A limited number of teaching opportunities are sometimes available for MA students in the Communication Department. Typically, students will teach Presentational Speaking or Business and Professional Speaking courses or act as Teaching Assistants (TAs) for Fundamentals of Communication, although students may teach other classes according to their expertise and Departmental needs. The pay is variable depending on the assignment. Although every effort will be made to provide teaching opportunities for MA students, they are not guaranteed and are dependent on the instructional needs of the Department. The graduate program committee meets in April to make TA assignments for the following academic year based on the requirements and procedures outlined below.
- BA in Communication or related field
- Demonstrated academic achievement and maintenance of satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree, including receiving an A or A- in all CU Denver Communication classes
- Attendance at training workshops, pedagogy meetings, and orientation sessions
A letter of interest and qualifications for teaching assistantships must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies by February 1 for consideration for teaching in the following academic year. The application should include detailed letter of interest and qualifications.
Selection of TAs
If there are more eligible students interested in teaching than there are positions, or if there are fewer applicants than needed, the graduate committee will select the students from the eligible applicants following a conversation with the Chair regarding teaching needs. Criteria used in selecting from among the eligible applicants include: seniority in the program, academic achievement, aspirations to remain in academe, and prior experience related to course content areas. Preference will be given to TAs with prior teaching experience. However, teaching assignments will generally be limited to no more than two years. The committee also strives to designate one slot for an incoming teaching assistant each year.
Need-based financial aid is available to graduate students in the form of graduate grants through CU Denver's Financial Aid office. To be eligible for a graduate grant, students must:
- Complete a financial aid application though the Financial Aid office by February 1 (submitting the application as soon after Jan. 1 as possible is recommended)
- Be a Colorado resident
- Register for a minimum of four credit hours of coursework
- Have a Pell-grant-eligible estimated family contribution
Any graduate student who meets these criteria will automatically be considered for a graduate grant. For more information, call the Financial Aid office: 303-556-2886.
The Communication Department has some funds available for graduate students. Graduate students who present papers at out-of-state conferences approved by the Department Chair are eligible for $300 in travel funds per academic year, subject to the availability of funds.
The National Communication Association (NCA) offers travel grants for students of color who have papers or panels accepted for an NCA convention. Grants in the range of $250 are awarded to students who need financial assistance to attend the convention and whose departmental or university funding is insufficient to cover the costs. Nominations of students should be made by faculty and should include a letter of support from the department chair, which should verify that the nominee is a student and that the funding available from the department or the university will not cover the student's convention costs. The deadline for nominations is typically in early October. For more information, contact the National Communication Association: www.natcom.org.