Graduate Instructional Assistantships

Teach or Research Brilliantly

Students who are admitted to the Communication Studies Graduate Program can apply for a Graduate Instructional Assistant (GIA) position. The application process for graduate assistantships is separate from the graduate program application process. Students who are interested in a GIA position must apply directly to the department. Instructions below will outline the process. 

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Assistantships and You

Having an assistantship can help you financially and is also a career building opportunity for students who have an interest in leading and developing people.
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GIA Application Process

Applicants must have applied to the Graduate Program and have a completed file with all supporting graduate program application materials.

Complete the Online Application for a Graduate Instructional Assistantship.   

Submit Assistantship Application and apply for the graduate program.

Preparing You For Any Future

The Texas State University Teaching & Learning Academy (TLA) is a comprehensive training program for Communication Studies graduate students and adjunct faculty who teach COMM 1310: Fundamentals of Human Communication. GIAs may also work in other positions including speech coaching in our Communication Lab, assisting our Debate and Forensics advisors, or assisting faculty with their research or editor roles.

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Teaching and Learning Academy

COMM 1310 instructors are trained to teach students how to develop communication skills in interpersonal, small group, and presentational speaking contexts. This training includes lesson communication skill development, and instructional communication theories and principles. COMM 1310 has been recognized by the National Communication Association as a Program of Excellence. Much of this distinction came from the training our instructors receive during the TLA.