are related to that assistantship

2. Access to a video-recording (e.g., URL to digital file) of the applicant giving a 10 minute speech or other formal oral presentation to demonstrate speaking ability.

Both may be sent to the department, c/f Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Communication Studies
The University of Alabama
Box 870172
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0172