Departmental Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) 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 into the departmental Master of Arts degree program.

To be considered eligible for the following academic year, those interested in applying for a TA should be admitted into the graduate program, as confirmed officially by the Graduate School, no later than 1 March.

Benefits and Responsibilities

TAs are typically awarded for a single academic year, and the stipend is paid over a period of nine months.  Along with the stipend, TAs include a tuition waiver. Students holding TAs with the department must be working toward their M.A. degree, taking 6-10 credit hours per semester, and maintaining a B average, or better, in their course work.

M.A. applicants may apply for a TA 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 assistantships in the Alabama Forensic Program should make inquiries directly to Dr. Sim Butler, Executive Director of the Alabama Forensic Program.

Those interested in applying for assistantships in the Public Speaking Program should contact Dr. Alexa Chilcutt, Director of the Public Speaking Program.  All other applicants should direct their inquiries to the departmental chairperson, Dr. Margaret D’Silva.

 How to Submit an Application

Official decisions about departmental assistantships consider those applicants who have been accepted into the MA program on or before 1 March.  However, TA applications may be submitted in advance; those submitted by 15 February receive first consideration.

To submit an application for a TA in Communication Studies, submit the following two required items to the C&IS Office for Graduate Studies:

1. A letter of application for a Teaching Assistantship, specifying to which program in Communication Studies 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 C&IS Office for Graduate Studies, via email. 

Or, mail the application directly to the department:

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